Thanks for Making Camp Finland 2017 Great!

The Finland Community Youth Program’s Camp Finland 2017 would not have been possible without the generous financial and material support of: The Duluth Superior Community Area Foundation- Silver Bay Charitable Fund,   Finland Cooperative, Organic Consumers Association, Whole Foods Cooperative-Duluth, Wilderness Family Naturals, and  many individual donors.

Many thanks to Camp staff:  Administrator/Director/Lead Counselor: Amy Gardner, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center Naturalists: Brinda Dewan and Meg Quirck, We wish to recognize and thank our past Camp Chef of many years: Kathy Nelson- We miss you!  Many thanks to our new Camp Chef Lindsey Dietz, 3-D (Dish-Doing-Dame) Gretchen Gilbertson,  Counselors-in-Training:  Dexter Anderson, Jordan Johnson, Dylan Lopez, Emma Todd and Karianna Todd. Thanks to Clair Nelson Community Center Staff:  Nancy Olson, Honor Schauland, Joyce Yamamoto, Darcy Heyer and Barb Adkins.

For sharing your talents and expertise, we wish to thank: Andrew Norcross and Heather Brown, Tettegouche State Park Naturalists Lydia Bashaw and Kurt Mead, Cindy Hansen, Sarah Luther, Tara Siglowski, Lake County Soil and Water’s Sonja Smerud, Ron VanBergen and friends, Bonnie Warner and Joyce Yamamoto.  If we’ve forgotten anyone, thank you!

Happy campers in 2016

Most of all, thanks to the 31 children who came to camp this year and the families who got them there!   We have a fabulous  community of kids in our area who will become our future!  It was a pleasure to share Camp Finland 2017 with you!

We are still considering offering 2 sessions of Camp in 2018 to accommodate the high demand. Camp Finland is a day camp for area school-age (K-12) youth with one overnight.

Our Camp provides young people with a high quality summer camp experience, fostering a life-long love of discovery, friendship, learning and leadership. In recent years, we have partnered with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, who provide talented naturalists to help lead the Camp. We also offer four to eight teenagers the opportunity to serve as counselors-in-training. Camp Finland draws in local talent to lead various activities, making it a true community camp and an inter-generational experience. For many of these children, Camp Finland is their only summer camp experience. There are a variety of reasons including financial and transportation difficulties that make this experience inaccessible to many of our community’s kids without the generous support of people like you!

Please donate!

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Your donation would also allow us to explore the possibility of offering a second session of Camp Finland next year in order to meet the high demand for this program. We hate to have to turn children away!

How to donate

It’s easy to donate online here, or feel free to send a check to Friends of the Finland Community (with Camp Finland in the memo), PO Box 582, Finland, MN 55603. Donations are tax-deductible.

Thanks so much! Healthy, happy kids make healthy, happy communities! Please give what you can!

Happy campers in 2016
Happy campers in 2016

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