OUR PEOPLE...
a spirit of service,
leadership for our future.

Our Story

Since 1946 until its closure in 2018, the Girl Scouts enjoyed the 180 acre Camp Mintahama property south of Joplin. With its recent sale, the Mintahama Inc. nonprofit has a renewed chance to purchase the property and expand access beyond girls, to include boys and lifelong learners of all ages.

There is a special opportunity to create a community experience venue that showcases the undeveloped beauty of Southwest Missouri. Historically the camp served a broad geographic community, with its accessible location 5 miles south of Joplin, Missouri.

For the first time, this camp can serve beyond young women, and address our community wellness needs by fostering people’s connection to nature for a broadened group of participants. With this second chance to save the camp, we are immediately fundraising for the down payment to acquire the property. It will be operated as a public summer camp and year round event and education center.

We can harness the passion for this property from a large committed group of longtime volunteers to meet our goal of reopening by Summer 2021 for its 75th anniversary.

Meet Our Leaders

OPEN SEAT

BOARD MEMBERSHIP EXPANSION

JAMIE DWORACZYK

Board Member

JUDY RUSSELL
RUSTY

Board Member

BRETT MEEKER

Board Member

LAUREN STAUFFER

Chief Financial Officer, Board Member

RACHAEL CROFFORD
GOOFY

Board Member

VICKI CASSADY
DUSTY

Board Member

TRICIA GOULD
CAPTAIN YODA

Chief Executive Officer INTERIM BOARD CHAIR

Our Fellow Campers

In Memoriam

We honor those that have passed away with Mintahama living in their hearts. Click their name and read their dedication.
In Memoriam for Mary McCullough —

Mary was a Lifetime Girl Scout who began scouting in the 1950s. She served as troop leader for her daughter, Donna Corkle, and became her daughter’s assistant troop leader when her grandchildren were young Girl Scouts. While her granddaughters attended Camp Mintahama over the years, she mailed care packages of homemade chocolate chip cookies for the whole unit. Mary even served as camp cook one season to fill the camp’s need. Camp Mintahama was a part of her life and character.

Mary’s heart forever dwells among the Mintahama hills, and her spirit fills the Green Cathedral.
In Memoriam for Kenna Turley Peters — Kenna was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and Girl Scout who spent many summers at Camp Mintahama. Through her battles with cancer, her strength defined her.

Her mother, Betty Turley (Polekey), and sister, Katrina Turley Farmer (Tweety), each worked at the council office and Camp Mintahama.

A memorial donation was made in loving memory of Kenna “Garfield” Turley Peters to ensure Camp Mintahama stays available to all. Kenna’s heart forever dwells in peace among the Mintahama oaks.