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For 23 years, Camp Lookout at College of the Ozarks has been an outreach to area children. For 10 weeks of the summer, C of O staff and students host area children and teens for a full week of activities geared toward instilling personal character and encouraging spiritual growth. Camp Lookout is free of charge for children with financial need in Stone and Taney counties who may not have the opportunity to experience summer camp otherwise. Children must apply for admittance in late spring, and 500-600 children are enrolled each year. The average annual family income of campers enrolled during the 2014 summer was $20,000-$50,000, and 60 percent of campers’ families reported that their children receive free or reduced lunches. This summer, more than 540 children, ages 8-12, have registered, and applications continue to come in. The first five weeks consist of ages 8 to 10, and the second five weeks are for ages 11 to 12.
Campers get to enjoy Bible studies, praise and worship time, community service projects, comedy skits, bonfires, adventurous activities, a trip to Silver Dollar City, and various water activities. This year the staff is excited about the addition of the “zoom floom,” a 60-ft. inflatable water slide. There are 52 C of O students working at Camp Lookout this summer, each participating in the College’s summer work program. They have the opportunity to work with the children directly, plan camp themes and activities, and develop leadership skills. For more information, contact Lynn Shaw, director of public relations, at 417-690-3385.

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Cox Medical Center Branson is hosting a hiring event this Thursday. Nurse Managers will be in the Magnolia Conference room doing on-the-spot interviews for positions in the emergency department, critical care unit, as well as medical and surgical areas that are in need of help. Recruitment Specialist, Kari Bowling, says the hospital has won the Employer of Choice award two years straight. She also said CoxHealth also offers hiring incentives to qualified RN’s. The job fair will be this week at Cox Medical Center Branson from 4PM-7PM.

Prince Ivan released their second official music video for their song, “Stay With Me” last week in support of their recently released EP, “Once Upon a Night.” The album itself features a combination of pop, funk, soul, r&b, and rock originals. To view and share the music video for “Stay With Me,” visit youtube.com/user/PrinceIvanOfficial. For an MP3 of “Stay With Me” for radio play or promotional use, email princeivanmusic@gmail.com and for Prince Ivan’s schedule and ticket information, visit princeivan.com. The group, Brydon, Garon, and Aaron, perform at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre.

Christian Action Ministries is hosting a food pantry thru the month of July, and you have one more week to help local families in need. They are needing specific products for the month to help such as soup, green beans, pasta, and spaghetti sauce. Thru the month of July you can drop of these items or send cash donations to the addresses on your screen. For more information on how you can help call the Branson location at 417-334-1157 or the Forsyth location at 417-334-8057. The food pantry is going on now thru July 31st ending at 5PM.

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