Camp Barnabas has a history of providing camp to individuals with special needs. Over the past 25 years, we’ve served more than 90,000 campers with special needs and missionary volunteers from all across the United States. We’re thrilled to bring Day Camp back during this time and for a cause that is needed now more than ever.
In response to Springfield Public School’s (SPS) modified seated program for the 1st quarter, we’re committed to providing a safe and fun environment for individuals with disabilities. This day camp opportunity will allow campers a safe place with the support from Camp Barnabas staff members. Camp Barnabas will provide engaging programming that allows for spiritual and personal growth beyond a typical school setting.
DAY CAMP DETAILS
Our Springfield Day Camp is designed to provide children (5-18 years old) with special needs a safe and affordable place to go during the day. Due to the limited number of spots in the program, we’re prioritizing enrollment for working families.
Camp Barnabas will provide staff, safety procedures/protocols, programming, supplies, and fun activities during the day. We will work hard to provide some tutoring/homework assistance for campers who request it. Due to the nature of our program, we will not be able to provide specialized instruction as defined by a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or support therapy services.
Campers will bring their own lunch, refillable water bottle/drinks, change of clothes, health & hygiene supplies, medical supplies if needed, and school supplies.
Because the program coincides with the SPS schedule, campers attending the Springfield Barnabas Day Camp can choose between Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, they will receive virtual instruction from home via their teacher, per SPS. At this time, we do not have a five day option or after school care.
Day Camp will take place at our host church, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65807.
WHO CAN ATTEND
The Springfield Barnabas Day Camp is for families who have a child with special needs enrolled in Springfield Public Schools and will participate in the two day seated program for the 1st quarter beginning August 24. Day Camp attendees will range between the ages of 5-18 (entering kindergarten through 12th grade).
Day Camp is ideal for campers who have intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. This would include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
Unfortunately, we are unable to safely care for campers who have a prior history of harmful behavior/ aggression towards themselves or others. We are also unable to safely care for campers who require a private duty nurse.
- Each class will have 3 staff members and no more than 15 campers. Our desire is to group campers based upon age and disability.
- Campers will go directly to their classroom upon arrival.
- Assigned seating will be implemented in the classroom.
- Spacing will be increased between desks.
- Campers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering the classroom.
- Depending upon COVID-19 exposure levels in the community, we may need to make modifications and adjustments to keep our staff and campers safe. All decisions will be made in collaboration with the guidance of health professionals. We will communicate accordingly.
At the time of approved enrollment and completed application, we are asking that families pay a one-time non-refundable $100 administration fee per family. Financial assistance/scholarships are available.
For the health and safety of our campers and controlled hallway traffic, we will have staggered arrival times. At this time, parents can plan for Day Camp to operate during typical daytime school hours. Schedules will be finalized upon approved enrollment. We will not have before or after school care.
MEALS & TRANSPORTATION
No transportation service will be provided. Parents/guardians will need to bring campers to and from Day Camp at their designated times.
No meal service will be provided. Parents will need to send their camper’s lunch in a sack lunch or other portable cooler/lunch box (no reheating is available). Parents should also send a refillable water bottle and two snacks for the morning and afternoon. We will address any food allergies once we have camper enrollment health forms.
KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE
As always, our number one priority is the safety of our campers and staff. We care and love the individuals we serve deeply which is why we have developed a plan that follows local and state guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These procedures are based on the most recent recommendations from state and federal resources and may evolve as information is updated from state and federal health agencies.
HEALTH PROTOCOLS, MASKING, & DAILY HYGIENE
Our Camp Barnabas Health Services Director will be onsite (with the ability to administer medications as needed) during Day Camp hours.
- All campers and staff will receive daily temperature checks and will be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms upon check-in. Any person with a temperature exceeding 100 Fahrenheit or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to stay at Day Camp.
- Campers will be encouraged to bring and wear a mask or face shield from home if they can safely do so. Some individuals may have medical conditions or a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask.
- All Camp Barnabas staff will be required to wear a mask or face shield.
- Face coverings will not be required while staff and campers are eating and drinking, during outdoor activities, or when circumstances allow them to maintain social distancing of six feet.
- Handwashing instruction will be taught and reinforced.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided.
- Hand hygiene signs will be posted.
CLEANING & DISINFECTING
High-touch common surfaces (desks, chairs, light switches, doorknobs, and restrooms) will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day.
COVID-19 COMMUNICATION POLICY
In the event a camper or staff member becomes aware of an exposure, rapid communication is key. Camp Barnabas is working in coordination with health officials to develop procedures to provide a timely and comprehensive response in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 exposure. Staff will be trained on how to respond to symptomatic campers or staff members and assist with contact tracing efforts. Anyone determined to be at potential risk of exposure will be contacted directly and will receive appropriate guidance. Camp Barnabas will communicate with necessary parents and/or staff regarding potential exposure.