Plans have already begun for the 2012 Barry County Youth Camp which will be held May 29 through June 1 at Camp Smokey in Roaring River State Park. This will be the 47th year for the camp, which began in 1965.
This year's theme is "Racing to Barry County Youth Camp."
The camp is guided by an active committee that includes: 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 Monett and 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 kids 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 enjoy fun experiences and learn something in the process. Activities include crafts, games, hiking, swimming and music. There will be teaching about peer pressure and getting along with others.
The highlight of the camp each year is carnival night where children enjoy prizes, food and booths offering fun games for the children to play.
Each year, the camp is in need of towels, wash cloths, sheets, blankets and clothing for the campers, as well as volunteers to help before, during or after the camp.
There is a video presentation available to any churches, civic groups or organizations wishing to become involved with the youth camp. Those wishing to make a monetary donation, to donate supplies or to view the video presentation can call 235-3929.