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May 30, 2014
NEWS & NOTES     Keeping you connected with camp
 

Summer camp is almost here and you can feel the excitement in the air at True Friends. The gorgeous Minnesota weather has finally arrived, and it was worth the wait. Warm breezes in the trees and glimmering waves on the lakeshore seem to beckon each of us to savor the outdoors.


  Getting ready!
Staff and volunteers are here...campers soon to follow

There are only a few days until summer camp begins!  We're getting everything ready for our summer campers - from staff trainings to fueling up the pontoons. Our name may be new, but our mission is still the same - to provide life-changing experiences and adventures. If you've just emerged from your winter hibernation, there are still a few spots open, so 
sign up!

 True Friends in the news

True Friends was featured on metro TV news three times in May! In case you missed any of the segments, you can watch them all here.
Camper Spotlight
You can bet our friend, Brian, will be at camp this summer. His nickname is 'Dewby' and he loves camp. He's been to Camp Courage multiple times. At camp, Brian is always smiling. He loves the pool and hanging out by the lake. Brian communicates with a yes/no system. He also has memorized more than 1,000 numbers that coordinate to a word list. Dewby loves to chat with the counselors.

 

"We have saved every letter and booklet from camp over the last couple years that we read to him almost every night. Brian said no to every pair of shoes until I decorated them with Camp Courage stuff. He literally lives for camp."

-From Brian's Program Manager at his residence 

 

Volunteers
We are excited to welcome two new volunteer groups to camp:

National Charity League will be working at Camp Eden Wood during summer programming. NCL aims to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. This year we plan to offer 108 families the opportunity to volunteer with core programming.

 

Fields of Grace is a parish in western Minnesota that will provide our Youth Development & Leadership program with volunteers at Camp Friendship. 


Save the Date!SavetheDate
June 28 - Taste of Courage and Friendship 2014 - Join us at Cobb Creek Vineyard in Wells for wine, local brews, hors d'ouveres and a band- all in the name of supporting campers! Contact Sue Boeck at 507.383.3451 or Jim Beach at 507.391.3773 for tickets or more information.
 
July 12 - True Strides Open House - Join us at Camp Courage at 10 a.m. to dedicate the new arena for the True Strides Therapy Horse program. The event will feature a name unveiling of the arena, donor recognition and a tour of the new facilities.

July 12 - 14th Annual Tee it Up for Campers
- Held at Oakview Golf Course in Freeborn. For more information contact Jim Beach at 507.391.3773.

July 21 - 10th Annual Circle of Friends Golf Classic - Held at Medina Golf & Country Club. The event features a morning and afternoon shotgun, lunch, games, a silent and live auction and dinner. Presented by Mark and Debbie Steen and Bob Harnett. For more information and registration for golfers contact Mark Steen at 952.229.8710 or steen@blue-rock.com.
 
September 7 - Camp Friendship's 50th Anniversary - There will be an event to celebrate 50 years of camp. All are welcome; plan to come!
Youth summer positions WorkForCamp

 

If you, or someone you know, is looking for summer work, we may have a place for you at camp! We have a variety of summer positions, like Lifeguards and Climbing Leaders,and they all work to create amazing experiences for campers. Visit our website for more details.  
Giving is GoodGivingisGood
Three amazing events raised money for camp in May

 

The "Express Yourself" Style Show raised $3,650 for camp through a fun fashion show that brought over 100 people to Classic Hall in Annandale. The Annandale Snowmobile Club held a Steak Fry for 300 people at Camp Friendship. The event featured a delicious meal and raffle and raised $8,000 for camp. Finally, Picha Farms held their Annual Plant Sale in Eden Prairie, choosing to support True Friends- Camp Eden Wood this year. The sale lasted for two weeks and raised $2,000 for camp.  

 

Thank you to everyone involved for supporting camp!

...spend their time jazzing up journals for campers!

We had over 50 volunteers from Target and a camp partner HandsOn Twin Cities work together to create beautiful, snazzy and fun journals for our campers to use this summer. Thank you Target and HandsOn Twin Cities!
See more great stories like this here. 
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