Give to the Max Day 2015

Support Camp Scholarships!

**UPDATE: We raised a total of $4,705 through this year’s efforts… Thank you!**

What is Give to the Max Day?

GTMD15LogoHorizontalColorSafeGive to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place. That initial spark touched off a blast of online giving — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become an annual tradition. Every year thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. Give to the Max Day has become a national model for giving days.


2015 GTTM Day

This year, our goal is to send as many kids and adults to camp as possible. At True Friends, we never want to turn anyone away because of an inability to pay. Your donation supports financial aid for individuals of all abilities to experience life-changing adventures that enhance independence and self-esteem.

2014 GTTM Day

Last year we worked to raise money to fund a custom, multi-sensory playground for Camp Eden Wood. We are excited to announce that all of the permits have been secured and we are working towards a ground-breaking date!

International Literacy Day – Literacy Camp

International Literacy Day: Sept. 8, 2015

IMG_3027The theme of International Literacy Day 2015 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies. Literacy is a key driver for sustainable development. Literacy skills are the prerequisite for the learning of a broader set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, required for creating sustainable societies. At the same time, progress in areas of sustainable development, such as health and agriculture, serves as an enabling factor in the promotion of literacy and literate environments. From: UNESCO

IMG_3032The 11th annual Literacy Camp was held this summer at Camp Friendship. Literacy Camp is a session for children that are struggling with reading, writing or word comprehension. Campers spend time working with educational specialists learning strategies to improve areas of struggle unique to each individual. The camp is collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education and the Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and True Friends.
Qualified literacy experts use many different technologies and strategies to improve campers’ literacy. The educators test reading comprehension using a wide range of materials, from formal books to fun magazines. One piece of technology used at camp helps campers learn how to type out sentences. The software uses a word prediction tool to help campers select the next word in the sentence and spell it correctly.
Camp is an important part to having campers become literacy proficient. According to Jonathon, going to camp has helped him read better. “Going to camp lets [...]

Camp Courage 60th Anniversary

Camp Courage celebrates its 60th year of serving individuals with disabilities this year. In 1955, Camp Courage opened to serve campers with physical disabilities such as polio, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, as well as other congenital and acquired disabilities. To make camp a worthwhile experience, children with disabilities had to participate, be challenged and have opportunities to learn new skills they could use in their daily lives. The original camp location is now called the Lakeside at Camp Courage. In 1966, a new campus was added to serve children with communication disorders. Children with speech, hearing and language impairments were now able to have a summer experience that included speech therapy and education. This site, originally called Speech and Hearing Camp is now called Woodland at Camp Courage.

August 16-21, 2015


August 9-13, 2015


August 2-7, 2015

Alex B. (s-y) Payton S. (p-y)

6 Things I Learned as an Oncology Camp Counselor

Camp VIP (Victory in Progress) is a special session held at Camp Courage for children with cancer or blood disorders and their siblings. Kids at these sessions get a much needed break from hospitals and treatments and spend a week just being kids.

ONE: By watching this group run and play and make new friends, you see that they are all still just kids. Their youthful innocence and enthusiasm is ever-present at camp.

TWO: They are living through serious diagnoses, trusting their doctors and nurses to help them and coming to camp without their parents.

THREE: These kids have been stretched emotionally and physically with their own diagnosis, or dealing with a sibling’s illness. From outward appearances, you would hardly know this was a camp for children with challenges. They are amazingly positive and bounce back quickly from setbacks.

Medical Knowledge
FOUR: These kids know a lot more about medical procedures than a majority of the population. While some of us are confused during a routine doctor’s check-up, these kids know about medications, side effects and what they can do to help themselves or their siblings.

FIVE: [...]

July 26-31, 2015

Day in the Life: Summer Camp Lifeguard

1 7:00-9:00 a.m.: Wake up & attend staff meeting
After helping campers to get up and ready for the day and eating breakfast, the lifeguards attend the program staff meeting. Here, they discuss the events of the day, plus make plans for leading the evening program with activities like arts and crafts, a dance, games and more!

29:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lifeguarding around camp
After the meeting, the lifeguards head to their assigned area for the day. There is plenty of water action around camp, so they could be assigned to the pool, waterfront or mud pit! Lifeguards ensure boaters’ and swimmers’ safety during the campers’ exciting day!

312:30-2:30 p.m.: Lunch and a break
At 12:30, everyone meets up with their cabin for lunch. Just after lunch comes rest hour where campers can play games, relax, take a nap or just hang out. The lifeguards use this time to recoup after a busy morning.

42:30-5:30 p.m.: More lifeguarding!
During hot afternoons, the waterfront can get busy with boat rides, swimmers, fishers and mud pit divers! Lifeguards must stay alert and prepared for any situation that could arise.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: [...]

July 19-24, 2015