Barry County Youth Camp slated for May

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Annual event to treat around 100 at Camp Smokey

"Exploring Nature's Magic" will be the theme for the 2014 Barry County Youth Camp, planned for May 27-30 at Camp Smokey at Roaring River State Park.

This will be the 49th annual camp, providing a camping experience for children who otherwise might not be able to enjoy such an activity.

"We try to take 100 children at no cost to them," said Shirley Bass with the organizing committee.

Sarah Pfitzner will serve as director this year. Summer Smith and Johnny Verstraete will be co-directors. Sandy Pfitzner will return as camp nurse.

The cooking staff will be Judy McConnell, Greg Davis, Bob Mareth and Melvin Casper. Kami Willis is the craft director.

Activities will include swimming, hiking and games. Campers will make a number of craft items they can take home, such as tie-dying T-shirts. A magician and others will make presentations. The camp will end with its traditional carnival.

The camp is open to children ages 7 to 10 who may not have resources to have a camping experience on their own. Camp organizers work with Monett and other school districts to identify potential campers, whose families are then notified of the opportunity.

Donations of funds and clothing for the children are sought to again make the camp possible. T-shirts, shorts and swimsuits for children can be dropped off at Bremer Machine Shop, located at 202 Seventh St. in Monett.

For more information, people may call Bass at 417-235-3929.

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