Sam’s Adventures in Leadership Camden County Part 9

Deputy Director Sam Henley is a member of the 26th class of Leadership Camden County! Former Director Ron Gentry nominated Sam so she could begin building a network here in Camden County and begin learning about our county through the eyes of the organizations, agencies, and businesses who serve our area!



APRIL 27, 2021

STARTING LOCATION: Ballparks National, 480 Kissick Way, Macks Creek, MO 65786

Go through employee entrance and upstairs to the left of the ice machine

Dress comfortable and wear walking shoes


8:15 Breakfast and Announcements

8:45 Community Presenters

The Changing Table

Helping Hands Homeless Shelter

9:30 Travel to Ha Ha Tonka Spring Pavilion-Confirmed

10:00 Missouri Department of Conservation- Bill Moulder

10:30 Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance-Caroline Toole

11:00 Team Building Scavenger Hunt

11:45 Travel to Bridal Cave Event Center

12:00 Lunch- Jones BBQ

12:45 More About Me In Two

Jordan Burns

Sam Henley

Jeffrey Hooker

Amber Smith

1:00 Leanne Johnson- Mid County Fire District

1:30 Travis Brock- City of Camdenton Parks

2:00-2:30- Leadership Team Building Activity

2:30- Travel to the Cave

2:45 Bridal Cave Tour

4:00 Session Wrap Up

The best thing so far about Leadership has been learning about organizations around the lake which do their best to help people in need or who experience unexpected challenges.

The Changing Table is a fantastic organization which assists parents who need additional diapers for their young children to get through tough times. Whether it’s just needing a pack until payday or facing a longer time of need, The Changing Table has programs to help! They have also branched out into other areas to help where other programs offer little to no assistance, such as feminine hygiene products. For more information on this program (and how you can help!), visit their website!

Lake Area Helping Hands Homeless Shelter provides temporary and emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless men, women, children and families in Camden County.  We provide a safe environment for residents to live in while seeking employment, saving money and receiving the counseling needed to become independent.  We provide referrals to local agencies, arrange for transportation to and from work and medical appointments, some meals and/or a portion of meals, personal care products and clothing.  Our Shelter is here to provide assistance to those in need by giving them a hand up, not a hand out.

With a few more presentations down, the class headed out to the Haha Tonka Springs Pavilion below the castle. There, we heard from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources about projects and plans to improve tourist interactions throughout Camden County and Missouri as a whole. For more information on upcoming and ongoing projects, visit Conservations website and DNR’s website!

The class took part in a team-building exercise which included searching for numerous things from bugs to birds and clouds to flowers! In the spirit of teamwork, the only group who found mushrooms (MORELS!!!!) let the other groups take a photo to help fulfill their checklists!

With lunch provided by Jones BBQ at the Bridal Cave Event Center, the class had a chance to hear from Leanne Johnson of Mid-County Fire Protection District about fire safety, including grill safety, which is huge around the lake during the summer season! They also heard from Travis Brock from the City of Camdenton Parks and Recreation about the Aquatic Center and hopes for expansion in the site and programs being offered.

One of the coolest (haha) parts of the trip was the tour of Bridal Cave. Many of you know the history, have taken the tour, and visit often. For information on the cave’s hours and tours, visit their website!

Another fabulous class given by the Planning Team for Leadership Camden County Class XXVI!

Other parts in this series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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