Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council

Camden County University of Missouri Extension Council elections will take place the week of January 19-25, 2015.   All voting will be completed online.  Public voting locations are available at all public libraries in Camden County.  Library locations are in Camdenton, Osage Beach, Climax Springs, and Richland.  Online voting will be available via the MU Extension website – from 12:01 a.m. Monday, January 19 until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015.  A complete slate of candidates running in this year’s elections will be available soon.

Camden County is divided into three districts.  The Election Districts are as follows:

District I       Camdenton, Decaturville, Ha Ha Tonka, Horseshoe Bend, Linn Creek, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, Sunny Slope and Wilson Bend voting precincts

District II       Barnumton, Branch, Climax Springs, Greenview, Macks Creek, and Roach voting precincts

District III      Freedom, Hill House, Montreal, Stoutland and Toronto voting precincts

Any resident of that District who is 18 years of age and older is eligible to vote in this public election.

2014 Farmer's Tax Guide

A limited number of the 2014 Farmer's Tax Guide are now available at the Camden County University of Missouri Extension Office.  Please stop by the office and pick one up.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  Mental Health First uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care.

This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, child care providers, etc.)  The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12 to 18.

By attending this training you will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.  Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling.  Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis. 

The University of Missouri Extension is offering the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m..  In case of inclement weather the training will be moved to the following Saturday.  The training will be held at the Hy-Vee Club Room, 929 Highway D in Osage Beach.  There is a $40 charge for the class, which includes lunch and a manual for each participant.,  Each participant who completes the class will be a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider.  Preregistration and prepayment is required.  Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.  Child care providers will receive eight clock hours for attending.

For more information, contact Sarah Traub, Human Development and Family Studies Specialist, 660-882-5661 or or Rebecca Travnichek, Family Financial Education Specialist, 573-346-2644 or  To register, call the University of Missouri Extension - Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or by email at

Youth Mental Health First Aid Flyer and registration form (PDF)

MU Extension offers online course for board members of nonprofits

University of Missouri Extension is offering online training for board members of nonprofit organizations.  "Serving on a board is a little different from volunteering for an event or activity," says Connie Mefford, associate extension professional and community development specialist in Benton County.  "I think many people don't understand their legal responsibility."

While board members can bring valuable skills and knowledge, they might not be ready to deal with issues such as conflicts of interest, maintaining minutes and other required documents, compensation of paid employees, and proper handling of grants, donations and other income, Mefford said.

Bringing new board members up to speed can be difficult and expensive for small nonprofits, especially in rural communities.  "It's hard enough to find time to go to meetings and go to events," she said, noting that volunteer board members for small nonprofits usually juggle service with full-time jobs, family life and other commitments.

She teamed up with fellow extension community development specialists Georgia Stuart-Simmons and Larry Dickerson to develop the online course, "Build Your Board."  Mefford says they designed the course to accomodate the busy schedules of board members and the tight budgets of small nonprofit service agencies such as food pantries.  Oversight by an engaged board of directors can be critical to the continued fiscal health of a small nonprofit, she says. 

"Board members are often not really involved in the finances," Mefford said.  "But if the organization begins to fail, the responsibility falls on them.  If they had been more involved, they might have been able to provide some guidance."

The course consists of 16 downloadable lessons covering such topics as finances, teamwork, conflict, meetings, planning, paperwork and avoiding crises.  Participants can ask questions and discuss lessons with instructors by email.

Lessons take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  Participants have three months to complete the training.  Those who pass a test at the end of the course receive a certificate of completion.

To register, go to