We Are The Best Camp in Minnesota!

Camp Confidence is for families. Located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota, Confidence Learning Center otherwise known as Camp Confidence is an outdoor center for persons with developmental and cognitive disabilities along with the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

We Are The Best Camp in Minnesota!

Located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota, Confidence Learning Center ----otherwise known as Camp Confidence-- specializes in outdoor education and experiences  for persons with developmental and cognitive disabilities-- along with the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Campers are brought to Camp from all over Minnesota and the mid-west by their staff, family or care giver, which is responsible for their direct care. The typical overnight group stay is two - three nights, however, longer or shorter visits are available. Visiting groups include group homes, families, public schools, state facilities, treatment centers, achievement centers and scout groups.

Who Can Attend? 

Confidence Learning Center is open to all ages! Campers may attend with family, Personal Care Assistants, Group Homes, School groups, and more! Call us at 218-828-2344 for any questions. 

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem

The programs at Confidence Learning Center are aimed at promoting self-confidence and self-esteem, and the necessary skills to become full, contributing members of society. The campers achieve this through active "hands-on", activities and participation in a variety of outdoor experiences. The staff are able to provide activities in outdoor education and recreation that are not or can not be offered in their local setting. Over the years, thousands of individuals have experienced personal growth while participating in educational programs which include archery, cross country skiing, canoeing, and fishing just to mention a few. Such activities as the Confidence Course allow campers to challenge their limits and prove themselves to the most important person of all, themselves.

Facilities and Equipment 

Camp provides facilities and equipment, as well as a number of program specialists and college interns to assist the groups with activities and programs. Camp has 9, fully-equipped and accessible Cabins with waterfront and walking accessible paths. Numerous activity areas are available with accessible transportation provided to and from each activity. During inclement weather, groups can participate in nature study, arts and crafts, the astronomy room, or audiovisual education in the John Mariucci Lodge. Coming to Camp helps basic living skills through planning, preparing, clean up of meals and care of campsite or cabin.

501(C)3 Nonprofit

Confidence Learning Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity in its purest form. We receive no federal, state or local tax support. Nor does any religious group, college, scouting group, service organization or any other group act as our "parent" sponsor. What we do have is a collage of individuals, families, corporations, service clubs and small businesses that have helped us to develop a 140 acre year-round camp for persons of all ages with developmental disabilities.


Confidence Learning Center began in April of 1969 when Dick Endres (Camp founder), a small group of local business people, and many individuals from the Brainerd State Hospital combined their energies to form Minnesota Therapeutic Camp, now known as Confidence Learning Center. From that day forward, Camp has grown incredibly both in numbers of campers and facilities.

Reasons to Join Us This Year 


Confidence Learning Center Programs are the heart and soul of our Camp. Programs are designed for the users (or Campers)! There is a wide variety of programs from outdoor archery, animal sanctuary, environmental education, rendezvous and much, much more. We can guarantee there is something for EVERYONE!

Specialty Camps

Everything from Fishing has No Boundaries to Camp Sertoma!


Confidence Learning Center is extremely proud to partner with a variety of events to help raise monies for the Campers that visit us through out the year. There is something for everyone within our event section!


Confidence Learning Center has 9 cabins in different sizes throughout camp and has a main building called the “Mariucci Lodge” named after hockey legend John Mariucci, a great camp supporter.