Our program provides opportunities to develop an appreciation of nature, live cooperatively with others, share in the responsibilities of group living, develop new leisure interests, experience traditional camp activities, and have fun!
Classic sessions provide a traditional camp experience for children and teenagers, while the retreat-like settings offer a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere for campers. Campers determine their own activity interests and level of participation. Siblings and friends are also welcome!
2021 Summer Camp
The initial summer camp open registration period was November 1-December 31, 2020. Individuals who apply moving forward will automatically be placed on an interest list. Currently our camp managers are screening applications and will place applicants from the interest list as space allows. In the event we are able to add individuals from the interest list a member of the Customer Relations team will reach out to you.
Click here to learn more the application process and timeline.
As we prepare to welcome you back to True Friends we are beyond excited and are leaning on our 65+ years of tradition and history to ensure you, your loved one, and friends are served exceptionally well and safely in this ever-changing world.
To ensure our programs meet your expectations and needs, we ask for your feedback each time we serve you. Based on your experiences and feedback and the current global health situation, we look forward to implementing changes to enhance your experiences and safely serve you in 2021.
What does this mean for you and camping services?
In 2021, True Friends camping programs will operate at a 50% capacity. We have chosen to move in this direction to ensure we can provide a safer experience, reduce the total number of people on campus and in cabin/activity areas at one time.
In addition to the already thorough cleaning and sanitizing protocols we pride ourselves for, we have taken it to the next level starting in May 2020 with our year-round programs and have seen great success. We will continue these protocols for camping services and these protocols continue to evolve and follow local, state, and national guidelines.
To learn more about True Friends’ response to COVID-19 click here. We understand things will change between now and the start of summer camp, so we appreciate your understanding and flexibility moving forward. Prior to the start of summer camp, True Friends will reach out to you with more detailed instructions based on the most update guidance from local, state, and national agencies.
Registration will begin November 1, 2020 and any registrations received after December 31, 2020 will be put on a waiting list.
Since we did not operate camping services in 2020, the following are a few reminders of changes we made ending summer 2019 and will continue as a standard practice for 2021:
Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie is transitioning its history of being an Overnight and Day Camp program to a sole Day Camp program to meet program demands. Campers who prefer overnight camp can apply to Camp Friendship and/or Courage North.
As we aspire to our value of safety and understanding of the complexities of the participants we serve, we have changed the way in which we register participants for 2021. An application will be considered complete and ready for True Friends staff review only when all documents and questionnaires have been received. Until all documents and questionnaires have been received the application will not be processed or reviewed.
How we collect information regarding medications has been updated in the online application to streamline the process for individuals attending multiple sessions. Medication information will be collected both from a medication list provided by a health care professional, as well as a separate medication administration document. As always, we also require individuals to pre-set their medications in packs to bring to camp.
Deposits are required for private paying participants. Participants responsible for paying a deposit will not have their application processed until a full deposit is received.
Participant safety is at our core. As a result, we require an annual physical and physician medication list to attend a camp session.
Financial Assistance is a benefit and sustainable option in choosing the True Friends family of services. True Friends offers a limited financial assistance program to help those in financial need attend a camping session. Our finance team is available to discuss payment plans, financial assistance, and other funding avenues available to you to pay for camp.
2020 Summer Camp Follow-up
In the event you have sent in a deposit or payment for your summer session, please reach out to the Customer Relations team at 952.852.0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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While much has changed, our commitment to all of you has not waivered. Our mission remains true and steadfast to provide life-changing experiences to individuals with disabilities. Our team is working diligently to prepare for the day when we can welcome you back. True Friends is still here; anxiously awaiting to see you.
See a full list of activities offered at each site here.
True Friends resident camp programs at all locations are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). These programs comply with nationally recognized standards for content, personnel, administration, health care, site and facilities. ACA representatives visit facilities every three years to assure compliance with these standards.
Staff Hiring and Training
True Friends is committed to providing all our program participants and staff with a safe and high-quality experience.
Our process to hire staff begins with partnering with reputable local, national, and international organizations to find individuals best suited for the settings in which we provide services. Once the individual has applied, an average application process includes pre-screens, interviews, reference checks and background checks. Then, once the individual is hired, she/he must complete several hours of online and in-person training.
To learn more about the specific hiring and training requirements of each program or service please call 952.852.0101.
Cancellation Policy: All advanced fees paid will be refunded in full if notice is received in the True Friends office 30 days prior to the applicant’s session. If less than 30 days notice is received, all but the registration deposit will be refunded. Waivered, county or adoption assistance funds will NOT pay cancellation fees, therefore, participants/guardians will be billed accordingly.
Property Damage Policy: True Friends may seek compensation from participants and/or guardians for the replacement or repair of property damaged while attending camp.