Helpful Information for Parents

 

photo: Tanadoona Counselors and campersWe're so excited that you and your camper have chosen Camp Tanadoona and are part of our 90-year tradition of summer camp! To help you and your camper prepare for camp we've outlined everything you need to know here.

 

Be sure to receive pre-camp emails, sent the week before your camp sessions. Add info@campfiremn.org to your email contact list. If you think you may have opted out of emails before, you may opt back in here.

 

Please contact us and we with any additional questions. We're always happy to help!

 

(612) 235-7284 or info@campfiremn.org

 

 

 

Family Handbook | FAQs | Weekly Photos | FAQs | Discounts

Camp Store | Buddy Policy | Camp Scholarship

Activity Limitations/Swim Tests | Host a Counselor | Philosophy | Safety

 

 

Family Handbook

A comprehensive guide to preparing for and learning about Tanadoona. This handbook includes everything from pick-up times to swim test guidelines to sending mail to your camper and everything inbetween.

Family Handbook pdf

 

 

FAQs

Looking for more information about the Tanadoona experience. We've compliled answers to many frequently asked questions here.

Have more questions? Please contact us at (612) 235-7284 or info@campfiremn.org.

 

 

Weekly Photos from Camp

While balancing the unplugged lifestyle of camp we still aim to help capture memories for our campers and their families. Photos are posted at the end of each week (and occasionally during the week) on Tanadoona's Facebook page.

 

 

Discounts

Early Bird Discount (January 5 - March 15)

$15 off Day Camps; $20 off Mini-Resident Camps; $30 off Resident Camps including Northwoods Adventure at Camp Bluewater (DCA & CIT are not eligible for discount).

Discount is given on each eligible session campers register for during this time. Full payment is required by March 15.

 

 

Camp Store

All campers have the opportunity to purchase snacks and merchandise from the camp store. Families may deposit money into their camper’s store account during registration or at check-in on Sunday or Monday only. If you need to add money to you camper's account mid-week call the Camp Fire office (612) 235-7284 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm with a credit or debit card. Cash is not accepted in the Camp Store.

 

General guide: $15 for day campers; $20-25 for Mini-Resident; $25-35 for Resident

 

Remaining Balances: Families will be notified of any balance remaining in their child’s camp store account at the end of the camp season (September 2015). Parents/Guardians may choose to donate their balance to the Campership Fund or have their balance refunded. Balances at or below $5.00 will be automatically donated to the Camp Fire Campership Fund. Refunds are subject to a $2.50 administrative fee.

 

 

Requesting a Camper Buddy

Tanadoona’s buddy policies are in place to help prevent bullying issues; thank you for helping us create a welcoming environment for all our campers!

 

Day Camp Buddy

Day Campers may request one friend to be paired with at camp. This camper must be close to the same age and registered for the same camp session. Due to liability reasons regarding our Archery and High Ropes Adventure Course, seven and eight year olds cannot be paired together. Campers whose requests are linked to multiple campers (daisy-chained) will not be granted. Requests will only be considered if both campers request each other; one-way requests will not be granted. Camp Tanadoona has final say on all placements and cannot guarantee buddy requests can be met. Tanadoona staff cannot give out information regarding other camper buddy requests if the camper is not registered under their account.

 

Resident Camp Cabin Mates

Overnight campers may request one friend as a cabin mate. This camper must be the same age and gender. Requests will only be considered if both campers request each other; one-way requests will not be granted. Camp Tanadoona has final say on all placements and cannot guarantee cabin mate requests can be met. Tanadoona staff cannot give out information regarding other camper’s cabin mate requests if the camper is not registered under their account.

 

 

Camperships (camps scholarships)

Last year, 196 full and partial camperships were awarded to Tanadoona campers! If your family needs financial assistance to make camp possible for your camper, learn more here and apply early. Download the application packet.

 

 

Activity Limitations and Swim Tests

For safety reasons, campers under the age of 8 cannot fully participate in archery activities and are not allowed to participate in climbing activities. Additionally, some activities are subject to cancellation at the discretion of the Camp Director, due to weather conditions.

 

All campers are required to take a swim test on the first day of camp, conducted by a certified lifeguard. Campers will: float on their back for one minute, swim 25 yards, and tread water for one minute. Campers who do not successfully pass the test will be required to wear a life jacket in deep area, but can swim without a life jacket in the shallow area. Depending upon availability of lifeguards, campers who do not pass the swim test may have the opportunity to retake the test the following day.

 

 

Host a Tanadoona Counselor for the Weekend

Our International counselors love the opportunity to relax, experience “American Life” and get to know campers and their families. Not to mention the chance to sleep in a real bed! Learn more and apply here.

 

 

Philosophy

As a Camp Fire outdoor program, Camp Tanadoona is grounded in helping youth achieve the following outcomes:

  • Greater self-awareness and positive values

  • Increased social skills and sense of belonging

  • Increased knowledge of and appreciation for the natural environment

  • Increased sense of competency and empowerment

Read more here.

 

 

Health and Safety - ACA Accredited

Tanadoona is accredited by the American Camp Association® (ACA). To earn this accreditation we undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operations - from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.