Camp Palestine Inc.
3619 E 35th St.
Kansas City MO 64128-2648
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 921-6009
Mission Statement
Primarily to promote and sustain quality of life and resilience of urban core children and teens, and adults and families by providing innovative life skills training, physical, and enrichment programs in a peaceful outdoor surroundings, Camp Palestine. To invest in human capital and assist children and teens to become the next generation of leaders with the support of their families.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Pastor Leonard P. Butler Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Wendell Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Primarily to promote and sustain quality of life and resilience of urban core children and teens, and adults and families by providing innovative life skills training, physical, and enrichment programs in a peaceful outdoor surroundings, Camp Palestine. To invest in human capital and assist children and teens to become the next generation of leaders with the support of their families.
Background Statement
In 1993 our founding Pastor Earl Abel and the members of Palestine had a dream to acquire property in rural Missouri for children and families to have camping experience. For over thirty (30) years prior to our own camp, Palestine had been renting camp places to give urban children an opportunity for outdoor adventure. After a great search effort for the best property not far from Kansas City, MO; the Camp Palestine Steering Committee found the grounds they were looking for in Chilhowee, MO (just 15 minutes from Warrensburg, MO). In 1995 Camp Palestine had its’ open house to the community of Chilhowee, as well as members and friends of Palestine from Kansas City, MO and surrounding communities. The camp is located on 140 acres of land just five (5) miles northeast of Childhowee, MO. It is owned and operated by the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. The camp provides a year round camping center for spiritual growth, education, relaxation, and recreation. It is great for retreats, seminars, conferences, and camping.
The camp has the capacity for 288 in the cabins and 128 in the lodge. Our Abel Conference Center has four classrooms, with an overall capacity for 400 people. The Cafeteria/Recreation Room accommodates 400 and provides a breath-taking view of our Olympic-size swimming pool. For out-door recreation we offer the swimming pool, softball and baseball fields, lighted basketball courts, fishing, a volleyball court, a soccer field, boating, a walking trail, and picnic shelters with grills.” For indoor recreation, you can enjoy ping pong, air hockey, foosball, pop-a-shoot, and other floor games. Camp Palestine is open to everyone regardless of race, creed, or color.
Impact Statement The Camp Palestine’s greatest accomplishment was paying off the mortgage in 2013. Additionally, the camp has done some general curb appeal by painting the lodge, cleaning the lake, and updating recreation equipment. This year our top goals are: increase our personnel, install internet, wifi access, and computers for visitors, to install intercom speakers for announcements and emergencies through the grounds, and update and repair our sixteen cabins.
Needs Statement Our camp’s top five (5) greatest needs like are additions to our goals. We need to repair our sewer system fix, treating all the wood on all buildings, replace plumbing in cabins, replace hot water heaters in lodge/nurse cabin, replace air conditioners in lodge. We also need to install new sound system in conference center, paint interior walls, and remove molds.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Our Board Chairperson, Mr. Wendell Jones is our advocate for Camp Palestine and its’ slogan: “Camp Palestine where comfort and conveniences finds peace”.
He diligently works toward making Camp Palestine the talk of the state of Missouri. He states that its’ success is in the location and support of the church. The Camp is located just five (5) miles on 58 highway south of 50 Highway, nestled between Kansas City and Warrensburg, Missouri. It is conveniently accessible to anywhere in the state of Missouri. Additionally the support of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ has been the saving grace for the camp. Yet, the Camp Board is looking to be more self-sustaining. Mr. Jones and the Board recognize that to obtain self-sustainability the facility needs to make great strides in capital improvements. Over the last twenty-years the object of the Board was to get the camp paid for. After reaching that goal two (2) years ago Mr. Jones and the Board are seeking grants and funding partners to take Camp Palestine to the next level. Mr. Jones has been in contact with the city officials of Chilhowee to see how they can partner to bring technology to the area. Mr. Jones and the Board recognize that having technological equipment at the camp will attract more visitors and allow organization to continue to access information needed for their events. Mr. Jones and the Board want the camp to be updated with technology but they also want to bring in new recreational activities to the facility to build family togetherness. The Camp Board is passionate about providing family activities that will slow down the rat-race mentality of our society and give families a safe, fun, convenient place to be together. They are dedicated to building families and giving parents and children the foundations needed to be successful, caring, and nurturing toward each other.
Our Board Chairperson, Mr. Wendell Jones is our advocate for Camp Palestine and its’ slogan: “Camp Palestine where comfort and conveniences finds peace”.
He diligently works toward making Camp Palestine the talk of the state of Missouri. He states that its’ success is in the location and support of the church. The Camp is located just five (5) miles on 58 highway south of 50 Highway, nestled between Kansas City and Warrensburg, Missouri. It is conveniently accessible to anywhere in the state of Missouri. Additionally the support of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ has been the saving grace for the camp. Yet, the Camp Board is looking to be more self-sustaining. Mr. Jones and the Board recognize that to obtain self-sustainability the facility needs to make great strides in capital improvements. Over the last twenty-years the object of the Board was to get the camp paid for. After reaching that goal two (2) years ago Mr. Jones and the Board are seeking grants and funding partners to take Camp Palestine to the next level. Mr. Jones has been in contact with the city officials of Chilhowee to see how they can partner to bring technology to the area. Mr. Jones and the Board recognize that having technological equipment at the camp will attract more visitors and allow organization to continue to access information needed for their events. Mr. Jones and the Board want the camp to be updated with technology but they also want to bring in new recreational activities to the facility to build family togetherness. The Camp Board is passionate about providing family activities that will slow down the rat-race mentality of our society and give families a safe, fun, convenient place to be together. They are dedicated to building families and giving parents and children the foundations needed to be successful, caring, and nurturing toward each other.
Programs
Description A one week camping experience for children grades Kindergarten (K) through eleventh (11th) grades from the urban core that gets them away from the city environment to a rural environment with the conveniences and comforts of the city in a quiet and peaceful slower atmosphere in rural life.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Campers are exposed to rural recreational activities such as: fishing, canoeing, archery, swimming, bond-fires, star-gazing and horse-back riding. Campers also play basketball, softball, football, jewelry making, arts & crafts, volleyball, soccer, and teamwork building sessions. These activities along with the age appropriate lesson on community involvement, mind-body-soul, spiritual connection, and story-telling make our camping experience a treasured time for campers and workers.
Long-Term Success
Our goals are to introduce to the campers topics that help them de-stress from their regular day to day activities in a confined structure atmosphere and allow them the chance to have critical thinking without all the distractions. We focus on current event issues, relevant topics, and daily challenges the children face at school, at home, and in their social groups.
Program Success Monitored By At the end of each camp the volunteer staff evaluates the curriculum, activities, participation of campers, and overall camp experience; based on conversations with campers and workers, and written evaluations from campers and workers.
Examples of Program Success Our main success story is at the end of camp when the campers don’t want it to end. They are always requesting that the camp days be extended to an additional week.
Description A weekend retreat for the entire family with classes and recreation to build family unity.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Our families are able to select three (3) out of four (4) classes to attend that addresses various relevant concerns or challenges. After the classes are recreational opportunities for the family with wagon rides, swimming, kickball, board games, movies, basketball, volleyball, and healthy meals.
Long-Term Success
Our ultimate goal is to empower the family. To give them tools to take back to their homes and business that will make more confident, communicate better, and have a greater sense of empathy for others.
Program Success Monitored By Session retreat/conference has an evaluation presented to all attendees. The information received is assessed by the Retreat/Conference team and used the following years programming.
Examples of Program Success This past retreat focused on “Hitting A Home Run in Family Bond”. Class sessions covered topics on: relationship, family members with addictions, legal information to protect the family, how to have a healthy family. There were classes just for the children and youth.
Description A two day event for families with lots of food, fun, and the family.
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success Each group’s events are catered to their desires from a list of activities and resources. You can plan a 2-day or 1-day of events that focus on your goals and budget.
Long-Term Success
In a safe, fully equipped, conveniently located, and fun atmosphere. Families, groups, and company/organizations can schedule a plethora of activities.
Program Success Monitored By Session retreat/conference has an evaluation presented to all attendees. The information received is assessed by the Retreat/Conference team and used the following years programming.
Examples of Program Success This program is so much fun that at the end of the day the kids sleep all the way home, you have gotten some exercise, and probably made new friends and acquaintances; as well as renewed old friendships and seen loved ones again.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Pastor Leonard P. Butler Jr.
Term Start Jan 1999
Experience
Leonard P. Butler, Jr., is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He has been preaching for 21 years, the former pastor of the Genesis Baptist Church, serving as the pastor there for 5 years. He returned to Palestine at the request of the Pastor Earl Abel in 1989 to be the assistant to the pastor. In January 1999 he became the co-pastor of Palestine.
Currently, he is the pastor of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. Pastor Butler is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He received his Master of Divinity from the Central Theological Seminary. He is a former school teacher, have taught in the Kansas City, Missouri District for 20 years.
During this time he taught both elementary and high school. He also instructed in-service sessions for the Board of Education for all teachers. Pastor Butler was baptized by Pastor Abel at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ and has been a member for 46 years.
He has served as the president of the Midwest District with Pastor Fate White, Jr., as moderator. Pastor has been married for 30 years to Rosaline M. Richardson-Butler. They have two, Leonard III and Rachel Marie Hayes, one granddaughter Madison, and two grandsons, Leonard IV Andre’ Hayes, Jr., and Ryan Hayes.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Camp Care-taker
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 7
Volunteers 100
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Wendell Jones
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2015
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Pastor Leonard P. Butler Jr.Pastor of PMBCJC
Ms. Bridgette Cooper Sprint
Mr. Wendell Jones Retired Chairman
Ms. Phyliss Lowe Retired
Mr. Sam Olawaiye Garmin
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $95,000
Projected Expenses $115,000
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014, 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990's.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$230,973$231,316$224,297
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.500.500.58
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,373,542$2,488,250$2,604,200
Current Assets$8,575$13,544$18,234
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,373,542$2,488,250$2,604,200
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Camp Palestine Inc.
Address 3619 E 35th St.
Kansas City, MO 641282648
Primary Phone (816) 921-6009
Contact Email info@pmbcjc.org
CEO/Executive Director Pastor Leonard P. Butler Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Wendell Jones
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1993