Camp VIP (Victory in Progress) is a special session held at Camp Courage for children with cancer or blood disorders and their siblings. Kids at these sessions get a much needed break from hospitals and treatments and spend a week just being kids.
ONE: By watching this group run and play and make new friends, you see that they are all still just kids. Their youthful innocence and enthusiasm is ever-present at camp.
TWO: They are living through serious diagnoses, trusting their doctors and nurses to help them and coming to camp without their parents.
THREE: These kids have been stretched emotionally and physically with their own diagnosis, or dealing with a sibling’s illness. From outward appearances, you would hardly know this was a camp for children with challenges. They are amazingly positive and bounce back quickly from setbacks.
FOUR: These kids know a lot more about medical procedures than a majority of the population. While some of us are confused during a routine doctor’s check-up, these kids know about medications, side effects and what they can do to help themselves or their siblings.
7:00-9:00 a.m.: Wake up & attend staff meeting
After helping campers to get up and ready for the day and eating breakfast, the lifeguards attend the program staff meeting. Here, they discuss the events of the day, plus make plans for leading the evening program with activities like arts and crafts, a dance, games and more!
After the meeting, the lifeguards head to their assigned area for the day. There is plenty of water action around camp, so they could be assigned to the pool, waterfront or mud pit! Lifeguards ensure boaters’ and swimmers’ safety during the campers’ exciting day!
12:30-2:30 p.m.: Lunch and a break
At 12:30, everyone meets up with their cabin for lunch. Just after lunch comes rest hour where campers can play games, relax, take a nap or just hang out. The lifeguards use this time to recoup after a busy morning.
2:30-5:30 p.m.: More lifeguarding!
During hot afternoons, the waterfront can get busy with boat rides, swimmers, fishers and mud pit divers! Lifeguards must stay alert and prepared for any situation that could arise.
5:30-6:30 p.m.: [...]
Throughout the year and at the Minnesota Twins game on August 16th, celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary. The Minnesota Twins are pleased to offer discounted tickets on August 16th when the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians. While much progress has been made, much remains to be done.
The Minnesota Twins are helping to recognize and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act during their 1:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Aug. 16. Discount seats are available and range from $20 to $42. To order tickets, use this order form. The form can be completed and mailed or e-mailed to the addresses listed on the form. Tickets also can be ordered by calling Steven Wert at 612.659.3577. The deadline to order is Aug. 3.Family Day at the MN History Center
The Family Day is noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26 at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. The event is free.
“We’re very excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA by bringing together the community to share stories about the ADA, listen to great entertainers and see fabulous art. It will all be under one roof and we hope everyone is able to attend this historic event,” said Willshire.
The event includes live entertainment, speakers, an open microphone so visitors can share their stories, interactive arts activities and fun for all. Light refreshments will be served.
A barbeque lunch is available for purchase. See clips of The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in Minnesota, a documentary film produced by TPT. More information can be found here.
6:30 am: Wake up
6:30 may seem early, but with all the fun to be had each day, an early start is essential! The best way to start each morning is with a reminder to yourself of the camp motto, “Camp is for the campers” and vow to make that day the best it can be for each individual at camp.
Waking up the campers involves helping them out of bed and assisting in whatever morning cares they need. This can include helping them get dressed or assisting in teeth brushing, whatever they need.
8:00 am: Breakfast
Time for the first journey to the dining hall for the day. Getting yourself and your campers a solid breakfast puts the day on a good path. There is also coffee, and other forms of caffeine as necessary.
Morning activities vary by day, week and session. There are tons of things to do around camp, a few favorite morning activities are arts & crafts, swimming, fishing and biking.
Lunch is usually another dining hall affair, but once a week your cabin will have a picnic outside. These are a fun way to relax outside with the campers and offer a nice switch in the routine. The dining hall provides a basket of picnic lunch and away you go [...]