Barry County Youth Camp to set off on a ‘Summer Road Trip’
Committee working to make campers' dreams come true
Now in its 54th year, the Barry County Youth Camp is slated to get underway on May 28 and continue through May 31 at Camp Smokey, located at Roaring River State Park.
The theme of this year's celebration is "Summer Road Trip," and Barry County children ages 7-10, recommended by their school counselors, will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of crafts, field trips, educational programs, swimming, games and more. The final night of the camp will feature a carnival, complete with a ring toss, balloon pop, a shooting gallery and a host of entertaining events.
Committee members are collecting clothing for campers, including shorts, lightweight sweaters and jackets, summer fun wear, swim suits and bathing trunks.
"Some children come to camp ill-prepared for some of the activities we have planned," said Jane James, co-chairman. "We always try to send campers home with a new pair of shoes."
Cooks Greg Davis, Melvin Casper, Bob Mareth, Josh Osterloh and Greg Martin make sure meals are kid-friendly and filling.
The camp is operated through the donations of local businesses, merchants, civic groups and individuals. No government funding is received by organizers of the event.
"We rely on the generous donations of our local communities," James said. "The four-day camp is free to local children."
Average cost of one child attending the camp is $150. Typically, only 100 children are selected for the opportunity, due to limited housing at Camp Smokey.
Volunteer registered nurses will be on staff throughout the four-day event to care for minor injuries.
Staffers Kami Willis and Kim Hall, crafts directors, and Sarah Pfitzner, Johnny Verstraete and Summer Sullivan, directors, are working hard to come up with road trip-themed activities and crafts for campers to enjoy.
Gail Ellis and James serve as camp co-chairpersons. Julie Wages serves as secretary, and Ruby Hartman is treasurer.
Other committee members include: Linda Anstaett, Kayren Bremer, Effie Collins, Nancy Foulke, Kim Hall, Sherry Halstenberg, Russ Hartin, Trinity Hartin, Ike and Judy Hemphill, Barbara Henson, Margaret Holle, Louellen Honeycutt, Marlene Mareth, Cynthia Martin, Claudia Nolan, Raegan Nolan, Barbara Oetker, Cara Osterloh, Sandy Pfitzner and John Verstraete.
Monetary contributions to support the camp may be mailed to: Barry County Youth Camp, P.O. Box 254, Monett, MO, 65708. To make donations or for more information on the Barry County Youth Camp, people may call James at 417-235-3580.