The SWMO Running Camp will be coming soon, both for a middle school and then a high school camp at The Glory Field on East Highway 86, Neosho.

The SWMO Running Camp will be coming soon, both for a middle school and then a high school camp at The Glory Field on East Highway 86, Neosho.
The middle school camp (fifth through eighth grades) — known as “The Experience” — will be July 15-17, while the high school camp (ninth through 12th grades) will be July 17-21.
For more information, please contact Jake Holt at 438-3789 or holtj@mail.enr6.k12.mo.us.
The camp touts itself: “Improve your running. We stress hard work, fun, team building, and Faith. Focus on Character, Discipline, and Christianity. Family-like atmosphere. Intended for runners of all abilities. Cross training available. Top-notch counselors and coaches. SWMO is for beginners to All-State performers. Renew your competitive spirit. Increase your mental and physical toughness. Acquire tools to take your running to a new level. Grow as an individual. A true TEAM bonding experience. Campers camp out in tents for a rugged experience. Coaches attend for FREE when they bring campers. Coaches can opt for air-conditioned quarters (limited). Leave camp changed forever!”
Each camper will take part in an intense, week-long team competition where 10 teams compete in multiple team games for camp supremacy and life-long bragging rights.
The supremacy and bragging rights include the following activities: running (of course), volleyball, ultimate frisbee, swimming, rafting trip (HS only), carpet ball, nine-square in the air, washer board, capture the flag, frisbee golf, bocce ball, ping-pong, fellowship, devotionals, worship, team games, scavenger hunt, talent show, and team 5K.
Camper needs for the middle school camp: running shoes (two pairs if possible), shoes to wear to the river, shower shoes, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress or cot (optional), pillow, lawn chair (optional), water bottle, towels, socks, T-shirts, daily wear, swimming attire (remember modesty), sun screen, bug spray, toiletries (all), spending money, flashlight, poncho, plastic bags for personal items in case of rain, and any coaches staying indie in the air condition need to provide their own bedding.
High school campers need the same items as listed above.
Former camp participants have attested to the camp.
Jessica (Jackson) Kamilos was one of the best runners in the state of Missouri during her prep career at Neosho and she parlayed that success into a solid career at the University of Arkansas, one of the elite college track and field programs. She’s now a professional runner for Saucony.
“SWMO is the camp to go to if you want to make yourself the best you can be — physically AND spiritually,” Kamilos said. “There is an uplifting atmosphere and countless memories to be made! It is definitely not a boring camp. The games are fantastic and team-oriented, so you can not only learn to be a better runner, but a better teammate as well. I know this camp has helped me to become who I am today and I have made many life-long friends that will never be forgotten.”
Kamilos reached the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Caleb Hoover enjoyed a standout career at College Heights Christian before he earned NCAA Division I All-American honors at Northern Arizona. Hoover also participated in the last U.S. Olympic Trials, also in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
“SWMO Running Camp is a great place to go if you are looking for a high-quality running camp with a Christian basis,” Hoover said. “I believe this camp, along with the people I got to know through the camp, has had a major impact in making me the runner I am today. I definitely left SWMO Running Camp knowing more than when I arrived.
“I think the camp does a great job at providing different levels for different running abilities. This camp isn’t designed to run you into the ground, but it will not be a piece of cake either. At camp, many team games are played, which is the most fun part. Also, the food is great and there is plenty of it, along with the option to have a snack whenever there is free time. I really enjoyed going to this camp and after I graduate, I plan to come back and help.”
The camp began in 2008. Donations can be made to Glory Field Ministries.