Camp primarily serves residents from the five Minnesota State Hospital facilities – an average of three thousand individuals annually.
As community-based living programs develop, camp reaches out statewide to serve campers outside of the state hospital system.
Camp joins forces with Special Olympics Minnesota to host the first Winter Carnival. Today, more than three hundred athletes from central Minnesota look forward to this day each year.
Nick Adams initiates the first annual Camp Confidence Fishing Classic with support from Marv Koep, Al and Ron Lindner, and other fishing legends.
Brainerd Sertoma partners begin hosting the annual John Mariucci Fiesta.
Camp is named Minnesota State Eagle Charity of choice. Six additional Minnesota Eagle’s presidents have continued this tradition.
Brainerd Jaycees hosts first Ice-Fishing Extravaganza and chose camp as the primary beneficiary. Minnesota Jaycees have since named camp a statewide priority project.
Camp is designated by industry peers as the Top Environmental Center serving persons with disabilities.
John Mariucci’s dream is achieved with the grand opening of the Mariucci Lodge, allowing camp to further develop indoor activities and better serve campers during inclement weather.
Camp designates the month of May to serve Brainerd-area school classes, offering a balance between environmental education and recreational activities.
Older cabins are replaced to improve accessibility and accommodate large groups with the support of Maynard Johnson and his family. Brainerd area Rotary, Kiwanis, and Jaycees adopt remaining cabins to update and maintain.
Camp develops program partnerships with organizations such as Fishing Has No Boundaries, MN Organization of Fetal Alcohol Association, Rotary’s Camp Journey, and many others.
Air conditioning units installed in all cabins thanks to the support of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles’ and other donors.
Confidence Learning Center continues to operate without the use of state or federal tax dollars and is recognized as a leader among nonprofits and a provider of opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.