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Friday, August 28, 2015
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Camper Stories   Author, blogger, camper: Blake's story
Blake has attended camp 11 times. He loves a variety of activities from tie-dying to camping out, but most of all he loves swimming. " Back home, I usually go swimming with my grandparents, but it's fun to go at camp too," said Blake. He is known by his counselors for his joking nature. He is always kidding around and making the counselors and fellow campers laugh. " Blake likes to joke about pretty much everything and anything. He is usually laughing," said Alex, one of Blake's counselors. Blake keeps coming back to camp because he " feels like he is at home again."

Blake has his own blog and cookbook.
His cookbook is titled Dish with Blake: A collection of Favorite Recipes for Kids with Special Needs. The cookbook has everything from smoothies to casseroles. Blake tested smoothies for almost a year before he found the best ones to include in the book. " I had to taste a lot of smoothies," said Blake. He got the idea for a cookbook because of his love for writing. " I enjoy writing a lot," said Blake. Blake's blog " DishwithBlake" is a collection of stories he writes and what is happening in his daily life.
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Save the Date 
September 19 - 5K Benefiting Camp - Join the St. Kate's Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program in a 5K run, and 20% of the proceeds will go to camp! Visit their Facebook page for details. Deadline to receive a race t-shirt is Aug. 29.

October 11 - Camp Courage 60th Anniversary Open House - A ll are welcome from 1-3 p.m. Join the event on Facebook and get the latest news. If you have any pictures from your time at Camp Courage, please scan and send them to our development team or share them with the Facebook page!

October 11
True Strides Open House - All are welcome from 3-5 p.m. Join us for pony rides, meet the horses, barn tours, s'mores and a short program demonstrating hippotherapy techniques.

October 20
- Guardianships...Why? When?
Life Planning for Families of Children with Disabilities Seminar
- Don't miss this free opportunity, sponsored by True Friends, to learn more about:
  • Guardianships and the seven powers of planning
  • The differences between supplemental needs trusts and special needs trusts
  • Naming successors
  • Creating and preserving benefits
  • Balancing present and future needs
  • Financial planning and estate planning issues you need to consider
The seminar will be from 7-9 p.m. at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie. Contact John LeBlanc for more information and to RSVP.

October 23-25 - Fall Family Camp -Families rave about the stress-free environment they experience at family camp. Being surrounded by families similar to theirs, and having the support of caring staff members takes away vacation anxieties. You bring the family, we'll provide the memories. Register online for our weekend session at Camp Courage. All ages welcome, 5& under are free. 
Giving is Good
Tee it up for Campers & Taste of Courage and Friendship
For the past 15 years, the 'Tee It Up For Campers' group has been a huge supporter of Camp Courage. In 2001, the first 'Tee It Up For Campers' golf tournament at Oak View Golf Course successfully raised $2,970. Since then, the group has also started hosting a wine-tasting event and has donated over $180,000 to camp. This support has funded cabin remodeling, a ropes course and many scholarships. This year marked their 15th golf tournament. Together, the 2015 events raised $20,000 for scholarships. This month, a few members from the Tee It Up For Campers group toured Camp Courage and Camp Friendship. They were able to see campers engaged in a variety of programs, including a True Strides' hippotherapy session. 

Giving Tip #24: Where there's a Will, there's a way
The language to include True Friends in your will or trust is: ""I bequeath __%   (or the sum of $____)  to True Friends, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation located in Annandale, MN, or its successor in interest, to be used in such manner as the Board of Directors of said charity shall, in its sole discretion, determine. 
True Friends Can... send campers to camp!
Klein Bank's 'Swipe it Forward' event, held on the 15th of each month, donates five cents to charity for every swipe of a Klein Bank Debit card that day.

True Friends was selected as August's nonprofit of the month. The event raised $1413.00 for camp - that's 28,260 swipes for camp!

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