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Why Accreditation Matters

Why Accreditation Matters

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the camp experience. ACA Accreditation means that Camp Foley voluntarily...

A cure for homesickness?

A cure for homesickness?

Hey Parents! It may only be October, but school (online or otherwise) will be over before you know it and soon you'll be packing the kids up to come to Camp Foley! While everyone is super excited...

The History of Camp Pets!

The History of Camp Pets!

Either Yogi or Kayzak... How much do you love camp's dogs, Nike and Norm? I mean... they are playful, adorable and always provide some entertainment when they are around. Not surprisingly, Nike and...

How Camp Foley got its Name…

How Camp Foley got its Name…

  This week we are looking at the History of Camp Foley's name and how it has changed over the years...   Did you know that our beloved Camp Foley was not always called that? Camp has had a few...

A Do it Yourself Christmas!

A Do it Yourself Christmas!

Christmas is next week! To celebrate the Holiday and add extra cheer to your home this season, here are 4 awesome and easy Do-it-Yourself decorations you can make with campers right at home!  ...

Grand Dance Festival

Grand Dance Festival

One of the most anticipated events of each session is the Grand Dance Festival. This is a night of dancing, singing, and an ice cream treat for all of our campers to enjoy one of the final days to...

Most Recent Posts from Camp Foley:

Why Accreditation Matters

Why Accreditation Matters

The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the camp experience. ACA Accreditation means that Camp Foley voluntarily...

A cure for homesickness?

A cure for homesickness?

Hey Parents! It may only be October, but school (online or otherwise) will be over before you know it and soon you'll be packing the kids up to come to Camp Foley! While everyone is super excited...

The History of Camp Pets!

The History of Camp Pets!

Either Yogi or Kayzak... How much do you love camp's dogs, Nike and Norm? I mean... they are playful, adorable and always provide some entertainment when they are around. Not surprisingly, Nike and...

A Do it Yourself Christmas!

A Do it Yourself Christmas!

Christmas is next week! To celebrate the Holiday and add extra cheer to your home this season, here are 4 awesome and easy Do-it-Yourself decorations you can make with campers right at home!  ...

How Camp Foley got its Name…

How Camp Foley got its Name…

  This week we are looking at the History of Camp Foley's name and how it has changed over the years...   Did you know that our beloved Camp Foley was not always called that? Camp has had a few...

Grand Dance Festival

Grand Dance Festival

One of the most anticipated events of each session is the Grand Dance Festival. This is a night of dancing, singing, and an ice cream treat for all of our campers to enjoy one of the final days to...

Thanksgiving this Year

Thanksgiving this Year

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Camp Foley! I thought it might be fun to be grateful this year is almost over. Today in this blog we are going to focus on things we are grateful for when...

History of Archery

History of Archery

Here we are with another installment of our History Blogs! This one will focus on the history surrounding Archery as an activity here at Camp Foley! Archery has been around since the beginning of...

The LITs focus on Social Justice

The LITs focus on Social Justice

The University sponsored the event This summer our LITs (Leaders in Training) participated in The Maverick Social Justice Camp. This camp is part of Minnesota State University Mankato programming...

A New Spin on Halloween

A New Spin on Halloween

 Halloween is in 2 days!!! I always think it is such a shame that the real Halloween doesn't happen during camp. It has everything, hilarious costumes, yummy candy (aka canteen!), and a night full...

What would they do?

What would they do?

Camps have been facing the challenge of deciding what the next step is for over 6 months now, in the face of this pandemic. In tumultuous times, we often look back and ask what the people before us...

A Unique Evening Program

A Unique Evening Program

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. Here's a quick word on a unique...

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....

A History of Tennis at Foley

A History of Tennis at Foley

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...

Summer Critter

Summer Critter

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,...

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...

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...

Treehouse Battle

Treehouse Battle

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

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...

Fall Outdoor Education at Foley

Fall Outdoor Education at Foley

Photo from 2019 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...

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,...

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It's Never Too Late or Too Early to Plan for Summer!

We're so excited to meet you, and we'd love to answer any questions you have about Camp Foley and how much fun we'll have this summer!