Meet the Camp Director
Hello K.A.R.E. Camp community and happy 2020!
I am so proud to be opening camp for its 6th summer! Our staff simply can’t wait to see everyone again. Maybe you have attended camp before, or a family friend mentioned us, or you came across our information from a summer camp fair. Everyone is welcome, and I could not be more grateful for your participation in our community of gracious, kind and generous families and partners.
For those whom I have not yet met, I hope to meet you soon. I founded this camp in 2014 with one focus: spreading KINDNESS. Now six years later, its purpose and mission rings more true than ever. We are grateful for the opportunity to influence your children and teens with the importance of compassion and giving back. Rest assured, there will be plenty of FUN, too.
I hope the lessons and friends from K.A.R.E. Camp stay with them, long after their last day with us.
Thank you for your belief in this program, our volunteers, our staff, and participating in the K.A.R.E. Camp community. I’ll continue to improve our programs so this camp is the most unique and rewarding way for your kids to spend a week or two of their summer vacation.
With immense gratitude and kindness,
“Ms. B.” – Amy Barnett, Founder
Hometown – Potsdam, New York
Moved to St. Louis – 2009
Previously – Dallas, Los Angeles, & Connecticut
High School – Potsdam, New York (northern NY)
After High School – Clarkson University, Univ. of Texas @ Dallas
Married – Since 1999
Children – 3! 18, 16, & 14 years old (you’ll meet them at camp)
Pets – One Crazy Mini Goldendoodle, California (Cali) Breeze
Neighborhood – La Hacienda, Ladue
Before Founding K.A.R.E. Camp – Marketing Executive
Favorite Activities – Dancing, Laughing Out Loud, Being Outdoors
Favorite Volunteering – It’s Too Hard To Choose Just One!
Ask Me – About Traveling and Why I K.A.R.E.
Favorite Saying – Together We Can Do So Much &
Be Somebody Who Makes EVERYBODY Feel Like A Somebody
About K.A.R.E. Camp
Summers – Going Into Its 4th
Year-Round Programming – Since 2016
After-School Programming – Since 2016
Total Campers Since 2014 (estimated) – 250
Total Non-Profit Partners Since 2014 (estimated) – 90
Presidential Service Award Qualifiers 2017 – 91
Cell Phones Allowed – Nope!
Memorable Experience from 2017 – Luka, A Dog We Fostered At Camp and Appearing On Live TV
Impactful Experience from 2017 – Donating and wrapping diapers for Moms who were diaper-needy – 1 in 3 Moms don’t have enough diapers, that is too many sad bottoms and moms!
Funny Experience – Teaching campers how to fish, Forest Park hatchery. A camper had caught a small fish and was pulling his line out when he hooked a HUGE fish who was trying to eat the small fish! It was a two-in-one!