About True Friends
True Friends is a nonprofit agency providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities.
True Friends’ programs include camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, conference and retreat, travel, and team building; serving over 25,000 individuals annually. True Friends serves individuals in Minnesota and throughout the United States. For more information visit www.truefriends.org or call 952.852.0101.
Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities
A world where experiences and adventures are open to individuals of all abilities.
Empowerment, Experience, Integrity, Safety, Sustainability
Camp, Respite, Travel, Horse Therapy, Team Building, Retreats
Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN
Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN
Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, MN
Camp Courage North near Bemidji, MN
Summer Camp Video
Water Tubing is a favorite camp activity
Camp Courage has many trails for horseback riding
Playing Gaga (Israeli dodge ball)
Our travelers visited the Grand Canyon
Shaving cream and water wars!
One of our high ropes courses
True Friends has a life-changing equine therapy program
We offer trips from MN sports games to International destinations
Our award-winning wheelchair accessible zip line
Our camps have accessible fishing piers
A camper celebrating his birthday at camp
Power Soccer Family Camp
"Sam got suited up and did the zip line and his face could've lit up the world!"
-- Camper's Mom
"Respite was a marriage saver!"
-- Dad of Respite Client
"At True Friends Camp Courage I was able to do a lot of activities and just forget about my disability and do the things I love. I met a lot of nice campers and the staff at camp was excellent and they were all passionate about what they do. Overall, I had the best experience at True Friends Camp Courage!"
"Tim is still exhibiting calm[ness] and appears to be feeling so satisfied and literally filled up with the goodness of the whole experience of the trip to Branson. I actually am weeping as I write this because it is the absolutely best Mothers' Day gift I can ever remember receiving."
-- Mother of Ventures Travel Traveler
"Camp Courage should really be called Camp Paradise."
"True Strides is something so special for Maria. She just loves riding and how dear the ladies are when working with her. Their patience is outstanding and now Maria is talking plainer and following directions quicker.”
-- Mother of True Strides Rider
A True Friends staff member asked a first-time camper, "if you had to give Camp Friendship a grade, A, B, or C, what would you give it?" The camper exclaimed, "G! For Great!"
-- True Friends staff and Camper