Lantern Review of Camp Foley
Walking into Camp Foley is walking into fun. That may sound trite at first, but the design of the Foley program is rooted in a dedicated commitment to youth development research. Whether it is the decision to provide nearly forty activities, or the structure of the daily activities or the idea to allow campers to help determine the direction of the overall camp program, the camper-centered experience at Foley delivers, as one parent summarized, substance hidden in fun. Keeping the program light-hearted, but intentional creates a laid-back atmosphere, allowing typical cliques among boys and girls to simply melt away. Unstructured time to just hang out on the benches in front of the dining hall is a vivid example of the good-natured, happy pulse of Foley.
The camp’s waterfront is front and center on a fairly compact campus. All of the activities are within a short walk and the closeness reinforces the closeness of the community that exists here. Sailing, wake boarding and the myriad of other activities on Whitefish Lake are obviously popular. A range of vessels in the sailing fleet lend a helping hand to sailors of all skill levels and ages. While the lake is often bustling, the numerous activities throughout camp, from paintballing to archery, tennis to sling shot, again reinforce the firm belief in the importance that campers try new things while at camp. These efforts are even celebrated in the tradition of “Foley Firsts” achievement regardless of a camper’s seniority.
More than 50% of the campers at Foley are over the age of 13 and they welcome those who are late to their first camp experience. As you walk among the happy campers and staff here, it’s clear that activities like Human Foosball or the end of season camp dance truly foster the fun and novel atmosphere Foley purposefully wants to create.
- 165 Campers per Session
- 2-week, 4-week
- Founded in 1924
Camp Foley’s focus is to instill in youth the skills that will benefit them for years to come. Kids come to Foley because they get to choose their own activities from a wide variety of options. Kids come for the coed experience but also to create the bonds and friendships with the people in their cabins. Our focus is to give kids an experience unlike any other they will have in during their youth, and we’re willing to bet our campers would say that’s exactly what we’re doing.
- 40 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
Car/Boat: Parents can drop off at camp. Bus: Parents can drop off children at Our Lady of Grace church/school in Edina, MN to be bused to camp. Plane: Campers fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Campers are then bused to camp.
Marie Schmid and Alli Faricy