I had the good fortune of meeting Tom Stelzer through one of Camp’s early administrative assistants, Peggy Behrends. Peggy’s husband, Russ, was Assistant Warden at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory in Anamosa, where Tom headed up Iowa Prison Industries.
During our early years, camp was very poor, and when we bought something, we did not have [...]
Grynneth Parizek, 86 (front and center)…best known as “Mrs. P from Lone Tree” has passed away…surrounded by her family…just as in this picture from a few years ago, as we celebrated her birthday. Mrs. P. touched the lives of thousands…from being a cook and crossing guard at the Lone Tree School for 27-years…to taking [...]
Camp’s sympathy goes out to the family of Charles H. Smith, who had roots in Iowa, but lived many of his years in Florida. Charles was very good about sending Camp Courageous great Florida fruit…especially over the winter months.
His son, Larry Crismond, writes, “Dad was a great believer in your mission and the success [...]
Don & Marilou Simpson have been two of the most exceptional volunteers in the camp’s history. Don & Marilou have been involved with Camp Courageous for nearly 20-years and dedicated over 2-years of their lives to living at camp and volunteering, morning, noon and night. They first heard of Camp Courageous from being loyal listeners [...]
Harry Prull was involved with Camp Courageous, since its beginning. Living “just down the road” from camp, he and camp’s first director, Gary Turbes, had a bond, that lasted a life time.
Any time I would see Harry, he would ask how Gary was doing. During those early years, Gary often called on Harry [...]