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Welcome parents and guardians! This page contains information for our most frequently asked questions from club and camp families, including forms, packing lists for camp and more. If you’re unable to find what you need submit your feedback and we’ll contact you. You can also call our office at 612-235-7284, or email us at info@campfiremn.org.

Camp Information

Here you will find information most commonly needed as you and your camper prepare for your visit. Please add info@campfiremn.org to your email contacts to ensure that you receive our communications as your week at camp approaches.

Parent Handbook + Camp Policies

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Registration

  • Create an account and register online
  • Complete Health + Camper Information Form: Complete in your camper’s account online by June 1, or at least three weeks prior to your camp session.
  • Communications: You will receive an automatic confirmation when registering for camp. Watch for your “Get Ready for Camp” email the week before your camp session. Ensure you receive emails by adding info@campfiremn.org to your contact list.
  • Waitlists: Sessions fill up quickly. Please register your camper on a wait list. We continually monitor registration. When space becomes available, we will contact you by phone and email. While we cannot predict openings, we are happy to talk with you about your position on the waitlist. We fill sessions based on the chronological order of when camper names were added to the waitlist.

General Camp Questions

My child is shy. Would camp be a good experience for him/her?

Our camp counselors are trained to work with each child’s unique needs. Many shy children benefit tremendously from the camp experience and grow in confidence. The best way to ensure a positive experience for your child is to prepare before camp begins. We suggest you and your child visit camp beforehand to get familiar with the camp atmosphere and discuss with your child what to expect.

Can I visit camp?

YES! We invite you to any of our Tanadoona events specifically for camper families and other groups to experience camp and meet staff in advance! Join us for camp activities like archery, campfires, nature hikes, and more. Parents can try activities too. You may also schedule a tour of Tanadoona anytime by calling 612-235-7284.

Can I sign up my child with a friend?

Tanadoona’s Buddy Request policies are in place to help campers feel secure with a friend at camp and to help prevent bullying issues. Thank you for helping us create a welcoming environment for all our campers!

Buddy Requests allow two campers who each request one another to be placed in the same group for their week at camp. Campers may request one friend to be paired with; however, one-way requests or submissions for more than two buddies together cannot be accommodated.

  • Day & Specialty Camps: Both must be the same age and registered for the same camp session.
  • Mini-Resident & Resident Camps: Both must be the same age and same gender.

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.

How does the waitlist work?

If the camp session you are interested in is full, you may add your name to our waitlist through the online registration system. When space becomes available, we will contact you by phone and email. We review session capacity daily and will notify families as soon as possible. While we cannot predict openings, we are happy to talk with you about your position on the waitlist. We fill sessions based on the earliest date of joining the waitlist.

What do campers do during rainy days?

We give the campers the option to continuing playing outdoors if it’s lightly raining. When the lightening/thunder starts, we move indoors where counselors lead a variety of fun activities for campers such as crafts or team-building games.

My child has a serious allergy. Can you accommodate them?

We have several certified nurses on staff as well as our Health and Wellness Specialist, all of whom are familiar with handling severe allergies. Please contact our administrative offices for more information prior to registering your camper for more information.

Where do we send mail to our camper?

Tanadoona

Attn: Camper Name

3300 Tanadoona Drive
Excelsior, MN 55331

My camper ran out of store money and it is only Wednesday. Can I add more?

Yes. We do allow parents and guardians to deposit additional money into their camper’s store account throughout the week. On the first day of the session at Camp Tanadoona, we take cash or checks. However, once the session has started, we recommend that you contact our Administrative Offices at 612-235-7284 to have money added to their accounts. Please note that we try to update campers’ accounts immediately, but, depending upon their daily schedule, they may have already attended the Camp Store for the day.
To be sure that your camper receives his or her updated store balance, please call 612-235-7284 Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you call during evening hours, please leave a voicemail that states your camper’s name, age and how much you wish to deposit. These requests will be processed right away the following day when our offices open at 9:00am.

Where is the Lost and Found?

The Lost and Found is located inside our Camp Office at Camp Tanadoona. Please check in with our staff there to search for your camper’s missing item.

Registration Questions

Can I transfer my session to another week?

We do allow session transfers when you contact our Administrative Offices at 612-235-7284. However, if the session transfer happens less than two weeks prior to the start date of your current session, you may be charged a $50 transfer fee.

My camper has been added to a waitlist for a specific week. What now?

If the camp session you are interested in is full, you may add your name to our waitlist through the online registration system. When space becomes available, we will contact you by phone and email. We review session capacity daily and will notify families as soon as possible. While we cannot predict openings, we are happy to talk with you about your position on the waitlist. We fill sessions based on the earliest date of joining the waitlist.

We signed up our camper for the Thursday overnight, but he or she no longer wants to go? Can I cancel without a penalty?

You can cancel a Thursday overnight registration at any time by contacting our office at 612-235-7284 or letting any of the administrative staff at Camp Tanadoona know. However, please let us know in advance if you wish to cancel; we often have a waiting list for the Thursday Overnight, and we like to accommodate all of those campers when possible.

The Thursday Overnight is full, and I am on the wait list. What now?

We will do our best to get your camper into the Thursday Overnight if possible! We occasionally have cancellations the week of the session; if space becomes available we will contact you immediately. Please have an overnight bag ready and waiting in the car in case we can suddenly accommodate your camper that night. A packing list can be found in the Parent Handbook.

Buddy Request Questions

Why do you only allow one buddy for my camper?

We have several reasons behind the development of our buddy/cabinmate policy.

1) In past years we experienced higher amounts of bullying that correlated with the size of buddy groups. Since limiting buddy requests to one other camper, we have seen these bullying issues drop significantly.

2) Our group sizes are small, and many of our campers come on their own. When a group is primarily made up of friends with one or two campers who do not know one another, then it strongly affects the experience of the camper who came to Camp Tanadoona on his or her own.

Why can’t my 5-year-old be paired with a 10-year-old?

From a liability standpoint, our Adventure Course (High Ropes Course, Rock Wall, and Giant’s Swing) is not available until a camper has reached the age of 8. We also allow campers ages 8+ to participate in different archery activities. Many of our activities are created for a specific age group. When two campers with a large age gap are paired together, the activities may not be suitable for one or both campers. Likewise, when requesting a 7- and 8-year-old to be paired together, the 7-year- old will have to sit out on all archery and Adventure Course activities throughout the week while the rest of their group participates.

Can I check to see if my camper’s buddy has added my camper to his or her request?

We do not allow other parents or guardians to ask for the buddy information of another camper. If you wish to find out if your camper’s buddy has reciprocated the buddy request, then you will need to reach out to the parent or guardian of that camper and have him or her contact our Administrative Offices to complete this request.

Day Camp Questions

Are snacks provided or should I pack some?

We provide snacks to Day Campers. However, if you think your camper may still be hungry, please pack additional snacks in his or her Day Camp bag.

Do counselors help my camper apply sunscreen and bug spray?

Our counselors always give reminders throughout the day to all of their campers to reapply bug spray and sunscreen. Please help start your camper off in the morning by making sure he or she comes to Tanadoona each day with freshly applied sunscreen and bug repellent.

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing by emailing info@campfiremn.org. Cancelling 30 days before the session begins will result in a refund of fees, except for the $50 deposit. No refunds will be issued with less than 30 days’ prior notice. Registrations may be transferred to another session when enrollment space is available. All session transfers are subject to a $10 transfer fee. No refunds will be given if your child leaves camp early or arrives late for any reason.

Check-in/Checkout Times

Check-in Check-out Closing Ceremony
Day/Specialty Day* 7:45-8:30 a.m., M-F 4:30-5:15 p.m., M-Th 4:15 p.m., F
Mini-Resident 6:00-7:00 p.m., Sun 4:00-5:15 p.m., W 4:15 p.m., W
Resident 6:00-7:00 p.m., Sun 4:00-5:15 p.m., F 4:15 p.m., F
Northwoods Adventure 1:00 p.m., Sun 4:00-5:15 p.m., F 4:15 p.m., F

We encourage all families to join their camper at the Closing Ceremony on the last day of camp. Together we’ll celebrate a great week at Tanadoona!

* Before/After Care may be added to any week of Day Camp, extending program time to 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Register for Before/After Care at least two weeks in advance.

Packing Lists

Camp Meals

Meals include: main meal (sample menu below), sides, salad bar and milk daily. We are sensitive to dietary needs and concerns. Pork-free and vegetarian options are available at each meal when listed on your camper’s Health Form. Please indicate items your vegetarian does eat (i.e., fish, eggs, dairy). We try our best to accommodate special diets, including food allergies and gluten-sensitivity. We are unable to accommodate those with celiac disease. All dietary restrictions must be listed on your camper’s Health Form. Contact us with any questions regarding your camper’s dietary needs.

Day Campers may bring their own nut-free lunch each day or sign up for lunch as an “extra” in advance. Add lunch when you register online or contact us to add it after registration. Please sign up for lunch at least one week prior to your camper’s week of camp.

Resident campers come together for meals three times a day; a daily snack is also provided. Campers also enjoy a weekly outdoor cookout.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Cereal, Toast, Yogurt BBQ Sandwiches (BBQ chicken or vegetarian BBQ chik’n), Vegetarian Baked Beans, Coleslaw Soup and Sub Sandwich Bar (variety of meats, vegetables and cheese toppings), Brownie
Tuesday French Toast Sticks, Turkey Bacon, Veggie Sausage, Yogurt Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Dogs, Fries Baked Chicken, Vegetarian Patty, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy/ Vegetarian Gravy, Corn, Chocolate Chip Bar
Wednesday Scrambled Eggs, Bagels, Yogurt Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup Lasagna, Vegetarian Lasagna, Garlic Toast, Italian Salad, Ice Cream Cone
Thursday Pigs in a Blanket (pancakes, sausage, veggie sausage), Yogurt Tacos (hard or soft shell), Vegetarian Re-fried Beans Meatloaf, Vegetarian Meatloaf, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Beans, Cookie
Friday Cinnamon Rolls, Cereal, Yogurt Stir-fry (chicken teriyaki or vegetarian teriyaki, and Asian vegetables), Rice

Buddy Request

Buddy Requests are between two campers who each request one another to be placed in the same group during their week at camp. One-way requests or submissions for more than two buddies together cannot be accommodated. Thank you for helping us create a welcoming environment for all our campers!

  • Day & Specialty Camps: Both must be close in age and registered for the same camp session.
  • Mini-Resident & Resident Camps: Both must be close in age and same gender.

Tanadoona has final say on all placements and cannot guarantee that 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.

Camp Store

The camp store is open to campers twice each week to purchase snacks and camp keepsakes. The store is also open to families after the Closing Ceremony each Friday. Prices range between $1 and $3 for snacks and $3 to $20 for camp gear. Store deposits can be made during online registration, at check-in on the first day of each week, or by contacting the office. Campers may not use cash at the store.

Families will be notified of any balance remaining in their child’s camp store account at the end of the camp season (September 2017). Parents/guardians may choose to donate their balance to Camp Fire’s Campership Fund or have their balance refunded. Balances at or below $7.50 will be automatically donated to the Campership Fund. Refunds are subject to a $2.50 administrative fee.

Host a Counselor

It’s Tanadoona tradition for local families to host counselors on weekends throughout the summer. Hosts can be a camp family, a Tanadoona neighbor or a friend of Tanadoona. Anyone is welcome. With many of our counselors from outside the United States, they cherish comforts of internet access, making private calls home and air conditioning (rarities in the life as a camp counselor). You can “treat” your counselor to a fun and relaxing weekend exploring the area.

Hosts pick-up the counselor from Tanadoona on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and bring them back on Sunday by 10:00 a.m. Hosts provide meals, a place to sleep, down time, and some entertainment. Hosts and counselors alike, love the opportunity to learn about each others cultures and families. Specific counselors may be requested; however, meeting requests are not guaranteed. Apply to host a counselor.


Club Information

Youth/Teen Camp Fire Club Registration Form English | Spanish | Somali

Participants must reside at a partner location or attend a partner school. To attend the club at a school site, please contact your school’s administrative office to register.

Summer Camp Scholarship Application

All Camp Fire Minnesota Club participants are encouraged to attend a week of summer camp. Thanks to generous donor support, Camp Fire Minnesota provides full scholarships and transportation for club participants. Ask your club leader for an application, and please apply early to secure your spot!

Summer Camp Information Flyer: English | Spanish | Somali

Upcoming Club Events

Year-end Celebration at Tanadoona | June 3, 2017


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