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 South in Maple Lake, Minn. 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 2022 Items to Note

  • Camp placements will be assigned by a lottery process. The application for the lottery will be open from Jan. 17-Feb. 18, 2022. Submit your lottery application for one session of camp only at any time during the application window.
  • Each Camp Discovery session will be 4 nights and five days. As you review the camp sessions, please note the days of the week spans for each to ensure the camp you desire fits into your schedule.
  • Camp sessions will have increased capacity compared to 2021; however, they will not be at full capacity.
  • Camp Discovery will be held at a new location, Courage South in Maple Lake, Minn. Options for 2022 campers to tour the new location will be available in the spring.
  • As we plan for the 2022 camp season, we’re closely following the evolving pandemic regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health. We anticipate camp safety precautions, which could include masking, social distancing, testing, etc. Camp and Covid-19 guidelines will be available in May 2022.
  • Though we encourage COVID-19 vaccines, we do not anticipate a vaccine requirement to participate in AuSM summer camp programs.

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


Courage South
8046 83rd St. N.W.
Maple Lake, MN 55358




Session 1
June 12-16, 2022 (all genders, ages 17+)

Session 2
June 26-30, 2022 (all genders, ages 10-16)