Message from Marie & Alli
We woke up bright and early today with our thoughts on all of our first session campers! You should be feeling the normal excitement and anxiety of arriving at camp, the hugs and laughter of reconnecting with friends, or experiencing the warm welcome as a first time Foley camper. The cars and buses should be all heading away from camp, your luggage sits on the floor by your bunk, and the normal chaos of settling into cabin living with your peers is beginning. Instead, camp is so quiet and our hearts are longing for you. Perhaps today, you can put on your camp shirt or sweatshirt or design one and send us your picture.
The outpouring of support, love, memories and well wishes that we have received from our alumni, campers, staff and parents have been truly overwhelming. We have been working hard to keep up and send personal messages back. If you missed our initial announcement that Foley will not be opening this summer, click Here to read that announcement and the letter we wrote to our 2020 campers. We look forward to connecting with everyone throughout this year and vow to return stronger and better prepared to provide a quality program that puts the health and safety of our campers and staff as a top priority. Sending you all lots of love.
Summer 2020 - Is looking a little different....
We want to stay connected with you AND we are so humbled to be asked how you can help. Tons of options below! We will continue to update as the summer progresses.
Foley Family Summer Outreach
NOW! – Camp in a Box: Bring some of the Foley magic to your backyard. Try to break some Foley Records (some of them have been held since the 1990's, make bracelets and other crafts, write a postcard to Foley, and try your hand at one of the adventures in the Adventure Guide. Oh. And recipes! Make some yummy camp food! These limited edition boxes are available for purchase via the Online Store.
In July – We will be entertaining you with fun videos, skits and talents. We hope you will join in the fun by sending us some fun stuff to post as well. Watch social media for more info!
In August – Founder’s Day, August 8th (Father Foley’s Birthday). We hope to have some in person AND virtual programming. We will finalize our plans in Mid-July when we know more about the MN regulations – more soon!
On Fridays, help is needed with our regular grounds work including blowing sidewalks, picking up sticks, watering trees, taking care of our buildings and other misc. projects. One family or four adults (18 years of age and older) are welcome to join us at 9:00 a.m. to assist us. Bring a bag lunch and you can eat with our Foley Team on the benches by the dining room. The afternoon will bring a couple more hours of work, or time to sit down at the Marina or walk around. Sadly, boats and other camp equipment is all tucked away.
Health Center and COVID Recovery Fund – Goal approximately $150,000.00
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: Design work and assessing our needs, researching other Camp Health Centers. Met with a contractor about the project and have a meeting scheduled with the architect on July 5th. The permit process is also underway with the septic tank checks completed. Waiting for funding - as of June 19th our camper families have donated over $41,000 of their tuition fees from 2020.
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
You are welcome to visit Foley! Each week, we have had alumni stopping by bringing into camp the energy of young children, or a pizza to share on top of the Marina, or to reminisce and visit the camp store. Last week, a Foley supporter knocked at the office door and tearfully donated $1000.00 – amazing! Letting us know ahead of time is helpful as we may be off or have other commitments and we don’t want to disappoint you. Social distancing is kindly asked of our visitors and remember that the camp is “tucked away” – equipment is not out.
Camp Store is Open Online or by Appointment in Camp
Stop by and we will be happy to open the camp store for you or you can shop online.
Buildings and Grounds
Our grounds will have a rest from the many, many feet that trod throughout camp. Grounds are getting aerated, black dirt spread, and grass seed planted. Over 70 little trees have been planted and being cared for, diseased trees and stumps removed, and erosion work is underway. We will continue our never-ending job of painting and staining buildings that need attention (remember some of our buildings are the originals from the 20's and 30's.
The Foley Museum and History