International campers should plan their arrival into the St. Paul/Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) on the day before the start of the session. A Foley staff member will meet flights that arrive in the afternoon or early evening of that day. Please try to make flight arrangements that have your camper arriving before 4pm. Campers will then board a camp van or bus (with camp staff) and head up to camp. Arriving the day before will allow our international campers time to settle in to the time difference, rest after a long trip and rent the things they need (life jackets, sheets, blankets). The fee for the bus and overnight accommodations will be charged to your camp store account. If your camper arrives after 6pm they may need to stay with camp staff at a hotel near the airport and then catch the bus up the next day with the children from the United States.
Your camper will need money for their luggage on the return trip and may want some spending money for the airport during arrival and departure hours.
International campers need to depart after 2:00 PM on Departure Day.
We strongly encourage international campers to fly Unaccompanied Minor to help with customs and transferring planes. If your camper is flying Unaccompanied Minor, please make sure that they are not on the final flight out a city to their final destination (including connections) as the airline staff will not allow them to board the plane in Minneapolis.
Please check with the airline your child is flying regarding Unaccompanied Minor fees and baggage fees prior to camp. As always, contact the camp office with questions.
Contacting Home Upon Arrival
If you would like to talk to your child on the phone, be sure they have an international cellphone!
The camp office will email you after your child arrives in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Please allow up to two hours after the expected arrival time for the email to be sent.
International Cellphone: We suggest that international campers carry an international cellphone when they travel or a device that they can use to connect to wifi to contact parents that way. Please make sure that they know how to use it and what phone numbers to call.
English is to be spoken at camp! We stress the importance of speaking English to make friends and to create harmony within the Camp Foley community. As much as possible, we will help the situation by limiting the number of international campers in the same cabin and at activities; however, it is best if you let your child know what your expectations are for them in the at camp.
Camp Store (Canteen) Deposit
Although we do not allow our campers to email their parents, international campers may bring one page letters to the office to be scanned and emailed home to the email address we have on file. We will NOT send emails to any email address other than the address listed for the parents in our files, so please be sure that we have accurate information.