Camp Barnabas Creates: Word Search Printable

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Camp Barnabas Creates has a new activity for you today! Get ready to put your mind to work because today we have a Camp Barnabas Word Search for you all to complete. Print out enough for the whole family and see who can complete the search first! Be sure to tag @campbarnabas and send us pictures of you participating in … Read More

Camp Barnabas Creates: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

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Camp Barnabas Creates is back! Today we have a Camp Song Bingo Scavenger Hunt so get you shoes on and head outside to find these items related to Camp Barnabas songs. Once you’ve got five in a row, you’ve got a BINGO, or go for it all and complete the whole sheet! Stay tuned because more Camp Barnabas Creates will … Read More

Being Barnabas, The Great Encourager

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As we watch this unusual season unfold, we couldn’t help but be grateful for the reminder to show kindness and lift each other up. One biblical example of this is the Apostle Joseph.  The Apostle Joseph was known for the way he loved and encouraged others. So much so, that his fellow apostles granted him the nickname of Barnabas, meaning … Read More

Meet Our March Featured Friends

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This month we want to highlight a few Barnabas friends who are doing amazing and inspirational things! Lizzie Lalonde Meet Lizzie LaLonde, a Camp Barnabas summer staff alumni, who recently hosted an Abilities Awareness Day earlier this year. She wanted to give students a chance to gain a new perspective and develop empathy for those who are different from each … Read More

6 Ways to Encourage Others

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Here are a few simple ways to show kindness and lift up others this spring! 1. Send Snail Mail Receiving a letter in the mail is always fun, no matter the season! Think of some friends or relatives who may need a pick-me-up and write a letter to them. As an added bonus, include a drawing, and tell them how … Read More

6 Fun Things To Do At Home

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If you spending more time at home you may be looking for some fun ways to pass the time! While we wait for summer, here are a couple of activities you can do from the comfort of your living room to help prepare you for fun (and entertain you while indoors). 1.Work on your summer costumes Now is the perfect … Read More

Camp Barnabas Creates: Coloring Sheet Printables

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Welcome to Camp Barnabas Creates! Through out the next couple of weeks we are hoping to bring a bit of camp into your homes with a variety of fun activities and entertainment. We hope this will brighten your day! Today we have Camp Barnabas Coloring Sheet Printable’s so bust out those markers and crayons and get creative! Share with us … Read More

2020 Camper T-Shirt Design Contest

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This year at Camp Barnabas, we want to include our campers as much as possible and that even goes for our Barnabas Outfitters Company merch! We are hosting a contest this year where campers can submit artwork to us and the winner will have their art design featured on one of our t-shirts.  Contest Rules & Guidelines Current campers and … Read More

2020 Party Themes!

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Here are your Summer 2020 Party Themes! Hear ye, hear ye! For we have a tale, Of fair maidens and knights and dragons as well. From the land of Barnabas in the kingdom of Cahoot There arose such a clamor from things afoot! It was during a midsummer celebration known as the Renaissance Fair,  And it was then that a … Read More

Top 10 Barnabas Dance Party Songs

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It’s no secret that the Barnabas dance party is consistently the most popular party year to year. If you’ve ever been to one of our dance parties, you know they are like no other.  Over the years, many songs have come and gone from our dance party playlists, but there are a select few that have been elevated to the … Read More

Living Fearless with a Disability

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When Kobe Johnson was born, he was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. While this has made many aspects of his life more difficult, Kobe has always been determined to use his experiences for good by advocating for people with disabilities.  We know Kobe as a camper, but he also spends his free time hosting … Read More

Share Your Story, First Place: Michaela Satterfield

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Michaela Satterfield is the First Place winner of the Share Your Story contest. For this contest we asked past staffers and volunteers to send us their stories about how Camp Barnabas and disability ministry has affected their lives by asking them two questions: “What do you love about Barnabas?” and “How has Barnabas impacted you?” Here is Michaela’s story: The … Read More

Share Your Story, Second Place: Grace Hunter

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Grace Hunter is the Second Place winner of the Share Your Story contest. For this contest we asked past staffers and volunteers to send us their stories about how Camp Barnabas has affected their lives by asking them two questions: “What do you love about Barnabas?” and “How has Barnabas impacted you?” Here is Grace’s story: The love of Barnabas … Read More

Share Your Story, Third Place: Abigail Stockton

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  Abigail Stockton is the Third Place winner of the Share Your Story contest. For this contest we asked past staffers and volunteers to send us their stories about how Camp Barnabas has affected their lives by asking them two questions: “What do you love about Barnabas?” and “How has Barnabas impacted you?” Here is Abigail’s story: Barnabas to me … Read More

Beyond Barnabas – Life’s A Trip!

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Your second interactive, impactful devotion from Barnabas is here! Christmas and the new year are fast approaching! It’s a good time to stop and consider where God wants to take us in the coming year. Successful trips—road trips, ski trips, camping trips, a Christ-centered life—require careful planning and preparation. This edition of Beyond Barnabas provides teaching on and practical tools for planning a purposeful, prosperous … Read More

Missionary Stories – Elizabeth Murphy

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“The second I got to Camp Barnabas, I knew what I was supposed to be doing with my life.” At age 16, disability ministry was new to Elizabeth. But something about Camp Barnabas clicked. “Without even thinking about it, I signed up to serve for three weeks.” And she’s never looked back. “The minute I pulled into the gates for … Read More

Meet Daniel Matheny

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  “Because of attachment, visual impairment, and making our home in Africa, I never imagined Daniel would have a traditional summer camp experience. Through the Lord’s work in him and in this place, he got the chance.”  -Sara Matheny, Daniel’s Mom The Matheny Family met Daniel at age three. They were hoping to adopt, and quickly fell in love with … Read More

Beyond Barnabas – Digital Devotional

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When summer draws to a close, it’s easy to slip back into our routine and forget the spiritual highs we experienced at camp. Let’s not let that happen this year! We’re so excited to introduce Beyond Barnabas, a series of digital devos designed to keep the camp “fire” burning! Here’s your first interactive, impactful devotion, With God, All Things are Possible! Inside you’ll … Read More

Staff Stories – Andrew Park

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Meet Andrew:  My Barnabas Involvement: 2 years as a missionary with New Life Fellowship in Houston, 2019 Core Team (Summer Staff) Fun Fact: Claims to be a better cook than Gordon Ramsay My Camp Barnabas story began 3 years ago when I was a young and lost teenage boy in my faith.  At the time, I didn’t know much about … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Kelli Hinderliter – Camper Registrar

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Our Camper Registrar, Kelli, is a witty, coffee-loving, long-time staffer at Barnabas, and we finally got the chance to learn a little more about her with some fun questions: Question: What do you like to do for fun? Answer: Does drinking coffee count? I love going to the movie theater, doesn’t matter on the movie as long as it is … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Matt McKeever – Assistant Camp Director

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Our Assistant Camp Director this summer is: Matt McKeever! He loves reading a good book, cooking some good food, and hanging out with good friends. Matt is currently the Academic Director at Barnabas Prep, and we’re excited to see him work in this new role! We wanted a little more info about Matt, so he answered some of our questions … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Sammi Novak – Staff Director

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We’re excited to introduce to you our Staff Director, Sammi! Sammi loves hiking, camping, and just spending as much time outdoors as possible. We sat down with her and asked her a few questions so can get to know her better before you meet her at camp this summer! Question: What is your role at camp this summer? Answer: I … Read More

Meet Our Staff: Mike Mrosko – Camp Director

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce Mike Mrosko as your Camp Director this summer! For those of you who have yet to meet our fantastic friend and long time full-time staff member, we’ve put together a little Q&A to help you get to know him better.   Question: How many years have you worked at Camp Barnabas? Answer: My … Read More

January Featured Camper: Jason

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When it comes to camp legends, Jason Moon, (or, as he’s called at camp, “Moon Dawg”), is as legendary as they come. Moon Dawg has been attending Camp Barnabas since 1994. We got the opportunity to sit down with Jason last summer and talk about his experience at camp over the years: Question: What do you love most about camp? … Read More

December Featured Camper: Seth

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We can’t wait to introduce you to our December Featured Camper, Seth. He’s a sweet, joyful, 10-year-old who’s been brought up to work hard and play hard. We got the opportunity to sit down with Seth and his parents (Doug and Stephanie) and they told us a little bit about his life, both at camp and at home: Question: How … Read More

September Featured Camper: Robert

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Camp Barnabas featured camper Robert Powell

Robert is a hilarious, fun-loving, crazy-about-life 10-year-old who will always put a smile on your face. Although originally from China, he was united with his forever family about 2 years ago when he was adopted. Robert loves spending time with his siblings and playing with cars and legos. He joined us at camp this summer for the first time, and … Read More

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