Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Foley Reunion... with PIZZA!

We are throwing a party!!! Well actually PARTIES... we are hosting meetups in three different cities this week...
 They are designed for everyone! Perfect for a past family to bring a new family or for a new family to get a good idea of the spirit of Foley. And don't forget Alumni who help spread the Foley tradition! These meetups are a huge part of Foley tradition, and have been happening since camp was established in 1924. In fact, the only way people could sign up for camp back then was to show up at one of these meetings! Don't phones and email make things so much easier?

This year we are coming to three different cities, and hosting two pizza parties and one snack meet-up. And these parties wouldn't be complete without our famous chocolate chip cookies! Marie and Alli have made the traditional 3 ingredient cookie, and will be bringing plenty for everyone.

So you'll know what to expect, these meet-ups have a similar routine, but each with its own original flavor (pun intended). A short presentation with the new 2020 camp video will be shown, as well as time to talk to directors and staff, all while delicious pizza and cookies are served for everyone.

Check out the details below, and we'll see you there!!!!

Kansas City, KS - Cookies & Snacks
Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00 pm
Home of Andrea Anthony & Marianne Trent
Email Alli for Details-
More info here

St. Louis, MO - Pizza Party
Saturday, January 25th at 3:30-5:00 pm
Grassi's Ristorante & Deli: 10450 German Blvd, Frontenac, MO 63131
More info here

Minneapolis, MN - Pizza Party 
Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ridgedale Library: 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
More info here

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Can I Really Spend Another Summer Working at Camp?

Are you a past Camp Foley counselor? Are you thinking of spending a summer working at Foley? Are you worried you're missing another opportunity if you commit to working at a summer camp AGAIN?

Worry not! You might think I'm biased towards working at camp, but don't just take it from me take it from Leah Mesches! She recently wrote an article about the benefits of working more than one year at a summer camp. She writes about how working multiple
years at summer camp is equivalent to multiple levels of leadership training. She also touches on how working at the same camp for a few years gives you a chance to really focus on the skills you want hone for future jobs, as you are already familiar with the camp environment.

Take some time to read the whole article here. And if you've been waiting for a sign to fill out that 2020 staff application, the time is NOW! And maybe refer a friend who is looking for an amazing summer experience. The best people to pitch Foley to new counselors is past counselors!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Winter Critters

In the winter this box turtle will shut down his lungs!
Brrrrrrrrrrrrr its prettty cold up here up here in Pine River, Minnesota! While the Foley team and I try to keep warm I thought we could spotlight some creatures who seem to have winter all figured out!

We have lots of different animals that like to hang around camp, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and even bears... OH MY! 

Here are some things the animals around foley do to survive a Minnesota winter...

Turtles don't breathe!
You read that right, our fresh water turtles go into a coma like state during the winter to keep their cold-blooded bodies from freezing. The turtles slow their metabolisms, shutting down organs until warmer days return.

Black Bear up from a nap
Not a cat nap... a BEAR NAP
White tailed deer "chillin"
We all know bears hibernate in the winter. Meaning they build up fat all year and spend the winter months sleeping and waiting for spring. But did you know North American black bears have the special ability to lower their metabolism? They can keep warm all winter without a big drop in body temperature, so they stay warm all winter long.

A Deer winter coat
The deer at camp have special fur for winter time. A deer's "winter coat" is made of hollow hairs that trap air. This provides an insulated outer layer that can keep them warm even when it gets to -30 degrees.

Grey squirrel looking for nuts
 A feast fit for a squirrel 
Squirrels make sure to store up food to eat later on in the winter season. They usually remember exactly where they've buried their
stash of nuts. Red squirrels even  make mushroom jerky by hanging pieces to dry between branches so that it's better preserved!

An Insulated Eagle 
Bald Eagles keeping warm 
Eagles have physical adaptations that help them stay warm. Their feathers are wonderful insulators for keeping warm and incubating eggs. The roughly 7,000 feathers an eagle grows help keep it warm and dry. Underneath, eagles have down feathers that trap pockets of air next to the eagle's body, where it warms up and is prevented from escaping.

We humans are lucky to have indoor heating and lots of coats, but these animals have adapted to face the cold in many different ways. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from them... Stay Warm Everybody!