Camp Takimina

The work at this site will continue as planned, even in the event of passing showers.

Camp Takimina

  • Arrival Time: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: Delivered on-site.
  • Parking: Space at the camp is limited. Your site leaders will provide direction on parking options, but please consider carpooling if you plan to serve with others you know.

Why are we serving here?

One of the ways ForColumbia strives to love and serve our neighbors is by serving those non-profit organizations that are actively working every day in the lives of people in Columbia. Camp Takimina is home to over 30 acres of beautiful campgrounds just 20 minutes from downtown. This site has also long been home to the YMCA’s Camp Mudd, another non-profit that offers a summer camp program for kids of mid-Missouri at this local campsite and serves as outdoor classroom space for a small local school, City Garden.

This campground has been a valuable community resource since 1960. For decades, it was owned and managed by the Camp Fire Council, but since 2015, it has been maintained by a small group of volunteers organized as a non-profit, Friends of Takimina. This non-profit was formed to ensure that this property remained a community resource and a place for youth to learn about themselves and their community and to be in nature.

We believe our time will be well spent serving alongside this small and passionate group of volunteers selflessly seeking to maintain this special place in our city.

What can I expect?

ForColumbia 2024 Volunteer T-ShirtsVolunteers will be working outside at this camp:

  • clearing two large  areas of brush and sticks to be used as outdoor classrooms;
  • rebuilding a footbridge;
  • repairing/restoring multiple trails throughout the grounds;
  • cutting and stacking downed trees for firewood;
  • spreading TONS of mulch along trails and in outdoor classroom areas;
  • trimming low-hanging branches of trees along the trails,
  • minor repairs to the camp lodge, and;
  • other projects as identified.

What should I bring?

  • Volunteers should bring garden/work gloves and the following common garden tools if you have them:
    • chain saw (if you have this, please let your site leader know you are bringing it);
    • garden or leaf rakes;
    • pruners, loppers and/or hand saws.
  • We encourage all volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes and at this site, long pants.
  • Be sure to wear your #ForColumbia T-shirt!

Can I serve here with my children?

Yes, this is a family-friendly site!