Camp Courage Missouri
11012 N. McGee Street
Kansas City MO 64155
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 809-6588
Mission Statement

Camp Courage strives to broaden the lens in which the community views the abilities of those with special needs; including high functioning Autism, Down syndrome, birth defects and cognitive delays.  

CEO/Executive Director Janet Woodward
Board Chair Steve Woodward
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Camp Courage strives to broaden the lens in which the community views the abilities of those with special needs; including high functioning Autism, Down syndrome, birth defects and cognitive delays.  

Background Statement Camp Courage was founded in 1977 and is an annual 4-day, 3-night, all inclusive, summer camp for adults with developmental disabilities. Camp is staffed entirely by volunteers who ensure the participants experience a fun and educational time of activities designed for their abilities and interests. Camp Courage exclusively caters to adults with special needs, giving them a 'typical' camping experience - - with programs, parties and friends - - all on an adult level.
Impact Statement

2016 Accomplishments:

  1. Included 7 new campers, and 4 new volunteers
  2. Increased donors through two fundraising auction events 
2017 Goals:
  1. Update the web-site through the help of a local vendor
  2. Eliminate PO Box address 
Needs Statement
Annually, we try to expand the program and what we can offer to the participants.   We strive to include professionals from the community such as music therapists, therapy dogs, entertainers and activities and events.  
Funding is generated by the small fee the campers pay to attend and fundraising efforts of the volunteers. Many volunteers contact businesses and request support annually either by financial contributions or in-kind donations. We hold an annual fundraising silent auction. We request donations from volunteers, families and friends.
Service Categories
Down Syndrome
Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Camp Courage is planned and implemented by a team of volunteers. No salaries or benefits are paid to any of the volunteers in the program. Participants look forward to this experience, all year long. As soon as camp is over in one summer, they immediately start planning and looking forward to the next summer. It is one of the most important events in many individuals’ lives.
Description We’ve devoted over 30 years to refining our camper-centered program, building passionate volunteer teams and filling every camp with fun activities designed for participants’ interests and abilities.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success


  1. We receive positive feedback from the participants and the community to reinforce the benefits of the camp activity and outreach.
  2. The attitudes, enthusiasm and experiences of the participants improve with each passing year.
  3. We form more impact and community outreach for people with
    defined disabilities.
Long-Term Success

Our Principles

Preserving Dignity
We value the life experiences of every individual and give each the respect they deserve. Participants are encouraged to engage in meaningful activities that give them a sense of belonging and create a pleasant camping experience.

Nurturing the Spirit
We care about each person–mind, body and spirit. Our volunteers are mindful of the physical needs of the campers, are committed to providing opportunities for social interaction with others and strive to acknowledge the preferences of each participant.

Celebrating Individuality
We recognize that every one of our campers is unique. Each one has personal preferences and opinions that will be respected.

Freedom of Choice
We encourage participants, as part of their team, to select activities at camp by offering choices. There are always indoor and outdoor activities, as well as, group and individual options.

Program Success Monitored By

Evaluation of Outcomes

  1. Volunteers collect feedback from campers regarding activities at camp, as well as from service providers who report on camper satisfaction, once they return to their home environments.
  2. We receive subjective evaluations provided by volunteers and service providers as to the camper’s excitement about future years and their enthusiasm to return to the camp the following
  3. We document the number of presentations and speaking engagements by volunteers, in an effort to generate information and support through funding for the mission.
Examples of Program Success
Feedback from parent, Suzanne:
"No words can describe the enjoyment that Caroline took by participating in this summer's program.  She was quite nervous on the drive, however her fears were reduced when a volunteer welcomed her on a bull horn saying "Caroline - Welcome to Camp Courage, we're so glad you're here!"  Caroline loved fishing, the carnival, the dance, the games etc.  Caroline was beaming, so proud of the fact that she managed to overcome her fear of being away from us and so very happy to share with us the many experiences she had at camp."
CEO Comments
Often at other programs, adults with low cognitive functioning are grouped together; mixing children teens and adults, into activities based upon their intellectual age and abilities rather than providing for the adult-level interaction, which they need and deserve.   Camp Courage is designed for participants over the age of 21, intentionally creating opportunities for participants to interact with adults.
The participants of Camp Courage encounter a dire lack of funds to pay for respite time and they lack the cognitive ability to plan and coordinate their own choice of relaxation activities.  Many are wards of the state or living on fixed incomes.  If they work, it is generally part-time hours and many of them are employed in workshop settings where they earn sub-minimum wage.  Camp Courage addresses this challenge by raising funds to offset a portion of the camping expense for each camper, planning the programming and inviting their friends to return, each summer.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Janet Woodward
Term Start Jan 1999
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Steve Woodward
Term Jan 2000 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Carroll Cathey
Kathy Darnell
Ashley Fields
Bea Koehler
Steve Woodward
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $21,000
Projected Expenses $20,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using income statements provided by the organization.  
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$24,503$17,666$22,029
Administration Expense$177$336$314
Fundraising Expense$548$904$426
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.341.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%93%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%5%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$1,742
Current Assets$0$0$1,742
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$1,742
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Camp Courage Missouri
Address 11012 N. McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64155
Primary Phone (816) 809-6588
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Janet Woodward
Board Chair Steve Woodward
Year of Incorporation 2011