Why We Were Created and How We Have Evolved


True Friends Programs and Services: COVID-19 Update

True Friends has been receiving a variety of questions regarding the impact COVID-19 (coronavirus) may have on our programs and services.

Following the MN state mandate, all True Friends locations are closed and services have been suspended until the “Stay at Home” order comes to a tentative close on May 4, 2020.

Unless noted below, all programs and services will be suspended through May 4, 2020. True Friends may tentatively resume onsite operations on Tuesday, May 5:

  • The retreat program, Conference and Retreat, has suspended services until May 17.
  • The team building program, Team Quest, has suspended all services until May 17.
  • Volunteer services is suspending volunteer opportunities until June 1.

True Friends will continue to follow the directions and protocols set by the CDC and WHO, as well as state and local agencies. If you have program specific questions or needs, please reach out to our staff who are working remotely to prepare for when program and services are back up and running again.

If you have any general questions or concerns please call 952.852.0101, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ,or reach out to us via email at info@truefriends.org.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you soon!

John LeBlanc, President and CEO

A Little History

In 1964, a group of parents with Arc Minnesota converted a lake resort near Annandale into a resident camp for their children with developmental disabilities. Although the camp, which they named Camp Friendship, was created to benefit the children, parents soon appreciated the respite they enjoyed while their children were at camp. Over the years, Camp Friendship evolved into Friendship Ventures and then True Friends, and our programs and services have grown well beyond the camp's boundaries.

In the late 1980s Creative Options Respite Care and Ventures Travel were created, and in 1986, Friendship Ventures became an independent, nonprofit organization.

In 1995, the organization expanded its services in the Twin Cities area through the acquisition of Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie. The original facility was established in 1925 as the Glen Lake Children's Camp, where it served as a summer haven for children with tuberculosis. In the late 1950s, Arc of Hennepin County operated the site as Camp Indian Chief for people with developmental disabilities.

In 2005, Camp New Hope, near McGregor, merged into the nonprofit. The camp was originally established in1968 by four Cambridge State Hospital doctors who saw a need to get patients with disabilities out of the hospital. The merger made it possible to expand disability programs into Northern Minnesota.

In 2012, Camp Courage in Maple Lake and Camp Courage North in Lake George were added to our conference and retreat family through a legacy partnership with and acquisition of both Courage Camps A year later, the new parent company name of True Friends was created to reflect the mission of our organization.

In 2013, True Friends, brings together five amazing lakeside camps to serve people of all abilities. Learn more about our parent company.

Contact Details

10509 108th St. NW
Annandale, MN 55302

Tel: 952.852.0104
Toll Free: 800.450.8376
Fax: 952.852.0123

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To be so close to our homes in the metro but feel so far away from "it all" was an amazing experience.

Akin Adeniyi, Deeper Life Church

We had a wonderful time at our weekend convention. I want to thank Gina our host and the staff at your kitchen. We've used various facilities but yours is distinct. We thank you for giving us such great service.

Confirmation Leader

Everyone loved Camp Friendship. Being close to the cities makes it a very convenient location.

Mill End Quilters

The lighting was great with easy loading and unloading – perfect for our age group. Very pleased. Everything was perfect.

Fr. Joseph

Thank you to all the staff. Our event was a huge success thanks to your hard work! We look forward to coming out again!

A Crafter

I was amazed! The cabin was beautiful with all the knotty pine and great natural light with all the windows.

Returning Guest

The food was excellent - very creative and tasty with many veggies & fruit. Very helpful, courteous staff. Thank you!

St. Timothy’s Leader

Anything I needed was retrieved or made for me. The staff and facilities were excellent.