Discovery

Camp Discovery residential camp has a 1:4 staff-to-camper ratio.

Camp Discovery is ideal for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder who will enjoy a summer camp experience with a high degree of structure and small group activities. Campers should be able to positively interact and safely participate within small groups, as this camp provides 1:4 support.

Camp Discovery is held at Courage North in Lake George, MN. Campers will stay in cabins according to age, gender, and interests. Cabins have restrooms and electricity. Campers will enjoy their meals in a dining hall or on an outdoor deck.

Camp activities include swimming, kayaking, canoeing, arts and crafts, nature experiences, recreational games, live action role-playing games, and more. Camp Discovery also includes special evening activities. Campers participate in small group discussions and activities that focus on special interests and making a connection with others. Adults with ASD work as mentors, providing empathetic, positive role modeling throughout the week.

Camp Discovery Directors

Jill Pring, MEd, is an ASD consultant for Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative working with students from birth through age 21 and has 18 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum both as a special education teacher and as a consultant. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on ASD for the University of Minnesota Duluth. This is her 11th year working with Camp Discovery.

Nichelle Zimmer, MS, is a school psychologist for the Forest Lake Area School District and has more than 20 years of experience as an Autism Resource Specialist, working at both the elementary and middle school levels. This is her 12th year at Camp Discovery.

Mike Cohen, MS, Special Education, is a special education teacher in Cloquet, Minn. in an elementary setting. He has worked with individuals with autism in schools for the past nine years. This is Cohen’s third year at Camp Discovery.

Katie Marciniak

Location

Courage North
37569 N Courage Dr.
Lake George, MN 56458

Cost

$1,600

Sessions

Session 1
Sunday, June 18th – Thursday, June 22nd (ages 15+)

Session 2
Sunday, June 25th – Thursday, June 29th (ages 10-14)