Kamp Kiwanis Update – April, 2016
At the MO-ARK Midwinter Conference in Jefferson City, Earl Westmorland, Teresa Frihart, and Mike Gilbert reported progress on the new Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp being developed by MO-ARK Kiwanis in Johnson County, AR. The camp is a 160 acre forested site located about three hours south of Branson, MO in Northwestern Arkansas.
So far volunteer work days and donated efforts have created a development plan, constructed an access road, parking lot, firebreak/trail, and pavilion, and begun development of pods for campsites suitable for tents. In its present primitive form, the camp is suitable for day-camp use and for Boy Scout troops who use the camp for free in return for help with construction.
The development plan envisions eventual construction of a lodge and caretaker’s cabin. Funding will rely heavily on grants from foundations, but for now contributions are requested for seed money to make basic improvements and increase capacity of the site. The camp is a 501(c)3 making contributions tax deductible. The name is Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation.
At the Midwinter Conference, Beau Willimon, son of Nancy (and Pack) Willimon, Trustee, MO-ARK Region IV, offered to match contributions that day resulting in collection of $5000. Naming rights for the lodge are available for a $1MM contribution.
A brochure is available providing a map of the site along with history and addresses for contributions. A budget for fund raising through 2018 was presented along with a What We Need summary.
Teresa provided an update as of April 30--
Through generous donations we have received, we have completed pods 1 - 3. Each pod has 5 elevated pads in which a two-man tent can be erected on, a fire ring in the center of the pod, picnic table, and very soon lantern posts. We are just waiting for them to arrive.
We have a group scheduled for overnight camping mid-May.
I've attached the video. I will soon work on getting it on YouTube. (The video can be slow to load. It is posted on the MO-ARK Facebook page)--
See Facebook video here.
We are currently in the process of working on partnership agreements with a mountain bike club, archery club, and master naturalists to provide day camp activities.
Weed control spraying is underway. Fire line and trail maintenance will start soon, as well as clearing land for the archery range.
We hope to have $5000 in donations very soon to allow us to get a storage building for day camp equipment and tools. Land for the building will need clearing and prepped for placement.
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