Frequently Asked Questions
Missionary arrival starts at 5:00 PM Saturdays. Camper closing 10:15 AM Fridays – Missionaries will be out of camp by 10:45 AM Fridays.
If you are an individual or family (siblings) flying and need transportation from the Springfield, MO airport, please email your flight itinerary to [email protected] at least 20 days prior to your flight. Pickup will be between 3-5:00 pm on Saturday (Missionary Arrival Day) and drop off will be between 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday (Closing Day). The fee is $50 for pickup and $50 for drop-off ($100.00 round-trip fee). The fee must be paid prior to camp and the individuals being picked up must be at least 18 years old, or have written consent from a parent. NOTICE: We are unable to accommodate group transportation pick-ups and drop-offs at this time.
That’s okay! Before you even get to camp, you’ll receive required e-learning materials to prepare you for your time at Barnabas. Once you’re at camp, you’ll complete a full training in addition to the online training you already completed to get you ready to serve the campers well. We would encourage you to spend time with people with special needs before you get to camp, though!
YES!! Please do! You are welcome and invited to serve more than one term.
*If you stay in between terms you must be 18 or over and have approval from our Missions Director prior to staying at camp. You will be responsible for your own personal food, transportation, and entertainment as our staff will be on break. You will be expected to follow the camp rules even during the break. We will have a place for you to sleep and people will be around for emergencies.
- Bug Spray
- Water Bottle
- Socks & Underwear
- Closed-Toed Shoes (or shoes with a strap going across the top of the foot and around the heel i.e., Chacos or Tevas)
- Shower Shoes
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Jacket or Sweatshirt
- Casual Church Outfit for Cross Carry
- Toiletries: Hairbrush, Deodorant, Shamboo, Body Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Etc.
- Bedding: Sleeping Bag or Twin Sheets with a Blanket and Pillow
- Towels and Washcloths (at least two of each)
- Costumes for Party Fun (See Themes)
- Medications and Medical Equipment/Supplies – All medications must be in pharmacy labeled bottles. They must be in the original containers. Please refer to the medication form (see enclosed letter from the Director of Medical Services).
- Stationery & Stamps
- Cabin Parents: Supplies to motivate, decorate, or encourage your cabin (optional): streamers, bubble wands, Play-Doh, coloring books, or extra party costumes.
Please wash and dry all items you plan to bring to camp on the highest heat setting BEFORE and AFTER your weekend (this includes clothing, pillows, sheets, stuffed animals, towels, etc.). This will help prevent the spread of any lice, bed bugs, fleas, and any other transferable pests. For more information on preventing, identifying, and treating bugs, visit the CDC website.
DO NOT BRING: Cell phones, expensive jewelry, large sums of money, snacks, gum, soda, candy, or cigarettes. If brought to camp, these items will be taken and returned at the end of the week. Reminder: There is a 3 bag limit due to space being limited. Barnabas is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
**Please reference our Camp Barnabas Policies for specifics on these dress code items. We strive to glorify Jesus Christ in everything we do. We especially want campers to see our staff and missionaries as living examples of Christ. These policies are also designed for your safety and wellness during camp.
Yes! We strive to provide everyone at camp with the safest, most current medical practices. If able, missionaries should bring medication in pre-packaged (multi-dose strip packaging or multi-dose blister packs) by a pharmacy. Doing so will minimize potential medication errors, and follow the best-practice standards set by the American Nurse Association (ANA). However, we understand that not all insurances and pharmacies are able to assist with this process. In this case, please send your child’s medication in the original pharmacy container with the pharmacy label intact, and no written edits on the instructions. Please refer to the Medical Form included in the Barnabas Bound Packet for further instructions on medication packaging. Thank you for your support in making your child’s stay at Camp Barnabas as safe as possible.
As a reminder, liquid medications must also be in the original pharmacy container. Please refer to the Barnabas Medical Form in your Barnabas Bound Packet for our policy on topical creams, eye drops, ear drops, or anything that is not a pill.
- Multi-Dose Strip Packaging – Each strip consists of individually sealed compartments containing all medications in pill form that are to be taken at a medicine pass delivery time (listed above).
- Multi-Dose Blister Packs – Each blister pocket contains all the medication, in pill form, that is to be taken at a medicine delivery time (listed above). These can often be ordered online.
Thank you for your support in making your time at Camp Barnabas as safe as possible. If you have questions, please contact our Director of Health Services, Bernadette Losh, at [email protected]
We strive to glorify Jesus Christ in everything we do. We especially want campers to see our staff and missionaries as living examples of Christ. We have specific policies designed to allow you to understand what we believe is right and true in the eyes of our Lord. These policies are also designed for your safety and wellness during camp. If you have questions about these, please contact our camp office. Thank you!