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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Boating
  • Camp
  • Hiking
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Situated near Itasca State Park and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Camp Discovery is located at Camp Courage North in beautiful Lake George, MN. This camp is designed for youth with Asperger Syndrome who are looking for a summer camp experience but would benefit from a high degree of structure and small group activities.

Recreation programs are offered in a beautiful woodland setting which includes modern cabins and bathrooms. Nutritious meals are served cafeteria style and campers eat outside on a beautiful pine deck. Campers will be divided into sleeping cabins with 8 campers per cabin. The cabins will be grouped by age, gender and interest areas. Activity choices will include swimming, fishing, biking, boating, sailing, crafts, nature lessons, digital photography, games, and special events.

Campers participate in small group discussions focusing on social skill development, self-awareness and self-advocacy. This camp employs adults with ASD. Campers should be able to positively participate with small groups of peers while remaining safe as this camp does not provide 1:1 attention.

Camp Discovery Extreme Adventure
**Offered to girls for the first time in 2009!

Following the Discovery II camp session, five fortunate Camp Discovery II campers and four staff members will leave Courage North in the early morning hours of July 6th. They will travel to Ely, Minnesota where they will enter the BWCA for three days and two nights of camping and canoeing.

These "extreme canoeists" will enjoy the beauty of the lakes and forest in this pristine wilderness. Participants will challenge themselves by canoeing for long hours and portaging the canoes and equipment between lakes. They will sleep in two-person tents and prepare meals around a campfire. The days will end with stories around the campfire, awesome stargazing, a few mosquitoes and listening to the call of the loons. On the third day, they will paddle back to their landing where they will pack up the camp van and head back to the Camp Discovery site. The adventure will end with a final evening of celebration at Camp Discovery. Parents will pick up their camper on the morning of July 9th. There will be no bus transportation option for the return to the Twin Cities. Additonal training at Camp Discovery will be given to the five adventurers before they leave on their trip. The Camp Director will assess each camper to ascertain their readiness and fit for this trip before the end of their Discovery Week II.

Extreme adventurers must be able to:

  • Tolerate a 3-hour canoe ride
  • Sleep in a tent in any weather
  • Use a portable toilet outdoors (there are no indoor bathrooms)
  • Tolerate insects/mosquitoes