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 giver, which is 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.
Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes Area is a nonprofit humanitarian food aid organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of undernourished children around the corner in the United States and starving children around the world. Our nutritious meals are paid for and packaged by volunteers. When we opened in 2012, our main focus was distributing meals overseas with help from worldwide partners. We quickly realized the need right here in Minnesota. Food shelves regularly have more clients than food. Our goal is to provide food shelves with nutritious meals on a continual basis in quantities on which they can rely, in addition to providing meals to starving families around the world. With the help of corporate partners, we have developed two meals for domestic distribution; a soy and vitamin fortified macaroni and cheese and soy and vitamin fortified beans and rice dinner.