Camp Courageous delivers a piece of camp to its campers


Camp Courageous is reaching out to its campers through “Camp Boxes.” Despite the forced closure of Camp due to the pandemic, families can purchase boxes filled with fun activities for all ages and abilities. The boxes also contain a personalized letter from a camp counselor. (Photo submitted)
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     In March, Camp Courageous announced the closure of camp for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially noting the susceptibility of its camper population.

     Now, three months into the shutdown, Camp has decided to offer its campers and their families “Camp Box” care packages.

     Jenn Geyer, Camp’s respite care director, said they wanted to make sure their campers and families know the staff is still here for them, looking forward to the day Camp Courageous can re-open.

     “Camp Courageous is such a special place for many individuals and we wanted to come up with ways to bring a little of camp to them during this time that we are apart,” explained Guyer.

     Inside the boxes are activities and supplies needed to complete the activities. There is also a souvenir Camp Courageous shirt, camp-themed stickers, coloring pages, a scavenger hunt, a camp-themed recipe, and a letter from a camp counselor or staff member. Geyer said the activities are focused on recreation, sensory, science, and nature, all things the campers would experience or take part in at Camp Courageous.

     “We try to offer a variety of activities in each box that best fits the individual needs of our campers,” said Geyer. “We have really tried to make them personalized for each recipient and offer written, picture, and video instructions.” The videos are made by Camp’s therapeutic recreation summer interns.

     In addition, some items allow the campers to have a piece of Camp Courageous despite not being able to attend camp this summer.

     “The activities are a combination of camper favorites and new activities that they are able to do at home,” offered Geyer.

     The ideas to include in each “Camp Box” was a group effort between Camp’s program staff.

     “Camp Boxes” are intended for any age and ability. When placing the order, Camp asks questions so they are able to “adapt the activities to accommodate the individual as best we can.

     “We have a wealth of resources in our staff (current and past) that come up with some pretty neat ideas for our campers,” added Geyer. “It has been a heartwarming experience seeing current and past staff collaborate on this project even while we cannot be together. The letter they have written for the boxes add a personal touch because they can share some of their same feelings and experiences with the camper.”

     The first “Camp Box” is $22. Any additional boxes are $10, which only includes activities and a letter. Geyer explained families can order one box a month or one and done. The cost is the same per box per month, plus shipping.

     “Camp Boxes” can be ordered online at www.campcourageous.org/camp-box. Questions can be directed to Geyer at jjgeyer@campcourageous.org.

     In addition to “Camp Boxes,” Camp Courageous is also offering a strong social media for campers and their families during this time. Visit Camp’s Facebook page for nature activities, camp songs, science activities, and other individual programs provided by Program Staff.

     “People can continue to support Camp Courageous and programs like this during this unprecedented time by visiting our website and donating to different areas or donating items on our needs list,” suggested Geyer.

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