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About The Center for Courageous Kids

The Center for Courageous Kids is a not for profit Medical Camping Facility founded by the late Ms. Betty Turner Campbell in October of 2004 and opened for the first family weekend in February of 2008. Ms. Betty lost a beloved son following a 17 year battle with cancer. It was then she was inspired to create a place where children living with life threatening illnesses and their families could come free of charge and have fun, find respite, feel normal and forget about their every day struggles. Since inception, over 16,500 medically fragile campers and their families have visited The Center for Courageous Kids from 40 different states and five foreign countries. Her dream of building a medical camp on her Father's 168 acre farm, in her hometown of Scottsville, KY, came true and continues to change the lives of thousands of children every year. 

Our 20 million dollar funded campus encompasses an on-site medical center with helipad, indoor aquatic complex, equestrian riding arena, bowling alley, gymnasium, climbing wall, boating and fishing, theater, four camper lodges, and SO much more! We have a program and medical staff who are trained and experienced in all aspects of medical camping. Operating year-round, we offer two distinct programs at CCK: weekend retreats for ill children and families and summer camping sessions designed especially for courageous kids. It is a fabulous opportunity for children who are battling an illness or handicap to come out of the shadows of their everyday lives and step into the spotlight with other children coping with the same challenges. There are no limits at The Center for Courageous Kids. We have a "You can do it" attitude. Children who attend CCK leave with memories of their first horse back ride, favorite campfire song, catching the BIG fish or taking center stage and starring in their own show. All of the memories, smiles and laughs would not be possible if it wasn't for our generous donors. Every donation, large or small, goes to helping one more deserving child experience CCK!  

The Center for Courageous Kids welcomes Dr. Raymond L. Watters, Colonel, US Army, Retired as our Medical Director for the summer of 2014. Dr. Watters is no stranger to Kentucky, having done his internship with the University of Kentucky and his residency with the University of Louisville. During his 29 years in the Army, Colonel Watters traveled the world multiple times on medical assignments at every level of command. His service during both Gulf Wars helped countless wounded and injured soldiers recover. Welcome to CCK, Dr. Ray!

 Please see the full list of CCK's Directors and their contact information below. For general questions, please email info@courageouskids.org or call 270-618-2900. 

 

 

OUR DIRECTORS 

Roger Murtie   President and Executive Director murtie@courageouskids.org
Joanie O’Bryan
Development Director jobryan@courageouskids.org
Stormi Murtie
Communications Director stormi@courageouskids.org
Tony Cary Director of Finance and Administration tony@courageouskids.org
Ed Collins General Manager edwardj@courageouskids.org
Nick Atkins Facilities Director nick@courageouskids.org
Emily Cosby Program Director emily@courageouskids.org
 Dr. Ray Watters 
 Medical Director
dr.watters@courageouskids.org