Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc.
22310 NE Colbern Road
Kansas City MO 64086-6670
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 524-0923
Mission Statement
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 and providing the facilities,food, kitchen, maintenance and pool staff at no cost to the groups using the camp.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mandy Sheldon
Board Chair Ms. Christy Chester
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1925
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement 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 and providing the facilities,food, kitchen, maintenance and pool staff at no cost to the groups using the camp.
Background Statement Since 1925 a main service project of the Rotary Club of Kansas City has been our Youth Camp. During the early years of Club 13's existence, we were very involved with the Boys Hotel located on Armour Blvd. Every summer the Boys Hotel sponsored Camp BoHoCa, open to all deserving and needy boys in Kansas City. This Camp closed in 1923. Mr. Robert Gees, then our Club 13 President, felt there was a continuing need for this type of camp. About 4 miles east of Unity Farm on Colbern Roud, Mr. and Mrs. Gees found an ideal location for the camp-40 acres of virgin soil, heavily wooded, with a stream of clear water and a rocky canyon. They acquired this land and made it available to our Club for use as a camp. In 1928, the Gees placed the land in a trust and granted our Club exclusive use of it in perpetuity for activities in service to youth. By the 1940's, sessions were being held for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with disabilities. This user orientation has continued with today's summer sessions devoted to groups who serve the physically, emotionally, and mentally disabled youth of Greater Kansas City. In 2016, the Rotary Camp served over 1,300 summer campers and 3,000 off-season campers from many area schools, religious groups and scouting organizations. During the summer this camp provides all facilities, meals, and swimming instructors at no charge to the organizations. Membership dues and numerous fundraising activities by our members and many outside volunteers support this camp.
Impact Statement
The Rotary Youth Camp affords groups who provide services to children suffering from emotional, physical, or mental disabilities a resident camping program. In the 2016 summer camping season over 1,300 campers and staff from 11 different organizations were guests at the camp. During the off season over 3,000 campers from many area schools, community groups and scouting organizations will utilize the facility. The Camp assisted the summer user group organizations in increasing the number of participants in their programs, two groups have almost doubled in size over the past two years. The cabin renovations have been completed.  The cabins now have new siding and windows as well as exhaust fans to help with the summer heat.
 
Goals for 2017 are to begin fundraising for replacing the Admin Building and First Aid building and additional water features by the pool. The Board continues to explore other fund raising activities.
Needs Statement
  1. Sponsorships for campers, a donation of $250 will send a camper to camp for 5 days.
  2. Food or food sponsors, someone could be the "hot dog sponsor" for the summer. Our food budget is $50,000 this year, $4000 of that is for milk.
  3. Special swimming and sports equipment for physically challenged children.  One aquatic wheelchair costs over $600.
  4. Equipment for ground maintenance and building supplies.
  5. Organizations to hold Community Service Days at the camp in the spring and fall.
Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Support NEC
Areas of Service
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement I have been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 13 since 1999. Rotary encourages its members to become involved in the many activities offered by the club. Its biggest project is the Rotary Youth Camp. I started my involvement with the camp by attending the work days in the spring and fall. Being out at the camp, helping to prepare the facilities for the upcoming camping season, was a lot of fun and provided good fellowship. But more than that it was an opportunity to learn how we were able to make a difference in the lives of children who had challenges in their daily lives that we could never dream of. Because there is no cost to the campers, participants are offered the opportunity to be out in nature and experience summer camping adventure like others in their age group without disabilities would be doing.  I am also involved in Boy Scouts and have brought my son's troop out to the camp during the fall/winter camping season.  Each group using the camp donates and hour of service to the camp.  This helps the campers develop a sense of community responsibility and gives them a feeling of pride for the camp. The members of Club 13 are very proud of the camp and work hard to ensure that it will always be there for the children it serves. Many participate in Kansas City Day annually, selling newspapers on street corners on opening day for the Royals. The money raised goes to support the camp. Members also participate in a number of other smaller fundraisers during the year to cover operating costs. Larger fundraising projects have been undertaken also.  Since 1996 the swimming pool, kitchen, dining hall and shower/bathroom facilities have all been replaced.  Two tent camping areas have been developed and new fire-circles built.  All of these improvements have allowed us to increase our accessibility and our capacity, the Camp can now easily sleep and feed 200 campers and staff.  The campers who have been with us during these changes have been excited and delighted about them.  Keeping the Camp available to these campers is essential.  Camp changes lives. I have come across many people who have stories about their memories at the Rotary Camp and how it impacted their lives.  Seeing the expressions on the campers faces as they experience nature first hand is a memory I cherish. Parents and caregivers who bring their campers to camp are actually able to have some time to themselves because they know their campers are loved and safe here at the Rotary Camp.   One young camper was coming for the first time and he cried a little when his parents left, but when they came to pick him up he cried all the way to the car because he didn't want to leave.  Camp changes lives and I am proud to be a part of this life changing experience. 
Programs
Description This unique facility is designed for special needs children ages 5 and up. Activities include wheel chair accessible swimming pool, nature trails, arts and crafts, primitive tent camping areas and campfires. The summer camp is utilized by many other groups including Joshua Center, Midwest Brachial Plexus Network, Boy Scouts, children's homes and other organizations serving disabled and disadvantaged youth. Each group provides their own counselors. Each individual group using the camp develops their own outcomes, you can see examples of these below.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
  1. Campers will make new, lasting friendships
  2. Learn new skills
  3. Increase their self-esteem & independence
  4. Camp Counselors will gain insight into working with persons with disabilities
  5. Campers will report that they felt accepted
Long-Term Success That every disabled or disadvantaged child in Kansas City will have the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience.
Program Success Monitored By Each year Camp staff, parents, and campers complete evaluations. Information gathered is used to develop the next year's camp programs.
Examples of Program Success
  1. 76% of campers who attended camp indicated on their evaluations that making new friends and gaining independence was one of the main reasons they return to camp each year. They learned new skills such as swimming, cooking out, living in the Outpost and sleeping in tents.
  2. Each girl received a certificate for completing the swimming program.
  3. 85% of the Camp Counselors stated they gained insight into pursuing a future career working with persons with disabilities.
Description This is a continuation of our summer camping program although the pool and kitchen are closed.  We provide the facilities for use by any area youth group at no cost to the group.  Many different types of groups take advantage of the camp during the school year, including: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, school groups and some sports groups.  Using the camp at no cost allows these groups to spend money on food, equipment and program supplies they otherwise would not be able to afford.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The Camp provides a safe camping experience to any youth groups.  The Camp is usually fully booked each school year.
Long-Term Success Camping experiences impact the campers' lives.  The camp strives to provide a safe facility for groups to hold their camping programs.  The groups return each year.  The groups can make reservations a year ahead and the camp reservations fill up quickly.  The camp is considered full when there are reservations for 100+ campers or 3 different groups.  Many of the groups are on their 2nd generation of campers coming to the Rotary Camp.
Program Success Monitored By The camp superintendent completes a usage report each year.
Examples of Program Success The camp usage is near capacity each year.
CEO Comments During the early years of Club 13’s existence, we were very involved with the Boys Hotel located on Armour Blvd. Every summer the Boys Hotel sponsored Camp BoHoCa, open to all deserving and needy boys in Kansas City. This camp closed in 1923. Mr. Robert Gees, then our Club 13 President, felt there was a continuing need for this type of camp. About 4 miles east of Unity Farm on Colbern Road, Mr. and Mrs. Gees found an ideal location for the camp – 40 acres of virgin soil, heavily wooded, with a stream of clear water and a rocky canyon. They acquired this land and made it available for Club 13 to use as a camp. In 1928, The Gees placed the land in a Trust and granted Club 13 exclusive use of it in perpetuity for activities in service to youth. By the 1940’s, sessions were being held for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with disabilities. This user organization design has continued with today’s summer sessions devoted to groups who serve the physically, emotionally, mentally disabled and disadvantaged youth of Greater Kansas City. Currently there are twelve sessions held during the summer for these youth.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Mandy Sheldon
Term Start May 2012
Experience Mandy was hired as the Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Kansas City in November of 2012.  She previously worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Betty Baker Sept 1983 - Apr 1995
Janet Ellis Jan 1995 - Oct 2012
Senior Staff
Title Camp Superintendent
Experience/Biography Laurie has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri. She has 15 years of elementary teaching experience. Laurie was the pool director at the Rotary Youth Camp for 6 years. In 1998 she was named Camp Superintendent.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 1
Paid Part-Time Staff 25
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Camp Association - Member1991
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Camp AccreditationAmerican Camping Association2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The association that governs our 80+ year-old camp is comprised of three officers and eight directors. For continuity, officers serve a two-year term and directors serve a five-year term. As the Rotary camp is the responsibility of the Rotary Club, the current Rotary Club treasurer and club’s president-elects serves on this board as ex-officio members. This board handles the governance of the camp and makes policy changes for the betterment of the camp and the children we serve. Day to day activities at the camp is handled by the onsite camp superintendent, Laurie Mozley. Laurie sets the camp calendar with the user groups and hires kitchen and pool staff to run the camp properly. The Board and Camp Director are responsible for maintaining the Camp’s American Camping Association Accreditation yearly.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Christy Chester
Term July 2015 to June 2017
Email christyc310@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Anthony Andresen Bovard Insurance Group
Ms. Kara Bennett Kara Bennett & Associates
Ms Christy Chester Boyle Meat Company
Mr John Christensen Blue Creek Investment Partners
Mr William Madsen CHA, Inc
Mr David McCaughey KelCon Technologies
Ms. Linda Mills retired
Mr. Dan Nenonen Gastinger Walker Harden + Beetriplett Buck
Mr. Paul Searcy The Kansas City Star
Ms. Sara Shaffaer-Henry Community Blood Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Building
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Operations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments The association that governs our 80+ year-old camp is comprised of three officers and eight directors. For continuity, officers serve a two-year term and directors serve a five-year term. As the Rotary camp is the responsibility of the Rotary Club, the current Rotary Club treasurer and club’s president-elect serves on this board as ex-officio members. This board handles the governance of the camp and makes policy changes for the betterment of the camp and the children we serve. Day to day activities at the camp is handled by the onsite camp superintendent, Laurie Mozley. Laurie sets the camp calendar with the user groups and hires kitchen and pool staff to run the camp properly. The Board and Camp Director are responsible for maintaining the Camp’s American Camping Association Accreditation yearly.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $287,600
Projected Expenses $321,875
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$244,318$173,725$350,915
Government Contributions$9,877$10,598$6,883
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$9,877$10,598$6,883
Individual Contributions------
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$77$84$84
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$130,608$113,481$91,662
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$32,318$165$151
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$372,180$335,978$298,279
Administration Expense$73,233$78,971$69,790
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.721.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,100,197$2,139,897$2,241,485
Current Assets$130,917$72,360$241,416
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$6,313$17,797$2,492
Total Net Assets$2,093,884$2,122,100$2,238,993
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.744.0796.88
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City Rotary Club Foundation $104,419Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation $115,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKirk Foundation $40,000KC Star $25,371 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKC Star $37,264Individual Donor $10,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To tear down the currrent Admin and 1st Aid buildings and construct one building to be fully accessible all year and meet all code requirements
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments During the summer the Rotary Youth Camp provides all facilities, meals,kitchen staff, maintenance staff and life guards at no charge to the organizations who use the camp. There is also a year round director on site. All of this activity is budgeted over $300,000 annually. For the past 90+ years, Club 13’s members have supplied funds through their membership dues and numerous fund raising activities to support this Camp. The Camp also relies on grants and donations to bridge the gap between expenses and expected income.
Organization Name Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc.
Address 22310 NE Colbern Road
Kansas City, MO 640866670
Primary Phone (816) 524-0923
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mandy Sheldon
Board Chair Ms. Christy Chester
Year of Incorporation 1925