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Kaleo Ministry

Kaleo (the Greek word for “called ones”) is the term used to describe the adult urban youth leaders who bring campers to KAA.

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Kaleo : Adult Leaders

The Kaleo ministry is designed as a camp within a camp, operating most of the time on a separate schedule apart from the campers’ activities. Kaleos enjoy many of the same exciting opportunities and entertaining programs as the campers, but spend most of their time with other Kaleos participating in a variety of scheduled camp activities. This schedule includes men’s and women’s Bible studies, seminars and urban training, boating, swimming, high elements, evening programs, and plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful Ozarks at our 240-acre facility.

The uniqueness of the Kaleo ministry is the opportunity for fellow urban youth workers and volunteers from across the country to come together, be trained, fellowship, relax, exchange ideas, play, and build lifelong friendships. All shared in an environment centered around encouraging, equipping, and empowering them to carry on their vital work of impacting our nation’s cities for Jesus Christ.

Some 1,000 plus Kaleos from over 30 states escape from their busy worlds to attend camp for an exciting 6-day session during the summer. These individuals consist of pastors, teachers, youth workers, administrators, and volunteers who love kids.






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Session Dates

Summer 2024

Session 1: June 2 – June 7 

Session 2: June 9 – June 14
Session 3: June 16 – June 21
Session 4: June 23 – June 28
Session 5: June 30 – July 5
Session 6: July 7 – July 12
Session 7: July 14 – July 19
Session 8: July 21 – July 26
Session 9: July 28 – Aug 2

Refresh! Retreat

August 8 – August 11

Cost: $125

After  June 15 – $175

After July 15 – $200

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Registration Fees

The registration fee to attend one session at KAA is $200 per person. A $25 per person deposit and completion of the online policy agreement is needed to solidify registration.

Any previous unpaid balances will need to be paid before you can complete registration for the upcoming year. Credits are applied to your balance as you complete the payment steps.

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KAA 1: Ages 10-12
KAA 2: Ages 13-14
KAA 3: Ages 15-18
Higher Ground 14-18
Kaleo 20 and up.

These ages are not flexible and must not be altered. Your camper or Kaleo must meet the correct age requirement to attend the selected camp.

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Kaleo Oasis

The KAA facilities for Kaleos ensure a relaxing and renewing time at camp.  Kaleo housing is in the newly built, single-sex Kaleo Oasis, each with multiple showers and toilets. Kaleo enjoy meals at their respective camp dining halls. Many of the Kaleo activities take place in the state-of-the-art Payne Stewart Memorial Building, including morning worship, clinics, meetings, free-time, and some special meals offered for the Kaleos. Additionally, Kaleos may utilize recreational facilities, including the High Adventure Course, Zip Lining Course and boats at the KAA camps.

The Payne Stewart Memorial Building and Grounds offer the following:

  • Meeting & Worship Space

  • Bible Resource Center

  • Fellowship Lounge

  • Game Room

  • Swimming Pool

  • Golf Practice facility with driving range and putting green

  • Sand Volleyball Court

  • KAA Merchandise Store

Kaleos Refresh Retreat

Refresh Retreat

At KAA, we are excited for the opportunity for you to join us August 8 – 112024, for our REFRESH Adult Kamp for ages 20 and above. Whether you are a Group leader, Kaleo, Parent, Past Staff or just an adult that would like to visit KAA, this Retreat is for you. You will get to spend three days on our camp grounds participating in various activities such as tubing, high ropes course, swimming and more. You also get to stay in nice, clean, air conditioned, new lodging to get the ultimate Retreat and camp experience.

Cost: $125

After  June 15: $175

After July 15: $200

We can’t wait to see you there! For more information, please call the registration department at 417-266-4000

Thousands of Happy KAAmpers

Experience Summer Camp
Like No Other At KAA

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