Message from Marie & Alli
To say it has been a unique summer is an understatement. Nothing can replace the thrill of having kids in camp and the noise and excitement of watching young people grow throughout their time at Foley. The camp experience is so embedded in our daily lives that it has become pretty difficult to separate ourselves. As camp settled in to a quiet routine, a few things became very clear to us:
- A renewed sense of dedication to provide a quality, individualized, safe and fun camp experience for our campers.
- A renewed understanding of the importance of creating spaces that kids can interact with their peers, feel supported and take healthy risks while learning to understand and accept different world perspectives.
- An acceptance that the world has changed and that we must change with it. Which, of course, is both terrifying and exciting all at the same time.
With all of that in mind, we have made the decision to transition Foley to three 3-week sessions (see Dates and Rates).
We reocognize that for some of you this will be a welcome change. Something exciting to share with your kids and neighbors. For others it will be scary and new and seem way out of reach. We really hope you give us the chance to talk to you about this change. We will be holding some Q&A sessions in a couple weeks, but are here to talk to you on the phone or via email in the mean time.
Read the 2021 Registration FAQ's for more information about our program changes, financial support and all the details of this shift.
We are excited about this change and look forward to all the benefits of being able to provide an opportunity for kids to have extended time growing in their independence in a youth centered environment!
~ 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: Designs are finalized and we have the building gutted and ready to go. Waiting on supplies to arrive (delayed due to COVID). Looking forward to making
In addition to the remodel on the Health Center, we had planned to install two handwashing stations near the dining hall this spring, to help with the overall hygenine of our campers and staff. Each handwashing station would allow 10 or more campers to simultaneously wash their hands. They are portable and will be located outside of the dining room in our summer camp program to encourage and promote handwashing. Project Update: Custom design completed, plumbing parts purchased, and quote is ready to be signed to begin construction.
If you are looking for a way to support camp this summer, 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.
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
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