MONTICELLO - Thanks to the generosity of the Monticello Pizza Ranch owners, Brad and Shirley Davis, Camp Courageous will be receiving half of the gross receipts from the Monticello Pizza Ranch on Saturday March 15th. For example, if a customer purchased $20 in pizza and pop, $10 goes to camp. The benefit applies to dine-in, carry-out, and delivery; but it does not apply to gift certificates.

This annual event has become a "win-win" situation for the customers of Pizza Ranch. The customer enjoys a wonderful meal and at the same time half of everything they spend at the Monticello Pizza Ranch will go to benefit over 6,500 special needs campers that are served at Camp Courageous each year. Pizza Ranch is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They will be featuring their wonderful buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Camp Courageous' board members, staff, and volunteers will be providing extra assistance during this special day.

Brad Davis, Monticello Pizza Ranch owner, commented, "We are happy to be able to do this for Camp Courageous. Since the Pizza Ranch has been in Monticello, we have had a wonderful relationship with the camp. We admire the dedication and work Camp Courageous does for those with special needs."

The Pizza Ranch is located at 505 East Oak St, Monticello. For more information contact Brad Davis, owner, or Will Turner, manager at Pizza Ranch at 319/465-6000 or Sharon at Camp Courageous at 319/465-5916 (Extension 2200).
Camp Courageous
12007 190th ST PO Box 418
Monticello IA 52310-0418

For more information contact:
Monticello's Pizza Ranch 319/465-6000
Brad Davis, Owner/Will Turner, Manager or
Camp Courageous (319) 465-5916 ext. 2200
Sharon Roller
Camp Courageous serves over 6,500 campers with special needs each year. The Camp uses a tremendous amount of food to feed so many campers.

Fareway Stores are giving the public the opportunity to purchase cases of selected foods at special case prices for Camp Courageous.

A special coupon will be in the Fareway store ad the week of February 10, 2014, or the coupon can be obtained on the Camp Courageous website or at the participating stores. The public can choose the number of selected cases of food they would like to donate to the Camp. The coupon can be used at 20 participating stores and the public can pay along with their other grocery items. Fareway Store employees will do the rest to make sure the food reaches Camp.

The participating stores this year include : Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, Dubuque, Dyersville, Evansdale, Hiawatha, Iowa City East & West, Independence, Manchester, Maquoketa, Marion, Monticello, Muscatine, North Liberty, Vinton, Waterloo, and Waverly.
Help Fill Carver-Hawkeye Arena When the Iowa Woman's Basketball Team Takes on Nebraska... and Benefit Camp Courageous!

Monticello, IA– Camp Courageous has tickets available for purchase for the University of Iowa Women's basketball game versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on February 1 at 2 p.m. It is pack Carver Hawkeye Arena Day featuring $1 hot dogs. Tickets for the game are $10 at the door, but Camp Courageous has tickets available for just $3 each. The price drops to only $2 each if purchasing 50 or more tickets.

For more information call 319-465-5916 Ext. 2130, or tickets may be purchased online at Opportunity to watch a great game and benefit Camp Courageous.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, located near Monticello, Iowa. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. In 2013, the camp served over 6,500 individuals with special needs.


HIAWATHA, IA – Saturday, December 7, between 10 AM-2 PM First Construction will have a special benefit for Camp Courageous in Hiawatha.  First Construction has built a beautiful home at 2923 Diamondhead Rd., in Hiawatha and has filled it with local one can tour a new home and also support local vendors.   A raffle and snacks will be provided.  For more information one can contact:  Jen Hughes 319/721-3350 or A portion of sales will be going  to Camp Courageous, a year-round recreational and respite care facility for those with special needs.

Monticello, IA–The silver anniversary has arrived as 2013 marks the 25th year since Leigh Clark entrusted Camp Courageous with his secret fruitcake recipe. Over 75 locations sell these delicious fruitcakes. Posters are displayed in the windows of participating businesses or one can go online to get the latest location updates at

These scrumptious one-pound cakes sell for $10.00. They do not contain citron or alcohol and make wonderful holiday gifts. They need to be stored, sliced and served frozen. Fruitcakes are sold at various outlets from November through December. The cakes are also available at Camp Courageous or can be ordered online at the camp website ( Camp will ship anywhere in the United States.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was built and continues to run on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp will serve over 6,500 individuals with special needs this year.


Saturday November 16, 2013 -Coral Ridge Mall Coralville IA

CORALVILLE, IOWA. The Johnson County Police and Fire Departments are joining forces to benefit Camp Courageous this Saturday, November 16th at 6:30 PM at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa.  This is Guns and Hoses Second Annual Hockey Benefit.  The event will includes the hockey game, food, silent auction, and several surprises.  Dropping the puck to start the game will be camper Kelsey Tweden.

This event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.  After the game, the game worn jerseys will be auctioned off and there will be a time to skate with the players.
Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility located near Monticello, IA.  The camp will serve over 6,500 campers with special needs this year.  It is done on donations, with no government tax dollars, no one paid to raise money for the camp, nor does it have formal all donations directly benefit the camp and campers served.
To donate auction items for the event one can contact:  Pete Ungaro at or Charlie Becker at
For more information on buying Guns and Hoses Apparel one can contact:

FOLLOW UP:  The caboose is located next to the camp's train depot and overlooks the camp's new Lake Todd.

At approximately 11 AM today (10/28/13) a caboose was delivered to Camp Courageous. This caboose is being donated by CRANDIC and will be a living quarters for volunteers working at the camp.

Earlier, the caboose went from CRANDIC to ADM to be sandblasted, painted and redesigned to provide living space for volunteers and staff at Camp Courageous. A big thank you to Donny Coonrod who will be donating the transportation and crane work to get the caboose from Cedar Rapids to camp. Jerry McElmeel will also be part of the move to Camp Courageous.

It's time for American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim classes at Camp Courageous. Lessons are held Monday to Friday after school beginning December 2, 2013.

Transportation is provided to and from Monticello schools at the end of the school day (approximately 3:20 pm - 4:15 pm). Each session includes 8 - 10 lessons. Cost is $50 per child per session ($45 without transportation).

Level 1: Water Exploration - Children learn basics of swimming: bobbing, floating in prone & supine positions, gliding in prone & supine position flutter kick in prone & supine positions, front crawl, basic safety rules, & jumping in.
Level 2: Primary Skills - Children should already be able to: float on front & back and put head under water. Children will work on: floating, gliding, flutter kick, front crawl, back crawl, turning over from front to back and back to front, retrieving object, and jumping into deep water.
Level 3: Stroke Readiness - Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl. Children will work on: gliding, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, retrieving object, treading water, jumping into deep water, kneeling dive, and compact dive.
Level 4: Stroke Development - Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 10 yards, elementary backstroke, and dive in kneeling and compact position. Children will work on: deep water bobbing, rotary breathing, front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, scissors kick & side stroke, whip kick & breaststroke, intro to turning at wall, treading water with modified scissors, breaststroke, rotary kicks, and diving in stride & standing positions.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement -Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 25 yards, elementary backstroke 10 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, treading water, & diving. Children will work on: alternate breathing, stride jump, long shallow dive, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, side stroke, breaststroke, dolphin kick & butterfly, open turn on front & back, feet-first surface dive, & treading water.
Level 6: Children should already be able to: swim front & back crawl 50 yds, elementary backstroke 25 yards, breaststroke 25 yards, butterfly 25 yards, side stroke 10 yards, tread water 3 minutes, & dive. Children will work on: All six strokes, front and back crawl flip turn, breast stroke turn, breaststroke speed turn and pullout, butterfly turn, side stroke turn, pike & tuck surface dive, tread water 5 minutes, & basic water rescue.

After-School Sessions:
Session 1: 12/2/13 - 12/13/13 - Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
Session 2: 1/13 - 1/24 - Levels 2 and 3
Session 3: 1/27 - 2/7 - Levels 1, 3, and 4
Session 4: 2/10 - 2/21 - Levels 2 and 5
Session 5: 2/24 - 3/7 - Levels 1 and 6

Later Time Classes: Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for the following lessons. Later Time Classes are held 5:00-5:45. Each session includes 8-10 lessons. Cost $45 each.

Later-Time Sessions:
Session 6: 12/2/13 - 12/13/13 - Levels 1, 2, and 3
Session 7: 1/27 - 2/7 - Levels 2, 4, and 5.

Parent & Child Aquatic: For ages 6 months to about 3 years. Designed to give young children a head start on swimming. Great for children to get comfortable in the water and begin to work on basic skills while interacting with instructor and other children in a fun and safe environment. NOTE: A parent (or adult) must accompany the child in the water. Swim diapers are required. Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for these lessons. Cost is $25 per child.
Session 8: Saturdays 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22; 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Preschool Aquatics: For children about ages 3 - 5. Designed to orient preschool-age children to the aquatic environment and to begin working on basic aquatic skills such as: enter & exit the water, blow bubbles through mouth & nose, go under water, bobbing, front & back glides, retrieve submerged objects and learn how to stay safe in the water. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper. Camp DOES NOT provide transportation for these lessons. Cost is $35 per child.
Session 9: 1/27 – 2/7 (M, W, & F) 11 am – 11:45 am
Session 10: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (Saturdays) 8:30 a.m.-- 9:15 a.m.
Session 11: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 (Saturdays) 9:15 a.m.-- 10:00 a.m.

St John's Preschool Aquatics: Camp also offers lessons to children at St John's Day Care with camp providing transportation. Cost is $40 per child.
using the camp's online request system on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8 AM or after. Optional: register by leaving a message for Carol Melton @
Session 13: April 11 - 13, 2014 Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Session 14: May 9 - 11, 2014 Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Lifeguard or CPR/FPR Recertification: For individuals who need to renew their certification(s) All water and land skills will be tested & written tests will be administered Cost $75 ($50 CPR/FPR).
Session 15: April 13, 2014 Sunday 10am-5pm
Session 16: May 11, 2014 Sunday 10am-5pm

MONTICELLO, IA. As another growing season ends and the fall harvest season begins, Camp Courageous begins a campaign asking for corn and soybean producers to share a small portion of their yield. An easy way to support Camp Courageous and assist those served there, farmers may participate by simply specifying to their granary the bushels of grain they would like to donate.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with special needs and is run on donations, without government assistance, formal sponsorship, or paid fundraisers. Camp opened its doors in 1974 serving 211 campers. In 2012 nearly 6,500 campers were served.

Grain producers statewide should watch for a post card explaining the camp and how they may participate. For more information contact Camp Courageous at (319) 465-5916 ext. 2140

Cedar Rapids, IA- Camp Courageous and Planet X Fun Center are teaming up to play for campers with special needs on Thursday October 17, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm. Patrons will enjoy the pizza buffet, unlimited mini golf, rock climbing, indoor playground, spaceball, jumpshot, bumper cars, and one game of laser tag for only $10.00 per ticket! Planet X will donate $5 of each ticket back to Camp Courageous.

"Camp Courageous is a year round camp for individuals with disabilities. Camp Courageous started in the summer 1974 with 211 campers and now over 6,500 each year," says Dennis Bayne. "The camp is an awesome and fun place for campers. We can't thank Planet-X enough for their partnership."

"We're happy to be able to give back to Eastern Iowa through our twelve months of Giving FUNdraisers, and we're especially pleased to host Camp Courageous," states Cameron Full, manager at Planet X. "Any and all are welcome to play for this great event."

Planet X is located at 4444 1st Avenue NE. in the Lindale Mall Plaza, Cedar Rapids. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling Planet X at 319-294-2237or by visiting planetxfuncenter.colm

Camp Courageous is located 6 miles Southeast of Monticello off Hwy 38 south. Tours are available daily of the camp. The camp has winter, spring, summer, and fall camping seasons. Camp Courageous also offers Respite Care weekends plus 24 hour emergency care if needed. Any further questions check out website at