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About Camp MUDD 2019

Camp Mudd is an affordable outdoor camp experience for the families and children of the Columbia area during the summer months. Our program is designed to make summer a fun time of learning, exploring, and making new friends. Each weekly session is designed around a theme and includes an exciting field trip or activity. Nature activities as well as sports, games, crafts, music, drama and swimming help round out your child’s camping experience.

Camp Mudd is located approximately 5 miles north of Columbia at the Camp Fire’s campground. The camp has 52 acres of trees, hills, rocks, creeks, and fields. There is a large lodge on the property that is well protected in case of severe weather conditions.

Camp Mudd is a place to watch birds soar through the sky, to explore the creeks and trails, to learn new skills and to make new friends… a place to grow. Campers learn to respect and enjoy nature through a variety of activities designed to give them first hand experiences in the great outdoors.

The Camp Mudd staff are carefully selected University of Missouri students who are chosen for their teaching skills, maturity, camp experience, and love of children. Our counselors are students working on their degrees in Education, Child and Family Development, Parks and Recreation, and related fields.

Prior to camp, the camp counselors participate in an intensive training program to refine their group leadership skills, first aid, CPR training, and nature skills. The staff dedicates time and energy to develop a variety of fun and educational activities designed to make attending Camp Mudd a summer to remember!

CAMP-OUT WEEKS

A special memory for campers are our camp-out weeks. During weeks 2, 4, 8, 10 and 11 our camp program includes a camp-out on Thursday evening. Instead of returning home Thursday afternoon, campers stay at camp where they receive a well-balanced meal prepared over the campfire.

During the weeks that offer a camp-out, Thursday night is also Family Night at Camp Mudd! Families are invited to visit Camp Mudd at 7:00 p.m. and share their child’s experience. Campers will share their camp experiences with their families with a variety of performances according to that week’s theme.

Following the Family Night activities, campers prepare their campsites for an evening of roasting marshmallows and telling campfire stories with their groups. A starry night and a chorus of chirping crickets makes the night complete. In case of poor weather conditions, Camp Mudd has a large lodge where all of the campers will sleep.

Campers return home at noon on Friday after camping out.

ENROLLMENT

Camp Mudd has an enrollment cap of 75 children per week. Enrollment is open to children ages 5-12. Campers are di­ vided into smaller groups of similar ages. (Groups can change throughout the summer depending on enrollment each week.) If your child would like to be in the same group as another camper please indicate that on the registration form and we will do our best to honor those requests.

JUNIOR COUNSELORS

The Junior Counselor Program is a volunteer program for youth who are at least 13 years old.  This program is designed to give these students added responsibility while developing leadership skills. Each Junior Counselor will work with a specific counselor, and their group, assisting with the daily activities. There is no charge for this program and students can request the weeks that they are able to volunteer. The number of requests we receive will determine how many, and which weeks, students will be able to volunteer. If you would like further information or request an application please contact the office at 573-882-1550.

THANKS to Friends of TaKiMiNa!

The University YMCA wishes to thank Friends of TaKiMiNa (FoT) for the use of Camp TaKiMiNa for our operation of Camp Mudd. If you are interested in FoT camping programs offered throughout the year please contact Wanda Hoffman at 573-445-7536.

TRANSPORTATION and TIMES

Bus transportation will be provided by First Student to and from camp from the three following locations. You can choose any combination of morning and evening stops. If you need to alter your choices please let us know.

LOCATION AM Drop-off PM Pick-up Gaines/Oldham

Black Culture Center         7:45 a.m.                            5:00 p.m.

  Virginia Ave. on MU Campus

  Friday pick-up (camp-out weeks)        12:00 p.m.

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 Hickman High School 8:00 a.m.                           5:15 p.m.

 Providence Rd. and Business Loop 70 – West side of Hickman

 Friday pick-up (camp-out weeks)                                 12:15 p.m.

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  Unity Church                8:15 a.m.                          5:30 p.m.

  West Broadway and Manor Dr.

Friday pick-up (camp-out weeks)                                  12:30 p.m.

There will be counselors at all bus stops 15 minutes before morning drop-off and until the last child is picked up in the afternoon.

CAMP FEES and DEPOSITS

FEES: $150 per week

$125 (Week 1 May 28 – 31)

$90 (Week 6 July 1 – 3)

DEPOSITS: $25 per week per child

(This is non-refundable and is necessary to secure your child’s spot. The deposit is applied to the camp tuition fee.)

The University YMCA is a not-for-profit social service agency. Camp fees are kept as low as possible in order to be affordable for all families in the Columbia Area. A limited number of full and partial camper scholarships are available based on family need. The application deadline is April 12, 2019. Contact the YMCA office at 573-882-1550 for scholarship forms.

If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, you may add an amount to your registration deposit.

2019 SESSION DATES

May 28-31(no camp May 27) ……………. No Camp-out

June 3-7………………………………………………..Camp-out

June 10-14…………………………………………….No Camp-out

June 17-21…………………………………………….Camp-out

June 24-28…………………………………………….No Camp-out

July 1-3 (no camp July 4th or 5th) ……………No Camp-out

July 8-12………………………………………………..No Camp-out

July 15-19………………………………………………Camp-out

July 22-26……………………………………………….No Camp-out

July 29 – Aug 2……………………………………….Camp-out

Aug 5-9…………………………………………………..Camp-out

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