Monticello, IA-- On Sunday, October 13, 2013, The East Central Federation and Cedar Valley Callers Association will sponsor the 24th Annual Square Dance Benefit for Camp Courageous. The calling begins at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. in the main lodge of Camp Courageous.

Callers and cuers from all over eastern Iowa and the surrounding areas are invited. Dance clubs as well as individuals and couples are welcome to enjoy the afternoon dancing or just observing in the spacious camp lodge. Tours will be available for anyone interested in seeing all that camp has to offer. Admission fee is a donation to camp. Participants are asked to bring cookies or a snack to share. Beverages are provided.

Located near Monticello IA, Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. The camp was built and continues to operate on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp serves over 6,500 individuals with special needs annually.

MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Camp Courageous of Iowa is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number is over 6,500!

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 39th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office. Leo Greco CDs and DVDs also available.

A hot breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, and more. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. After your breakfast enjoy a Live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge. Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. Live! In the Sill barn performing free will be Dixie-Notes-Plus at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00.

See the new entrance to Camp Courageous, new curb / gutter, new parking surface, and location of future caboose.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each with no purchase limit.

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MONTICELLO, IOWA - The 25th Annual Back-To-School Festival will be held at Camp Courageous Tuesday September 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00. Camp Courageous is a year- round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. The Back-To-School Festival has become an annual celebration of the new school year for dozens of special education classes throughout the area.

Special education classes are invited to attend this free event and enjoy games, balloon artists, prizes, hayride, wobble buggies, swimming, miniature golf, a helicopter, face painting, bounce house, train, a dance and more.

Lunch is provided for free to the special education students, teachers, volunteers, staff & campers. Camp Courageous traditionally
expects about 1000 participants.

For more information contact Jeanne Muellerleile, E-mail: or Camp Courageous, Box 418, Monticello, Iowa 52310-0418. or (319) 465-5916 ext. 2300 or Fax: 319-465-5919.
Monticello, Iowa - An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is providing additional support to Camp Courageous from August 9 to September 27. The team is serving as camp counselors to help children and adults with disabilities have an enjoyable summer through camp festivities.

The NCCC team of nine from the Vinton, Iowa campus is assisting with activity scheduling, greeting campers, helping campers settle into camp, scheduling weekly activities, assisting with personal care, promoting activity participation, assisting campers in preparing to return home and performing maintenance work around the campsite.

Through their service work with Camp Courageous, the NCCC team is allowing the camp to host a greater number of campers and decreases the waiting list dramatically. Every year, over 6,000 individuals with disabilities are served by the camp but hundreds are left on a waiting list.

"The opportunity to impact individuals' lives in a positive manner, such as the one we are being given at Camp Courageous, is really exciting. I look forward to our adventure," says NCCC member Reilly Allen from Littleton, Colo.

Camp Courageous is year-round camp for recreational activities serving the disabled population. The camp enables disabled children and adults to grow socially and personally through the encouragement of a supportive staff. The camp was founded in 1972 with the donation of 40-acres of land dedicated to the establishment of a site to serve the disabled. Today, Camp Courageous serves over 6,000 individuals yearly, ranging from infants to elderly.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, 10-month, residential, national service program in which 2,800 young adults - all 18 to 24 years old- serve nationwide each year. The NCCC program oversees two service tracks - Traditional NCCC and FEMA Corps - and members in these programs serve in teams of eight to twelve on three to seven service projects during their service. NCCC Members serve on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. FEMA Corps Members focus solely on emergency management and long-term recovery projects through FEMA. The North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is one of five regional campuses in the United States and serves Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The other campuses are located in Baltimore, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and Denver, Colo.

In exchange for their service, members receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, increased self-confidence, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, people can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC programs, visit the website at

MONTICELLO, IOWA-Fresh pineapples will be in Iowa for the 36th Annual Pineapple Sale for Camp Courageous the week of August 7th-11th.  The pineapples will be on sale at nearly 30 Hy-Vee Stores in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Marion, and Waterloo.  Most locations will have the ability to core and place the pineapple in a container for the customer.  A dollar from the sale of each pineapple will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility, serving over 6,000 individuals with special needs annually.  Customers not interested in pineapple, are encouraged to buy a gift card for food and send it to camp.  

The 35th Annual Pineapple Gala, will be Friday, August 16th at the Cedar Rapids Marriott beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is one of Iowa's largest charity silent and live auction with nearly 400 items ranging from $5 to condos. An exceptional Hawaiian dinner, entertainment, and door prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, are planned for this year's Gala.  Volunteer Emcees for the evening will be Ralph Palmer and Coach Lisa Bluder and the volunteer auctioneer will be Neal Bousselot.  Tickets are $60/each or a table of 10 for $600. Auction items can be donated, or tickets can be obtained through the camp by calling Charlie Becker at 319/465-5916, ext. 2100 or e-mailing at Many auction items can be viewed at: Special Camp Courageous overnight rates are available by calling the Marriott.

This year Camp Courageous will be honoring the Dave Schmitt for his years of support of Camp Courageous.
Monticello, Iowa - Camp Courageous reported a missing 13-year old male camper with severe autism at approximately 7:15 PM Monday.  The camper was last seen walking on a trail headed to a campsite.  Multiple agencies were actively involved in the search and the camper was found at approximately 8:15 AM Tuesday.
Camp Courageous would like to thank area emergency services including but not limited to the Monticello Fire, Police, and Ambulance Services, Jones County Sheriff's Dept., Jones County Conservation, Jones County Emergency Response Team, Emergency Management Agency, the Iowa State Patrol (including their airplane, which found the camper), Cascade Police & Fire, Clinton EMA including Connie Heath and Bill and Lois Hall with search and rescue dogs, Clinton County Conservation, Dubuque Fire, Northern Iowa Cert, Iowa Canine Cert Team, the State's Task Force One, Counselors, Volunteers, and the general public who were on the scene to assist.  Over 200 assisted in the search and many more offered their time and resources.
Camp Courageous is a year round recreational and respite care facility annually serving over 6,500 campers with special needs that is run on donations.

Monticello, Iowa.  Food & Wine on The Links will be held Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6PM at the Monticello Golf Course to benefit Camp Courageous. For $25 one can sample 4 great wines and hors d' oeuvres?Dinner, Chicken Fillet with Rice Pilaf or Iowa Pork Chop with Baked Potato, Engraved Wine Glass and $100 Prize Drawing. Reservations are required by June 3, 2013 by phone 319/465-5225 or e-mail: Wine Tasting & Food Pairings by Stone Cliff.

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MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous Omelet Breakfast and Open House will be Sunday, April 28, 2013. A breakfast of made-to-order omelets served with sausage, toast, coffee, juice, and milk will be served from 7AM to 1PM. Thirty trained omelet cooks will make an omelet with choices like ham, cheese, green peppers, and onions. It is recommended to come early for this wonderful breakfast. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12.

During the breakfast and open house guided tours will be provided of Camp Courageous, or one can go on their own. The Dixie-Notes-Plus will perform live in Sill Barn. They play a variety of 20's, 30's, and 40's big band music. Sets begin at 10 AM, 11 AM, and Noon.

There will be a live reenactment of a train robbery, performed by the Red Cedar Regulators - an old west reenactment group at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM.

This year's Open House will feature construction-in-progress on the Lake Todd, and progress on the camp's HAVC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Dehumidification System in the Pool.

An inspiring video presentation about the camp as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office.

Camp Courageous is a year round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with special needs. It is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Camp Courageous began serving individuals with special needs during the summer of 1974 with 211 campers served. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number over 6,000!

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 151, Exit 65 or Highway 38
MONTICELLO, IOWA. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has announced a matching gift of $157,521 for use in the Camp Courageous Pool Renovation HVAC Project (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system).

According to camp's director, Charlie Becker, the camp's indoor pool is one of the favorite activities for all individuals with special needs who attend camp each year. In addition to the over 6,000 campers with special needs using the pool each year, the pool is an asset to the area, offering an extensive after school winter swimming lesson program. Running from December until March, approximately 400 children participate in this program. The pool is also open daily to the public for open swim hours and pool rentals. Between campers and the public, it is estimated 100,000 individuals have used the pools since it was built.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust funded half of the original cost of the pool... which represented $375,000 of a $750,000 project. The project grew to $1-million-dollars when many of camp's traditional volunteer contractors, who had never worked on a pool of this size, did not want to take the risk of a project of this magnitude.

In 2010, Aquatics International Awarded The Camp Courageous' Indoor Pool "2010 Best of Aquatics -Wellness/Rehab Center". The judge's commented, "The camp's commitment to its donors' dollars is very impressive."

Camp is now seeking funds, to be matched by the Carver Trust up to $157,521, for an HVAC system for the Camp Courageous Indoor Pool. The pool is about 12-years old, and due to the nature of chemicals and water used within the structure, the current ventilation duct system, housed within the cement deck that surrounds both pools, has substantially caved in. This has greatly limited the free flow of air, dehumidification, and the quality of air in the building. Currently only one of two dehumidification systems work. The camp decided it would be better to install a new overhead HVAC system, than spend thousands and thousands of dollars making repairs---just to get by for another year or so.

Gifts of $1,000 or more will have a block engraved in the pool to the donor's liking. Donations can be sent to: Camp Courageous Pool Project, PO Box 418, Monticello IA 52310 or go on-line at:
With Camp Courageous serving over 6,000 campers with special needs each year, it takes a tremendous amount of food to feed that many hungry campers, along with meeting the needs of so many special diets.

Fareway Stores are giving the public the opportunity to purchase cases of selected foods at special case price as a donation to the camp.

A special coupon will be in the Fareway store ad for the week of February 11, 2013. The public can choose the number of selected cases of food they would like to donate to camp. The coupon can be used at 15 participating stores and the public can pay along with their other grocery items. Fareway Store employees will do the rest to make sure it reaches Camp.

Participating Fareway Store locations are: Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Dyersville, Hiawatha, Iowa City East, Iowa City West, Independence, Manchester, Maquoketa, Marion, Monticello, Muscatine, North Liberty, and Vinton.