Youth Camp bus schedule announced

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Children to head to Camp Smokey, return June 2

Final preparations are underway for the 52nd annual Barry County Youth Camp, which will begin Tuesday and run through June 2 at Camp Smokey at Roaring River State Park.

The camp provides experiences for children ages 7-10 who might not otherwise be able to afford a camping outing. Organizers worked with area school districts districts to find eligible students. The week-long experience offers campers crafts, games, hiking through the woods, swimming, educational field trips and special sessions to learn about safety, peer pressure cooperation and other life’s lessons. The camp concludes each year with a carnival.

Buses will leave on Tuesday. Children will be picked up at the Drury University parking lot at 400 Fourth St. in Monett. Campers should be at the location by 8:30 a.m. The bus will leave at 8:45 a.m.

Campers will also be picked up at the Ramey’s Supermarket in Purdy at Business Highway 37 and Highway C. Campers should be there by 9 a.m., and the bus will leave at 9:10 a.m. Campers in Cassville will be picked up at the United Methodist Church parking lot at Sixth and Gravel streets. Campers should arrive by 9:15 a.m. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m.

On the return trip on June 2, buses will bring campers back between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. in Cassville, by 11 a.m. in Purdy, and at 11:15 a.m. in Monett, all at the same locations.

Parents are encouraged to pick up their children at the designated times, as there will not be adults at the sites to supervise children upon their return.

Campers living in Eagle Rock, Shell Knob or Golden are invited to go directly to Camp Smokey, arriving by 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Barry County Youth Camp is completely funded by donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and churches in Barry County.

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