What We Do

The CCK Experience

In an effort to honor the mission statement, the following core values were established to provide specific outcomes for the camp program:

  • Take Home More Friends Than Projects
  • Dare To Believe, Grow And Discover
  • Support To Self, Support Of Others
  • Safe, Respected And Loved

This means that while we ensure that our campers are having fun swimming, fishing, and riding horses, we are also dedicated to creating an environment that fosters opportunities for making excellent choices, creating and sustaining healthy relationships with peers, building personal confidence to work through challenges and achieve personal goals.

These are the kind of “life experiences” that you can expect your child to have at camp:

  • Choosing between many options over the course of the week
  • Being a teammate and working with others towards common goals
  • New activities, dancing, trying new foods and interacting with people of different backgrounds
  • Opportunities to perform in front of groups
  • Opportunities to express their opinions
  • Learning to share resources with fellow campers and compromising
  • Practicing “supervised” independence away from relatives
  • Being away from television, radios, IPods, cell phones and other multimedia
  • Opportunities to lead

Our commitment is to ensure that our campers not only have these life learning experiences, but that they can keep these experiences with them as they grow. We look forward to welcoming your child to The Center for Courageous Kids, where we are not only providing a camp experience, but also building personal growth and a positive community for the campers we proudly serve. Click on the camper applications link on the left side of your screen. If you have any questions concerning, or want to provide behavioral information that would allow us to assist in your child’s transition to camp, please contact our Camp Director, Emily Cosby at (270) 618-2900.

Our Services

Who Can Come?

The Center for Courageous Kids accepts seriously ill children who could not even be considered for other programs. Below is a sample of the illness groups we have served:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Heart/Cardiovascular Disease
  • Blood Disorders
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sickle Cell
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Transplants

Summer Adventures – Ages 7 to 16

Remember just being a carefree kid at camp? Fishing, swimming, dancing, playing, climbing and horseback riding…all day long! Children facing medical challenges may not be able to participate in these fun experiences, but at The Center for Courageous Kids they can, at no charge to the children or their families! We have nine separate week-long summer camps where we can serve up to 128 kids per week.  Each week is designated to a different illness.

Family Retreat Weekends – Ages 5 to 17

Families face a tremendous challenge in coping with a child’s devastating illness. At The Center for Courageous Kids, Family Retreat Weekends are designed to provide respite, recreation, and support programs for families who have a child with a chronic or life threatening illness. Family weekends provide similar experiences as summer camp, as well as the opportunity for parents to gather together and share similar life-experiences. To qualify, a member of the immediate family, ages 5-17, must be diagnosed with one of the illnesses we serve.

Our On-Site Medical Center

We have a program and medical staff who are trained and experienced in all aspects of medical camping. If you need medical care during your stay, our Medical Center is the place to be! The medical facility is equipped to be very supportive in a “behind the scenes” way.  Medical care is provided by volunteer physicians and nurses coordinated by our full-time Medical Director.

How Does A Camper Apply?

To apply for one of our camp options, please click here. or to request an application by mail, call our Camper Admission’s office at (270) 618-2912.

All forms must be completed and returned for consideration. Acceptance to camp is based on screening criteria and availability.