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History of Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp

In June 2008, Beatrice Johnson, a resident of Johnson County, Arkansas, bequeathed 160 acres of land to the Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis District, provided that the MOARK District to construct a camp on the property for youth. On May 8, 2009, following an inspection of the property by a group of area Kiwanis members, District Governor John Hoffman appointed a task force with the purpose of evaluating the property location and feasibility of developing a Kiwanis camp for children.

In August, 2009, the District Board approved the concept plan and authorized the task force to proceed with the project and the formal acceptance of the property. The property was legally deeded to the District in January 2010, allowing full access to the property. At that time, the task force voted to name the camp “The Missouri-Arkansas Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Kamp” in honor of the camp’s benefactor.

In August, 2009, the District Board approved the concept plan and authorized the task force to proceed with the project and the formal acceptance of the property. The property was legally deeded to the District.

The Kamp is being developed in phases. There is currently a large pavilion, education center, restrooms, pads for tent camping and good road up the mountain to the base camp. More will be added to the camp as it grows in use and toward the request of our campers.