Valley Friendship Club
c/o Community Thread
2300 Orleans Street W.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Courage Center Camps of Golden Valley and Friendship Ventures of Annandale are partnering to create a new camp organization to serve people with disabilities, effective November 19, 2012. This collaboration brings together two of Minnesota's largest and most dynamic camp providers in the disability community.
Recognizing that camp programs continue to provide strong benefits, both organizations share the goal of preserving and enhancing the camp experience for children and adults with disabilities. A lengthy study process revealed the entities could offer innovative camp programs and serve more families by combining strengths, methods and assets.
Friendship Ventures and Courage Center Camps have rich histories of providing exceptional and much-needed services. Camp Courage was established in 1955 to serve individuals with physical disabilities. Friendship Ventures was established in 1964, serving participants with developmental disabilities and special needs. Between the two organizations, there are five lakeside camps in Minnesota. The Mission of the Valley Friendship Club is to promote and provide safe accessible social opportunities while fostering friendships. To this end, we aim to enhance community connections, empower club participants to strengthen important life skills and create greater social independence.
The Vision of the Valley Friendship Club is to create the opportunity for every person with and without a developmental and/or intellectual disability to build enduring friendships and embrace community connections while enhancing the lives of all individuals involved: members, families and volunteers!!
We are a place to connect with people and the community in an environment that fosters friendships and celebrates individual abilities and talents. We are about expanding horizons through activities and events that appeal to children, teens and young adults using art,music, community service and much more! we are NOT a “day program” or a “training service”, but we are an opportunity to have fun, rewarding and new experiences in an environment that embraces innovation, independence, and the freedom to “just be individuals.