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Kicking Bear Kansas

Ray Howell

Our Host & some Volunteers

What is Kicking Bear Camp?

2022 Kicking Bear Registration

Ray in Kansas


The Mission: Put a bow in a kid's hand and lead their family to the Lord--one-on-one.

The Kicking Bear Ministry is a nationwide faith-based, non-denominational youth program founded by Ray Howell in 2000.   The Kicking Bear Ministry impacts the youth of tomorrow by giving them opportunities to enjoy God's creation, while experiencing fun outdoor activities such as archery, and to make new friends.

Please visit the national website,, for more information on Ray Howell, Kicking Bear's Statement of Faith, and more.


The Kansas camp began after members of the United Methodist Church in Medicine Lodge hosted a God's Great Outdoorsevent.  Ray Howell was involved with that, and interest grew in attending a Kicking Bear Camp in Missouri.  These families had a great time, learned a little something, and noted that we are blessed with the local resources to host a Kicking Bear camp.  The first Kicking Bear Kansas camp was held in 2013.  Ray has become a friend of the community, and a familiar face to the kids involved.  The camp is hosted by the Gant-Larson Ranch, whose facilities are perhaps better known due to their "Gyp Hills Trail Rides".  Several community churches provide food and monetary donations, and many volunteers from the community work hard to organize, prepare the grounds, gather firewood, haul the 3D targets, plan activities and crafts, cook, serve, and clean up.  


Secretarial & Management - United Methodist Church of Medicine Lodge

Breakfast - Subway of Medicine Lodge, Our Father's House of Sun City and                                Assembly of God of Medicine Lodge

Friday Dinner - First Christian Church of Medicine Lodge and Holy Rosary Catholic                           Church of ML and Sharon

Saturday Lunch - Community Bible Fellowship of Medicine Lodge and United                                      Methodist Church of Medicine Lodge

S'mores - Lake City United Methodist Church

Worship Music - Community Bible Fellowship 

Bows - Southern Pioneer H.U.G.S. 

3D Targets - Private donations and Wild Game Feed fundraiser

Art Supplies - Local KB Donations

Water Bottles - Local KB Donations

Water Trucks and Water for Giant Slide - Barber County Rural Fire Dept.

Hats & T-Shirts for all participants - Private donations including Redimere Fellowship

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