Iowa – United Church of Christ

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:  Tobi Luetkemeier 
  Adventure/Volunteer Director
  12007 190th Street
  P.O. Box 418
  Monticello, IA 52310
Phone:  319.465.5916 ext 2340
Fax:  319.465.5919

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities.

1) Maintenance projects such as pouring cement sidewalks, building sheds and trails and decks, installing fences, painting buildings and signs, splitting and staking firewood.  Projects can be molded around the group’s experience and special skills.

2) Volunteer groups also may serve as volunteer counselors.  Volunteer counselors must be at least 16 years of age.  These volunteers work alongside the Camp Courageous Counselors and work directly with campers for the week.  They assist the campers in participating in a variety of activities including canoeing, arts & crafts, climbing, archery, swimming, hiking and caving.  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.  Groups wishing to serve as counselors must commit to a full camp session (Summer – Sunday 2:15 p.m. – through Friday 2:00 p.m.)

Educational Components:  Staff provides 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; To run power tools 18 years and other projects are flexible.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:8.

Accommodations:  Various housing options are available on-site.  Many groups stay in the lodge basement (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 $530.00 for a weeklong camp. 

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