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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Email: pr@cofo.edu

August 07, 2019

Camp Lookout, hosted by College of the Ozarks, provides Christian camp experience for area children

Campers ride the Zoom Floom to cool down with the help of the C of O fire department providing water for the 75 ft inflatable slide at Camp Lookout.  Campers ride the Zoom Floom to cool down with the help of the C of O fire department providing water for the 75 ft inflatable slide at Camp Lookout.

Counselors and campers play a game of ga ga ball during their free time at Camp Lookout. This is one of many other activities the campers get to participate in during their weeklong stay at College of the Ozarks Camp Lookout.Counselors and campers play a game of ga ga ball during their free time at Camp Lookout. This is one of many other activities the campers get to participate in during their weeklong stay at College of the Ozarks Camp Lookout.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Camp Lookout, a community outreach program hosted by College of the Ozarks, continued its 27 year-mission of serving children in the local area this summer. For 10 weeks, C of O staff and students hosted over 528 area children for a week full of activities geared towards instilling personal character and encouraging spiritual growth. With only a week left, already 145 campers have dedicated their lives to Christ while attending Camp Lookout.

This camp is located on the C of O campus near the shore of Lake Taneycomo and is free to area kids from the Stone and Taney counties that show financial need. The camp runs from June 3 – August 9.

Children between the ages of 8 and 12 participate in a combination of summer activities and Bible studies led by College of the Ozarks students who serve as staff on Camp Lookout. The staff is made up of 65 college counselors that are working in the College’s summer work program to offset the cost of their room and board.

“It’s amazing to work with a ‘family’ of counselors whose strong bond comes from a common goal of sharing the love of Christ through both their words and their actions,” said Tyler Bleau, junior business administration major.

This week-long camp is filled with fun outdoor activities, facilitated by the College counselors. Throughout the week, campers play water sports with the help of the campus fire department, perform comedy skits, swim at the College fitness center pool, and spend a day at Silver Dollar City. Counselors also lead worship and Bible studies with their campers to cap off the end of their day.

“Every week, we see the Lord’s peace and power at work in our campers,” said Hannah Banderman, English education major. “Because the demographic of our Camp resembles the demographic of C of O, counselors are well-equipped to assist campers, creating authentic connections that last well beyond the summer.”

C of O students comprise a majority of the counseling staff. However, the camp staff also includes two work supervisors—Lynn Shaw, community service coordinator, and Ryan Knight, director of student activities. Shaw oversees the planning and implementation, while Knight is over day-to-day activities, lessons, and discipline while camp is in session.

“Working with Camp Lookout has been a wonderful opportunity to do ministry with my family,” Knight said. “We have seen counselors and campers grow in Christ. Camp Lookout is unique and different from most camps due to our counselors.  They have the absolute best hearts, and they see camp as an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves!  It is truly a blessing to serve our community in this way.”

“I believe that Camp Lookout wouldn't be camp without the Knight family,” Shaw said. “Counselors pour into campers and the Knight's pour into the counselors. Many times, I've asked campers what their favorite part was about camp, and they generally say, my counselor. That says a lot. We only get a few days with each camper, so we really want to make sure each camper feels loved, accepted and special. Some of these campers make a decision to attend College of the Ozarks and are given the chance to be counselors. When that happens, I feel like we've come full circle.”

“This year’s theme is Mission Possible,” Shaw said. “The college counselors talk with the campers about how life is impossible without God, and how Jesus made it possible. By making a commitment to follow Christ, as believers, we become agents and are commissioned to share the gospel. We have written a curriculum that touches on impossible, possible, agent, and commissioned.”

For additional 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 No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. 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 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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08.07.2019 – Juliet Thompson 

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