12007 190th St
PO Box 418
Monticello, Iowa 52310
Camp Courageous is a year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp is not-for-profit organization located in Monticello, Iowa.
Camp Courageous was founded in 1972 when forty acres of land was donated for the sole purpose of establishing a camp for the disabled. In 1973 five buildings were built from donated labor and materials. By 1974 the camp was ready for its first campers, which totaled 211. Today the camp is open year-round and has over 150 acres of land with 16 buildings. Annually, Camp Courageous serves thousands of individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 1 to 105.
Camp Courageous was built and continues to operate on donations, without government assistance, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fund-raisers. What this means is that everything that is given to the camp goes directly to benefit the campers. Historically, mission trip groups have been able to choose from 2 service options at Camp Courageous. Some groups choose to do work projects with the maintenance/groundskeeping department. Projects have included trail building, clearing brush, painting, building, etc. Older mission groups may choose to be volunteer counselors. Individuals wishing to work directly with campers as a volunteer counselor must be at least 16 years old. Click here for more info about volunteering.