For the past several weeks we have listened intently to local, state, and federal agencies as they make recommendations and provide guidance on how to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. True Friends has significantly scaled back nearly all of our programs and services.
Today, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 Summer Camp sessions.
Following the guidance from the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as county and state agencies, we feel it is in the best interest for the safety of our campers, their families, staff, and volunteers to cancel all 2020 Summer Camp sessions.
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.
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.
Property Damage Policy: True Friends may seek compensation from participants and/or guardians for the replacement or repair of property damaged while attending camp.