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- Our Story -

Service above self

Rotary Youth Camp is for children and young adults with special needs or who are disadvantaged.

Imagine a place you can go to get away—to escape, even for a short while—where you’re free to be yourself, unconstrained, unabashed, and unafraid. That’s the Rotary Youth Camp. Our goal is to create life-changing moments for our young campers, many of whom live with physical, mental, or emotional challenges. They need a place to grow, laugh, and experience life’s firsts as their authentic selves. That’s why, with the support of donors and community partners, the 40-acre Rotary Youth Camp welcomes nonprofit groups to host camps free of charge. Through our camps and activities, we embrace and empower the youth of Greater Kansas City, regardless of race, income, age, gender, or disability. A century of cherished memories, transformative experiences, and children’s joy radiate from these campgrounds and shape our traditions of changing lives one camper, one parent, and one volunteer at a time.

Camp Experience

State of the art, Wheelchair-accessible pool
Paved nature trail
Open spaces for games and sports
Hiking trails
Bathrooms with hot/cold running water
13 Rustic Cabins
Two tent camping areas
Administration and First Aid buildings
Large dining/activity hall
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Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Jacomo, the 40-acre camp is available throughout the year for camping experiences. The layout of our camp grounds and our activities are planned with campers’ specific needs and disabilities in mind.
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Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13
Downtown Kansas City Rotary Club 13
We meet Thursdays at Noon the Kill Devil Club 14th & Main Kansas City, MO 64105
Greater Kansas City Day
Greater Kansas City Day
Greater Kansas City Day is a fundraiser coinciding with Royals Opening Day to benefit the Rotary Youth Camp and other children’s charities of...

-To our Camping Community-

As all of you are probably aware by now, the newly updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restricts events of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks. With the rapidly changing situation regarding the coronavirus, we want to take a moment to explain what that means for the Rotary Youth Camp.

We are monitoring the current COVID 19 situation, and will work with local health officials to make the best decisions for our camping community in regards to our operations. For the rest of our spring season we are communicating with the groups who have made reservations about whether they will come or not.

With the summer camping season right around the corner, we will take this time to further evaluate recommendations by the American Camping Association (ACA) and work to ensure our guidelines regarding health and cleanliness continue to exceed expectations. Please know that while we may not have campers on our ground for the next few weeks, we will always strive to support those in our community and be a place where all feel welcome. We are hopeful that we will be able to open our Summer Session on time, but will continue to follow CDC and governmental guidelines regarding what is in the community’s best interests.

We, at the Rotary Youth Camp, want to continue to be a vital resource for our camp family. We believe that, through social media, we can be a positive influence throughout this turbulent time. We want our channels to be a place to take an occasional break, share a smile, or gather resources to make the best of a sometimes scary situation.

Social distancing but not social division- together we can come through this stronger than before. By connecting online we can foster the community that we all love. The Rotary Youth Camp is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Connect with us, share memories of camp, laughs from warmer weather, and smiles that we all could use a little more of right now. It is our hope to promote positivity, strength, and inclusion while we navigate these changing times in our community. We are so very proud of the resilience we have seen from members of our community and know that, together, we will get through this.