Camp Courage Hosts Adults With Special Needs

Published 06/20 2014 04:54PM

Updated 06/20 2014 10:57PM

STEWARTSVILLE, Mo.) It's the camp for fun -run by those who have the courage to care.

Funnel cakes, swimming, and magic. Those are a few of the things that kept campers busy at Camp Courage.

For Mario Harris it was hard to pick just one. "Well, my favorite part of camp courage is fishing, swimming, playing bingo, doing some crafts, dancing up a storm, the magic show and watching a movie.

Camp Courage is like non-other, the camp is designed for adults with special needs to not only have fun but meet new people.

"Here, they're all the same. They just want to be treated like everybody else, they want to share in this experience and it's important for us to create that opportunity for them," said Ashley Fields, a volunteer at Camp Courage.

Each year, campers look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. They say it's hard to pick just one.

"Seeing my friends and just hanging out. I don't have any particular one but I notice we got new counselors as well as campers this year," stated camper Susan Fisher.

It's not just the campers who gain experience, volunteers share and make their own memories too.

"I get much more out of this camp than I could ever give them. It puts a whole different perspective on life. You learn to appreciate everything and you learn what true friendship is. They remember so much about me and I always feel like I'm not giving them enough," added Fields.

For these 50 campers it's not just time away from home, it's an experience. One that keeps them coming back year after year.

"Yup, I'm coming back next year," added Harris.

This is the 37th year for the camp. To learn more, click here.

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