WE HELP YOUTH
DEVELOP INTO
HEALTHY ADULTS

WE HELP YOUTH DEVELOP INTO HEALTHY ADULTS

“We’re dedicated to teaching lifelong skills to youth in Barton County, Missouri that will help them make healthy choices and develop into healthy adults.”

Jerod Morey

aok executive director

our programs

after
school
care

Children are bused by Lamar schools to the Wolf Building and join trained staff in activities such as puzzles or group reading. A nutritious snack is followed by outdoor activities. After outdoor play, the After School staff assists with homework and for those with no homework, library books are provided, as well as coloring or drawing activities. The day ends with free play time and fun activities. An expanded schedule of similar activities is offered when school is out for full or part days.

Dinner at the Wolf Building

Served Monday–Friday from 4–4:30 pm.

summer
camp

AOK Summer Camp provides youth (grades K–5) with the opportunities to be physically and mentally active and enjoy a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all while having a great time!

Campers are divided into groups of less than 12 and enjoy activities such as swimming, bowling, archery, outdoor recreation, SPARK games and fishing. Educational activities include art, reading and social skills.

weekly event

All campers attend the Wednesday Matinee at Lamar’s historic Plaza Theatre.

enrollment

Choose an option below.

Note: Portions of online enrollment must be turned in personally.

volun
teens

The VolunTeen program addresses needs of area youth enrolled in middle school (grades 6-8) by providing supervised activities after school and during the summer. Most parents agree that all kids need attention—but when they reach 12 or 13 years old, they balk at being sent any place that resembles child care.

To address this group of young people, AOK organized the VolunTeens which in effect pays the kids to attend. Rewards are earned for hours worked. Initially, VolunTeens were active only during Summer Camp and the teens were put to work helping group leaders and in food service.

Participation grew quickly and soon needs of youth with various talents and interests needed to be accommodated.

There is no daily charge to participate in the VolunTeen program.

enrollment

Choose an option below.

Note: Portions of online enrollment must be turned in personally.

nutrition

AOK partners with Ozarks Food Harvest, the Good Samaritan, and local volunteers to provide healthy balanced snacks and meals. Menus comply with the USDA dietary guidelines for Americans.

ozarks food harvest

Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) is the only food bank serving 28 southwest Missouri counties. The Feeding America® member food bank transforms hunger into hope for 170,000 food insecure individuals through its 200 partner pantries and programs, including After School & Summer Camp food programs. These programs provide healthy meals and snacks to at-risk children while teaching the importance of good nutrition and food safety. Many also give children the opportunity to learn how to prepare and clean up meals.

Learn moreozarksfoodharvest.org.

the good samaritan

Established in 1967, the Good Samaritan Shop (aka Lamar Area Christian Ministries) is a non-profit organization that provides free and reduced-cost food, clothes and household items to eligible residents of Barton County, Missouri.

Learn more: Call 417.682.5396.

each snack includes

8 oz of 1% milk OR

7 oz of 100% fruit juice OR 

one serving of grain or protein

each meal includes

8 oz of 1% milk

two vegetables (3/4 cup each) OR

one fruit & one vegetable (3/4 cup each)

one 2 oz serving of protein

one serving of grain

let us
help you and your child

AOK is a safe place with trusted caregivers. As a parent, we appreciate all of the activities, new experiences, and the enrichment activities such as food of the week.
Charity
parent

AOK is my home away from home.
scarlet
after school care attendee

To me, Nathan’s Place means feeling protected. If someone comes in that is bad then someone here is protecting me. I also like the snack shack and the games we all play as a group like Fact or Crap.
mya l
nathan’s place attendee

AOK, the staff, and its programs are an immeasurable asset to our community. The organization’s mission to inform, empower, and influence the youth of today is an invaluable investment in their futures.
steven & angie bailey
isenhower lumber co.

our programs

after school care

Children are bused by Lamar schools to the Wolf Building and join trained staff in activities such as puzzles or group reading. A nutritious snack is followed by outdoor activities. After outdoor play, the After School staff assists with homework and for those with no homework, library books are provided, as well as coloring or drawing activities. The day ends with free play time and fun activities. An expanded schedule of similar activities is offered when school is out for full or part days.

Dinner at the Wolf Building

Served Monday–Friday from 4–4:30 pm.

summer camp

AOK Summer Camp provides youth (grades K–5) with the opportunities to be physically and mentally active and enjoy a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all while having a great time!

Campers are divided into groups of less than 12 and enjoy activities such as swimming, bowling, archery, outdoor recreation, SPARK games and fishing. Educational activities include art, reading and social skills.

weekly event

All campers attend the Wednesday matinee at Lamar’s historic Plaza Theatre.

enrollment

Choose an option below.

Note: Portions of online enrollment must be turned in personally.

volunteens

The VolunTeen program addresses needs of area youth enrolled in middle school (grades 6-8) by providing supervised activities after school and during the summer. Most parents agree that all kids need attention—but when they reach 12 or 13 years old, they balk at being sent any place that resembles child care.

To address this group of young people, AOK organized the VolunTeens which in effect pays the kids to attend. Rewards are earned for hours worked. Initially, VolunTeens were active only during Summer Camp and the teens were put to work helping group leaders and in food service.

Participation grew quickly and soon needs of youth with various talents and interests needed to be accommodated.

There is no daily charge to participate in the VolunTeen program.

enrollment

Choose an option below.

Note: Portions of online enrollment must be turned in personally.

nutrition

AOK partners with Ozarks Food Harvest, the Good Samaritan, and local volunteers to provide healthy balanced snacks and meals. Menus comply with the USDA dietary guidelines for Americans.

ozarks food harvest

Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) is the only food bank serving 28 southwest Missouri counties. The Feeding America® member food bank transforms hunger into hope for 170,000 food insecure individuals through its 200 partner pantries and programs, including After School & Summer Camp food programs. These programs provide healthy meals and snacks to at-risk children while teaching the importance of good nutrition and food safety. Many also give children the opportunity to learn how to prepare and clean up meals.

Learn moreozarksfoodharvest.org.

the good samaritan

Established in 1967, the Good Samaritan Shop (aka Lamar Area Christian Ministries) is a non-profit organization that provides free and reduced-cost food, clothes and household items to eligible residents of Barton County, Missouri.

Learn more: Call 417.682.5396.

each snack includes

8 oz of 1% milk OR

7 oz of 100% fruit juice OR 

one serving of grain or protein

each meal includes

8 oz of 1% milk

two vegetables (3/4 cup each) OR

one fruit & one vegetable (3/4 cup each)

one 2 oz serving of protein

one serving of grain 

let us help you

and your child

AOK is a safe place with trusted caregivers. As a parent, we appreciate all of the activities, new experiences, and the enrichment activities such as food of the week.
Charity
parent

AOK is my home away from home.
scarlet
after school care attendee

To me, Nathan’s Place means feeling protected. If someone comes in that is bad then someone here is protecting me. I also like the snack shack and the games we all play as a group like Fact or Crap.
mya l
nathan’s place attendee

AOK, the staff, and its programs are an immeasurable asset to our community. The organization’s mission to inform, empower, and influence the youth of today is an invaluable investment in their futures.
steven & angie bailey
isenhower lumber co.