Camp at True Friends provides individuals the opportunity to explore their interests, build confidence, enhance self-esteem and meet new friends, all while having a blast enjoying the Minnesota summer. We are honored to serve you, your family and greater community with life-changing experiences. Thank you for choosing True Friends for your next adventure.
Signing up for camp is easier than ever with our online registration system. For returning campers, log-in to your account and apply online!
Summer Camp registration is now open. Check out the catalog below or download a pdf.
New in the 2018 – 2019 Camp Season
To all of you who had the opportunity to share the 2018 summer experience with us – THANK YOU for a great summer! At the end of each camp session, we send out a survey asking for feedback on camper and caregiver experiences. Thank you for that feedback; it helps us enhance our processes, procedures and the programs we offer throughout the year.
Due to the feedback we received, we have updated our processes:
Our application has been updated to reduce redundancy and clarify questions. Additionally, various questions previously asked during the check-in process are now asked in the application to improve check-in efficiency and experience.
How we collect information regarding medications has been updated in the online application to streamline the process for individuals attending multiple sessions throughout the summer. Medication information will be collected from a physician medication list as well as a separate medication module in the online application.
Other highlights and reminders:
Deposits are required to attend a camp session. Clients paying with Waivered or County funds, as well as Adoption Assistance are not directly responsible for paying a deposit. However, in the event of a cancellation, participants/guardians will be billed according to our cancellation policy available on our website, application and catalog. Clients responsible for paying a deposit will not have their application processed until a full deposit is received.
Client Care is at our core. As a result, we wish to remind you we require an annual physical and physician medication list to attend a camp session.
Time at Camp for all participants has changed in 2019. The time each individual may spend at camp will not exceed 13 consecutive days and reentry to a camp a respite session will not occur until an additional six days have passed.
Due to federal regulations neither, medical cannabis or synthetic THC is allowed on True Friends property. If you have specific questions call 952.852.0105.
Overnight & Day Camps
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!
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.