Campaign for Tanadoona

Building on Tradition, Kindling Change

Fishing Tanadoona has been an idyllic outdoor escape for kids of all ages since 1924. With five natural landscapes and the convergence of two major watersheds (Mississippi River and Minnesota River), Tanadoona provides a unique natural classroom. What's more its proximity to the Twin Cities makes it a convenient choice for busy parents wanting their children to gain traditional camp experiences.


The Campaign for Tanadoona is a chance to reinvest in and revitalize this southwest metro gem. Together we will preserve Tanadoona's rustic charm, while improving infrastructure and amenities.


The ultimate goal is to provide more youth with a richer camp experience year-round, allowing more consistent time connecting to nature and just being a kid.


The Master Plan

The Campaign for Tanadoona launched in 2012 with the unveiling of a Master Plan for Tanadoona (pdf). The Master Plan was developed by two architects who not only spent a great deal of time at Tanadoona, but held focus groups with campers and the Tanadoona community, and even spent a night at Tanadoona with campers! Watch the unveiling in the video.


The Master Plan is transformative, and will be accomplished through a series of phases.


A special thank you to Gary Bingner of Quasimodo Advertising for creating and editing this video.


Phase One of the Master Plan for Tanadoona

Phase One of the Campaign for Tanadoona is a $1.5 million investment to improve the Tanadoona experience.


entrancePhase One construction started in 2014 with the construction of a new front entrance to welcoming campers and visitors to Tanadoona. Natural, indigenous landscaping around the gate is just the beginning of what will one day be a large grove of native Minnesota trees at the entrance.


A new Day Camp Village, named Ginkgo Circle, is now in use with six brand new day camp cabins.

Day Cabin


This provides day campers with the same community experience resident campers enjoy today in Corona Circle and helps prepare them to progress into resident camp.

Three new resident camp cabins are also under construction this summer. Each will have a capacity double what the current cabins accommodate and are set to be complete by the end of July.


Outdoor Living ClassroomAdditional Phase One construction will continue into 2015 with more exciting projects such as an outdoor living classroom as pictured here; however the fundraising for Phase One will close at the end of 2014.




Phase One Fundraising Progress

We have just $57,600 left to raise by the end of 2014!


Every dollar you donate will be matched - doubling your gift's impact. A $750,000 matching gift has been offered by a generous anonymous donor for Phase One.


We invite you to join us in investing in Tanadoona's legacy and future. Now is the time to donate. "Thank you!" to the many individuals and organizations who've donated to the Campaign for Tanadoona!



Donations of any amount can be made online or by mailing a check addressed to "Camp Fire Minnesota" and mailed to: Camp Fire Minnesota

4829 Minnetonka Blvd, Suite 202, St. Louis Park, MN 55416


If you'd like information on other ways you can be involved in the capital campaign, please contact Jessica Ayers-Bean, VP of Community Relations, at [email protected].