Camp Barnabas is a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs and chronic illnesses, along with their siblings. The program exists to offer life-changing experiences to campers and to the people who serve them. The goal is to show others the love of Christ in every aspect of our ministry. Camp Barnabas goes beyond one week at summer camp. The Barnabas experience changes perspectives and redefines disability.
Kids ages 14-15 will be "Barn Stormers". Duties include waiting tables at meal times, washing dishes, helping keep the kitchen clean, and cleaning toilets and bathrooms around camp. We have college staff that help lead them in these tasks as well as lead Bible studies and fun activities. Each Barnstormer is assigned to a cabin, where they will get to build relationships with campers and participate in daily activities with them.
Kids ages 16 are "Counselors". These incredible individuals are placed with a camper to unconditionally love and accept their camper, care for all of their camper’s needs and assist their camper in having the most awesome week of summer camp ever. The counselors live in the cabins with their campers and are responsible for assisting their campers in any way they need in order for the camper to have a successful and awesome week of camp. Some counselors work with children with special needs, while others work with sibling campers. Counselors must be willing and able to participate fully in all activities. This is a huge responsibility, a 23-hour commitment daily.