August 15, 2017
Camp Lookout, hosted by College of the Ozarks, provides full summer camp experience for area childrenSara Pitts, student counselor at the College of the Ozarks summer outreach Camp Lookout, is among the many college students who lead campers through the summer-long outreach program.
Camp Lookout, hosted by College of the Ozarks, celebrates 25 years of serving local children through the summer long outreach program.
College of the Ozarks staff and students host area children for Camp Lookout, a full week of activities, games, and volunteer work geared toward instilling personal character and encouraging spiritual growth.
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. —Camp Lookout, a community outreach program hosted by College of the Ozarks, continued its 25-year-mission of serving children in the local area this summer. For 10 weeks, C of O staff and students hosted area children for a full week of activities geared toward instilling personal character and encouraging spiritual growth.
Camp Lookout’s focused demographic is children ranging from ages 8-12, in Stone and Taney Counties, who have some form of financial need.
The camp is free to these campers and allows children who might not otherwise get to experience summer camp to attend without the added financial burden. The camp is able to operate because of the generosity of those who donate to College of the Ozarks. Prospective campers apply for admittance in late spring, and this year, the Camp Lookout staff served more students than ever before—523 young people. In addition, 67 campers made the decision to follow Christ.
Counselors comprise a majority of the camp staff. However, the camp staff also includes two work supervisors—Lynn Shaw, community service coordinator, and Ryan Knight, camp program director and associate professor of education. Shaw oversees the planning and implementation, while Knight is over day-to-day activities, lessons, and discipline while camp is in session.
Students from C of O play a pivotal role in the camp’s success. These 60 counselors work 40 hours a week as part of the College’s summer work program. They facilitate various games and activities, such as bonfires, comedy skits, and trips to Silver Dollar City. Counselors also lead worship and Bible studies and participate in service projects with their campers.
Student counselors learn through service
The camp, while geared toward the growth and development of its campers, has challenged and developed more refined leadership skills in the counselors as well.
“Being challenged with questions from some of the kids has made me take a step back and answer some of those same questions for myself,” said freshman business administration major Brevin Hill.
“Going into camp I knew I'd learn a lot, but I never expected to learn as much as I have,” said junior meeting and special event management major Jordan Long. “I wanted to grow in new friendships with likeminded people, grow closer to God, and learn how to better interact and teach kids. Along with those skills, I've learned to seek out wise counsel. I also strove to be present with kids and give them my FULL attention. They are so important, and God loves them so much. I want them to leave camp having been impacted.”
Joel Fowler, a senior family studies/social services major at C of O, said, “I am blessed to interact with these kids every week, because every week they teach me something new.”
For more information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.
The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
08.15.17 Brittany C. Weaver