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Camp Tanadoona
Excelsior, Minnesota

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3300 Tanadoona Dr.
Excelsior, Minnesota 55331

4829 Minnetonka Blvd.
Ste 202
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.


BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: The mission of Camp Fire Minnesota is to provide young people with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Since 1924, we have been connecting young people with nature at Camp Tanadoona where they learn new skills, develop self-confidence, and make life-long memories. We are an ACA (American Camping Association) accredited camp.

Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Adventure, Travel, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Specialty Day Camps -

Minnewashta Minnows (Emphasis On Water, Canoeing, Kayaking)
Sports Galore (Emphasis On International Sports)
PeeWee Outback (Outdoor Adventure For 5 - 7 Yr Olds)
Tanadoona Outback (Outdoor Adventure For 11 - 14 Yr Olds)
Sky High Adventure (High Ropes & Rock Wall Challenge)
Archery Camp
Canoeing Camp
Adventure In Art (Art Specific Camp)

Specialty Overnight Camps -

Northwoods Adventure - A Trip & Travel To Northern Minnesota For Canoeing, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, & Exploring In The Chippewa National Forest!

CAMP LOCATION: Since 1924 Camp Tanadoona has been located in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities metro between Chanhassen and Excelsior, Minnesota. Our camp is an endless invitation to discovery with more than 100 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and shoreline.
Camp Tanadoona is boarded by Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, adding to the natural wildlife and outdoor experience.

CAMP FACILITIES: Camp Tanadoona is located on 103 acres of forest, wetlands, and prairie. We have lakefront property on Lake Minnewashta with a separate fishing, boating, and swimming areas. Our resident camp features two cabin communities and a lodge; accomodating 220 overnight campers. The reminder of our property include an archery range, high ropes course, climbing wall, and giant swing. We also have a space each for nature and arts programming.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The mission of Camp Fire Minnesota is to provide young people with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

Since 1924, we have been connecting young people with nature at Camp Tanadoona where they learn new skills, develop self-confidence, and make life-long memories.
Our staff include certified lifeguards and wilderness first-aid certified guides for our Bluewater trips among our large and experienced staff!
We are an ACA (American Camping Association) accredited camp.

Come join our long standing tradition this summer and see what Camp Tanadoona is all about!

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Day Camp Assistant (DCA) Day Camp Assistant (DCA) Training is the first step in Tanadoona’s leadership development program. Campers will spend part of their day in leadership training with lead camp staff – including behavior management, first-aid, specialty programming and more. You will be partnered up with a counselor during the rest of the day to assist with day camp groups in their daily activities. You'll stay overnight on Thursday, where you'll get a chance to help with Thursday Overnight campers. We recommend a minimum of two years of DCA before progressing to CIT. Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Have you always wanted to be a camp counselor? Join us for our Counselor in Training (CIT) two-week session. During the first week, you’ll make life-long friends; learn about camp administration; health & safety; leadership; planning and implementation; and camp operations. Camp Tanadoona has fantastic counselors and this is your chance to learn from the best! During the second week, you’ll work side-by-side with counselors, with the opportunity to implement activities you worked on during your first week. CITs will return home on the weekends.

CIT requires a special application process. Contact the Camp Fire office at (612) 235-7284 for more information. You do not need to have competed DCA to be eligible for CIT, but it is strongly recommended, please include your previous experience on your application. Summer of Service (SOS Leaders) Summer of Service is the final step in Tanadoona’s Leadership Development Program. This elite program is specially designed for past campers who have shown exceptional promise during other phases of the Leadership Development Program. Eligible participants will have completed their senior year of high school in spring 2014. Summer of Service Leaders will work with camp staff and counselors on all aspects of camp from traditional cabin groups to specialty program areas. The time spent at camp during their Summer of Service will prepare them for future leadership experiences in a camp or non-camp setting. Meals and housing are provided for Summer of Service leaders while at camp. SOS leaders must commit to a minimum of two weeks at camp during the 2014 summer. Spaces are limited, and SOS leaders must submit a special application for the program. Contact the Camp Fire office at 612.235.7284.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Camp Fire MN is an inclusive organization. We strive to give all youth access to camp. If your family would benefit from a campership, please contact us at 612.235.7284 or fill out the form on our website.
We offer scholarships on a first come, first served basis.

For more detailed descriptions regarding our 2015 camp sessions, please visit our website or call 612.235.7284 for more details.


Resident Camp – 8 – 16
Sunday - Friday
Weeks - 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11
Cost $445

Mini-Resident Camp – Ages 6 – 12
Sunday - Wednesday
Weeks - 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11
*Week 4 Ages 6 – 14
Cost $290

Northwoods Adventures – Camp Bluewater
Sunday - Friday
Ages 12 – 16
Weeks - 5 & 9
Cost $500

Teen Resident Camp – Ages 12 – 17
Sunday - Friday
Week 7
Cost $445

Day Camp Assistant – Ages 13 – 15
Week 8 – Cost $300

Counselor in Training (CIT) - Ages 15 – 17
Weeks 10 and 11 – Cost $525
*Special Application Required. Please contact us for more details.

Junior Counselor – Ages 16 – 18
Special Application Required. Please contact us for more details. Previous enrollment in CIT program required.

Tanadoona Day Camp – Ages 5 – 14
Monday - Friday - Cost $235
Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12*

*Week 4 and Week 12: Monday – Wednesday Only. Cost $150


Specialty Day Camps – Monday – Friday


PeeWee Outback - Week 2 and 6

Minnewashta Minnows – Week 7 and Week 11 –


Sky High Adventure – Week 2, Week 5, Week 9, and Week 11

Minnewashta Minnows – Week 5 and Week 9

Bullseye Club Archery – Week 3, Week 6, Week 8, and Week 10

Adventures in Art – Week 7


Castaway Canoeing – Week 3 and Week 8

Bullseye Club Archery – Week 2, Week 5, Week 7, Week 9, and Week 11

Sky High Adventure – Week 3, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 10

Tanadoona Outback Camp – Week 6

Tweentown – Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls – Ages 10 – 14
August 3 – August 6
Special registration required.
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