The Eden Prairie Community Foundation, over the years, has had a special relationship with the local Camp Eden Wood run by True Friends, previously called Friendship Ventures. Foundation grants to the special-needs camp located in Eden Prairie have totaled nearly $41,000, and much of that has been in the form of fee assistance to campers from Eden Prairie.
That makes Camp Eden Wood — located on Eden Prairie’s northern boundary with Minnetonka — more affordable for dozens of campers each year.
Eden Wood isn’t just any camp. Its programs offer enrichment to individuals of all ages with developmental, physical, and learning disabilities. By participating in adapted and supervised outdoor recreation, nature discovery, and group activities, the campers learn life-enhancing skills and gain self-esteem, social skills, and independence.
Special-needs camps are in big demand, and Eden Prairie is lucky to have one so close. The nonprofit True Friends has seen its day-camp numbers rise, and there’s been a big demand for respite care — shorter camp stays that provide relief for caregivers.
So, it’s natural that improvements at Eden Wood are ongoing. The camp, over recent years, added a special room with a multi-sensory environment, designed to calm and relax a camper (see photo above), and there are plans to build a new Respite Center.
There’s another reason Eden Wood isn’t your average camp: Its grounds and several buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places because they date to 1925, when they were the Glen Lake Children’s Camp, part of the nearby Glen Lake Sanatorium tuberculosis facility that was torn down in the 1990s. So, it’s not just a dose of fun that greets campers at Eden Wood, it’s a dose of history.
The Foundation is proud of its collaboration with True Friends and its local camp. Eden Wood is one more reason that Eden Prairie is a great place to live and work.