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 Mon–Fri 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.


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


The VolunTeen program addresses needs of area youth enrolled in middle school (grades 6-8) by providing supervised activities after school and during the summerMost 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.

during school months

When school is in session, VolunTeens are welcomed to Nathan’s Place daily after school (3–6pm). Time is set aside for homework and tutoring, after which the kids can enjoy basketball, billiards, exercise equipment, and video games as well as a variety of board games. Internet activity is closely supervised.

in addition

VolunTeens are encouraged to participate in character education classes, health and nutrition classes, Worth the Wait Training©, vocational career classes, along with other various events and projects.

during the summer

When school is out for the summer, Nathan’s Place has a full schedule of activities Monday through Friday (10am–6pm) for the VolunTeens in addition to service projects. Swimming, movies, bowling and visiting nursing homes are some favorites. In late summer, the VolunTeens and their families are invited to Awards Night, a celebration with food and games and the participants are presented with their chosen rewards as well as awards such as VolunTeen of the Year.

service learning

Year round, VolunTeens are encouraged to lend a hand with supervised service learning projects in which the teen can earn rewards while helping adults. Assistance to senior citizens is a regular activity, and VolunTeens also are responsible for maintenance of city-owned landscape plantings, setting up the Christmas lights on the square for the Downtown Association and other activities suggested by the youth. They love walking the dogs at the dog pound.

AOK’s service learning projects include a structured reflection period to emphasize the rewards of volunteerism and community service.

nutrition program

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 (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.


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.

more info: 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