Male and Female
Central Methodist University
Some of us end up twisted and backwards in our faith; A week at camp will get you turned around and living the Extreme life of a Christ follower! Join us as we worship together, serve, swim hike, study the Bible, and discover what it means to have a real relationship with our Creator.
Like 4-square but with 9 squares and in the air.
Watch the word of God come alive in a small group setting.
Work together to navigate obstacles, scale walls.
Yeah, we’ve all heard the story. Hook, line, sinker.
Bracelets, tie-dye and glitter galore.
Bring your competitive spirit, focus and fastest running shoes.
Get in touch with your competitive side with this classic camp game
Dodge, strike, run and jump in this twist on dodgeball.
7:30 AM Rise & Shine5B4Breakfast
8:25AM Jump Start Cabin Devo
10:00 AM Skill 1
1:00 PM 5B4 Lunch
1:45 PM Cabin Kickback
2:50 PM Spic’n’span J-CAT
3:55 PM Tribal Activity
4:55 PM Camper Free Time 5B4
5:55 PM Dinner
6:40 PM Nite Life Prep & Nite Life
8:30 PM Suds’n’duds Cabin Huddle
9:30 PM Camper Lights Out
My name is Jared Ritter, a full-time real estate broker, born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I’ve always enjoyed working with kids and recently had the opportunity of officially joining staff at La Croix United Methodist Church. I have been involved with Xtreme Camp at La Croix for five years as a counselor and co-leading last year. The summer of 2017 will be my first year as the Camp Director. This camp holds a deep place in my soul. I grew up inside the walls of La Croix, attending the very camp that we still provide as a 6th, 7th and 8th grader. To be able to be one of the working parts of something that was such a huge impact on my faith is something that I cannot put into words. I knew of Jesus, but I found out who He was at Xtreme Camp. I take great pride in providing a camp experience that is life-changing because I know on a personal level what can come from this tradition-filled, crazy, fun and Jesus-seeking week that we call Xtreme Camp.
My name is Stephanie Smith and I have been the director of Senior High Leadership Camp for the past 8 years. This camp originally started at Camp Galilee in 2008 and has since moved to the beautiful campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette.
Over the past 15 summers, I have worked as a core staff, counselor, and director for the United Methodist summer camp program. As a result, I have witnessed the joy and growth of many youth as they experience Christ at camp.
When I’m not at camp, I work at our church as the Director of Student Ministries and as a full-time mom to our two children. My husband and I have been married for almost ten years and actually met at church camp. As a family, we enjoy spending time together, being outside, and taking care of our animals (dogs, cats, bunnies, turtles and chickens).
Every summer, though, I look forward to directing camp, seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends. It is my goal for Senior High Leadership camp to help campers develop and enhance their leadership skills, so they can return to camp as counselors, directors, and/or to their churches as equipped servant leaders.
My name is Karen Shanks, and this is my fourth year directing Adventure Camp.
Church camp has always been a big part of my life, roughly the last 14 years of it. It is where I accepted Christ and heard my calling for youth ministry. I also met some of my best friends there as well! I was raised attending church, so I knew what to say and when to say it, but it all “clicked” one summer around Whitener Circle when I accepted Christ. I was 12 years old at the time. My faith journey began that night.
As a camper, I thought our counselors were the best! They were fun and energetic and not only did I admire them, I looked to them for guidance and encouragement. They truly helped me grow my faith.
I am a camp director because I want to share my love for Christ with your youth. It is an amazing thing to watch them get excited about so many things, such as sharing with old friends, making new friends, acting silly and singing crazy songs. My hope is to help them grow by sharing my knowledge of scripture with them and helping them cultivate their faith. It is really a great experience to plant a seed and watch God work in their lives during the week we get to spend with them.
My name is Connie. I’ve been married 35 years to my husband, Herb. We have five awesome children, and we live in Mid-Missouri on our farm. I first discovered how much I enjoyed working with children when I was in grade school and the Sunday school teachers let me “help” with the younger kids. I’ve been involved with kids ministry ever since. Although I am a certified Special Ed Teacher, I chose to home-school our children. I prefer outdoor adventures and hands on learning. I love Jesus, I love kids and I love camp!
I grew up as a director’s daughter, became a camper, then a counselor, and now have been the director for over 5 years. I live in Sedalia with my 6-year-old daughter Ellie who will be able to come to Kamp with me for the first time this year! I am a 3rd grade teacher but also have my Masters in Administration and help my school principal a lot. I attend First United Methodist Church in Sedalia and am very active there. I am in charge of the Pettis/Johnson County Relay For Life and love helping raise money to see more birthdays. I love the St. Louis Cardinals, dogs, going to the beach, watching Disney movies, being active in my church, and being with my family and friends.
I am the Lead Pastor at New McKendree UMC. I have been a camp director for 15 years. I love my granddaughter, running and beef jerky.
My name is Courtney Boedeker, and this is my third year directing the Older Elementary Ultimate Extreme Camp. I am from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and attend Grace United Methodist Church in Lee’s Summit. Growing up, I was always very active in my church’s youth group. I attended church camp for several years, mainly during high school. Before I became a director, I was a counselor for two years. I loved the experiences that I had at camp, so I decided I wanted to become a director to give other kids those same experiences. Being a camp director has allowed me to play a role in helping kids grow closer to God and strengthen their walk with Him. I am looking forward to another great week at camp this summer!
I am the Director of Youth Ministry at New McKendree UMC. I have worked in youth ministry for 14 years as a full-time volunteer, part-time staff and full-time director. I grew up going to camp every summer from third grade through high school. My experiences at camp strengthened my love for worship and sparked my interest and passion for reading God’s word.
Look for an email for a camp specific list before camp starts, or contact Scott Burdin with more questions.
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Why do I return to Kamp? "It's more for the love of others. It's easy to go somewhere just because you can but you won't really achieve or learn anything by doing so. To go somewhere you love and are loved by those who understand you and can relate, that's a treasure. By going to a place like that you learn from others and , in turn, they learn from you. "
The number one question we received at camp was “What about this Bible?” We gave away over 20 Bibles at camp. We had on little girl who came, and her friend’s mom came and talked to me. She said that her daughter was embarrassed because she had to borrow her grandmother’s bible for camp, and it was awful because it had all these old words in it. Not only did we give her a Bible, but we gave her little brother a Bible as well. And I just loved it because they had been coming to Upward Basketball but had never come to church. It wasn’t until after camp that they felt confident in doing that.