The Jacomo Summer Camp is located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center at Lake Jacomo in Fleming Park. The address is 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015.
The facilities that the Jacomo Summer Camp utilizes at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center include:
- Nature Center
- Pond for canoeing, kayaking and fishing
- Small in-ground Swimming Pool
- Shelter House
- 2-story Barn
- Arts & Crafts Cabin
- Nature Trail
- Archery Range
The Camp started in 1977 at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center. (R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. donated the property to Jackson County the previous winter.) It has been creating “Summers Kids Never Forget” ever since.
No. Parents bring their children to camp every morning.
We accept 110 campers each week.
We maintain an average ratio of 1 counselor to 10 campers. The youngest age group (6-7 year olds) have one counselor for 6 or 7 campers. An additional counselor/lifeguard is assigned for all swimming and boating activities.
Our counselors are college students and teachers on summer break. Our counselors must have completed at least one year of college, have experience working with groups of children and have experience in outdoor recreation activities. All staff members have passed a background check and a drug test. They are certified in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Many are also Lifeguard certified. All staff members are required to complete a 40-hour training course before camp begins. We generally have about 50% of the staff return each year. About 1/3 of the staff are 3rd year or 4th year counselors.
Marty Swindell is the Outdoor Education Supervisor for Jackson County Parks + Rec. She serves as Camp Director for the Jacomo Summer Camp. Marty has been supervising the camp since it started in 1977.
6-7 year olds (one group)
8-9 year olds (two groups)
10-11 year olds (two groups)
12-13 year olds (one group)
It varies each week, but is usually around 15-22 campers. When a group is larger than average, a 3rd or 4th counselor is added to that group.
Activities in each group are designed for the age of the campers in the group. We will not move a younger camper up to an older age group. The older campers generally prefer to be with children their own age (doing age-appropriate activities) rather than with a younger sibling. Campers make new friends very quickly at camp. If your children are coming during extended hours, all the age groups are together during that time.
If the campers are the same age, they can be in the same group. Activities in each group are designed for the age of the campers in the group. We will not move a younger camper up to an older age group. The older campers generally prefer to be with children their own age (doing age-appropriate activities) rather than in a group of all younger children. Campers make new friends very quickly at camp. If your children are coming during extended hours, all the age groups are together during that time.
Each week all campers participate in these activities: Swimming, archery, canoeing, fishing, hiking, nature study, games, science, camp songs, arts & crafts, camping skills and more. There is usually one or more field trips each week. Special activities each week highlight the camp theme for that week.
All the children are together during extended hours in and around the shelter house at Kemper Outdoor Education Center. Campers can choose from several active and quiet games that are organized during that time. Or they can play on the playground or in the sandbox. After camp, some campers are tired and just want to rest for a while. All activities during extended hours are supervised by the Day Camp Counselors.
There is a small in-ground pool at Kemper Outdoor Education Center that we rotate groups through. We also swim (some weeks) at either the Blue Springs Beach or the Longview Beach.
One or more certified Red Cross Lifeguard supervises every boating or swimming activity (in addition to the group’s regular counselors). All campers wear lifejackets while boating on the pond. Campers must wear lifejackets to fish from the dock on the pond. Campers must either pass a swim test or wear a lifejacket when swimming at the camp pool or beach. We always use the buddy system, “nose counts,” and roll-call to account for all our campers. When we go to SuperSplash Water Park, campers wear colored wristbands. All counselors are trained in boating and swimming safety, as well as CPR and emergency procedures.
We have a lot of non-swimmers at camp. We take lots of safety precautions when the campers are involved in aquatic activities. One or more certified Red Cross Lifeguard supervises every boating or swimming activity (in addition to the group’s regular counselors). All campers wear lifejackets while boating on the pond. Campers must wear lifejackets to fish from the dock on the pond. Campers must either pass a swim test or wear a lifejacket when swimming at the camp pool or beach. We always use the buddy system, “nose counts,” and roll-call to account for all our campers. When we go to SuperSplash Water Park, campers wear colored wristbands. All counselors are trained in boating and swimming safety, as well as CPR and emergency procedures.
6:45 – 9:00 am Campers who are signed up for extended hours arrive and participate in a variety of games around the shelter house, barn and playground.
8:50-9:00 am Remaining campers arrive
9:00 am Flag Ceremony and opening announcements
9:00 am – 3:45 Camp activities, outside speakers, field trips
3:45 pm Closing flag ceremony, announcements and reminders.
3:45 – 3:55 Campers signed up for regular hours are picked up in shelter house area.
3:45 – 5:45 Campers signed up for extended hours are picked up by shelter house. While they wait for their rides, they participate in a variety of games around the shelter house, barn and playground.
The Jacomo Summer Camp has a 65-passenger school bus. The driver is a full-time school bus driver from one of the local school districts on summer break. The driver has passed a background check, reference check and drug test.
We have several indoor options we can use in the event of inclement weather:
- The Nature Center—for nature flicks, nature presentations, quiet games
- 2-Story Barn – for active games
- Shelter House – for games and songs
- Crafts Cabin – for arts & crafts
Sometimes we’ll send groups on a field trip to another nature center.
We deal with heat waves and high humidity in a variety of ways. Active games and hot activities are alternated with swimming and activities inside in air-conditioning, so that no group is in the heat too long. Some activities, such as afternoon hikes, will be cancelled and replaced with cooler alternatives. Many of the games are converted to water games. We rotate all the groups into our air-conditioned facilities during the day (the Nature Center and the Crafts Cabin). Sometimes we take an extra field trip to an air-conditioned facility. Our Day Camp Counselors are trained in preventing, recognizing and responding to heat illnesses. The campers take frequent ice water breaks and apply sun screen more often.
Yes, ice water is available to the campers all day. Your child should bring a reusable water bottle with his/her name on it. Attaching a strap will make it easier for your child to carry from activity to activity.
Campers need to bring their own sack lunches. These should be non-perishable or brought in an insulated lunch box with an ice-pack sufficient to keep the food for several hours. Parents can also send morning and afternoon snacks, especially for children signed up for extended hours. We occasionally provide treats or snacks for the campers, but this is very sporadic and usually related to theme week activities.
This is decided on a case-by-case basis. You can call the Camp Director at (816) 229-8980. If special accommodation is required, you can contact the A.D.A. Coordinator at (816) 503-4861. Seven days advance notice is required.
Camp names are just a fun camp tradition. All the campers and counselors at the Jacomo Summer Camp go by camp names. This is a name that the camper chooses to be called all summer. Many campers choose names having to do with wildlife (Grey Wolf or Hummingbird) or nature (Daisy or Stormy). Some choose super-heroes (Spiderman or Hulk) or just a nickname they like (Chip or Speedy). The campers enjoy trying to figure out the counselors’ real names. Parents should help their children choose their camp name before they come to camp.
There is no one-time fee. Campers register and pay only for the weeks of camp that they plan to attend.
No, the only fee is the weekly registration fee.
Sessions fill quickly. You should enroll your child as soon as you decide which weeks you want him/her to attend.
There are 6 easy ways to register:
1. ONLINE — click on the On-Line Registration icon at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp.
2. BY MAIL — Complete the Registration Form and mail with payment to
Jacomo Day Camp
8201 Jasper Bell Road
Blue Springs MO 64015
3. BY FAX – — Complete the Registration Form and fax with payment to:
(816) 224-0755 (fax)
Please call (816) 229-8980 after transmission to be sure we received a legible copy.
4. LEAVE IT IN OUR DROP-BOX – (after April 1)
Leave the completed Registration Form and payment in our dropbox just inside the gate at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center.
The gates are open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays after April 1.
5. IN PERSON – (after April 1) at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center.
This method does not qualify for the Early Registration Discount.
6. BY PHONE –(after May 1) (816) 229-8980 ext. 0
You can download the Registration Form at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp. If you would like to have the form mailed or emailed to you, call (816) 229-8980.
Jackson County Parks + Rec —or— JCP+R
To find the day camp fees, you can download the day camp brochure at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp. If you would like to have the Jacomo Day Camp brochure mailed or emailed to you, call (816) 229-8980 ext. 0.
Yes, there is a discount for additional children. They must be from the same immediate family, living in the same household, and attending the same week of camp. To find the day camp fees, you can download the day camp brochure at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp. If you would like to have the Jacomo Day Camp brochure mailed or emailed to you, call (816) 229-8980 ext. 0.
We only accept registration for full week sessions. Your child doesn’t have to come every day, but you will have to pay for the full week.
Yes! In fact, you can get Week #10 free if you pay for Weeks #1 through #9 in full by June 2. Please register extra early if you want to get a space in all 10 weeks.
No, you can register your child for just one week, or as many weeks as you’d like.
You can get Week #10 free if you pay for Weeks #1 through #9 in full. To register for the free week, call (816) 229-8980 ext. 0. (You will not get Week #10 free automatically when your register online.) Please register extra early if you want to get a space in all 10 weeks.
Yes. Call (816) 229-8980 ext. 0 to get on the waiting list for a specific week. If a space become available, you will be contacted by email or phone. You must be prepared to pay for the space immediately if you want to reserve it.
You can tour the Kemper Outdoor Education Center on your own after April 1 during normal hours. Please note that the day camp site will be in the process of being prepared right up until the start of camp. The Kemper Outdoor Education Center is open 8:00 to 4:00 weekdays after April 1.
Yes. After you submit your Registration Form and payment, you will receive a Parent Pack. It will have all the information you’ll need about day camp and additional forms which MUST BE RETURNED TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU CHILD COMES TO CAMP. The forms included are:
- Camper Information Form with Waiver and Permission Slip
- Health Questionnaire
- Authorized Ride Form
- Medication Form
- Code of Conduct Agreement
The Parent Pack is a multi-page document that contains additional information for parents who have already registered their child for camp. It will have all the information you’ll need about day camp and additional forms which MUST BE RETURNED TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU CHILD COMES TO CAMP. The forms included are:
- Camper Information Form with Waiver and Permission Slip
- Health Questionnaire
- Authorized Ride Form
- Medication Form
- Code of Conduct Agreement
If you register online, the Parent Pack will be emailed to you as an attachment with your receipt. You can also download it at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp. Or you can call (816) 229-8980 ext. 0 to have the Parent Pack mailed or emailed to you.
The Parent Pack forms must be turned in TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR CHILD ATTENDS CAMP. You can mail them to:
Jacomo Summer Camp
8201 Jasper Bell Road
Blue Springs MO 64015
No. There is a health questionnaire in the Parent Pack which you will need to complete and turn in in TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR CHILD ATTENDS CAMP.
You can do that, but all subsequent weeks may be full if you try to register after camp has started.
No. You must pay for each session in full to reserve a space.
If you cancel 30 days or more in advance, we will refund 85% of your fees. If you cancel less than 30 days in advance, we will refund 75% IF we can fill the space from our waiting list.
There is a $15 Transfer Fee to switch sessions. There must be space in another session to be able to make a switch. Call the Kemper office at (816) 229-8980.
The Parent Pack includes a Checklist for what to bring. You can download the Parent Pack at www.MakeYourDayHere.com/daycamp.
Bring your child to the Kemper Outdoor Education Center, 8201 Jasper Bell Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Drive all the way to the back of the property to the Jacomo Day Camp shelter house. A Day Camp Counselor will meet you on the parking lot to have you sign your child in. If, for any reason, your child’s name does not show up on the Attendance Sheet for that week, you will have to go into the Kemper office before you can drop your child off at the shelter house. Please allow 10 or 15 minutes to complete the sign-in process, especially on Mondays.
If your child is enrolled for extended hours, you can arrive any time after 6:45 am. Although we have counselors on site shortly before that time, they are not allowed to sign campers in until 6:45.
If your child is enrolled for regular hours, he/she needs to be there by 9:00 am. Please arrive between 8:45 and 8:50 to have time to complete the sign-in process.
The Parent Pack includes a Ride Authorization Form that you must complete and turn in TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR CHILD ATTENDS CAMP. On it you will list all the people who are authorized to pick up your child. (Don’t forget to put your own name on it!) along with contact information. You must show a photo ID when you pick up a child. We do not allow the child to leave with anyone whose name is not on their Ride Authorization Form.
We encourage parents to drop off their campers by 9:00 am so they don’t miss out on any of the fun. Some field trips leave promptly at 9:00 am. Some groups may start out the day with a hike and be away from camp when you arrive late. If you must be late, you can notify the Kemper office at (816) 229-8980. Be sure to tell us your child’s age and which group he is assigned to. If your group is away from camp when your child arrives, he/she will be moved temporarily to another age group. You can also tell your child’s counselor the day before that you will be late due to an appointment, etc.
Please notify the Kemper office (816) 229-8980 and your child’s camper in advance so that your child is not away on a field trip or other activity when you arrive. You can also email this notice the previous day to Kemper@jacksongov.org.
Be sure to list everyone on your Ride Authorization Form that might pick up your child. They will need to show a picture ID when picking up your child.
Complete the Medication Request and Authorization Form in your Parent Pack. Submit it TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOUR CHILD ATTENDS CAMP. On the first day of camp, bring your child’s medication to the Kemper office. It should be in the original bottle with the original label. Please pick up any leftover medications from the Kemper office on Friday. Please note that we do not have a Camp Nurse on staff. We can only accommodate simple medication requests.
You will receive an email with the Field Trip Schedule the Friday before your child’s camp session.
Children signed up for extended hours should be picked up by 5:45 pm. There is a $1 per minute late charge. If your child is late (6:00 pm or later) you will be asked to remove him from the day camp. We do not have personnel on staff after that time to be responsible for campers. In an emergency, call (816) 229-8980 to let us know you are running late.
If your child is signed up for regular hours, he/she should be picked up between 3:45 and 4:00 pm. Please do not pick your camper up before 3:45 so that he/she can participate in closing ceremonies (with announcements and reminders). Picking your child up after 4:00 pm will incur the $1 per minute late charge or the fee for extended hours. In an emergency, call (816) 229-8980 to let us know you are running late.
Be sure to list everyone on your Ride Authorization Form that might pick up your child in an emergency. They will need to show a picture ID when picking up your child. We cannot accept emailed or called in additions to the ride authorization list. If you must call us with an emergency add-on, we will call you back on one or more of the phone numbers you have listed on your child’s Camper Information Form to verify your identity. You can contact the Kemper office at (816) 229-8980.
All of our camp staff is certified in Red Cross First Aid. They will handle minor injuries (minor cuts, scratches, bumps, bruises, splinters) when they occur. You will receive a note documenting the injury and the treatment when you pick your child up at the end of the day. In the event of an injury that may need medical attention, necessary first aid steps will be implemented and you will be notified by phone. You can decide whether to pick up your child early or leave him/her at camp until the end of the day. (There may be instances where we require you to pick up your child early.) In the event of a very serious injury, 911 will be called and you will be notified by phone.
If a child doesn’t feel well, he/she is usually allowed to rest inside and drink water. If the child isn’t able to return to activities shortly, you will be notified (as you would for an injury). Serious illnesses are handled in the same manner as serious injuries. We may require you to pick up your child if he/she is ill or has a communicable condition.
Call the Kemper Outdoor Education Center at (816) 229-8980 or email Kemper@jacksongov.org