Candle-making Workshop with Finland Community Youth Program

February 18, 2021

St Urho: Survival Mode – Schedule of Events

February 12, 2021

St Urho’s Weekend will be quite a bit different this year. There are no indoor social activities at the Community Center this year. Instead there will be a combination of online/livestream events as well as outdoor events, the main one being the parade at Noon on Saturday March 20th. 

We ask that you wear masks and keep your group small so as to keep everyone safe so we can be together again next year. We will also be livestreaming the parade for folks to watch from home. 

Let’s save our toilet paper and our grapes from those evil grasshoppers. We all know they hoarded the supplies others needed to survive. We fully understand the world isn’t out of the woods yet and that’s why we ask you to be safe.

Friday night, March 12th – Making Mojakka – 5pm – Online class taught by Dan Cahill Mathews – register here: http://finlandfoodchain.org/wp/2021/02/24/making-mojakka/ 

Friday night, March 19th –  Online Panel Discussion about various St Urho’s Day Celebrations around the area – sponsored by FACA – Finnish American Cultural Activities. Link to join coming soon!

Saturday, March 20th

Noon – Tug of War across the Baptism River

Before and during the parade – Finland Fire and Rescue will be selling refreshments outside the Finland Fire Hall

Before and during the parade – AfterProm will be selling St Urho T-shirts

Noon-1 pm – Parade through Finland on Highway 1. Call Cheri Bischoff at 218-220-9947 to register for the parade.

After the parade – Four Seasons is tentatively planning to have an outdoor beer tent with music DJed by Tara Nelson, as well as lunch and dinner specials indoors (50% capacity).

Sunday, March 21st

3pm – Door Prizes, 4pm Raffle Ticket Drawing at Four Seasons

Supported by the Silver Bay Area Tourism Association and Welcome to Finland

Friends of Finland/Clair Nelson Center COVID-19 Building Usage Policy

February 1, 2021

Updated February 1, 2021

Current situation – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all indoor activities at the Clair Nelson Center are suspended, except for staff work, Youth activities, kitchen rentals, and individual telehealth appointments.

General Remarks – To minimize potential exposure of community members, only one activity shall be happening indoors at the Center at any given time with no overlaps. Each group/activity/program must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan on file with Operations Lead Nancy Anselment-Olson before beginning activities. The group’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall outline what they will do to minimize contact and potential exposure between individuals participating in the group activities. Each Plan shall touch on handwashing, clean-up and sanitation of surfaces and/or equipment, distancing, and how they will enforce the mask mandate within their group. We may require Waivers of Liability for certain activities as requested by our insurance company. 

Youth Activities – Official and prescheduled youth activities are allowed and have first priority for building usage. Youth Night was previously Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, with some time beforehand for set up of activities. Youth craft activities will, for the most part, utilize this time slot. Other activities will not be scheduled for this time slot. 

Kitchen – Kitchen rentals are currently allowed as long as proper COVID-19 hygiene protocols (as well as all the normal ones) are observed. Rentals must be scheduled with the Building Manager/Operations Lead. Kitchen rentals are the ONLY rentals allowed at this time.

Meetings – We are considering allowing use of the meeting rooms for community organizations and groups such as AA who have a demonstrable need for meeting space tentatively starting April 1st. Meetings shall adhere to the MN Dept of Health recommendations of 10 or fewer people.

Gym Activities – General gym activities are not allowed at this time. We are considering allowing limited gym activities tentatively starting May 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

Rentals and Social Events – are not allowed at this time. We are tentatively considering allowing limited rental activities starting June 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

All of the above are subject to change based on recommendations of the MN Department of Health and Governor Walz’s Executive Orders. The most likely outcome is the timeline for reopening being pushed back. 

Camp Finland is Hiring for Kids Camp and Teen Camp 2021

January 20, 2021

Camp Finland is hiring for Kids Camp and Teen Camp!

Camp Finland is on for June 14-18, 2021!

Download Application PDF here!

Positions Available:

  • Kids Camp Counselor
  • Teen Camp Coordinator
  • Teen Camp Counselor

Read below for more detailed job descriptions for each position.

Kids Camp Finland is a 4 day-long day camp. We focus on giving area youth the opportunities for friendship and discovery by providing them with activities and skills that will open their hearts and minds to the vast world around them. 

Positions available: 

Kids Camp Counselor: Camp Counselors will be primarily involved in pre-Camp work by attending meetings to stay involved/up to date with pre-Camp organization and planning the Camp week. Counselors will be paid for 8 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 10 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • Before and after the Camp week: they will need to be able to attend 1 full set-up day the weekend before and 1 full take-down day the weekend after.
  • During Camp week, they will be focused on the kids and helping them navigate the daily schedule; letting them know what is available at what times, what behaviors are and are not acceptable.
  • Counselors will be expected to engage with campers; helping campers if they are having a rough day or celebrating if they are having a good day or accomplished something difficult.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great.

 

Teen Camp Finland is a week long (5 days – 4 nights) overnight camp for area teens focusing on developing a healthy sense of self and community belonging. We focus on love of nature, discovery, friendship, self worth and leadership. Teen Camp Finland will run from June 14th – 18th this year. 

Positions available: 

Teen Camp Coordinator: The two Teen Camp Coordinators will be working together to organize the infrastructure of Teen Camp. This will include recruiting, and together with the 2 Kids Camp Coordinators, hiring of all staff and volunteers. Coordinators will be paid for 14 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 80 hours of planning and set-up. Coordinators will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours. Other infrastructure will include:

  • Coordinating with staff and volunteers to schedule all field trips, Day Counselors and activities in the lead up to Camp
  • Scheduling of all camper transportation during Camp week
  • Coordinating with Camp Cooks and Kitchen Assistants in the lead up to Camp
  • Coordinating with Kids Camp staff to integrate the two camps during any overlapping scheduling
  • Organizing and recruiting for camper enrollment 
  • Communication with parents/guardians
  • Staffing of Camp week including a min of 1 full set up day the weekend before Camp and 1 full day the weekend after as well as the 4 overnights of Camp.
  • Coordinators must attend 80 percent of all pre and post-Camp organizational meetings, in person or through web conferencing. 
  • Generally overseeing all aspects of Teen Camp Finland

Teen Camp Counselor: Teen Camp Counselors will primarily be involved in pre-Camp work through attending meetings to stay involved and up to date with the structure of the pre-Camp organization and the planning of the structure of Camp week in general. Counselors will be paid for 14 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 25 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • During Camp week, they will need to be able to attend a minimum of 1 full set-up day the weekend before Camp and 1 full day the weekend after as well as the 4 overnights of Camp.
  • During Camp week, they will be primarily focused on the teens and keeping them where they need to be when they need to be there. 
  • Counselors will be expected to self-engage with teen campers verbally and emotionally on many levels. The ability to hold kids accountable and empower them at the same time is a must.
  • Counselors will be expected to lead campers in activities like: campfire music, ghost stories, outdoor skills and games (capture the flag, campfire games etc.). 
  • Counselors must have lots of energy.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great. 

To Apply

All of these positions (excluding Kitchen Assistants) require a background check and references.

Download Application PDF here!

Please fill out the form below to apply for this position:

Job Application - Youth Program

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Please contact Honor Schauland for more information at 218-353-0300

Applications can also be mailed to Camp Finland, Friends of Finland, PO Box 582, Finland MN 55603.

Paper applications may be requested at the Clair Nelson Center during business hours. Call 218-353-0300 or email using the form above for more information.

All positions are paid $15/hour.

St Urho 2021: Survival Mode

January 20, 2021

It’s been almost a year since St. Urho took to the woods to escape the pandemic. It’s time for him to come out and restock the essentials. Toilet paper, aluminum foil, yeast, and hand sanitizer to name a few.

How did you survive?

Were you creative? A house for every bird in the yard!

Handy? Put a faucet in every room!

Just a bit lazy? Who notices 20 pounds!

However you’ve survived, we want to know.

Join us for the St. Urho’s Day Parade on Saturday March 20th as we socially distance ourselves down Highway 1 in Finland MN at 12:00 noon.

Parade floats and crews should gather at the County garage around 11 to line up and get ready.

We ask that you wear masks and keep your group small as to keep everyone safe so we can be together again next year.

So let’s get together and save our toilet paper and our grapes from those evil grasshoppers. We all know they hoarded the supplies others needed to survive.

We fully understand the world isn’t out of the woods yet and that’s why we ask you be safe.

Should we need to cancel at the last minute we will try to let everyone know.

Please contact Cheri Bischoff, parade marshal, to participate in the parade at the following:

5841 Lax Lake Road

Silver Bay, MN 55614

(218) 220-9947 Call or text

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