Camp RED Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

You can access a link to register from the "Camp RED" menu on this site or you can click here to register for our 2019 camp

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? How do I get to and from camp?

Camp RED utilizes the beautiful grounds and dedicated staff of Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN. This year, we will provide bus transportation to and from camp at no additional cost. Parking will also be available at the pick off/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.

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(s).  When you fill out the application (titled "Health Profile") for your additional family member(s), you will the fill out the Financial Aid application. 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 13,2018. This is 2 weeks earlier than the application deadline for camp.  If you do not hear the Camp Director by August 10, 2018, 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.