Kaleo (the Greek word for "called ones") is the term used to describe the adult urban youth leaders who bring campers to KAA.
Some 1,000 plus Kaleos from over 30 states escape from their busy worlds to attend camp for an exciting 7-day session during the summer. These individuals consist of pastors, teachers, youth workers, administrators, and volunteers who love kids.
The Kaleo ministry is designed as a camp within a camp, operating most of the time on a separate schedule apart from the campers' activities. Kaleos enjoy many of the same exciting opportunities and entertaining programs as the campers, but spend most of their time with other Kaleos participating in a variety of scheduled camp activities. This schedule includes men's and women's Bible studies, seminars and urban training, boating, swimming, high elements, evening programs, and plenty of time enjoy the beautiful Ozarks at our 240-acre facility.
The uniqueness of the Kaleo ministry is the opportunity for fellow urban youth workers and volunteers from across the country to come together, be trained, fellowship, relax, exchange ideas, play, and build lifelong friendships. All share in an environment centered around encouraging, equipping, and empowering them to carry on their vital work of impacting our nation's cities for Jesus Christ.
The KAA facilities for Kaleos ensure a relaxing and renewing time at camp. Kaleo housing is available at KAA 1, KAA 2 and KAA 3 in single-sex cabins, each with multiple showers and toilets. Kaleos enjoy meals at their respective camp dining halls. Many of the Kaleo activities, including morning worship, clinics, meetings, and free-time take place in the state-of-the-art Payne Stewart Memorial Building. An outing, such as a day trip to Silver Dollar City or the Branson Landing, is offered during the week. Additionally, Kaleos may utilize recreational facilities, including the High Adventure Course, Zip Lining Course and boats at the KAA camps.
Kaleo facilities include:
Cabins designated at each camp (single-sex accommodations)
Dining at designated camp dining hall
Meeting/worship space at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Bible Resource Center at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Fellowship Room/Lounge at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Prayer Room at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Game room at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Swimming Pool at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Golf practice facility with driving range and putting green
Sand Volleyball Court at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
KAA Discount Store at Payne Stewart Memorial Building
Activities such as ziplining, boat rides/tubing, and High Adventure Course may be arranged at KAA camps
Bruce MorganCEO of KAA and Kaleo Director
Bruce Morgan serves as the CEO of Kids Across America and the Kaleo Director. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Elon University and his master's in secondary education from Baylor University. After teaching in high school in Hubbard, Texas, he went through the Doulos Training Program in Branson, Missouri. He later received his master’s in Christian studies from Denver Seminary.
In 1990, Bruce became the first Executive Director of Kids Across America and served in that role for 10 years. He left KAA for six years to serve as the Youth Ministries Pastor at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas and K-Life Ministries. In 2006, Bruce returned to Kids Across America and has since worked in various leadership roles, including Chief Operations Officer and Kaleo Director. In 2015, he was named the CEO of KAA. Bruce and his wife, Vicki, have been married over 25 years and have 4 boys: Baker, Zac, Colby, and Josh.
The Friendship “Soul-ution” (formerly known as the Friendship Solution) provides an excellent opportunity to expand KAA’s mission to reach urban youth throughout the recruitment of law enforcement officers as mentors/Kaleos. Local law enforcement officers are protectors and servers in the community. Acting as Kaleos/mentors expands their mission.
2017 Camp Dates
Session 1: June 4 – June 10
Session 2: June 11 – June 17
Session 3: June 18 – June 24
Session 4: June 25 – July 1
Session 5: July 2 – July 8
Session 6: July 9 – July 15
Session 7: July 16 – July 22
Session 8: July 23 – July 29
Session 9: July 30 – August 5
HG FIRST YEAR
Session 1: June 4 – June 10
Session 6: July 9 - July 15
Session 9: July 30 - August 5
HG SECOND YEAR
Session 2/3: June 11 – June 24
Session 4/5: June 25 – July 8
HG THIRD YEAR
Session 7/8: July 17 – July 28
All camps begin on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
Second and third year Higher Ground camps are 2 weeks in length.