We are continuing to evaluate the best way to do travel to and from camp this summer due to COVID-19. We prefer as many people as possible to drive their kids to camp, however we do understand that may be impossible for some families. We will have a bus option from Minneapolis/St.Paul and meeting kids at the airport with modified procedures in place to limit exposure. We appreciate patience as the guidance from the state continues to change - thank you! All information below is subject to change.
Tips: For the summer of 2021, we are hoping as many people are able, will consider driving their camper to camp due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To Camp: Check in between *9:45 and 10:15 am; Bus departs at *10:30 am. Lunch provided
From Camp: Bus pulls in to the parking lot around Noon; snack provided
Cost: Due to limitations on capacity, bus costs will be $75 each way for 2021. If we are able to increase capacity this cost may go down. It will not be higher.
Bus Stop Location: Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Avenue, Edina, MN 55436 (Right off of Highway 100, exit toward Eden Avenue).
*We may have staggered check in and departure times due to COVID-19.
Tips: With no traffic, in good weather, with no stops, Foley is a 3 hour drive from the Twin Cities.
Arrival Day: Drop off between 1-1:30 pm
Departure Day: Pick up between 9-10 am
Camp Foley's Address: 9303 Father Foley Dr, Pine River, MN, 56474
Air (Fly & Bus)
Tips: Using the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), campers are supervised by Foley staff at the gate, on the bus, and communicate with their parents.
To Camp: All campers (including International) - Arrive into MSP as close to 9:30 am CST as possible. Lunch, snacks and bottled water and/or Supper is provided on bus or in the van on the way to camp.
From Camp: Flight should depart MSP after 2 pm; lunch provided
Cost: Due to limitations on capacity, bus costs will be $75 one way or $125 roundtrip. If we are able to increase capacity this cost may go down. It will not be higher.
Absolutely no money is needed once a camper is on a bus. Optional would be to give them $15.00 to $20.00 for emergencies. Campers flying may need money for baggage if responsible for returning fees.
Fares are competitive, especially when one can check two free bags, and their UM policy is not stringent. “Children ages 5 through 11 traveling without an accompanying passenger age 12 or older must travel as an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) on Southwest Airlines.” And there are many direct flights from major cities like Chicago (Midway) where parents put them on the plane and Foley staff meet them, saving them the UM fees.
MSP is a Delta hub with many choices. As of 2/17/20 they are also the only airline still limiting seating to aisle and window seats due to COVID-19, adding extra space for physical distancing.
Forms and Information Travel One:
Unaccompanied Minor Letter
Most major airlines require children under 15 years of age, who are traveling alone, to pay for Unaccompanied Minor (UM) service. We will email you the name of who is meeting your child at the gate when arriving into Minneapolis- St Paul International Airport (MSP) 24 hours prior to camper’s departing flight. For the return trip, please provide the full name(s), address and phone number for the person who will meet your camper at the airport. Camp Foley is not responsible for your camper once he/she boards the plane. Most major airlines will not allow Unaccompanied Minors to be booked on the final flight of the day to their destination city, including connections. We strongly encourage international campers to fly UM to help with customs and transferring planes.
Some airlines are limiting international unaccompanied minors. Delta currently will not allow children to fly unaccompanied under the age of 15, if coming from a foreign country. They plan to change that starting April 1st. Information can be found here. Please check with the airline you book with for thier policies around unaccompanied minors.
Once met, campers are instructed to call home if they have their own cell phone. If not, Foley staff will assist campers in calling home on their cell phones and/or will email parents (more likely if travelling internationally due to fees and time zone differences.) Please allow up to two hours after the expected arrival time for the email to be sent.
Hint: We suggest that international campers carry an international cellphone when they travel or a device that they can use to connect to Wi-Fi to contact parents that way. Please make sure that they know how to use it and what phone numbers to call. Foley will provide a device for them to contact parents through Wi-Fi.
On Arrival Day, counselors meet campers at gate if a domestic flight, if going through customs in Minneapolis, directly outside of this area. Following, campers or staff communicate with parents and gather baggage. Staff board the designated bus with the campers. When departing, counselors assist campers with checking in for their flights, including baggage, supervise and see them through security to their gates. Staff wait in the area until the flight departs.
Parents are! Any fees that Foley incurs in getting your child boarded on a flight is the responsibility of the parents. If you are expecting your camper to pay for return baggage, please send cash for this expense.
Verbal or written communication must be received into the Camp Foley Office from the legal parent or guardian prior to a minor being released to a person other than his or her legal guardian. Signatures are required before releasing a child at the bus or from camp. It is understood that the flight arranged by a parent is the release.
The attendance of all campers is verified whether arriving by car, boarding the bus at OLG or arriving at the airport. Immediately parents are called if a camper does not show up as arranged. Camper safety and whereabouts is our primary concern and any absentee campers would be of first priority. Our goal is to send an email confirmation out to the parents within 30 minutes of their child’s bus arrival into camp.
Learn what happens during our Arrival Day Celebration!