Update from Living Waters Ranch

Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

The weather for the 5th Annual Fall Festival was incredible this year. Many families from the area came to the ranch for a day packed full of fun activities. Pony rides, zipline, BB gun shooting, tomahawk throwing and some awesome face painting were just a few of the activities enjoyed.

The September Special Touch Day Camp had an extra treat this year. The campers and their caregivers met at Gordon’s Orchard for a tour and tasting samples of different varieties of apples and apple cider. Following the visit to the orchard the campers traveled out to LWR to enjoy making a wall hanging with apple prints and a picnic lunch. The weather was a little damp, but it was a beautiful time spent with good friends.

The October Special Touch Day Camp for adults is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 1p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Plans are to meet at the ranch and take a hayride, do a little fishing, decorate pumpkins and enjoy some music before a lunch of soup and sandwiches. Any special needs adult and their caregiver or family are welcome to join us. An RSVP is requested to help in planning for lunch and crafts. Hawthorn Bank and Truman Lake Community Foundation have been instrumental in providing for these free day camps for our special friends. Campers are currently coming from the Clinton and Bolivar area, but campers from throughout the Ozarks are welcome to join in the monthly fun.

Once again a day has been set aside at the ranch for a free field trip for special needs children in grades K-6 from area schools. The date for this year’s event is Oct. 16 and activities will begin at 9:45. Any school that would like to attend needs to contact LWR with an RSVP as soon as possible. A free hot dog meal will be included during the trip.

Mark your calendars for Oct. 27 if you are a student in 5th-12th grade and make plans to attend the 3rd Rally at the Ranch Youth Rally/Night Zip Line. This is also a free event and open to area youth groups and individuals. Parents are welcome to attend with their children, but no children younger than 5th grade, please.

The rally will begin at 5 p.m. with the zipline, giant slide, carpet ball, hayrides, duck races and music. A break at 8 p.m. for the message, then after dark activities will continue until 11 pm. Youth bands are invited to participate in a Battle of the Bands throughout the evening. Included with the rally will be a free hot dog meal and glow necklace. Area youth groups are asked to RSVP by Oct. 25 so adequate food and volunteers are available.

If you would like to contact LWR about any of the above events, you may email: livingwatersranch@gmail.com or call: 417.646.2694 More information about LWR is available at www.livingwatersfoundation.org or find Living Waters Ranch on Facebook to watch a video of the activities offered through the ranch.

Currently reservations are being made for school field trips, church group outings for all ages, birthday parties, team building and/or sports end of season celebrations. Contact LWR to find out more about the availability for the ranch for group visits.

Living Waters Foundation is a 501c3 faith based, interdemoninational, nonprofit organization, with an emphasis on outdoor education. Therefore, LWR is able to meet the faith based needs of area churches and also provide secular public school field trips with no reference to faith. All donations are tax deductible.