Youth Development

Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc.

Life. Changing.

aka Rotary Youth Camp

Kansas City, MO


Rotary Youth Camp provides a life-changing camping experience for disabled and disadvantaged youth.Vision:To be the nation’s finest camping facility impacting as many youth as possible and be the trusted resource for organizations and individuals serving disadvantaged and disabled campers.

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Principal Officer

Ms. Mandy Sheldon

Main Address

22310 NE Colbern Road

Kansas City, MO 64086 USA


Children, disabled, disadvantaged, outdoors, camping





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

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The Rotary Youth Camp Association is an organization dedicated to serving primarily disabled and disadvantaged youth in the greater Kansas City metroplex area. For the betterment of these "special youth", we have dedicated and are committed to maintain the Rotary Youth Camp. Our mission in providing the Rotary Youth Camp for use by organizations who serve our disabled and disadvantaged youth is to provide these youth with: A memorable, safe and pleasant camping experience that otherwise they could not have.An opportunity to interact with others in an environment that challenges their development of interpersonal and social interactive skills.An experience that will build their confidence in themselves and in others who are deeply concerned with their well-being.Above all else, we believe the unique camping experience we can afford our youth, through use of our Rotary Youth Camp, will assist in building their character and add an element of light to their lives that will impact their actions far into the future. The Rotary Youth Camp Association is dedicated to the Rotary concept of "Service Above Self". As such, it is also our mission to continuously seek to improve our Rotary Youth Camp facility and activities so that our youth will always have the opportunity to enjoy and look forward to a unique experience within a natural and relaxing environment.  We can judge our success by the number of campers and staff who return year after year. Some campers have then gone on to become staff as they reach adulthood. A few have gone on to start their own 501c3 youth organization and bring their groups to camp.  We also define our success by maintaining our American Camping Association Accreditation each year. We strive to maintain a safe environment for the campers, keeping up with any changes in safety and accessibility regulations or practices.  We would like to provide a camping experience to as many youth as we possibly can. Increasing our usage during the school year is a goal we have been striving to reach.

We work with the groups using the facilities to make sure that everything meets the needs of their campers.  We take suggestions from the groups as to how to expand and/or improve the facilities we have to offer.  Keeping in mind that one of the goals is to get the campers out into nature we look for practical ways to enhance their experiences.We are developing ways to "get the word out" to local schools about how they can utilize what we have to offer during the school year.  Brochures, speaking to faculty and word of mouth are what we are working to improve.

The Rotary Club Of Kansas City is comprised of business men and women who have pledged to maintain the Rotary Club Youth Camp.  These men and women as well as many other area Rotary Clubs join together to raise funds for the camp.  The varied skills and contacts of these Rotarians allow the camp to have access to some of the best resources in whatever field is needed.  The Rotary motto of :  Service Above Self is clearly seen as they all work together to keep the camp facilities safe, accessible and up to date.

The Camp tracks the number of campers and looks for ways to increase our usage. Year Summer Off Season Total 2010 1310 2522 3832 2011 1283 2607 3890 2012 1209 2387 3596 2013 1135 2355 3490 2014 1290 2678 3968 2015 1250 2747 3997 2016 1080 2405 3485 2017 972 2599 3571 2018 1085 2560 3645

We have been able to replace or renovate the different structures at the camp as well as adding new ones so that we are able to serve the campers we have the best way possible.  The cabins have been renovated to allow for more ventilation, a new bathroom/shower house was built to provide individual shower stalls and accessible toilets.  A storm shelter was added at the remote tent camping site to provide safety for the campers staying there.  The 1923 dining hall and 1974 kitchen were replaced with a beautiful all season building with enough space to seat all the campers in the dining hall comfortably.  We have also begun on a 4 year deferred maintenance project to ensure that the facilities we have are updated and provide accessibility to all. We are beginning the process to replace the last two structures that no longer meet the needs of our campers.  The Administration Building and Health Lodge/1st Aid Building.  When these building were constructed in the early '80s they met the needs of the groups using the camp at that time.  Over the years changes have taken place and these structures are no longer able to serve our campers adequately.  The plan is to replace the two structures with one that will allow the groups to provide supervision in the Health Lodge and use their staff more efficiently.  It will also be and all season building.  This will allow the camp to offer the facilities to groups at all times during the year  which will expand our year round usage of the camp.  A new splash pad area and basketball court are also planned for the near future.

External Reviews


American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2019


Affiliations & Memberships

American Camp Association - Member 1991



Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc.

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