Rotary Club Youth Camp Association, Inc.
22310 NE Colbern Road
Kansas City MO 64086-6670
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Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 524-0923
Mission Statement

Rotary Youth Camp provides a life-changing camping experience for disabled and disadvantaged youth.

Vision:

To be the nation’s finest camping facility impacting as many youth as possible and be the trusted resource for organizations and individuals serving disadvantaged and disabled campers. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mandy Sheldon
Board Chair Mr. Dan Nenonen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gastinger Walker
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1925
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations may be mailed directly to the camp.  You may also donate through Facebook and our website.  We accept in-kind donations, call the camp to arrange a drop off.  Community groups are also welcome to hold community service volunteer days at the camp, call to arrange a day.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Rotary Youth Camp provides a life-changing camping experience for disabled and disadvantaged youth.

Vision:

To be the nation’s finest camping facility impacting as many youth as possible and be the trusted resource for organizations and individuals serving disadvantaged and disabled campers. 
Background Statement Since 1925 the 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 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 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 youth with physical, emotional, mental disabilities or financial disparity of Greater Kansas City. In 201, the Rotary Camp served over 1000 summer campers and 2,500 off-season campers from many area schools, religious groups and scouting organizations. During the summer this camp provides all facilities, meals, kitchen and pool staff at no charge to the organizations. Numerous fundraising activities by our members, grants and many outside volunteers support this camp.
Impact Statement

The Rotary Youth Camp offers groups providing services to children suffering from emotional, physical, mental disabilities, or financial disparity a resident camping program at no cost to them. In the 2018 summer camping season 1085 campers and staff from 8 different organizations were guests at the camp. During the off season over 2,500 campers from many area schools, community groups and scouting organizations will utilize the facility.    

Accomplishments:
  1. The Camp increased usage during the summer. 
  2. The funds have be allocated for a new camping area to expand the number of campers that can attend.
  3. Renovations in the pool house will make it more accommodating for wheelchairs.
  4. Capital Campaign has begun to replace the Admin and 1st Aid Bldg.
  
Goals for 2019:
       1.  Reach the halfway point of Capital Campaign for replacement of Administration and 1st Aid Buildings
       2.  Increase usage during September to May.
       3.  Complete the deferred maintenance 2nd year items.
 
Goals for 2019 are to continue 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 $40,000 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
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
MO - Cass County
Geographic Area Served Narrative The Rotary Camp works with organizations serving disabled/disadvantaged youth in the KC Metropolitan area.  This includes the counties listed above.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I have been a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 13 since 2007.  Our club's biggest project is the operation and maintenance of the Rotary Youth Camp, located in Lee's Summit, Missouri. 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 and provide them an outdoor camping experience.  Because there is no cost to the campers, participants are offered the opportunity to be out in nature and experience summer camping adventures like others in their age group without disabilities would be doing.  Each group using the camp donates an 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 future generations of the children it serves.  Our largest fundraiser for operating costs is offering newspapers and flags for donations on Greater Kansas City Day (Opening Day for the KC Royals).  Additional funding comes from the Rotary Club Foundation and other smaller fundraisers during the year.  Larger fundraising projects have been undertaken also when the needs arise.  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.  These improvements have allowed us to increase our accessibility and capacity, the Camp can now easily sleep and feed 200 campers. Keeping the Camp available to these campers is essentialOur next large project as we approach our 100 year anniversary in 2024 is the replacement of our current health and administration building.  We currently have a capital campaign to raise funds for a new, modern building that meets the needs of our campers today and in the future.   I meet many people who have stories about their memories at the Rotary Camp and how it was life-changing.  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 respite time because they know their campers are loved and are safe at the Rotary Youth Camp.   One camper coming for the first time cried 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.  The Camp Board of Directors is constantly searching for ways to improve the facilities and better serve our campers.  Giving the campers a safe outdoor camping experience is the goal.  Enhancing this experience in whatever way we can adds to the memories capers take away with them.  The same campers return year after year, counting the days from when they leave camp to when they get to come back.  Little things take on bigger significance.  One camper worked extremely hard all session to earn his swim bracelet so he could swim in the deep end.  The next summer he returned wearing the bracelet he had earned the previous summer!  The unbridled joy we see on our campers faces makes all the challenges we face worth overcoming.
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.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Betty BakerSept 1983 - Apr 1995
Janet EllisJan 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 1
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
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) - Accreditation2019
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Camp AccreditationAmerican Camping Association2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The challenges faced by the Rotary Camp are primarily financial.  Balancing the two goals of 1) Maintaining the facility and 2) Providing the facility to organization free of charge; is an important aspect of the decision making by the Youth Camp Board.  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.  This year the camp added a Media Specialist to increase the camp's presence on social media and update all the printed materials for the camp as well as updating the website.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dan Nenonen
Company Affiliation Gastinger Walker
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email dnenonen@gastingerwalker.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Courtney BrooksGlobal Ties KC
Ms Christy ChesterBoyle Meat Company
Mr William MadsenCHA, Inc
Mr David McCaugheyKelCon Technologies
Ms. Linda Millsretired
Mr. Dan NenonenGastinger Walker Harden + Beetriplett Buck
Mr. Joe O'LoughlinJoseph O'Loughlin
Mr. Joe PriviteraMark One Electric
Mr. Brent WorleyWall-Ties Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Operations
CEO Comments

The main challenges facing the Rotary Camp at this time are the deferred maintenance and the facility updates.  The current Board of Directors commissioned a complete facility evaluation in the fall of 2017.  This was done by an architect, a mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer.  Their findings were reported to the Camp Board.  The Board then developed a four year plan to resolve the issues found.  The immediate needs and one year portion of the plan is completed.  The one to three year and three to four year plans are underway.  A capital campaign has begun to replace the Administration and First Aid Buildings.  These buildings were constructed as part of the "Project 50" renovations done for the 50th anniversary of the Camp.  We are approaching our 100th year and have renovated or replaced all but these two buildings.  We plan to have them replaced before our centennial in 2024.  Fundraising is always a challenge.  We try to find new ways to raise the funds we need and explore new grants as options.  The Kansas City Rotary Club is committed to this camp and the funds will be raised to continue to be able to offer the facilities to youth groups at no cost to them.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $287,600
Projected Expenses $321,875
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$154,800$514,992$244,318
Government Contributions$6,012$6,357$9,877
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$6,012$6,357$9,877
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$249$326$77
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$244,536$76,080$130,608
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Other$520$12,545$32,318
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$342,407$364,878$372,180
Administration Expense$79,587$73,907$73,233
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.390.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,255,367$2,270,047$2,100,197
Current Assets$274,172$233,788$130,917
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,846$4,649$6,313
Total Net Assets$2,249,521$2,265,398$2,093,884
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities46.9050.2920.74
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $115,000Anonymous $156,336Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation $104,419
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $100,000Anonymous $90,631Kirk Foundation $40,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $68,678Anonymous $83,911KC Star $37,264
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
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 .
Dates Oct 2017 to Aug 2019
Amount Raised to Date $100,000.00 as of Feb 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The main challenges facing the Rotary Camp at this time are the deferred maintenance and the facility updates still needed.  The current Board of Directors commissioned a complete facility evaluation in 2017.  This was done by an architect, a mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer.  Their findings were reported to the Camp Board.  The Board then developed a five year plan to resolve the issues found.  The immediate needs and one year portion of the plan is almost completed.  the one to three year and three to five year plans are underway.  A capital campaign has begun to provide funds for replacing the Administration and First Aid Buildings.. These buildings were constructed as part of the "Project 50" renovations done for the 50th anniversary of the Camp.  We are approaching our 100th year and have renovated or replaces all but these two buildings. We plan to have them replaced before our centennial in 2024.

The greatest opportunity the camp has is being able to increase the number of campers we serve by improving our facilities. 
Other Documents
Centennial Campaign Brochure2019View
School Year Camping2019View
Camp Fact Sheet2018View
Summer Camping2018View
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 Mr. Dan Nenonen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gastinger Walker
Year of Incorporation 1925