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World's Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest


All of the proceeds from the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza are donated to area charities. If you are a local charitable organization wishing to be considered for a donation, please download the grant application, fill it out completely, and mail it to the address below by January 31.

Brainerd Jaycees
PO Box 523
Brainerd MN, 56401

The Primary Beneficiary
Confidence Learning Center

Located on Sylvan Lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Confidence Learning Center, also known as Camp Confidence, is a year around outdoor center for persons of all ages with developmental disabilities.

The mission of Confidence Learning Center is to offer an environment where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Accessible accommodations and activities are offered year around with a professional staff to facilitate each camper’s experience. The staff is able to provide and adapt outdoor education and recreational activities that may not be available or financially feasible in their home environment.

The programs at Confidence Learning Center are aimed at promoting self-confidence and self-esteem through individualized success. At Confidence Learning Center each camper is encouraged to succeed at their own level, explore their abilities, establish new leisure skills and learn about the environment. Activities such as boating and fishing, skiing, archery, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing are adapted to meet both the physical and cognitive needs of each camper. Overcoming fears are addressed through activities like climbing a 60 foot tree or holding a live snake which teaches the campers to use knowledge and trust to make their own decisions.

As a non-profit organization which receives no federal or state tax dollars, Confidence Learning Center relies on charitable support such as the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza to reach out and serve nearly 12,000 camper days each year. Only a nominal fee is passed onto visiting families and groups thanks to the support of many.

Over the past 26 years, the Extravaganza proceeds have been used to provide this unique experience to nearly 60,000 persons with disabilities.

"On behalf of our campers, I want to thank the Jaycees, anglers, and sponsors for their efforts", says Confidence Learning Center’s Jeff Olson. "The fun that everyone has on this one day is extended year around through the opportunities made available through your participation."

Find out how you can get involved today!


You helped raise $152,232 last year! The proceeds from the 2016 event were donated to 41 area charities! The Brainerd Jaycees would like to thank you for your role in making a huge impact in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

  • Boy Scout Troop 43
  • Boy Scout Troop 45
  • Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association
  • Brainerd American Legion Post 255
  • Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club
  • Brainerd Area Sertoma Club
  • Brainerd FFA
  • Brainerd Fire Department
  • Brainerd Parks and Rec
  • Brainerd Ski Loons Water Ski Show Team
  • Central Lakes ASL "PAH" Club
  • Central Lakes ATV Club
  • Central Lakes Small Engine and Marine Club
  • Central Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
  • Confidence Learning Center
  • Crow Wing County Dive Team
  • Crow Wing County Sentence to Serve
  • Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol
  • Cuyuna Iron Range Riders 
  • Good Samaritan Village - Bethany Auxiliary
  • Gull Chain of Lakes Association
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School PTO
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lakeland Public Television
  • Lakes Area BMX Association
  • Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Lakes Area Racquet Sports
  • Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association
  • Minnesota DNR Fisheries Restocking Program
  • Minnesota JCI Senate
  • Mounted Eagles
  • Nisswa Fire Department
  • Northland Arboretum
  • Pequot Lakes Police Reserve Unit
  • Pillager Scout Troop #77
  • Pine River Backus Family Center
  • Precious Years Learning Center
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School
  • Twin Cities Online Kiwanis
  • Wild and Free Wildlife Program
  • Zion Lutheran Church - Active Christian Teens

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