Camp RED Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Registration for new and returning campers and/or families will be posted here in March 2020.

What does it cost?

Camp RED is free for any child affected by a burn injury PLUS one family member. We consider a family member to be a parent, legal guardian, grandparent or sibling. Space is available for up to 2 more people per family. Each additional person costs $200. All campers and siblings must be ages 6-16. For those who apply and meet certain qualifications, financial assistance is available to cover the cost of additional family members.  If your camper has a special medical need, please contact  to see if Camp RED would be a good fit for your camper.

Who supervises my camper?

If an adult accompanies your camper, then the primary supervision will be that adult. However, each group of campers will be assigned a cabin counselor to supervise, engage with the campers and siblings, build cabin spirit, and make each moment special.  We also have a lead doctor and nurse on staff to administer medications, provide first aid, and make any necessary medical decisions regarding your camper’s care. Camp Knutson also has a staff on site to lead activities and provide assistance. All staff members and volunteers are thoroughly trained and have passed a comprehensive background check. 

Where is Camp RED?

Camp RED utilizes the beautiful grounds and dedicated staff of Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN. Click here for a virtual tour.

We will provide bus transportation to and from camp at no additional cost. Parking is available at the Minneapolis pick up/drop off site so your entire family can ride the bus together. However, you and your family are welcome to drive to Camp Knutson and meet us there. If you plan to pick up/drop off your camper and sibling(s) at Camp Knutson, you will need to stay with them until the bus arrives.

How do I get to and from camp?

What are meals like at camp?

Meals are served family-style with a variety of options to satisfy anyone with food allergies and restrictions. In your application, you can make clear any concerns or needs for the kitchen staff. Snacks are also provided in the afternoons and evenings. However, we discourage outside food and drink at Camp RED.

What can I expect from a day at Camp RED?

The day begins at 8:15 am with our traditional Flag Ceremony. After breakfast, everyone participates in various morning activities including horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, support groups, nature and more. The afternoon is a mix of free-time and waterfront activities full of swimming, tubing, stand up paddle boards, games, and more. Then, everyone is off to dinner and an evening of fun all-camp games with family and/or cabin mates before bedtime. Songs, campfires, costumes, and silly games are found all throughout Camp RED. We even have a few special guests, so expect some surprises too.

What does my camper need to pack?

After your application is complete, you will receive a detailed acceptance packet with all the important information needed to prepare for camp. Things to keep in mind in packing: close-toed shoes for horseback riding, water shoes/sandals, bedding and pillow, two towels (shower and lake), stuffed animal, a book, and/or stationary.  Things to avoid: electronic devices (phones, Ipads, Ipods, etc), candy/food, valuable possessions, weapons, and your pet. A complete packing list will be a part of the acceptance packet.

How do I apply for financial assistance?

Your camper and one family member attend Camp RED for free but if your family wants more than 2 people at camp, there is a $200 fee per person. Financial assistance is available to cover additional cost. When you complete the Registration Form, it will ask for the members of the family who wish to attend Camp. Complete the Financial Aid application when this is more than the camper and one parent or sibling. You can apply for one or two additional scholarships on the same form. Financial aid is not guaranteed. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is July 8, 2019. If you do not hear the Camp Director by August 10, 2019, there might be a problem with your application(s).

Does my camper have to be a current or past patient at HCMC?  

Not at all. We welcome campers who are treated at any hospital.

What time and where will my camper leave/arrive for camp?

We plan to leave and arrive at the same location: the Minneapolis Emergency Operations and Training Center at 25 37th Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55421. This is the same location as 2018 but it might change as we get closer to camp. On Monday, we will meet inside in the morning (time TBA) to get your camper and/or family registered, greet your fellow cabin mates and counselor, and learn about what to expect at Camp RED. We will return on Thursday to Fridley in the evening (time TBA) and meet outside so you can check your camper out with his/her counselor. Your acceptance packet will include all the important details and changes.

Camp RED Counselor Job Description:

ALL volunteer staff members at Camp RED must:

  • be a minimum of 20 years old (by the first day of camp)

  • commit to the total program and philosophy of Camp RED

  • attend training session prior to the beginning of camp

  • possess strength and endurance required to maintain consistent supervision of campers at all times

  • possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills

  • possess attributes of tolerance, fairness, maturity, and good humor

  • communicate any behavior concerns about campers directly to the Camp Director as soon as possible

Camp Counselors will:

  • live in a cabin and supervise a group of 7-9 campers of a similar age

  • monitor the daily health and safety of each camper assigned

  • carry out camp programs and participate in all camp activities with campers
    assess appropriateness of camper behavior and apply appropriate behavior modification techniques

  • enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures

  • promote a sense of unity while addressing individual needs of each camper, encourage friendships and positive interactions among campers

  • enhance the self esteem of each camper by encouraging and guiding them to participate successfully in all aspects of camp activities

  • enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of each camper assigned to you

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities