Camp Barnabas

The world is good at attaching names to our physical, intellectual or medical characteristics…..cancer, disabled, autistic, blind, deaf…..you’ve heard them. But this worldly tag doesn’t change the fact that God celebrates each of us as His creation. Here at Camp Barnabas we celebrate that, too. We are a God-centered organization that upholds the truths of God’s word and shares with all who come through our gates our belief that everyone is uniquely created by Him to live a life of ability.

 To that end, our staff resolutely pursues activities that push the limits of what the outside world says is impossible for these incredible people who are our campers. We take every summer camp activity apart and put it back in a way that is doable for anyone who wants to participate – no matter what limitations are placed on them outside our camp grounds. Things like a high ropes course, canoeing, and swimming.

 We invite all people with special needs and chronic illnesses to embrace life as Jesus made them and reach their fullest potential. And we invite those who wish to serve them to come experience a life changed by the beauty of helping someone realize the value of their uniqueness.

Camp Barnabas exists to provide life-changing opportunities to people with special needs in a Christian camp setting.

 We offer acceptance and love to more than 1,300 campers with special needs and chronic diseases – and their siblings – in locations across the United States. Through adaptive activities, people with physical, intellectual, and/or medical challenges become participants, not observers, in the world around them. They leave Camp Barnabas knowing they are uniquely created to live lives of ability.

Camp Barnabas 

901 Teas Trail 2060

Purdy, MO 65734

417.476.2565 (Camp office)

417.886.9800 (Springfield office)

Website: Camp Barnabas

E-mail: Camp Barnabas

  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Blood Disorder
  • Burn
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dev Disabilities
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Impaired
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Learning Dis/ADD/ADHD
  • Mental Retardation
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • PDD
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech Impaired
  • Spina Bifida
  • Tourettes Syndrome
  • Vision Impaired

  • Climbing/Rappelling
  • Mini Golf, Riflery
  • Rope Courses
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wilderness
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Adventures
  • Camping/Camp fire
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Culinary/Cooking
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Survival Skills
  • Talent Show
  • Archery
  • Basketball

Age Range: 7-45

Camp Type: Day and Residental

Gender: Coed

Accreditation: CCCA

Director: Donna Robertson

2014 Camper Schedule

TEAS TRAIL ADULT FRIENDS

Diagnoses served:

Intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 18-45

Siblings do not attend this week but siblings 7-18 may attend

Point 11 Terms 1, 2 or 3

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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TEAS TRAIL CHALLENGE

Diagnoses served:

Physical disabilities

Ages: 7-15

Siblings may attend

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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TEAS TRAIL YOUNG FRIENDS

Diagnoses served: 

Developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 7-15

Siblings may attend

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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TEAS TRAIL ADVENTURERS

Diagnoses served: 

Physical disabilities and those with developmental disabilities requiring a wheelchair or walker

Ages: 16-35

Siblings do not attend this week but siblings may attend Point 11 Terms 1, 2 and 3

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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TEAS TRAIL HEROES

Diagnoses served:

Developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 16-25

Siblings do not attend this week but siblings may attend Point 11 Terms 1, 2 and 3

Location:  Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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BARNABAS ON THE LAKE CAPTAINS

Diagnoses served:

Intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 18-45

Siblings may attend

Location: Point 11 Camp and Conference Center Shell Knob, Missouri

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TEAS TRAIL SOARING HAWKS

Diagnoses served:

Asperger’s, blind, chronic diseases or deaf/hearing impaired

Ages: 7-25

(Blind – Ages: 7-35)

Siblings may attend

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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BARNABAS ON THE LAKE NAVIGATORS

Diagnoses served:

Intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 7 – 45

Siblings may attend

Location: Point 11 Camp and Conference Center Shell Knob, Missouri

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TEAS TRAIL BRIDGE BUILDERS

Diagnoses served:

Developmental disabilities, autism and/or physical disabilities

Ages: 7 – 18

Siblings may attend

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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BARNABAS ON THE LAKE VOYAGERS

Diagnoses served:

Intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism

Ages: 7 – 45

Sibings may attend

Location: Point 11 Camp and Conference Center Shell Knob, Missouri

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TEAS TRAIL EXPLORERS

Diagnoses served:

Intellectual/Developmental disabilities, Autism and Physical disabilities

Ages: 16 – 35

Siblings do not attend this week but siblings 7 – 18 may attend Point 11 Terms 1, 2 or 3

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, Missouri

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TEAS TRAIL CHAMPIONS

Diagnoses served:

Developmental disabilities, autism and/or physical disabilities

Ages: 7 – 15

Siblings may attend

Location: Teas Trail Camp – Purdy, MO

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Spring Barn-A-Break 2014

MARCH 14 – 16, 2014

For all the years that we’ve been doing camp here at Camp Barnabas, the hardest days are the last days of each term as we wave good-bye to our campers. So, Barn-A-Break weekends were created to give campers and parents a break and our staff and volunteers a chance to enjoy time with the campers in between summer sessions. Barn-A-Break is a mini-camp experience.

COST:

  • $150 Campers
  • $25 for volunteers under 18. $40 for 18 and over volunteers.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING BARN-A-BREAK 2014

If you have questions about camper registration for Barn-A-Break, contact our Camper Registrar, Kelli Hinderliter, by emailing kelli@campbarnabas.org or calling her at 417-708-5298.

If you have questions about volunteer registration for Barn-A-Break, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Wilson, by emailingsarah@campbarnabas.org or calling her at 417-737-7082.

If you have questions about Barn-A-Break, contact our Operations Director, Mike Mrosko, by emailing mike@campbarnabas.org or calling him at 417-737-7136.

Sibling Program

SIBLING PROGRAM

The sibling program at Camp Barnabas is for those special family members who have not only observed the struggles of a brother or sister with a disability or chronic illness, but have often set aside their own dreams in exchange for being caregiver and friend.

Our program was written specifically for our camp by siblings who have served on our summer staff. It offers a week of challenges to grow in who God uniquely created them to be while helping them understand how He also uniquely created their brother or sister.

For more information on our sibling program, call our camper registrar, Kelli Hinderliter, at 417.708.5298. or email kelli@campbarnabas.org.

PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION

TO MAKE A PAYMENT OR ACCESS YOUR APPLICATION:

To make a payment on your account, click the button below. Log-in with your username or password. Clicking on your camper’s name, or on the payment button to the right of their name, will take you to the payment screen.

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You may also mail payments to P O Box 3200, Springfield, MO 65808. However, online payments are posted immediately to your account. Mailed payments take longer to process. Our current program does have an e-check option.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CAMPER PAYMENTS OR VOLUNTEER PAYMENTS:

Email Brittany Reed, Financial Officer, at brittany@campbarnabas.org or call her at 417.737.7081.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT CAMPER REGISTRATION:

Email our Registrar, Kelli Hinderliter at kelli@campbarnabas.org or call her at 417.737.7076.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Wilson, by calling 417.737.7082 or email her at sarah@campbarnabas.org

BARNABAS PREP

We are increasingly reminded of the challenge our campers face when transitioning from school age to young adult. While their peers are moving onto college, their options are often very limited.

So we brainstormed what was needed to equip a young adult with special needs to move into a more independent lifestyle, to have choices for their future. From those thoughts came the idea for Barnabas Prep. This academic-year program allows students to grow in community living skills, independent living skills and choose a vocational training track.

Housed in the renovated Fish House at our Teas Trail campus in southwest Missouri, students spend time in class and assuming responsibility for all elements of living. In the beginning, it’s the basics…cleaning a toilet, preparing breakfast, setting the table, washing clothes. Added to this is learning to live in close proximity and relationship with others, spending time problem-solving and learning good people skills.

As they advance, more specific training is given in public speaking and interactive skills before they progress to their career track choice and the associated classroom and on-the-job training.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Barnabas Prep is intended for students who have a desire to learn and grow as they develop skills for not only the home but also the workplace. We look for students who want to empower themselves and engage the social world. Students may enter Barnabas Prep with minimal independent living skills but the program is not designed for a one-on-one ratio. If a young adults requires constant, around-the-clock care, Barnabas Prep may not be a good fit.

For questions about Barnabas Prep, email Prep Coordinator Sherry Ketner at sherry@campbarnabas.org or call her at 417.737.7079.

CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM WEBSITE AND MORE INFORMATION

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