Why We Were Created and How We Have Evolved

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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Participant

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.

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