Monthly Archives: March 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Work with Camp

#5 It is a one-of-a-kind, life-changing experience

Maria and Julie“I love myself more after this summer because I know how many wonderful individuals’ lives I have made a little bit better.” -Maria S., Nature Barnyard Leader (pictured on left)

#4 You will gain professional experience

Jenna Jeff and Emily“I love learning new and creative ways to pass medications and care for the health of our campers.” -Jenna O., Health and Medication Aid (pictured on left)

#3 Each day is a new & exciting opportunity

Courtney and Robert“The campers challenged me and I learned so much from them. Each day they put a smile on my face.” -Courtney L., Health and Medication Aid (pictured on left)
“One camper told me that he thinks heaven is just like camp and that has inspired me to try to make each camper’s week special.” -Anna K., Special Interest Program Leader

#2 You will meet & work with people from all over the world

staff“The sense of community is amazing here. Everyone helps each other out and everyone is always welcome!” -Julie T., Nurse
“The people I have met here are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met, both staff [...]

Supporter’s Spotlight: FFA

Alumni Conference and Board Meeting

Many blue FFA jackets were on the Camp Courage grounds recently! The group’s alumni, board members and advisors gathered for their annual board meeting. Meeting at Camp Courage makes perfect sense, given their history of amazing support for camp. The FFA has supported Camp Courage and True Friends for the past 60 years and has helped to construct buildings and provided financial scholarships to help campers in need. The Speech Therapy building was originally built by the FFA and this past weekend a handful of FFA alumni and advisors were given a tour to showcase the building.

History of True Friends, Camp Courage and the FFA

Over this 60 year time period, True Friends and Camp Courage have had the great joy of working with hundreds of FFA students and advisors and these students are bright, dedicated and hard-working. The Minnesota FFA has an amazing history of philanthropy towards Camp Courage. The FFA motto is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. That last portion, “Living to Serve,” is what drives them to give back to their community.

Corn Drives

In 1964, an FFA chapter from Freeborn, MN took to local corn fields and asked the farmers if they could pick up the corn after a damaging storm. These FFA students walked the fields picking up corn; they sold their corn and donated the proceeds to Camp Courage. This very first corn drive raised $87 for camp. Since that first chapter and first corn drive, over 80 chapters have joined the “Corn Drive for Courage,” and turned that $86 into a 60 year tradition and over $5.5 million donated [...]