Message from Marie & Alli
As we begin 2021, our hearts can be so mixed with feelings of hope, optimism, and gratitude and at times our daily lives or our world appears grey filled with despair, lost or dread. Back in December when I was asked what I was looking forward to in 2021, I replied that daily I look forward to making it a better day for others than the day before. I am grateful that our Foley team is persisting on our journey to provide the best possible camping experience for our youth. Helen Keller is quoted, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.”
We have all experienced the unexpected “bends” of 2020 and it continues as we begin 2021 with our practice of persistence and flexibility. Daily at Foley we are continuously making the “turns” as we travel toward the opening of camp, the celebration of our campers arriving, and becoming comfortable with uncertainty. Being empathetic to another’s COVID-19 experience in\s becoming increasingly important in our conversations. We are all balancing different aspect of our lives.
With all of this being said, camp is a family. Many are becoming curious and asking, “What will camp look like this summer?” This is an excellent and broad question! Did you know that campers will not have to wear masks when participating in an activity when in or on the water? Campers will continue to breathe the fresh Minnesota lake and forest air. We have a culture of being outside for favorite meals, evening programming and announcements and this will be expanded now that our campers will be with us for three weeks. On the other hand, if we opened today, campers would be wearing masks when up from their eating table, while enjoying their traditional arrival spaghetti meal.
Help us, by asking the questions that are important to you – we want to hear from you. Our goal is to continue in the next months to compile a document with answers to your questions. As always, your support and trust in us is highly valued.
I keep going back to Helen Keller and changed her quote to say, “A bend in the mechanics of camp is not the end of the camp experience, unless we fail to be flexible and creative, and forget our mission.”
Happenings at Foley
- Join us for the first Camp Foley Round Up – January 28th at 7:00 p.m., a virtual event to connect and learn about Foley in 2021 - Learn More and Register Here.
- Windows for the health center have arrived and should be in by the end of next week! Yay!
- Coming later in February or March is the launching of our new website.
- Check out Look Who’s Registered! It is so fun to read the names of our 2021 campers. We thank you for continuing to spread the word.
We are looking forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at the Foley Round Up!
~ Marie & Alli
Over the last couple years, we have realized that we have out grown our current health center and with the changing physical and mental health needs of our kids, had planned to break ground on a remodel right after camp in 2020. Well, the money we have tucked away is currently being used to keep people working, taking care of our grounds and other business needs. The new building would provide more privacy and isolation rooms (better for communicable diseases in the future like COVID-19), a better medication dispersal system and storage, and space to meet the mental, emotional and social health needs of our campers. We still feel strongly that this is a priority for the health and safety of our campers and staff as we look to reopening stronger in 2021. Donate here!
Project Update - January 15, 2020: We have had a bit of a pause in building as we waited for delayed windows to arrive - but htey are here! We have been told they should be installed by the end of next week with work on the siding starting shortly after. Pictures coming soon!
If you are looking for a way to support camp, and have the financial means to do so, this would be the best way to contribute. Donations would not be tax deductible but greatly appreciated. Fund a toilet! Or the ventilation system! Or maybe the beds?!
Help strengthen Foley for the Future!
You can send checks made out to Camp Foley to:
9303 Father Foley Dr
Pine River, MN 56474
The Foley Museum and History - New History Discoveries
How are we making new historical discoveries? Of course, it is digging in the attic, going through boxes of unmarked photos and memorabilia AND it is from our alumni! We are gathering Foley photos, memorabilia, awards and honors, apparel and your memories and stories! You can send us written memories and we can call you.
Stories – Written or Call and Tell us!
King Neptune Story ’50,’51
The staff would bring all of the campers to the bank overlooking Whitefish Lake to welcome the “god of the sea”. As they chanted King Neptune would emerge from the water covered in sea weed and a trident in his hand. Story told to Marie by Bill Klett, Staff ’50, ‘51
The Building of the Chapel
A relative of Henry Rude as a boy was helping to haul rock for the chapel by mule up the big hill approaching camp when the mule collapsed and sadly died. Marie has plans to have coffee with the couple to get more information.
A Worm Corral Photo, ‘54
Who would have thought! Can you guess where this was located?
A Camper Photo that Makes One Smile, ‘62
George Battis, a younger camper from cabin Yakama with a bright smile, an awesome hat, a lanyard made at Crafts and the red ribbon around his neck (no longer done at Foley) indicating that he did not pass his Swim Test and a traditional Foley shirt!
Ongoing History Projects
Foley Hall Museum
Being a historian is time consuming! Our museum has a layout plan thanks to Sarah M. Space has been designated for the following: Welcome Panel, Father Foley Era & Camp Chapel, Schmid Era, Food at Foley, “Living Room” (space to browse pictures, watch old camp movies, chat about memories), Activities, Recognition and Achievement, Ceiling Displays (including the Foley Apparel Quilt) and more!
Foley Apparel Quilt
It has been so fun gathering Foley Gear from our alumni. Thank you for all of you who have donated! We have some items that we are hoping to display as we could not cut them. The quilt squares are ready to be sewn together. We are pretty confident we have found most of the designs over the years but if you think you have one that is rare, send us a picture, we would love to double check.
Awards, Honors and Memorabilia
Over Foley’s history, there have been various awards and honors given to our campers. We have been gathering the actual patches, medals, and ribbons along with the criteria to display in our museum. We are looking for items from 1924 – 1950 for sure and will be seeking specific items when we return to this project. We would love to collect all sorts of items. If you have anything you wouldn't mind either donating or lending to us, it would be great! Below left: Foley Jacket with Award patches sewn on from the 60's and bucket cap - on loan from the Krebsbach Family. Below middle: Awards and camper guide from the 80's - on loan from Lisa Richardson Munkeby. Below Right: A letter and patch from The Mahoney Family
The great people at Chaco have an amazing program going right now to help summer camps. If you follow our Foley specific link, 25% of the proceeds from your order will go directly to Camp Foley. It is simple. Just follow this link and shop!** Below, Nike the Camp Dog models her new Chaco Collar and Krista Strobel uses her new Chaco sandals in the Boundary waters. Did you make a purchase to benefit camp? Send us a picture!
Camp Moves Me 2020
We had a great year of Camp Moves Me, with 8 participants raising over $13,000. Thank you so much to everyone that ran, biked, did yoga, studied, spent time in nature, hiked and did push ups and sit ups to raise money for the scholarship program! You can still donate! Find out more here!
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