Camp Courageous of Iowa - Brochure Available
UCC Volunteer Ministries' Twin Maps Project visits Camp Courageous of Iowa. Other sites included Rockford work Camp, Rockford, IL; Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS and Urban Spirit, Louisville, KY.
Contact: Shannon Poe
12007 190th Street
P.O. Box 418
Monticello, IA 52310
Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities.
Project/Focus: 1) Maintenance - Groups have done many different maintenance projects over the years including pouring cement sidewalks; building sheds and outhouses; building trails; installing fences; painting buildings and signs; moving, splitting and stacking firewood; building decks and more. Projects vary and can be molded around the groups experience and special skills. These groups generally work a 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. work day and can come for a day, a weekend or a full week.
2) Program - Groups have also worked as volunteer counselors. Volunteer counselors must be at least 16 years of age. These volunteers work along side the camp Courageous Counselors and work directly with campers for the week. They assist the campers in participating in a variety of activities including canoing, arts & crafts, climbing, archery, swimming, hiking, caving and much more. They are also in the cabin in the morning and at bedtime to help get the campers ready for the day and ready for bed at night. It is a fun, yet demanding week and requires maturity and dedication. These groups work a 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. work day with an hour break after lunch. Groups wishing to work as counselors must commit to a full camp session, which in the summer is from 2:15 p.m. on Sunday - 2 p.m. on Friday.
Educational Components: Staff provide orientation for the group to the goals and program offered at Camp Courageous. Groups are responsible for their own education, reflection, worship.
Time: Year-Round. Day, weekend, full week. Camp Courageous is open year-round and can schedule volunteer groups almost any time. Summer season starts in late May and runs through mid-August.
Camp Courageous is open year-round and can schedule volunteer groups almost any time. Summer season starts in late May and runs through mid-August.
Group Size: 5-25
Minimum Age: For Volunteer Counselors age 16; 18 years to run power tools and other projects are flexible.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:8.
Conditions: Various housing options are available. Many groups prefer to stay in the basement of our lodge, which provides one large room for sleeping on cots and two bathrooms are available. Other groups prefer Menster Dorm which provides 4 bedrooms that sleep up to 8 people each, 4 bathrooms, a small kitchen and large common area. Both options are air conditioned.
Cost: All groups are asked to provide a donation to the campership fund in the amount of one full campership. In 2010 that amount is $410.
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