Camp will Attract Region's Most Courageous Kids

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

It takes thousands of nails and tons of boards to build, but signs of progress are apparent at Camp Courageous, a medical camping facility for seriously ill children between the ages of 7 and 15.

The vision began in 2004 when founder Betty Turner Campbell, a life long Scottsville resident and mother of son who lost his battle with cancer, visited a medical camp in central Florida.

"I got so excited when I saw what the camp did for those kids. I would've given anything if my child had that."

Betty wanted to give that opportunity to other sick children and she wanted them to experience it in her hometown of Scottsville. She donated 168 acres and significant resources to make this dream come true.

"The difference between this camp and others is that we have a medical staff that can treat various illnesses while the children are here."

The camp will offer free, year-round sessions for kids battling life-threatening diseases from Kentucky, Tennessee and surrounding areas.

The facility will have housing for children, activity centers, an outdoor pool, a high school size gymnasium, an arts and crafts building, horseback riding and much more.

The camp can't provide a cure, but it can build self-esteem, lift a child's spirit and instill hope.

The center will cost approximately $20 million dollars and is expected to be completed in January 2008.

For more information or to learn how you can help out, log onto www.courageouskids.org. You can also call (270) 237-3110.


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