Barry County Youth Camp plans underway

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Every summer since 1965, the Barry County Youth Camp has been making children happy. Volunteers gather as many children as possible and strive to give them a holiday they will never forget.

The camp for 2013 will be held May 28 through May 31 at Camp Smokey in Roaring River State Park.

The theme this year will be "Have a Ball at BCYC 2013."

The staff this year consists of: Shirley Bass and Jane James, co-chairmen; Sarah Davis and Sarah Pfitzner, co-directors; Sandy Pfitzner, nurse; Kami Willis, craft director; and Greg Davis, Melvin Casper and Bob Mareth, cooks.

Barry County Youth Camp staff work together with Barry County and Monett area schools for referrals. A list is made each year of less fortunate children, ages 7 through 10, who would enjoy and benefit from a camping experience. Parents or guardians are notified of the opportunity available to the children.

The camp tries to involve at least 100 children in a camping experience. The children are picked up at designated stops around the county and are taken to Camp Smokey for four days of adventure.

The campers will have fun learning experiences. Activities include crafts, games, hiking, swimming, educational field trips and special sessions to teach the children about safety, peer pressure, cooperation with others and more.

The climax of the camp each year is carnival night where children enjoy prizes, food and booths offering fun games.

Each year, the camp is in need of towels, washcloths, sheets, blankets and clothing for the campers, as well as to assist volunteers before, during and after the camp.

Those wishing to donate funds or supplies can call 235-3929.

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