January Featured Campers: Ellis Anne & Anya

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Meet the fabulous sister duo, Ellis Anne & Anya. Both have been on quite a journey! At seven days old, Ellis Anne had her first heart surgery. Born with down syndrome and a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), she came into this world fighting for her life. She spent her first months of life in and out of … Read More

December Featured Camper: Nathan

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To 19-year-old Nathan, Camp Barnabas isn’t just a place he goes for the summer, to him it’s “like another home.” Nathan captured our hearts this year with his sweet story. We were lucky enough to catch it on camera along with interviews with his dad and summer missionary, Sam. Here are a few of the highlights: Name: Nathan Leeker Age: … Read More

Thankful for You

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Fall is a season for gratitude. To help us get to the heart of it, we interviewed three families who have a sibling with special needs to find out why they are thankful for them and hold them close to their hearts. RACHEL & JOSH Meet Josh and his twin sister, Rachel. Josh started going to Camp Barnabas five years … Read More

November Featured Camper: Ruby

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Ruby has attended Camp Barnabas for 7 years. She loves coming to see her friends and learning about Jesus. When she grows up, she wants to attend Gallaudet and study art. She also looks forward to the day she can “come back to Camp Barnabas…to work during the summer with kids who are deaf and take care of them.” What … Read More

Stories We Love: Down Syndrome Awareness

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In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month this October, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite inspirational videos: 1. Noah Van Vooren Scores a Touchdown Noah, a senior from Little Chute, Wisconsin, served as the waterboy for his school’s varsity football team. He attended every game faithfully cheering them on regardless of victory or defeat. Although Noah loved his … Read More

October Featured Camper: Watson

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At 5 months old Watson suffered a metabolic crisis that caused him to lose all of his motor skills. Flash forward 14 years, and he is taking on life (both at home & at camp) with as much speed as his power chair will allow!   We caught up with Watson and his family to learn more about what makes … Read More

September Featured Camper: Preston

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Join us as we countdown to camp with monthly featured campers! MEET PRESTON: A joyful, energetic, happy guy with a great sense of humor. Preston has attended Camp Barnabas for the past 12 years. When he’s not at camp, he attends a day training program and lives in a residential facility. Preston loves to hang out with fellow adults and … Read More

What to Wear When Glamping

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Fall is around the corner and that means two things: First, it’s leaf crunching weather. Second, it’s the perfect time to glamp! Glamping is camping that doesn’t require excessive experience. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors with a few of the extra comforts of home. When dressing for ‘glamping’ your attire needs to be durable, yet sophisticated. Here … Read More