Confidence Learning Center Rendezvous programs provide an opportunity to add a healthy component to all people’s lives regardless of ability or limitations. Each monthly Rendezvous will provide a social, educational, physical, and recreational opportunity for persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Rendezvous are set up to go at your own pace. Space and supplies will be reserved for registered participants.
Time: 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
5:00 pm- 5:30 pm: Social time- bring your dinner if you wish
5:30 pm: Activities Begin
Cost: $3.00 per person (including staff)
Must RSVP 218-828-2344 By Monday prior to Rendezvous
Please call with your mailing address to get on a monthly Rendezvous reminder mailing.
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March 18 (Thurs) Tubing
Come slide the night away. A fun night of tubing, hanging out by a bonfire and drinking hot cocoa.
** Dress for the weather**
April 8 (Thurs) Maple Sugaring
It’s a tasty way to spend an early spring evening! Bring your friends and enjoy a program about maple sugaring, the oldest continuous industry in North America.
May 13 (Thurs) Confidence Bash
Enjoy Confidence Learning Centers most requested activities. Possibilities may include: Glass Bottom Boat, Archery, Big Slide, Hayride, Wildlife Sanctuary. Inclement weather will change activities.
June 10 (Thurs) Celebrate Summer
Outdoor campfire complete with campfire skits, stories, pranks, and s’mores as you greet and meet the new summer camp staff.
July 8 (Thurs) Beach: Fun in the sun
By the beach in the sun, we’re all getting together to have some fun. We will swim and play games that all individuals can participate in.
August 5 (Thurs) Farewell to summer
Confidence Learning Center’s seasonal staff are throwing a party to say “Thank You” for an awesome summer. Come and say goodbye with us! Stay tuned for this year’s theme.
September 8 (Wed) 9 (Thurs) A ‘Reel’ Good Time
(Limited to the first 50 people who register for each night) Get more fishing time this year, boats will be loaded as anglers arrive. Pontoons and all equipment are provided, or bring your own lucky fishing gear. Lots of prizes! Registered participants will have a reserved space on the bus.
**Dress for the weather**
October 6 (Wed) 7 (Thurs) Nature Hayride and Bonfire
Bring a friend to enjoy a relaxing hayride and take in the incredible fall colors. Have fun hanging out with everyone around the campfire, drinking hot chocolate and listening to campfire songs. (Limited to the first 50 people each night.) **Dress for the weather**
November 11 (Thurs) Procraftinating
Stop what you’re doing and come join us at Confidence Learning Center! Have fun using your hands and making a craft.
December 9 (Thurs) Happy Holidays: Celebrate December!
Bring a friend to share in the holiday spirit. Enjoy holiday music, a hay/sleigh ride, hot cocoa/ cider, and cookies with Santa. Make a gift to give a friend.
What is Confidence Learning Center?
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 disabilities. The program at Camp Confidence is 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.
Campers are brought to Camp from all over Minnesota and the mid-west by their staff, family or care givers, who are responsible for their direct care. The typical overnight group stay is two 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. Coming to Camp helps basic living skills through planning, preparing, clean up of meals and care of campsite or cabin. Camp provides facilities and equipment, as well as a number of program specialists and college interns to assist the groups with activities and programs. During inclement weather, groups can participate in nature study, arts and crafts the astronomy room, or audiovisual education in the John Mariucci Lodge.
Confidence Learning Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charity in its purest form. Camp Confidence receives 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.
Camp Confidence 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.