Camp Sertoma Mission:


Camp Sertoma 2023 Dates: July 9-14
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Camp Sertoma was created in 1999 in partnership with Sertoma Clubs of the Great Plains Region and  Confidence Learning Center which is located on beautiful Sylvan Lake in central Minnesota. Confidence Learning Center's mission has always been to provide outdoor education and recreation for persons with all abilities. 

Camp Sertoma is a place where deaf and hard of hearing children come and meet people just like them, without communication barriers.

Campers are from both rural and metro areas of the Great Plains regions (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska). This is a once-a-year opportunity for many of the kids to be with other kids with similar experiences and feel no judgment. When a child is in an environment with no communication barriers, build new friendships, and have great role models, their self-esteem sky-rockets, naturally.

We are well-staffed with a ratio of one staff per five campers. Campers are supervised twenty-four hours a day.  The beach area has two lifeguards on duty, they are specifically trained for life guarding on a lake. 

We believe the natural wilderness of camp is the best place for the campers to grow..... friendships, confidence, and emotional well being!

Camp Sertoma at Confidence Learning Center is located just north of Brainerd, Minnesota about 115 miles from the Twin Cities. The lakeshore is pristine and surrounded by Pillsbury State Forest. The campers are sure to see deer, otter, beaver, raccoon, snapping turtles, ducks, loons, an island under the lakes surface, and if the wildlife tends to be evasive during your visit there is a wildlife area with a pond where ducks, deer, pigs, and more are fed and roam within a large fenced area. The undisturbed waters of the lake are home to native walleye, nesting ducks and several families of loons swimming in the evening as the sun drops below tree tops. In fall, flocks of migratory birds stop to rest and feed. Sometimes you'll see eagles soaring over the lake looking for a fish to eat.

You can see this is the perfect place for self growth and discovery!

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The Mariucci Lodge consists of a dining room, kitchen and patio that is perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. For crafts and workshops, seminars, or family gatherings, astronomy room, and nature center. The lodge is the perfect setting when the weather is bad on rainy days or too hot since it is fully air conditioned.

Camper fees are subsidized through support of Sertoma clubs from the Great Plains Region. Camperships cost $875 per camper, but are offered to campers of the Great Plains Region at $200.00 however, nobody will be turned away for financial reasons. Individual and corporate donations are welcome.


Just a note,
If you'd like to help make Camp Sertoma GREAT, we have a Wish List with some items that we still need help with. We appreciate all the help and kindness each and every one of you shows us every year!




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