Campers celebrate the life of Helen Keller and the courage she passed on

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. - There are some very special children visiting Tuscumbia this weekend. They are taking part in the annual Camp Courage, a Helen Keller experience. It’s an intensive camp to help them celebrate their own disabilities.

Just past the daisies which welcome visitors, 12 children are getting the experience of a lifetime.

The group arrived at Ivy Green on Friday morning for a day of learning and fellowship with other kids with disabilities. Each child involved in Camp Courage has either visual or hearing impairments.

“She thought blind and deaf people didn’t have to be treated poorly,” explained Charli Grace Strawn, a Camp Courage participant.

So Helen Keller spent her life advocating for children much like 9-year-old Charli Grace.

And organizers want to hold true to the things which meant so much to Keller. For two days, the kids tour the grounds, learning about Keller and participating in numerous learning opportunities.

Trae Stowe is a volunteer counselor and student at UNA. He said the kids have already taught him so much he probably wouldn’t have learned in a classroom.

“Seeing them, they don’t have sight or can barely hear, still smiling. So, it’s like if we have a bad day we can still say that we can do things some people can’t. So we should count our blessings more than anything,” said Stowe.

And watching the excitement on these kids’ faces, they will remember Camp Courage for the rest of their lives.

Saturday’s activities for Camp Courage include a fishing trip with professional angler Timmy Horton and a visit to an animal farm in Red Bay.

Organizers say the camp is made possible by generous private donations.