August Featured Camper: Kiera

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Our August featured camper is a vivacious, fun-loving, 20-year-old who loves to laugh and spend time with her friends. During the year, Kiera works in a coffee shop serving customers and also spends time with her family helping out on the farm. She’s been coming to camp for 10 years and absolutely loves it. Learn more about Kiera below: “Barnabas … Read More

May Featured Camper: Rebekah

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“Rebekah’s story is a beautiful picture of God’s heart for the ‘least of these.’ He has redeemed her life from a hopeless situation and placed her into a family that adores her, and now at a camp where she is loved and embraced for exactly who God made her to be.” -Lori, Rebekah’s Mom Rebekah was born in China. At age … Read More

April Featured Camper: Chris

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Chris Wheeler is a veteran camp-goer. Last year marked his tenth summer; but that doesn’t stop him from being just as fired up about camp as he was when he first visited. April is National Autism Awareness Month! We caught up with Chris Wheeler to hear more about his life with autism: Question: How old are you? Answer: 21. Question: … Read More

March Featured Camper: Jacob

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Jacob’s family first heard about camp when Sandy, the sister of Barnabas founder Cyndy Teas, mentioned Barnabas to them at a 4th of July parade. They knew they had to try it out! Both Jacob and his sister decided to come and never looked back. Eight years later, Jacob keeps coming back for more and we couldn’t be happier!   … Read More

Special Edition Featured Campers: Clint, Theresa, Laura, & Chris

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This year, we’ve chosen four enthusiastic campers to lead our Big Party hype at the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K fundraiser event on April 7, 2018, in Springfield, MO. Each of these individuals has a huge passion for Camp Barnabas and have their own stories on the impact camp has made in their lives. Meet DJ Clint Diagnosis: Autism/Aspergers  … Read More

Summer 2018 Theme & Party Theme Videos

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Camp Barnabas Summer 2018 Theme: Brand New Theme verse: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10    Summer 2018 Party Themes: Party Theme #1: Decades Party Hey, it’s Doc here, I’m in a jam, I got stuck in the future and I need you fam. Dress for … Read More

Pro Spotlight: Tips for Running Your First (or Fiftieth) Half Marathon

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In preparation for the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K April 7, we caught up with two pros: Long-time marathon runner and full-time Barnabas employee, Mindy Frech, and an avid runner and supporter of Camp Barnabas, Dan Waisner. Both shared training tips and race-day wisdom relevant to rookies and veterans alike: Q: What is the best way to start training … Read More

Making Summer Camp Accessible + Fun

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More often than not, our campers live in a world that tells them no. At Camp Barnabas, we get to say YES to activities like a high ropes course, archery, swimming and more. One of our core initiatives is to ensure all of our summer camp activities are accessible and designed so that anyone, regardless of ability, is able to … Read More

February Featured Camper: Olivia

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Olivia was born with glaucoma and lost her vision shortly after. Although she is legally blind and uses a cane to get around; her spirit is as bright as ever. ABOUT OLIVIA: Diagnosis: Glaucoma Age: 9 years old Years attending camp: Two years Favorite thing about camp: “I enjoy the water slides and the swimming pool.”-Olivia What makes camp memorable: … Read More

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