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Staying Eco-Friendly during Winter

Staying Eco-Friendly during Winter

 2 weeks ago it was -11 outside!!!! Even if you are Minnesota native through and through that is COLD! While the cold has some great benefits, like pretty snow and getting to walk on frozen lakes,...

The History of Fencing

The History of Fencing

  We are continuing with our History blogs, and this week we are taking a look at the History of Fencing! Fencing has been an activity at Camp Foley since 1959. It doesn't go as far back as...

Transitioning to 3 weeks…

Transitioning to 3 weeks…

We are very excited for our upcoming 2021 summer! As many of you know, this summer we are switching to 3 week sessions. We decided to do this for a multitude of reasons... Camps that offer longer...

Happy Love Day

Happy Love Day

 This Sunday is Valentine's Day! We here at Foley are always full of love for our campers, parents, alumni, and for Camp Foley itself! We think it is very important to take the time to show your...

A Guide to Mastering Camp Mail with your Camper

A Guide to Mastering Camp Mail with your Camper

  The thirty minutes after fourth period are some of the most exciting for campers each day. Not only do they get to have candy or ice cream (canteen), but mail from home is handed out. All...

It’s Lego Day

It’s Lego Day

Today is International Lego day!  We here at Camp Foley love Legos! And in 2016 we made this love permanent by creating a whole building designed for using and storing Legos! So today I'd like to...

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What would they do?

What would they do?

    (from left to right) Speedy Aultman (Camp Thunderbird), Fred Rogers (Camp Lincoln/Camp Lake Hubert), Bob Schmid (Camp Foley), Unknown couple, Marlys Roger (Camp Lincoln/Camp Lake...

A Unique Evening Program

A Unique Evening Program

The Campers created their own Mario Kart! No, we're not talking about the video game... we're a tech-free camp after all! But what we are talking about is a fun happening from this past summer....

Registration is Open!!!!

Registration is Open!!!!

It's HERE! The time we have all been waiting for... Registration is open for everyone to sign up for the summer of 2021!    Also don't miss our awesome new registration video!!!! We know camp will...

Climbing to New Heights

Climbing to New Heights

It's time for another activity spotlight! This week is all about climbing, a very popular activity here at camp. Camp Foley has a two-sided, 38-foot tall climbing wall. The wall was built in 1999....

Fall Outdoor Education at Foley

Fall Outdoor Education at Foley

In addition to our Summer Camp Season, Foley has an Outdoor Education program that runs in the months of May and September. Foley's Environmental Education Center is open for school groups to come...

Camp Moves Me has BEGUN!

Camp Moves Me has BEGUN!

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!!! If you follow Camp Foley on social media (specifically Facebook or Instagram) then you have probably seen Foley Directors, Staff, and Campers participating in an...

A History of Sailing

A History of Sailing

Welcome to the latest of our Historical Blogs... Today we are taking look at Sailing through the years here at Camp Foley! It's one of the most popular activities at camp and is the only activity at...

An International Perspective

An International Perspective

While it may seem strange to some, Foley is known for having a great international presence from Mexico to France to Australia and Ireland. For campers and staff alike, the transition into camp...

Treehouse Battle!

Treehouse Battle!

Upper vs. Lower: which Treehouse is best? A special night for all of our two, three, and four-week campers is going to cook dinner and sleep in the treehouses. Upper Treehouse is up the Moose Trail,...

How summer camp impacts kids…

How summer camp impacts kids…

This week we want the blog to focus on why summer camp is so important for kids. We have an article from Chicago Parents that talks about how camp impacts kids long term. This article was written...

A History of Clothing at Camp Foley

A History of Clothing at Camp Foley

We are continuing our History blogs with a, particularly fun one today! We are going to travel through history and check out how the clothing trends have evolved over the last 95 years of Foley...

LARP-ING At Home

LARP-ING At Home

LARP-ing, or Live Action Role Playing, is an offshoot activity of Fencing that I brought to camp back in 2013. Campers would deck out in fencing gear and I would take them on a journey through the...

Summer Critters

Summer Critters

If you're a fan of this blog, (and I know you are!) you'll know on January 9th, 2020 we published a blog called "Winter Critters" that was all about how animals kept warm in the wintertime. Well,...

Happy Birthday Father Foley!

Happy Birthday Father Foley!

This Saturday is August 8th, which is a big day for Camp Foley... It's Father John P. Foley's birthday! We have a special way we celebrate his birthday every year, as it always happens during our...

A History of Tennis

A History of Tennis

We are continuing to take some time this summer to take a look back at the history of Camp Foley. With 95 years of Camp under our belt, Camp has inevitably changed with the times. We are very proud...

A History of Boating

We are continuing to take some time this summer to take a look back at the history of Camp Foley. With 95 years of Camp under our belt, Camp has inevitably changed with the times. We are very proud...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

This Saturday is the 4th of July! This Holiday is a favorite here at Camp Foley, and we have celebrated it with our campers for many years. Recently in the last few years, we have brought back the...

A History of Riflery

A History of Riflery

We are continuing to take some time this summer to take a look back at the history of Camp Foley. With 95 years of Camp under our belt, Camp has inevitably changed with the times. We are very proud...

A Throwback Thursday- Eagle Edition

A Throwback Thursday- Eagle Edition

Here is a true Throwback Thursday to our most viewed blog! This is a Creature Spotlight all about the bald eagle. All the pictures of Eagles were taken by our Director Alli Faricy. You can find more...

History at the Swim Dock

History at the Swim Dock

We are taking some time this summer to take a look back at the history of Camp Foley. With 95 years of Camp under our belt, Camp has inevitably changed with the times. We are very proud of how far...

TORT TIME!

TORT TIME!

If you have been a camper in the last 5 years, you know exactly what "Tort Time" is! For those wondering, this is a reference to activity available during Morning Fun and Free Swim, the two free...

Hey Parents! Benefits of Overnight Camp

Hey Parents! Benefits of Overnight Camp

What's up parents! Still, wondering if an overnight camp is right for your kid? We know there is so much for your child to do during the summer, but we'd like to make the case that summer camp...

Paint Check!

Paint Check!

In this month's activity spotlight, we will be focusing on a Camp Foley favorite... PAINTBALL! This activity has been around since 2005, and many campers since have passed through the gauntlet and...

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