Lions Club hears about Barry County Youth Camp

Friday, November 8, 2019
Jane James appreciatively receives a generous contribution check from Monett Lions Club from longtime friend and Lions Club member, Dr. Ralph Scott, during a recent meeting of the Monett Lions Club. Contributed photo

Jane James reviews efforts to continue service program

Monett resident Jane James shared the history of the 54- year-old miracle called “Barry County Youth Camp” as she recently addressed Monett Lions Club.

James humorously and emotionally recalled the beginning of the camp project created to give opportunity to local children who could not financially enjoy the benefits of a summer camp experience.

Today’s camp is a testimonial of that old adage that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” James described how, over the years, countless locals have assisted the camp financially and by providing the tremendous amount of labor it takes to plan and to pull off each year’s post-Memorial Day event.

Situated at Roaring River State Park, the camp provides a week’s worth of physical recreation, crafting, memory making, and personal growth. Volunteer staff members include four cooks, one nurse, directors, and numerous counselors.

The goal of providing safe, structured, fun learning experiences is the week’s goal. Each camper is given a set of camping clothes upon arrival. All linens used for the children belong to the Barry County Youth Camp organization. James mentioned that they are beginning to show their age and replacing them is in the immediate future.

James shared that she recently was recently able to make a needed camp purchase through the generosity of a local citizen who was a camper when she was a child and has first-hand knowledge of the positive experience Barry County Youth Camp provides. Any individuals , organizations, or businesses wanting to invest in a worthwhile, time-tested, positive experience for kids are encouraged to contact Jane James at 417-235-3580.

Last year’s camp expenses were in the area of $16,000. Donations are welcome. Monett Lions provide generously to each year’s youth camp as part of their “We Serve” motto.