The Osage Prairie YMCA will offer a summer camp this year for kids age 5-12, beginning July 8, 2019, at the El Do Youth Center/Liston building at 508 North Main. The program will offer fun and unique experiences that give youth the opportunity to have their best summer ever by meeting new friends, discovering new interests, being physically active, and creating memories that last a lifetime.

The camp, which starts after summer school ends, will be offered until August 20 when the new school year begins. Summer sessions will be broken down into three, two-week sessions, each offering different choices. Campers may attend one, two, or all three sessions; they may enroll for a half day or a full day. Session 1 runs July 8-19; Session 2, July 22-Aug. 2; Session 3, Aug. 5-16. Children may be dropped off after 7:30 a.m. and picked up before 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided each day. Fees are set at $80/week for full-time and $55/week for part-time campers with discounts for siblings; YMCA Financial Assistance and Missouri Child Care Assistance is available to qualifying families.

The meals to campers will be provided by a complementary program known as “YMCA Serving up Summer” Food Program that will be run in conjunction with Camp Osage at the Liston Center.  This program will be used to serve breakfast and lunch not only to the day campers of Camp Osage, but to any youth 18 years old and younger who come and eat; absolutely free.  Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Jeff Snyder, Osage Prairie YMCA Director, commented: “We are so excited to be able to serve the El Dorado Springs youth and community, and we are coming to El Dorado Springs as a community partner. We are not looking to compete with any existing programs; only to complement what this community has to offer and fill some needed gaps.  We have hired local staff as camp counselors and leadership and we will be working together to identify all resources available to provide the most fun and memorable specialty camp offerings in the first-ever Camp Osage El Do!” 

Snyder also explains the importance of programming like this, “Research shows that kids tend to regress in their learning, physical activity and eating habits during the summer months when school is not in session.  Camp Osage is a program that fills those gaps in health and education to make sure kids have the opportunities to be active, read and learn through new experiences that they may otherwise never have.  We go ‘all-in’ to make sure kids have the Best Summer Ever!”

Enrollment for the camp will begin in July. Check the Osage Prairie YMCA Facebook page for more information and updates on specialty camp offerings and important dates. For immediate questions or interest in supporting this program, please contact Osage Prairie YMCA at 417-667-9622 or by email at This YMCA summer camp is offered in partnership with West Central Missouri Community Action Agency and New Growth Community Development Corporation, with sponsorship by El Do Youth, Incorporated.

For more information about this cooperative effort, contact Liston Center coordinator Kelly Ast at 660-476-2185.

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