K.A.B.O (Kids at the Beach and Outreach) was born in the heart of a retired teacher from Isanti County, Kitty Shipshock. During a community prayer meeting in the spring of 2010, it was mentioned how few free community activities were open to the children of the area during the summer months, and how many families were unable to afford the high costs of team sports, camps and lessons. Kitty gathered group of mothers and grandmothers who set about resolving that dilemma. They secured a beach, recruited volunteers, raised money, and planned activities for sun-drenched, fun-filled afternoons at Chadashchay Ministry property (Lakeside Christian Church) on Lake Fanny near Cambridge in the summer of 2010. A swimming beach with certified lifeguards was the main attraction, while fishing, kayaking, pontoon rides, lawn games, story time, arts and crafts and snacks helped the days speed by. All the expenses were paid by donations from individuals and community organizations and the manpower came from various local volunteers.
The four afternoons were expanded to eight the next year. Now the eight days of free day camp are conducted every year during the last four weeks of July. It is the hope of the Board that this event will be seen as a gift to our area children, and that many others will join in the pursuit of blessing our kids while their are at the beach.