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As a ministry for people with special needs in a Christian camp setting, Camp Barnabas is committed to serving God first and foremost. Because of that commitment, we believe we are commissioned to offer the best of His hope, love, joy and encouragement to our campers and the volunteers who help us in this ministry. It takes a unique summer staff to help us accomplish this. 

Being a part of paid summer staff at Camp Barnabas requires extreme dedication to serving God and strong, outgoing leadership skills. We select staff from among the finest students in America and require top notch people to uphold our reputation as a high quality Christian summer camp for people with special needs.   

For questions or more information about summer staff, please email Sam or Mike at or call 417-476-2565.

Purdy Camp 

Special Programs Week begins May 13 - May 19

Staff Week begins May 20 - May 29 

Session One: May 30 - June 26

Session Two: July 4 - August 7

Barnabas on the Lake

Staff Week begins May 20 - May 29

Session One: June 28 - August 8


Staff is an adventure. I learned to love, encourage, and serve both campers and volunteers for multiple weeks in the summer. I also got to spend this adventure alongside like-minded individuals who challenged me to serve people better. By encouraging me, I could encourage others. Not to mention this adventure included spending many hours outside, basking in the Lord's beautiful creation. Each week that I worked brought new lessons and experiences I held onto, equipping me to serve as a leader in my own community outside of camp. I saw God in big events and small moments every minute, hour and day. I left summer excited and refreshed to represent God by serving his beautiful children. - Sam Whitley, 2010-2011 Summer Staff, 2012-2013 Summer Staff Leadership