Lake Todd Project

Lake Todd Project at Camp Courageous

Tom and Sonja Penaluna have been active with Camp Courageous for decades. Their son, Todd, enjoyed coming to Camp Courageous, which was a real highlight of his year. After Todd’s death, Tom called the camp and asked what they might do in memory of Todd. I asked Tom what his profession was, and when he said he fabricated stainless steel, the light bulb lit-up. We were just building the new lodge, and I asked if he ever built stainless steel stalls for bathrooms. They had never done that type of work, but would give it a try. They not only furnished the lodge with stalls, but they have also provided them for three camper cabins, the pool, and the list goes on.

Tom and Sonja have been very active in the Camp’s Foundation and are board members of the Foundation. They recently stepped forward to provide the funding for the naming rights for the new lake at camp, “Lake Todd,” in memory of their son, to whom Camp Courageous meant so much. A wonderful couple and a wonderful family.

Lake Todd is nearing the final stages of construction, but so much more needs to be done before it’s ready for camper activities. Seeding and planting will begin soon and then work will begin on the construction of the pavilion.

Lake Todd


Future Pavilion at Lake Todd


With the Lake Todd project completed, camp now turn it’s sights on the James & Pauline Durgin Pavilion, located on the lake. We hope you may be able to help on this project. That help can take the form of helping build the structure or financial support. We are grateful for your consideration.

— Naming Opportunities —
Grand Room (seating 250) $200,000
2 Lane Bowling Alley (Basement) $100,000
Deck Surrounding Bldg $100,000
Sprinkler System $100,000
Hard Surface Drives $100,000
Kitchenette $75,000
Basement Activity Center $50,000
Generator $40,000
Grand Room Fireplace $25,000
Audio/Video System $25,000
Security and Lighting $25,000
Tables & Chairs (for 250) $15,000
Sidewalks and Trails $10,000
Wheelchair Deck & Lift System for Canoeing $10,000
Outdoor Audio System $10,000
Large Outdoor Fire Pit $10,000
Fire Alarm System $5,000
Paving/Patio Bricks $1,000 ea.
Windows & Doors $200 ea.
Bronze plaques with embossed letters will be provided gifts $20,000 or more. Engraved metal plaques will be provided gifts of $1,000 or more. Engraved Paver Bricks will provided gifts of $1,000 specified for patio blocks.

Camp Courageous is so very grateful to James and Pauline Durgin of Clinton for stepping forward and providing the naming rights for the new pavilion to be located at Lake Todd. This new pavilion is currently being designed and engineered. It will feature a grand room that will over look the lake and be used for camper activities, along with space for other related activities.

Surrounded by pine trees and Lake Todd, this will be a beautiful addition to the camp. Expected completion of the pavilion is late 2015.

Camp Courageous has completed the purchase of 30-acres of ground to the immediate west of its base camp. The purpose of this land will be to establish a lake for canoeing, fishing, and other water activities. Currently campers are bused 22-miles (round trip) to Central Park to do these activities. The buses not only carry the precious cargo of campers and staff, but also trailers full of canoes. This purchase and subsequent construction of a lake will greatly lessen the camp’s risk, with everything being within walking distance or a train ride from base camp.

Contributions of any amount are appreciated. The surveying of the land and the layout of the lake will be the camp’s first priority. A great deal of clearing and ground work will need to be done prior to the project’s completion. Anyone with these skills and/or the equipment to accomplish this project, who would like to volunteer their time and equipment, are encouraged to contact Camp Courageous.

For more info on how you can help make this dream come true, contact: Charlie Becker at PO Box 418, Monticello IA 52310 or (319)465-5916 ext 2100 or