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Camp revelry: Camp Tanadoona marks big year
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By Unsie Zuege

It’s one of the area’s best kept secrets.



For the average commuter, the simple, rustic “Camp Tanadoona” sign on the west side of Highway 41 in Chanhassen might elicit fleeting curiosity; eventually, though, it just blends into the scenery.



What locals don’t know is that there exists a whole sub-culture of Camp Tanadoona groupies out there. They know that beyond the innocuous sign exists a forest wonderland for kids. For the past 86 years, the organization – first known as the Camp Fire Girls, then Camp Fire Girls and Boys, and now Camp Fire USA – Minnesota Council – has run day and overnight camps for youth.



Since 1924, scores of youngsters from the Twin Cities and beyond have spent their summers at Camp Tanadoona swimming, building camp fires, singing silly songs, making crafts, and learning life skills they’ll take into adulthood.



After so much time under the radar, Camp Tanadoona is finally ready to take center stage. In recognition of Camp Fire USA’s 100th anniversary this year, and a renewed vigor in becoming part of the local community, Camp Tanadoona is positioning itself to become the go-to place for Chanhassen and surrounding communities.



The public will have an opportunity to visit historic Camp Tanadoona on June 3, when the camp celebrates Camp Fire USA’s 100th anniversary. The camp will also celebrate Camp Tanadoona’s 86th year in Chanhassen.

For more about Camp Tanadoona, pick up an April 1 Chaska Herald, on newstands now.

 


Celebrate Camp Fire’s 100 years

Camp Fire Centennial Exhibit: Minnesota History Center; Through June 18; Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, Minn. View exhibits and artifacts, and learn about Camp Fire’s 100-year history.

Open House: 1-4 p.m. April 24; tour Camp Tanadoona, 3300 Tanadoona Drive, Chanhassen; meet director and camp team.

Camp Fire Centennial Celebration: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday June, 3; celebrate at Camp Tanadoona with camp tours and activites, food and refreshments.

More info: www.campfireusa-mn.org/events/centennial.html.  


Camp notes



Here is some Camp Tanadoona and Camp Fire trivia you might not know:



* Camp Tanadoona includes 103 acres of woodland. Of that, 40 acres are as pristine as they were when Swedish immigrant John Lind owned the property.



* The land was first owned by Lind, Minnesota’s 14th governor, who built a three-story mansion there on a hilltop overlooking Lake Minnewashta. It was one of several of his vacation homes. The mansion still stands.



* U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was a Camp Fire Girl, and, it is rumored, still knows all the words to the Camp Fire song.



* Madonna, yes, that one, was also a Camp Fire Girl.

 

 

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