Kelsey Short Youth Camp

Water Update - Water will remain on in the following locations:

  • Areas 2, 3, 4 Hydrants
  • Shelter #4 Hydrant

Kelsey Short Youth Group Camp, located within the Kelsey Short Outdoor Education Campus, is on the East side of Smithville Lake, in Clay County Park, off Collins Road. The area is divided into three large camping areas with plenty of wooded space between each site. The sites are available to youth groups by reservation only. Any youth group wishing to enjoy the great outdoors in a natural setting may contact the Clay County Park Office at (816) 407-3400 for details on reserving an area. 

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Area 2– Located closest to the beach on the south side of Kelsey Short with good access to the lake.  The parking area is rocked and will accommodate approximately 25 cars. There is a shelter located  100 yards from the parking area with six picnic tables, two ground grills, and a water faucet.  Pit latrines are nearby.  Trash barrels are provided throughout the area.


Area 3– Located in the northern part of the Kelsey Short Youth Camp within a wooded area. Parking area will accommodate approximately 20 cars.  There is a shelter located  75 yards from the parking area with six picnic tables, one ground grills and a water faucet.  Pit latrines are nearby.  Trash barrels are provided throughout the area.


Area 4– Located at the farthest east, or the tip, of the Kelsey Short Youth Camp area.  The parking area will accommodate approximately 25 cars.  There is a shelter located 300 yards from the parking area with six picnic tables, one ground grills, and a water faucet.  Pit latrines are nearby.  Trash barrels are provided throughout the area.

Fees

Areas 2, 3 & 4              $60

 *Minimum of 20 people, each additional person over 20 is $3.00 per person

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Parks

Clay County Park Office

17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Winter Hours:
Parks Office at Camp Branch
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
Monday - Friday

Holidays: Closed

phone: (816) 407-3400
fax: (816) 407-3411

E-mail the Parks Department