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Camp is full of firsts—a first swim, a first lifelong friendship, a first feeling of independence. These moments matter, and the places where they occur are ingrained in our hearts and minds for a lifetime.

At the Rotary Youth Camp, we get that. That’s why our campers are at the heart of all we do. Our young campers, many of whom live with physical, mental, or emotional challenges, need a place to grow, laugh, and experience life’s firsts as their authentic selves. At the same time, our campers’ parents put their trust in us to ensure their children not only are safe, but flourish, during this time apart. We take these responsibilities seriously and have created an environment where all that is possible.

We believe in embracing and building up 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 camp grounds and shape our traditions of changing lives one camper, one parent, and one volunteer at a time.

Seeking a meaningful camp experience unlike any other? Look no further than the Rotary Youth Camp.

Located along the beautiful shores of Lake Jacomo, the 40-acre camp is available throughout the year for camping experiences. The layout of the campgrounds planned with campers’ specific needs and disabilities in mind.

We offer:

  • 13 rustic cabins with no electricity or water (sleeps 12 people each)
  • Two tent camping areas with shelters and outhouses (sleeps 55-60 people)
  • A large dining/activity hall (capacity of 250)
  • Convenient cooking areas and shelters
  • Centrally located bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flush toilets
  • Administration and first aid buildings for groups using the camp

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The Rotary Youth Camp works with groups to plan life-changing camps throughout the year, and they see more than 3,500 campers annually. The camp provides the facilities, food, kitchen and pool staff to groups at no cost to the organization. Each group provides the cabin staff, program staff, medical and administrative staff, and most importantly, the campers.

Organizations Who Have Used the Camps

Boy Scouts: The summer program includes a session for disabled scouts and other boy scout camping and activities throughout the year. Scouts also donate their time to help maintain and improve the camp facilities as part of their merit badge projects. Learn more.

Area High Schools: Area school groups enjoy the experiences the camp offers, including nearly 75 area high school juniors who gather at the camp each year for Camp Enterprise. This three-day event focuses on the impact of American free enterprise and features motivational speakers, business workshops, keynote addresses by public officials, and a talent show.

Children’s Mercy Hospital: The Arthritis Foundation makes it possible for children served by Children’s Mercy Hospital to have a unique camping experience with facilities designed for their specific needs. Learn more.

ARC of Clay and Platte Counties: ARC, a support group to improve the quality of life of the intellectually and developmentally challenged, holds an annual residential camp. Learn more.

Midwest Brachial Plexus Network: This organization provides support for children who have affected by brachial plexus injury, or Erb’s Palsy, and hosts a camp to learn more about this birth injury and strategies to overcome it. Learn more.

Joshua Center: Joshua Center provides services and support for the social, emotional, and educational needs of neurologically impaired children and their families, including children with Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome. Learn more.

Others: Camp Opportunity, Girls Can Camp, Camp RISE, Cub Scouts with Disabilities, Heart of America, Kansas City Indian Center, Family Resource Center of Cass County, and Gillis Center all assist disabled and disadvantaged youth in Kansas City and round out our list of summer users.

If you work with a nonprofit group or know of a group who could benefit from a life-changing experience at the Rotary Youth Camp contact the camp superintendent, Laurie Mozley; (816) 524-0923.

All services are offered free of charge to organizations who choose to use the facilities. It takes a community to maintain the Rotary Youth Camp and ensure successful operations each year. We are always seeking dedicated community members like you to contribute to our cause, and more importantly, to the campers we serve.

The special partnership with the Kansas City Royals, Royals Charities, and proceeds from the sales of the special section in the Kansas City Star benefit the Rotary Youth Camp and fund a substantial portion of the camp’s annual operational costs.