Frequently Asked Questions
That is completely okay, and this does not eliminate you from being a potential Barnabas staffer! We have a whole week of training before any campers arrive to train anyone who has never worked with an individual with special needs before.
Camp Barnabas is located in Southwest Missouri. Our main location is Camp Barnabas at Teas Trail in Purdy, Missouri (you may recognize this location from the Extreme Home Makeover show).
To be on Summer Staff you need to be at least 18 years old, or have graduated high school. Not quite 18? We have other incredible serving opportunities that could use your help each June and July. Learn more here!
You bet you will. All Summer Staff are paid per session. Email Sammi (Director of Staff) to find out deets: [email protected]).
As an added bonus, we can help you secure internship credit for your hours. See Internship FAQ below.
As long as you can still bust dance moves in it, yes.
- Programs Week: May 15th – May 20th (Mandatory for Specific Positions)
- Staff Week: May 21st – May 29th (Mandatory for All Staff)
- 1st Session Staff: May 30th – July 3rd 2020
- 2nd Session Staff: July 10th – August 8th 2020
- All Summer Staff: May 15th – August 8th 2020
Absolutely. All staff are required to attend a paid Staff Training Week (see above FAQ for dates).
We strive to provide everyone at camp with the safest, most current medical practices. If able, summer staff 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 bring your 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 your Staff Packet for further instructions on medication packaging.
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, Linda Zimmer, at [email protected].
There will be a dance test. Please come prepared. JUST KIDDING! But do bring all the moves you’ve got.
We’ve got you covered here. Our camp Chef’s whip up delicious eats during the summer and you get to stay in our air-conditioned cabins all summer long at camp.
During your weekly time off, many of our staff enjoy venturing into town to enjoy local restaurants, snacks and other summer treats.
Of course! Rest is needed. You get roughly 24 hours off at the end of each week for R&R. If you work All Summer, you get an additional 6 days off to use as you choose.
We’re gearing up for an exciting summer and we can’t wait for you to join us. As we prepare for this momentous season, we understand that many of you have concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The well-being and safety of our campers, missionaries, and staff are our highest priority, especially because of the population we serve.
Our Director of Health Services, Camp Director, and full-time staff are in regular communication with health officials and are actively monitoring this rapidly evolving and changing situation.
In the meantime, as with every camp season, we are being vigilant in our efforts to reduce the spread of viruses. These same practices also help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We’re stocked with supplies and have protocols in place to screen and monitor symptoms, should the need arise.
We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with families about any necessary changes to our current practices. We care for the health and safety of our camp family and we appreciate your dedication and commitment to our ministry.
In the meantime, here are actions you can take to ensure we all stay as healthy as possible. Practice daily preventive care:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick and have had a fever, do not go to work or school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- If you have had vomiting and/or diarrhea, do not go to work or school until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Here are a couple of websites that are keeping up-to-date information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov
- Missouri Department of Public Health: https://https://health.mo.gov/
- American Camp Association: https://www.acacamps.org/
We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep our camp family informed. We want to see you safe and well for camp this summer!