Cabins 4 Kids
15676 S Blackfoot St
Olathe KS 66062
Group Camp Photo
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 707-4692
Mission Statement
Cabins4Kids creates opportunity for self-awareness, leadership development, civic engagement, and a respect for life within communities with a focus on youth in the Urban Core.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Al Davis
Board Chair Mr. Al Davis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Open Camp
Royal Ranch Camp
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Want to donate? 
You can donate online through PayPal (send to or Just Give (linked above and linked through our Facebook Page).

Don't like sending money online? Mail us a check at 15676 S Blackfoot St Olathe, KS 66062.
Want to help in other ways?
Have season tickets? Donate one pair per season to Cabins4Kids by submitting them to and we get 90% of the ticket sales! Shop on tix4cause for your next night out and we still get 40% of the sales straight to Cabins4Kids. 
We are always looking for great tours and campus experiences for our youth on their way out to camp.
Volunteers are a rare need since our program is run by our youth, but if you think you have something to share with us, we are always open to new ideas!
Lastly -- our 20th anniversary is coming up and we are hoping to throw a huge celebration! We will need help securing a space, food/beverages, auction items etc so if you have connections or experience throwing events, please let us know! 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Cabins4Kids creates opportunity for self-awareness, leadership development, civic engagement, and a respect for life within communities with a focus on youth in the Urban Core.
Background Statement
Cabins 4 Kids was founded in 1998 with a group of 8th grade 4-H youth and Al Davis, the county 4-H agent, to serve the underserved kids in Kansas City. It originated from a conversation where the 8th grade students named summer camp as the biggest impact on their lives and leadership skills. It was the one most important thing they wanted to share with youth who didn’t have the opportunity to be in 4-H.
Since then, we have taken youth from Olathe, Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas as well as St. Louis, MO to camp every summer for 4 days away from the challenges of home and 4 days of experiences they have never had before. We have partnered with various organizations over the years including Boys and Girls Club, church groups and AYS to name a few. We have served over 600 youth since beginning in 1998.
Impact Statement
Camp originated as an opportunity to simply provide the experience of camp to youth who were unable to enjoy that experience otherwise. Since our first year, our goals have grown into the three included below. We no longer just want to give them camp, we want camp to give them opportunities.
We have three goals for Cabins4Kids regarding the youth that attend our camp each summer. First and foremost, our goal is provide our campers with tools and experiences to enable them to further their education and leadership skills. Seeing as how our camper population consists of at risk youth, we are providing them with opportunities they may not see otherwise. Secondly, we work to become a self-sufficient organization through our leadership 101 program to provide all future counselors out of our camper population. Thirdly, as counselors grow and become more involved in Cabins4Kids, we hope to see counselors become staff members being involved in both the camp itself and the non-profit work that is necessary to maintain the organization.
Below are some specific accomplishments in the last year:
  • Our first Degrees4Kids scholarship recipient finished her freshman year with a 3.2.
  • All of our graduating high school seniors have accepted scholarships for college and are starting in the fall.
Needs Statement
  1. Camp scholarships ($225 per child)
  2. Degrees4Kids Scholarship ($1000/yr/child)
  3. General donations (used for camp expenses, marketing)
  4. Camping equipment for Wilderness4Kids (due to start 2019) 
Service Categories
Youth Development NEC
Youth Development-Citizenship
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement In 1998 as a 4-H agent I asked a group of 8th graders what the best part of 4-H was. Across the board they all said 4-H camp. So the next question is, how can we do camp for kids and families that are income stressed and at risk? The plan for Open Camp was made. The first year was a success as well as a challenge. We got lucky and secured some funds from Kauffman Foundation Youth Initiative Grants and the JJA grants. The camp was way more of a challenge than my 13 year old counselors had ever faced and I was scared I had lost them. After everyone was picked up and I came out of the office and my counselors were sitting on the hill side beat and weathered, the first thing out of their mouth was “when we do this next year…”. They were hooked. In 2005, I changed jobs and thought that the program would stop. But my phone started ringing, not only from my counselors, but also from parents who wanted their kids to be at camp. So why do I volunteer after 18 years? My phone keeps ringing and counselors still want to volunteer, families still want to send their children, people keep supporting the mission and it has been successful. Over the years there have been many changes including the name which is now Cabins 4 kids. We know if a youth stays with us from 7 to 18 we can surround him/her with the support they need to be successful and there is a good chance that they will go on to further their education after HS. To date 98 percent of our kids have come on scholarship and 100% of all donation goes directly to that effort. This is made possible with 100% staff volunteers.
Our 3 phases:
  • Campers: Ages 7-12 come to camp to participate as campers. This includes all of the camp programs ranging from horseback riding to canoeing at Rock Springs Ranch.
  • Leadership 101: Ages 13-15 and have come to our camp previously. By 13, campers are looking for the next thing and want to be counselors, but often lack the necessary skills. In this program, members take an extensive leadership course and have the opportunity to practice those new skills.
  • Counselors: Youth (15-18) generally come from the 101 program. Youth who have completed 101 get first opportunity to be counselors once they have turned 15. Their first year counseling, they are paired with 2 veteran counselors, later moving up to lead counselor and then staff.
There is also a college tour in our program for all phases. The more youth that are on campus as youth, the more likely they are to go to college later.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success To expose kids to a world beyond their “block” and to other kids both in similar situations as their own as well as in very different situations from their own. Our community focuses on leadership and agricultural awareness as well as a glimpse into the university/college experience in order to broaden our campers horizon’s and show them opportunites that may interest them that they wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Long-Term Success
We have 3 goals for our youth at Cabins4Kids.
  • First and foremost, our goal is provide our campers with tools and experiences to enable them to further their education and leadership skills. 
  • Secondly, we aim to be self-sufficient by providing all future counselors out of our 101 program. 
  • Thirdly, as counselors become more involved in Cabins4Kids, we hope to see them become staff members taking interest in the camp itself and the non-profit work necessary to maintain the organization.
Program Success Monitored By We do written and verbal surveys following every camp as well as recorded interviews. Due to the the social media networks we are able to follow and communicate year round with our campers, counselors, and their families.
Examples of Program Success Out of our original 8th grade counselors, all went on to further their education at a college except for one who went into the military. Since then, we have started graduating our original campers with over a 90% college admission rate. Out of the campers who stayed with Cabins 4 Kids through all three phases of camp into being a counselor, 100% of the youth have gone on to further their education past high school. In terms of the success of our 101 program and bringing campers into the counselor position, in the last year we had 60% of our counselors as graduated campers and 6 of our staff or board members originated as counselors in the Cabins4Kids program. We cannot take credit for all of that, but the youth will point to camp as one of the major reasons they are who they are today and have made the decisions that they have made thus far in their life.
Description We award college academic scholarships to those individuals who have exhibited outstanding growth within both Cabins4Kids and within their communities. Our scholarships are awarded on merit as well as academic achievements.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short-Term Success While our first recipeint has always been driven to succeed, she took the scholarship very seriously as we are investing in her financially through our camp program, but now also through her college degree. She proved to be even more motivated to succeed for herself, her family and for camp.
Long-Term Success To graduate with a college degree in the field they are passionate about without financial restrictions while showing academic success in their program.
Program Success Monitored By The recipients are required to communicate with us throughout the year about their progress and success and must maintain a 2.75 GPA.
Examples of Program Success Our first recipient just completed their freshman year with a 3.2 with a desire to do better next year. She has been actively involved in her program and the college and adjusted really well overall to the college experience as a first generation college attendee in her family.
CEO Comments
We are currently working on adding a 3rd program - Wilderness4Kids - led by one of our board members, Ian Burrow, an active duty soldier in the US Army. Campers will be able to explore their survival skills, achieve deeper self-awareness and develop high level team work/leadership as they take only necessary supplies and hike/camp throughout the Rock Springs property under Ian's guidance.
We also strive to bring college awareness to our youth by making stops at universities each year to get our campers on campus and thinking about the different programs that they offer. One program in particular that we look into is the Agricultural Programs as it is frequently very new information to our youth and an area of their life that they have little true understanding. We have also expanded our search to Tech Schools and Trade School Programs to provide alternative paths to a successful career and stable life. 
Finally, we pride ourselves in being there for our campers and counselors year round. We are references on many of their resumes, we have edited a multitude of essays and provide academic help in any way we can. Furthermore, we are there for phone calls and an ear to vent when they are going through their own challenges and obstacles within their family and school communities.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Al Davis
Term Start Dec 2011
Graduated Thiel College in 1988 with degree in Mass Communications
Penn State Extension Agent 1989 -1995
K-State Extension Agent 1995 - 2006
American Royal Association 2006 - 2011
Karl Program, K-State 2011 - 2017
Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center 2018 - Present 
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
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 Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Boys and Girls Club (KC, Independence)
  • AYS/St Francis Community Services
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Al Davis
Company Affiliation Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center
Term Dec 2011 to Dec 2020
Board Members
Mr. Ian BurrowUS Army
Ms. Leah CogswellShawnee Mission School District
Mr. Al DavisK-State Karl Program
Ms. Sierra DicksonConcorde
Dr. Alyssa JonesAnesthesia Associates of Kansas City - Children's Mercy Hospital
Ms. Sarah MorefieldLafayette Preparatory Academy
Dr. Caitlin PowellA.T. Still University
Ms. Clarissa ShieldsUnited Community Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 88%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO Comments
In 1998, we started with a group of teens with a dream, a mission, and a goal. We received a small grant with the intention of hosting a one time event. In our evaluation, we asked the question, "What was your favorite part of camp?" One camper responded, "For the first time in my life, I can go back to school and say that I actually did something this summer." In that one statement, the camper described his reality and reinforced the need for a low to no cost camp experience.
Our challenges are no different from most non-profits: raising funds and bolstering community support. As a 100% volunteer organization, we limit our administration costs, but also have limited time to invest in expansion. That being said, we have managed to thrive through 19 years offering more than 14,000 camp experiences and expanding our impact through the creation of Degrees4Kids to support our Cabins4Kids family. Over the years we have also partnered with organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, American Royal, Associated Youth Services (AYS) and St. Francis foster organization.

Their camp experience begins uses hands on learning and develops life skills such as cooperation and teamwork through camp activities. As campers continue in our program, their camp experience evolves into the formulation of strategic leadership skills including public speaking, being a good role model, communication skills, and the process of planning, implementing, and reflecting after they have organized events for younger campers. The mentorship our campers receive leads to their continued involvement in their communities as productive adults. The camp that began as a a group of teens wanting to share their 4-H camp experience has steadily grown into a camp that makes a real difference in the lives of hundreds.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $14,000
Projected Expenses $18,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial documents.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$14,265$17,496$17,354
Administration Expense$1,352$1,414$0
Fundraising Expense$1,671$0$195
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.220.981.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%93%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Other Documents
Organization Name Cabins 4 Kids
Address 15676 S Blackfoot St
Olathe, KS 66062
Primary Phone (913) 707-4692
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Al Davis
Board Chair Mr. Al Davis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Open Camp
Royal Ranch Camp