Camp Courageous


Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. Campers with intellectual and physical disabilities, brain injuries, hearing or visual impairments, autism and other special needs are served.

Working with children and adults with special needs is often a very real challenge.  Campers may need help with personal care including feeding, dressing, and bathroom needs. Some campers exhibit behavioral challenges. Patience, energy, good judgment and enthusiasm are important qualifications for a position at Camp Courageous. The hours are long. An unselfish attitude and an emphasis on teamwork are needed. Staff is expected to put the campers’ needs before their own. If you possess the necessary attributes, I invite you to apply for a position at Camp Courageous.

Volunteer positions, internships, and paid positions are available. Volunteers and Interns can receive an optional stipend of $25.00/week plus room and board, and a restricted medical plan.

Paid counselors and activity specialists receive the best employment package around.  Seasonal staff earn $385/week while year-round staff earn $500-550/week.  Room and board are provided which include air-conditioned staff dormitories affording the staff separate living quarters from the campers. Staff share cabin duty on a rotating basis. Other benefits include a restricted medical plan for seasonal staff and health insurance and one week of paid vacation for year-round staff. Camp provides a bonus for returning seasonal summer staff and a monetary incentive for recruiting additional staff.  Candidates for year-round positions must have experience with individuals with disabilities. Seasonal positions are for one or more season.

YR-ROUND: Starts the first day of the season requiring a one year commitment.

           WINTER: January 27 – March 21, 2014

            SPRING: March 22 to May 16, 2014

            SUMMER: May 18 to August 15, 2014

            FALL: August 20 to November 21, 2014


POSITIONS Respite Care Weekends

Counselors Nature Specialist Counselors - $170/weekend.

Adventure Specialist Recreation Specialist

Canoeing Specialist Outdoor Living Skills Specialist

Crafts Specialist Kitchen Staff

Swimming Specialist Health Staff Assistant

For more information contact: Jeanne Muellerleile, Camp Courageous of Iowa, P.O. Box 418, Monticello, IA 52310-0418 319-465-5916 ext. 2300 Fax: 319-465-5919 or E-mail:  Check it out:


Non-smokers please. Feel free to apply online by accessing the camp’s Web site.



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