The first day of summer camp is exciting, busy and maybe even a little scary for everyone – new campers, returning campers and even counselors! We strive to make the first day at camp memorable and purposeful. We introduce campers to their counselors and cabinmates, go over safety precautions and guidelines, visit the camp nurse and jump in Whitefish Lake – all before dinner!

Arriving at Camp Foley

Campers arriving by car and boat typically arrive to camp first. They meet their counselors who assist them in settling in their cabins. When the Airport Bus and OLG Bus arrive, everyone already in camp greets the buses. As campers exit the bus, they meet their counselors, grab their luggage, go to their cabin, find the bunk with their nametag posted on it and begin getting settled.

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Arrival Day Celebration

Camp Foley refers to all the craziness that is the first day of camp as our “Arrival Day Celebration” where campers complete the following:

  • Check lifejackets, tread water for five minutes and go over boat safety (Part of Foley's Safety and Endurance Swim Check)
  • Swim 50 yards and hear waterfront rules (Part of Foley's Safety and Endurance Swim Check)
  • Learn about the Foley Activities 
  • Complete first activity signup!
  • Find cabin benches
  • Go over camp rules
  • Meet with the camp nurse
  • Snack on Goldfish crackers & fill water bottles with lemonade

Cabin Time, Dinner & Campfire

After the Arrival Day Celebration, campers head back to their cabins to play get to know you games to further develop those initial connections. Cabins then establish a "Cabin Agreement", which is a camper created set of rules and guidelines to ensure everyone is taken care of and has a good time. Dinner is at 6 pm, and it’s SPAGHETTI! After dinner, campers have time to change and get ready for Opening Campfire. Younger cabins have lights-out at 9:30 and older campers are in bed by 10:15.

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Parent Guide

The Parent Guide is the #1 resource for new and returning Foley Families.

We recommend learning about Foley through our Prospective Families section. The Parent Guide is useful if you are looking for more specific information regarding things like: CommunicationHealth & SafetyCabin Placement, the Camp Store, Homesickness, Community Living, Visiting Camp, etc.

If you can't find the information you're looking for online just contact the Camp Foley Office by email or call (218) 543-6161. 

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