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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Family Bonding At Camp
Camp gives mother, daughter opportunity to strengthen relationship

Lisa, left, enjoys special time with her daughter Sophia, right. 
Lisa and Sophia have spent the last four summers at Camp Friendship strengthening their mother-daughter bond.
"It's nice for us to have that time just focusing on each other," said Lisa.

Sophia and her mother have a very tight relationship that only deepens while they are at camp. They experience new adventures together such as tubing on the lake or tie-dying in arts and crafts.  Sophia's favorite thing to do at camp is to visit George   in the music room, who is a long-time Camp Friendship favorite due to his musical talents.
Sophia has trouble seeing and speaking, so she relies mostly on her hearing. 

"She understands everything she hears, it's just harder to get it out," Lisa explains. "This is why Sophia loves all of the camp songs and visits the music room so often." 

Her counselors will often sing camp songs or stop by the music room to keep Sophia involved. 

"We call Camp Friendship the land where everybody wants to make Sophia happy," Lisa said with a smile. 

Outside of camp, Sophia and her mom love to go to dance classes and ride bikes with Sophia's sister, Ruby, and dad, Michael. Sophia is also quite interested in learning new languages. She has learned to understand Spanish, Russian and English. Lisa is very proud of Sophia and loves her more than anything. 

"She has a very positive, patient outlook on life," said Lisa. "Her positiveness rubs off on everyone in the family."

Family Camp weekends in 2017 are planned for August 6 - 11 and October 27 - 29. To learn more check out the camp catalog.

Seeking Volunteers!
Is anyone else feeling a hint of spring fever? 

Volunteer Ben, left, dancing with camper Kurt.
As the days get longer and the
sun feels warmer, our Volunteer Services team get more and more energized for summer! Returning youth volunteers are claiming their weeks of service and coordinating with their friends, families and school service groups to take advantage of the great opportunities available at Camp Friendship and Camp Courage.
Group leaders are planning youth group and school group trips to spend a week with our wonderful campers. New applicants are coming in daily, eager to get involved with programs at one (or more) of our four summer camp locations.
Pull out your calendar, fire up your laptop and visit to complete our online volunteer application. Our week-long summer camp volunteer positions are for all ages: youth (14+), adults, and families (with kids ages 8+).

Each location has unique opportunities to serve and develop meaningful connections with adults and children of all ages and abilities. Come along for one of our sessions and experience camp at its finest alongside the finest of campers! 

Giving Is Good
Thank you Donors!

Huge thanks to the Bernick's Beverages and Vending Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. They have provided the lead gift to fund construction of a boardwalk at Camp Courage to access and view the "rookery" home. The Rookery is home to hundreds of Blue Herons who nest in the dead trees of a flooded lake area. The boardwalk will enable campers and student visitors to visit and study these birds and their unique home.

Brackets for Good  - Over $13,000 raised!

Thank you for your support throughout the Brackets for Good competition. True Friends made it to Round 2 but lost to the great International Wolf Center. 

Overall True Friends raised over $13,000! We are humbled by the response we received - THANK YOU to everyone who participated. Brackets for Good helps a variety of local nonprofits. To continue watching the 'games' see the full bracket here.

Upcoming Events
Annual Steak Fry  - Save the Date: May 5, 2017

Join us for the Annual Steak Fry on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Camp Friendship Dining Hall in Annandale, MN. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance from Larry Greene by calling 320.260.1551. Stop by and check out the great door prizes and raffles. All proceeds to benefit True Friends. 

Picha Heritage Farm - Plant Sale  - Save the Date: May 3 - 14, 2017

Spruc e up your landscaping to benefit True Friends!
Visit the Picha Heritage Farm in Eden Prairie from May 3 - 14 and a portion of the purchases will go toward True Friends' Camp Eden Wood. 

The sale is available Monday - Friday noon - 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn more about the sale by visiting their  Facebook page.

Register for Your Summer Adventure
The new 2017 Camp Catalog is available online - click here!

We are ever expanding, improving and adding new elements to our strong heritage of programs. This summer we're excited to see campers take full advantage of our new fully accessible high ropes course, try out our shooting sports activities and ranges, and explore our local communities on day trips...

Learn more about the great camp programs available this summer by checking out the website at 

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