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Cranky Hank's Benefit
Throughout the month of September, Cranky Hank's will donate 13% of a sale to Camp Courageous when the customer says, "I support Camp Courageous." Get location and hours here.
Pancake Breakfast & Open House
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Enjoy a great breakfast and tour the camp during this annual event. Always held the last Sunday in Sept.
Virtual Camp Tour
Take a look around the camp and inside the camp buildings with this 360-degree Virtual Tour.
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Camp Courageous Train Engineer Gerry Rohr passes away

Gerry RohrIt is with deep regret that camp says goodbye to the Camp Courageous Train engineer and long-time volunteer Gerry Rohr.

Since the early years of camp, Gerry has lent his expertise and talent to hundreds of camp projects. Gerry could fix anything! Most notable he oversaw the generators that operate approximately 90% of the camp during electrical outages and the train. After his retirement in 2008, Gerry became a full time volunteer.

Gerry RohrGerry Rohr shared the excitement of many by assisting in laying track, building a depot, landscaping, and improving the performance of the train. He played an integral part in the design of the recently donated “log car” and looked forward to revamping the handicapped accessible car into a “coal car.” Gerry could spend hours discussing the train and all its merits— over a cup of coffee, a snack, or with just a smile. However, the best part of his job was climbing into the engine and patiently waiting for the campers to board, then seeing their joy as they traveled through the woods on the tracks he laid and maintained. During special events at camp, Gerry would spend hours at the train controls, blowing the whistle at the crossings, to the delight of so many.

Gerry’s final gift to camp would be the expansion of the train to Lake Todd. He, along with several hard-working volunteers, spent the past spring and summer laying the rail. All that remained to be done was a little balancing before campers would have the opportunity for a new and longer train ride. Unfortunately, Gerry will not be able to take that inaugural ride.

The Camp Courageous staff, board, campers, volunteers, and friends offer their deepest sympathy to Gerry’s wife, Donna, and their family. His death is a tremendous loss to camp, but, with every whistle of the train, wonderful memories will be evoked of a kind and generous man. What an incredible legacy Gerry Rohr leaves behind…

Fauser Energy Resources acquires BP Petroleum Grant for Camp Courageous

BP 2014

Pictured is Bill Pfister, Marketer at Fauser Energy Resources , (center red shirt) is surrounded by dozens of campers and counselors during his recent visit to Camp Courageous.

BP Petroleum, in collaboration with their BP Fueling Communities Program, local BP stations, and Fauser Energy Resources has awarded Camp Courageous a grant. Camp’s relationship with Fauser Energy Resources began in 1981, when Don Fauser visited Camp Courageous as a board member of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa. During that visit the Petroleum Marketers decided to take Camp Courageous under their wing, at a time when the camp was struggling to survive. Since then the camp has grown from serving hundreds of campers to serving thousands of campers, is open-year round, has grown from 40 acres to 200 acres; and from 5 buildings to over 20.

Don Fauser, and his son, Paul, have been actively involved in the success of Camp Courageous for over 30-years. They are a good and carrying family of incredible integrity…and those exceptional traits pour over into their work. Camp Courageous feels very fortunate to have BP Petroleum and Fauser Energy Resources come together to make this wonderful gift possible.

Notre Dame Youth Group from Cresco volunteers at Camp Courageous

Notre Dame HS Youth GrpThank you to the hard working youth from Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, Iowa and their adult leaders Melanie Krivachek and Josh Stika. This group really worked hard and were willing to do anything we asked of them. 

Jamie Carpenter volunteers at Camp Courageous

Vol-JamieCarpenterBig thanks to Jaimie Carpenter for volunteering as a counselor for three weeks this summer. Jaimie is from nearby Olin, IA and has wanted to volunteer at camp for a few years now. We are certainly glad it worked out for her to come help out this summer. Thanks again, Jaimie!

Volunteers from Cottage Grove, MN help at Camp Courageous

Cottage Grove UCCThis wonderful group made the trek here all the way from Cottage Grove,MN (Twin Cities). Pictured are (L-R) Ken Huber, Jan Huber, Tracy Larsen, Pastor Bryan Olsen, Kristina Prinbnow and Josh Pedersen. They are from the UCC church and located Camp Courageous through a volunteer website to help non-profits. What a great bunch!  Thank you Cottage Grove UCC!