Summer at Barstow

Have you heard the buzz? Summer at Barstow is just around the corner — and there are hundreds of reasons campers swarm to us every year!
Summer at Barstow offers Kansas City's best camp experience for kids of all ages, every interest and all kinds of schedules. Our campus is a hive of activity from late May to mid-August, as kids move from one adventure to the next.
Our experienced staff creates an atmosphere where fun and friendship thrive. Whether you want academic enrichment, arts and hobbies, dance & theatre, sports & games or STEAM learning at our brand-new IDEA Space, this is the place to 'bee' your best.

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    Maxwell Williams 

    Director of Summer Programs & Extended Care
    (816) 277-0429
  • Photo of Elizabeth Deckert

    Elizabeth Deckert 

    Assistant Director of Summer Programs & Extended Care
    (816) 277-0443
  • Photo of Dan McNickle

    Dan McNickle 

    Executive Director Summer Programs & Extended Care, Community Relations and Barstow Fund Manager
    (816) 277-0428

COVID INFORMATION

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  • 2022 Health & Safety Procedures

    The Barstow School campus is mask-optional. We encourage campers to wash their hands frequently. Our building is cleaned and sanitized daily. Please review the Summer 2022 COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
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Summer at Barstow Camper

“You get to choose from so much! It’s one of the best parts of summer!”

About Our Camps

Academic Camps

Academic camps are a great way to review, maintain and enhance skills introduced in the previous school year.

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  • 6-week morning camp

    Open to grades 1-6
  • 4-week morning camp 

    Open to grades 7-8
  • 2 levels of academic camps

    Grades 1-5 or  grades 6-8
  • Skill Sharpener

    Review & maintain skills from previous year
  • YOUniversity Camp

    Give your child a head start on the next grade level
  • Low student-teacher ratio

    Allows students to advance at their own pace
  • Language arts and math

    With a focus on individual skill development
  • Progress reports

    Available for all grades once or twice per session

Academic Camp Sample Schedule

8–9 a.m.
Extended Care Available

9 a.m.–noon
Reading, Writing & Math

Noon–12:30 p.m.
Bring your own lunch

12:30–3:30 p.m.
Choose Your Adventure!

3:30–6 p.m.
Extended Care Available

Early Childhood Camps

Mini and Kindi Camps support campers as they grow physically, socially and emotionally. Early childhood professionals lead independent and group activities at a 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Campers must be three years old on or before June 1 and toilet trained.

And Many More

Summer at Barstow also offers hundreds of additional camps in these categories: Art & Hobbies, Cooking, Dance & Theatre, Day Trippers, Gaming, Sports & Games and STEAM learning offered at the Dan & Cassidy Towriss IDEA Space in Leawood.

Early Childhood Sample Schedule

7:15–9 a.m. & 3:30-6 p.m.
Extended Care Available

9–10:15 a.m.
Weekly Theme & snack

10:15–11:30 a.m.
Special Guest/Event

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Playground & lunch

12:30–1:15 a.m.
Academic Time

1:15–2:30 p.m.
Interactive Centers & snack

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Friday Water Play

Where to Find Us

Driving Directions

The Barstow School is located at 11511 State Line Road in southern Kansas City, Missouri. IDEA Space, our STEAM learning center, is located approximately a half mile south of campus at 12200 State Line Road, Leawood, Kansas,

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  • From I-435

    Take the State Line Road exit. Travel south on State Line Road for approximately 1 mile. The Barstow School is located to the left (east) at approximately 115th Street. Look for the sign marking our driveway.
  • From Midtown/Plaza

    The Barstow School is only a 20 minute drive from the Country Club Plaza. Take Ward Parkway south to 89th Street. Turn right on 89th Street to State Line Road. Turn left (south) on State Line Road and continue to 115th Street. The Barstow School is located to the left (east) at approximately 115th Street. Look for the sign marking our driveway.