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Spirituality at Camp Foley

Spirituality at Camp Foley

We are always encouraging campers to GROW while here at Camp Foley. We try to create many different opportunities throughout the 3 week session for campers to do this. Campers and counselors slow...

You Can’t Dibs Nature!

You Can’t Dibs Nature!

Snapping Turtle (Photo by A. Faricy) As I canoed along on my second to last of 14, three-hour canoe classes over the last three weeks, I examined the actions of the 6th graders. A couple was...

5 Packing Hacks from a Type A-/B+ Mom

5 Packing Hacks from a Type A-/B+ Mom

Packing for Camp Foley: 5 Hacks from a Type A-/B+ Mom I am Jana, mom of Axel (10) and Jules (8). This will be their 3rd and 2nd year at Foley this summer! Future Jana thanks past Jana. On the back...

5 tips for a Successful Rest Period

5 tips for a Successful Rest Period

At camp, campers are constantly on the “go, go go.” From the time campers wake up, their schedule is packed activities. They can be out on Whitefish Lake all day, other days they are singing,...

How We Prepare to Open Camp

How We Prepare to Open Camp

When you finally arrive for the first day of camp, it is so thrilling to see the place you love or will come to love all put together and ready for a session of fun. The docks are all in, the...

7 things Campers should know about Cabin Living

7 things Campers should know about Cabin Living

Camp is getting closer and closer and we just can't wait!   We have a ton of new campers joining us this summer and this blog is for them! There are many things new campers will experience at...

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Meet the Little Brown Bat!

Meet the Little Brown Bat!

Have you ever taken a walk through Camp Foley and wondered what those little brown boxes were fixated onto some of the poles and trees? Well, friends, those are homes for some of our year-round...

Milestones made by Many

Milestones made by Many

We've talked about the prestigious awards and the Anchor award winners, now it's time to take a look at the impressive Milestones our campers, staff, and ONE DOG achieved this summer. Hall of Fame...

Sailing in the 70s with Rob Kugler

Sailing in the 70s with Rob Kugler

This TBT is a little different than what you're probably used to seeing! For this week, we have a great story from a Camp Foley alum from the 70s. If you're a Foley sailor, then this TBT is...

Health Center- New and Improved

Health Center- New and Improved

I'm sure all of our campers and most of our parents and alumni noticed but... WE HAVE A NEW HEALTH CENTER. This was the first summer we got to put the new Mashikki (medicine in the Ojibwa language)....

An Icy Lake in 2013

An Icy Lake in 2013

Alli atop the ice ridge.   Sometimes, we consider the lake to be a “creature” of its own as there always seems to be something cool happening with it, especially in the winter. Whitefish Lake...

2021 Anchor Winners

2021 Anchor Winners

Every summer we have a traditional award we give out here at Camp Foley at every Friendship Campfire, the Anchor Award. Since 1984, each session at least two Anchor Awards are given out (one boy and...

5 Holiday Treats You Can Make as a Family

5 Holiday Treats You Can Make as a Family

The Holidays are just around the corner, and that means COOKIES! Ok... ok... it also means coming together as a family and giving gifts and celebrating your own traditions. But who doesn't love a...

Throwback Thursday: 1961 & 1962

Throwback Thursday: 1961 & 1962

We are proud to bring you a Throwback Thursday request - 1961 and 1962. As usual, we got our information from the old newsletters. I must say, as I go further back in time the newsletters get very...

In the Words of a Counselor 2017 vs. 2021

In the Words of a Counselor 2017 vs. 2021

Have we got a treat for you! We recently interviewed Louie Eptsein as a follow up to an interview we conducted with him back in 2017. In 2017 Louie was 14, a camper, and had just won the anchor...

Throwback Thursday: 1973

Throwback Thursday: 1973

Baseball in the 70s - Looks like a scene from the Sandlot! Alright everyone, this week we're going back to 1973! Forty years ago this summer was the last summer Foley was all boys! I used the old...

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Camp Foley! Today in this blog we are going to focus on things we are grateful for when it comes to CAMP FOLEY! Read below to see what the office staff say...

Camp Foley Launches TikTok

Camp Foley Launches TikTok

We are excited to announce that Camp Foley has officially joined TikTok! This is something our campers have been asking for, for at least the last 2 years! You can find us on the "clock app" under...

Camp Moves Me 2021

Camp Moves Me 2021

We have come to the end of October and that means an end to our fundraising campaign Camp Moves Me! This year we raised $13,805, which is so amazing!!  We had over 120 people donate this month. This...

Why We Donate to Camp

Why We Donate to Camp

It is the last full week of Camp Moves Me! We have raised over $5,000 so far for kids to come to camp, and we want to finish strong! We thought it would be more powerful to hear from the parents of...

Special Awards in 2021

Special Awards in 2021

We had some very special campers earn some very special awards this summer! Going beyond ribbon awards and fun awards created by counselors. These campers had their names recorded in the history of...

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...

Activity Achievements!

Activity Achievements!

One perk of 3 weeks we kept highlighting earlier this year was the extra time at activities! In fact, campers gained a whole sign up in the 3 weeks, and a 4th day was added to two of the sign ups!...

Flick N Float 2021

Flick N Float 2021

We brought an old classic this summer at Foley. Flick N Float made an appearance in all 3 sessions. Flick N Float is a night in camp, usually the night before a sleep-in day, where the whole camp...

Back To School… With Tips from Camp Foley!

Back To School… With Tips from Camp Foley!

  As our Minnesota families head back to school this month and many of our other families from out of state are already back on the school train, we wanted to share today's blog for a few ideas...

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...

Upper and Lower Treehouses: The Perks of Both

Upper and Lower Treehouses: The Perks of Both

Treehouses are a special night that two and four-week campers have the chance to experience. Each treehouse is located in the woods across the road from the center of camp. Cabin groups hike, cook...

A History of Boating

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...

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