Beatrice Johnson Youth Kamp Foundation
In June 2008, Beatrice Johnson, of Johnson County, Arkansas, passed away and bequeathed 160 acres of land to the Missouri-Arkansas District of
Kiwanis for the construction of a camp for children. A 501(c)3 non-profit corporation named the Missouri-Arkansas Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp Foundation was formed on November 17, 2011. Chuck Raney, a member of the Ft. Smith Commissary Kiwanis Club and the leader of the task force, was elected as the first President of the foundation board. The camp was formally dedicated on April 14, 2012.
The camp is a 160 acre forested site located about three hours south of Branson, MO in Northwestern Arkansas.The Missouri-Arkansas Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp currently offers overnight and/or day camp primitive camping to supervised groups. You can provide your own programming or we can provide programming upon request.
Current Camp Status
Phase one development has focused on preparing the camp for primitive tent camping. Campsites, trails, and parking areas have been cleared and prepared. The camp’s first permanent structure, a 24’x40’ multi-use pavilion, was also constructed. Water is now available at the pavilion and the camp area. We hope to have electricity at the pavilion soon. Through partnership with the River Valley Chapter of the Ozark Off-road Cyclists, we have created over 5 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. Facilities include 15 pads for tent camping, a meditation meeting area, and nature overlooks.
Ultimately, the plan is to construct permanent facilities at the camp, which will include vault toilet restrooms, showers, kitchen, cabins, main lodge, and activity areas. Included will be development of recreational areas for archery, Indian marbles, and skeet shooting.
You Can Help!!!
Join us for one of our scheduled work days to help build and maintain the camp.
Contact us to schedule a day camp for a group of kids from your area or to schedule overnight camping trips.
Eagle Scout projects to benefit the Kamp are welcome.
Contact us to schedule a Kiwanis Club meeting or event at the camp.
All donations large or small are appreciated. Make checks payable to Beatrice Johnson Youth Kamp Foundation.
Note the new address:
The Missouri-Arkansas Beatrice Johnson
Youth Kamp Foundation
PO Box 1998
Russellville, AR 72811
At the 2018 MO-ARK Midwinter Conference, Jerry Martin gave an update on developments at the Kamp, the new video and brochure. The next goals are electrical, a care taker’s cabin and two vault style bathrooms. The estimated cost is $113,990. Your contributions can help us reach the goal.
For more information, contact us at Kiwanis.Kamp@gmail.com