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

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