Camp Courage is a 4-day/3-night, all-inclusive summer camping program for
adults with special needs, including Down syndrome, birth defects, cognitive
delays and high functioning Autism. This program is held each June, in
Stewartsville, Missouri. Camping fee: $175, which includes overnight accommodations, meals, t-shirt, activities and prizes. (That's less than $45 per day!)
Campers enjoy typical camping activities such as fishing, hay wagon rides,
crafts and music; as well as Bingo, dance parties and an evening of
carnival game fun! This program is ideal for individuals who enjoy outdoor
activities and are comfortable being away from their home environment.
Participants must be able to walk, shower, dress and feed themselves
independently. Participants must be cooperative, enjoy being around other
people and pose no flight risk.
Ratios are 3 campers for each volunteer. Meals are prepared onsite and can
accommodate regular, low-sugar, and gluten-free diets. Camp Courage has a
huge following with 90% of the participants returning annually.
Camp Courage is a 501c3non-profit organization with funding
generated by the small fee the campers pay to attend and the fundraising efforts
Camp Courage Missouri is a unique program in that it exclusively caters to adults (21and older), giving them a typical camping experience - - with programs, parties and friends - - all on an adult
level. This is important because once individuals with developmental disabilities graduate from the public school system; social and age appropriate opportunities are not as readily available to them
and they are often grouped into activities with individuals much younger than their chronological age. Camp Courage Missouri intentionally provides the participants time with peers.
Each summer, approximately 50 campers attend this program. Campers must be ambulatory and able to tolerate outdoor activities. Wheelchairs, walkers and/or canes are not approved, as we
stay on a semi-primitive campground area, with minimal sidewalks and smooth surfaces. Campers share their space and should enjoy being with other people throughout the day. Moreover, they
should be cooperative, free from aggression and in good health. Campers should be able to understand they are going to camp and look forward to participating. In addition to the campers, we host a
team of over 40 volunteers who come to assist with campers and activities. A staff of nurses is on the campgrounds at all times.
This camp is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, with funding generated by camper registrations, individual and group donations, and fundraising efforts of volunteers. This program would love to
receive donations from local businesses and organizations. We could use t-shirts, give-a-ways, prizes, assistance with groceries, and so much more! If you can help, or know someone who can, contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.