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Extravaganza raises $84,284 for Confidence Learning Center

Confidence Learning Center officials recently met with Brainerd Jaycees, camp staff and board members for a check presentation from the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Committee to Confidence Learning Center. Event Chair Matt Castle presented a check in the amount of $84,284.08 to Confidence Learning Center Executive Director Jeff Olson.

“Each year we are so grateful to the (Brainerd) Jaycees, all the committee members, countless volunteers and community support for this amazing event,” Olson said. “We are so impressed and thankful for each penny raised in this event and sincerely want to thank everyone for this incredible donation.

“This donation check is the largest Camp will receive throughout the year; the staff, Camp volunteers and campers are proud to be in such a wonderful partnership with the Brainerd Jaycees.”

Confidence Learning Center (Camp Confidence) has been the largest recipient of the annual ice fishing contest since its inception.

Located in the Brainerd lakes area, Confidence Learning Center 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. Campers are brought to camp from all over Minnesota and the Midwest 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. 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 a “parent” sponsor.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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