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Camp Courage

Campers at Camp CourageIt takes a lot of courage to be the brother or sister of a critically ill or injured child. Camp Courage is a place where these very special siblings can find added strength in a fun and encouraging environment.

Camp Courage is desiged especially for siblings of patients living with a chronic illness or a life changing injury. There are two camps; a day camp for brothers and sisters age 6-12, and a weekend retreat for those aged 13-18. The location of the day camp varies, but it is usually scheduled in the fall. The weekend retreat is at Camp John Marc in the spring. Camp Courage is free of charge to afford every sibling the ability to attend.

Camp Courage objectives

Camp Courage, both the day camp and the weekend camp, is designed to provide support and encouragement to the brothers and sisters of children/youth with chronic health challenges. These programs are designed to meet the following goals:

Camp staffing

Camp Courage events are staffed by certified child life specialists as well as Cook Children's volunteers and employees. A nurse also participates in the weekend camping trip. There are generally 2-3 adults for each 5-7 campers.

Camper selection

Registration announcements Camp Courage are received by mail. The guidelines for registering for each event will be outlined in the mailing. Camper selection is based on a first-come, first-served basis so it's important.

What do we do at camp?

Day camp, age 6-12

The activities at the day camp vary from year to year. In the past, the camp has been held at Camp Carter, NRH2O, and Rocky Top Therapeutic Riding Center. Kids enjoy a day of creative arts, group games, and activities designed to let kids talk about their experiences in a fun, safe and supportive way. Meals are provided and included activities are free.

Weekend retreat, age 13-18

The weekend camping retreat begins on Friday evening and ends on Sunday afternoon. Activities include a bonfire with stories and songs, rock wall climbing, a zip line, group games, fishing, creative arts and activities designed to let the teens talk about their experiences as a sibling. Teens stay in climate-controlled cabins with other siblings camp counselors. All meals are provided by the camp and included activities free.

Camp Courage info and application – call 682.885.5872 or email


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