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Help us share the Barnabas story! Contact our Marketing Director, Abby Smith, at abby@campbarnabas.org or 417-278-6884.

Camp Barnabas Aquatic Complex Is A Dream Come True

August 16, 2023 | World Water Park Association Full Story

Aug 16, 2023 | World Water Park Association

Camp Barnabas Aquatic Complex Is A Dream Come True

By Robert J. Morgan

The grand opening for the new aquatic complex at Camp Barnabas was Jun...

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Jun 18, 2023 | Words for the Day

Jesus and the $10,000,000 Smile

Discover the heartwarming story of the Morgan family, owners of Sunbelt Pools, who transformed th...

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Mar 27, 2023 | The Boot

Joe Nichols Donates $125,000 to Kids’ Camp

Joe Nicho...

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May 12, 2021 | Springfield News-Leader | MO

'We Want Everyone To Be Outdoors': Camp Barnabas, A Camp for People With Special Needs, Reopens This Summer

Though a few things might look a little different, Camp Barnabas is returning this summer for its...

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Nov 20, 2020 | KOCO News | OK

Camp Barnabas Camper And Buddy Scale 14,000 FT Mountain Together

Steven Marrs and Connor Petty didn't let other's expectations hold them back! After meeting at Ca...

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Nov 7, 2020 | KY3 News | MO

Volunteer Ozarks: Camp Barnabas Glamping For Camping

Camp Barnabas is hosting Glamping for Camping, a fundraiser going digital. Director of Marketing ...

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Apr 13, 2020 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas to Close This Summer Because of Coronavirus

After 25 years of giving 90,000 campers a great experience, Camp Barnabas won't be open this summ...

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Apr 4, 2020 | The New York Times

Cozy Campfires. Capture the Flag. Coronavirus Tests?

Across the country, parents, children and counselors are wondering if a treasured summer rite can...

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Feb 26, 2020 | KY3 News | MO

Summertime Nears: Here's How to Pick the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Kids

Summer is less than four months away. Krystal Simon, a mother of three, says now is the time to l...

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Feb 1, 2020 | OzarksFirst News | MO

Camp Barnabas Campfire 5K Channels Inner Lumberjack

More than 400 people “channeled their flannel” and gathered for the Camp Barnabas Campfire 5K. Full Article

Oct 15, 2019 | Springfield News-Leader | MO

Camp Barnabas hosts special weekend for campers with special needs

Mother Nature delivered perfect weather this past weekend for all things fall: hayrides, bobbing ...

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Jul 28, 2019 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas celebrates 25 years of serving children with special needs

Camp Barnabas celebrated 25 years since its start Saturday. It was established to give children w...

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May 11, 2019 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas Branch Opens B&B in Branson

Nestled away in Branson is a branch of Camp Barnabas that's a Bed and Breakfast soon to be open f...

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Nov 30, 2018 | KY3 News | MO

Christmas Home Tours Underway this Weekend in Stone County

Tours of some of the nicest homes around Table Rock Lake are happening this weekend in Stone Coun...

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Jun 26, 2018 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas Sets Record Number For Campers This Year

A very special summer camp here in the Ozarks that gained global attention because of the TV seri...

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Jun 1, 2018 | KY3 News | MO

Springfield Little Theatre teams with Camp Barnabas for musical workshop

Camp Barnabas is a Christian-based organization that holds summer camps for young people with spe...

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May 19, 2018 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas Overnight At Bass Pro

Bass Pro reached out to Camp Barnabas and offered us the opportunity to invite 20 campers to an o...

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Apr 7, 2018 | KY3 News | MO

Runners Fight the Cold, Snow to Support Camp Barnabas in Springfield

Despite the freezing temperatures hundreds of runners came out to support Camp Barnabas' Big Part...

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Dec 15, 2017 | KY3 News | MO

Cole and Heidi Hamels Donate Table Rock Lake Home to Camp Barnabas

Camp Barnabas announced Friday Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi are gifting t...

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Dec 14, 2017 | KY3 News | MO

Camp For Special Needs Kids Gets Donation From Golfer Spieth

A southwest Missouri camp for children with special needs and chronic illnesses has received a do...

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Jan 6, 2015 | KY3 News | MO

Camp Barnabas to Get $40,000 From Celebrity Apprentice

For the two Springfield-based charities represented on this season of Celebrity Apprentice, Monda...

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New Dining Hall Grand Opening

Jun 17, 2024 | AbbySmith | CAMP BARNABAS Full Story

Jul 28, 2020 |

How to Throw a Great Dance Party

At Camp Barnabas, the dance party is always the highlight of every week. Why? Dance parties are a combination of everything we love at camp: music, snacks, activities, and, most importantly, dancing! ...

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Nov 20, 2019 |

Beyond Barnabas – Life's a Trip!

Christmas and the new year are fast approaching! It’s a good time to stop and consider where God wants to take us in the coming year....

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Oct 1, 2019 |

Beyond Barnabas – Digital Devotion

When summer draws to a close, it’s easy to slip back into our routine and forget the spiritual highs we experienced at camp. Let’s not let that happen this year!...

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Jun 2, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates – Summer Fun List

Summer is officially here, and we’re soaking up every minute of it. Whether it’s enjoying a popsicle or having a dance party, we want to pass on the joy to our camp family. Here are 20 ‘must-do’s’ on...

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Apr 17, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates – Tangram

Looking to create today? Look no further because Camp Barnabas Creates is back with a new activity!...

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Apr 7, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates: Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

Camp Barnabas Creates is back with a recipe everyone can enjoy!...

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Apr 3, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates: Word Search Printable

Camp Barnabas Creates has a new activity for you today!...

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Mar 26, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Camp Barnabas Creates is back! Today we have a Camp Song Bingo Scavenger Hunt so get you shoes on and head outside to find these items related to Camp Barnabas songs....

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Mar 20, 2020 |

Camp Barnabas Creates: Coloring Sheet Printables

Welcome to Camp Barnabas Creates! Through out the next couple of weeks we are hoping to bring a bit of camp into your homes with a variety of fun activities and entertainment....

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Mar 8, 2023 | Maddie Gjorvad

Summer 2023 Party Themes

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Jun 30, 2020 |

Full-Time Staff Poll: Christian Resources We Love

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and soak up God’s beautiful creation. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend a little extra time with the Lord, whether it be on your own, with fri...

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Mar 20, 2020 |

6 Fun Things to do at Home

If you spending more time at home you may be looking for some fun ways to pass the time!...

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Feb 20, 2020 |

5 Tips for Party Planning for Individuals with Special Needs

Parties play a BIG role in bringing everyone together at Camp Barnabas in the summer; but they don’t have to be limited to June and July!...

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Feb 20, 2020 |

2020 Party Themes!

Hear ye, hear ye! For we have a tale, Of fair maidens and knights and dragons as well. From the land of Barnabas in the kingdom of Cahoot There arose such a clamor from things afoot! It was during...

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Feb 20, 2020 |

Top 10 Barnabas Dance Party Songs

It’s no secret that the Barnabas dance party is consistently the most popular party year to year. If you’ve ever been to one of our dance parties, you know they are like no other....

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Feb 20, 2018 |

Making Summer Camp Accessible + Fun

More often than not, our campers live in a world that tells them no. At Camp Barnabas, we get to say YES to activities like a high ropes course, archery, swimming and more. One of our core initiatives...

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Mar 18, 2020 |

2020 Camper T-Shirt Design Contest

This year at Camp Barnabas, we want to include our campers as much as possible and that even goes for our Barnabas Outfitters Company merch! We are hosting a contest this year where campers can submit...

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Mar 21, 2018 |

Special Edition Featured Campers: Clint, Theresa, Laura, & Chris

This year, we’ve chosen four enthusiastic campers to lead our Big Party hype at the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K fundraiser event on April 7, 2018, in Springfield, MO. Each of these individuals has a ...

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Mar 6, 2018 |

Pro Spotlight: Tips For Running Your First (Or Fiftieth) Half Martathon

In preparation for the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K April 7, we caught up with two pros....

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Sep 17, 2017 |

What to Wear When Glamping

Fall is around the corner and that means two things: First, it’s leaf crunching weather. Second, it’s the perfect time to glamp!...

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Jan 24, 2020 |

Living Fearless with a Disability

When Kobe Johnson was born, he was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy....

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Oct 24, 2019 |

Meet Daniel Matheny

The Matheny Family met Daniel at age three. They were hoping to adopt, and quickly fell in love with his sweet nature and resilient spirit....

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Sep 28, 2018 |

December Featured Camper: Seth

We can’t wait to introduce you to our December Featured Camper, Seth. He’s a sweet, joyful, 10-year-old who’s been brought up to work hard and play hard....

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Sep 28, 2018 |

September Featured Camper: Robert

Robert is a hilarious, fun-loving, crazy-about-life 10-year-old who will always put a smile on your face....

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Aug 28, 2018 |

August Featured Camper: Kiera

Our August featured camper is a vivacious, fun-loving, 20-year-old who loves to laugh and spend time with her friends....

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May 30, 2018 |

May Featured Camper: Rebekah

Rebekah was born in China. At age two, she was found abandoned and wandering in a city park....

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Apr 24, 2018 |

Aril Featured Camper: Chris

Chris Wheeler is a veteran camp-goer....

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Mar 28, 2018 |

March Featured Camper: Jacob

Jacob’s family first heard about camp when Sandy, the sister of Barnabas founder Cyndy Teas, mentioned Barnabas to them at a 4th of July parade....

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Mar 21, 2018 |

Special Edition Featured Campers: Clint, Theresa, Laura, & Chris

This year, we’ve chosen four enthusiastic campers to lead our Big Party hype at the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K fundraiser event on April 7, 2018, in Springfield, MO. Each of these individuals has a ...

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Dec 16, 2019 |

Share Your Story, First Place: Michaela Satterfield

Michaela Satterfield is the First Place winner of the Share Your Story contest. For this contest we asked past staffers and volunteers to send us their stories about how Camp Barnabas and disability m...

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Dec 16, 2019 |

Share Your Story, Second Place: Grace Hunter

Grace Hunter is the Second Place winner of the Share Your Story contest....

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Dec 16, 2019 |

Share Your Story, Third Place: Abigail Stockton

Abigail Stockton is the Third Place winner of the Share Your Story contest....

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Nov 12, 2019 |

Missionary Stories – Elizabeth Murphy

“The second I got to Camp Barnabas, I knew what I was supposed to be doing with my life.”...

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Sep 20, 2019 |

Staff Stories – Andrew Park

Meet Andrew Park....

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Sep 20, 2019 |

Staff Stories – Andrew Park

Meet Andrew: My Barnabas Involvement: 2 years as a missionary with New Life Fellowship in Houston, 2019 Core Team (Summer Staff) Fun Fact: Claims to be a better cook than Gordon Ramsay My Camp Barnab...

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Mar 20, 2020 |

Meet Our March Featured Friends

This month we want to highlight a few Barnabas friends who are doing amazing and inspirational things!...

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Jan 24, 2020 |

Living Fearless with a Disability

When Kobe Johnson was born, he was diagnosed with a degenerative muscle disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy....

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Mar 21, 2018 |

From Parent To Nurse: One Mom's Experience Serving On The Medical Team

Keara Hayter grew up with Type 1 Diabetes....

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Nov 14, 2017 |

Thankful for You

Fall is a season for gratitude. To help us get to the heart of it, we interviewed three families who have a sibling with special needs....

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Jun 13, 2016 |

Barnabas Changed Me

If I am being completely transparent with you, going into our week at Camp Barnabas was one of the scariest times of my life....

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Apr 27, 2020 |

8 Ways We've Seen the Good this Season

We know this season is hard on so many of our camp families, and we continue to pray for everyone affected. Despite these unprecedented times, we’ve noticed many positive things to be grateful for and...

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Mar 20, 2020 |

6 Fun Things to do at Home

If you spending more time at home you may be looking for some fun ways to pass the time!...

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Mar 20, 2020 |

Being Barnabas, The Great Encourager

As we watch this unusual season unfold, we couldn’t help but be grateful for the reminder to show kindness and lift each other up....

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Mar 20, 2020 |

6 Ways To Encourage Others

Here are a few simple ways to show kindness and lift up others this spring!...

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Mar 6, 2018 |

Pro Spotlight: Tips For Running Your First (Or Fiftieth) Half Martathon

In preparation for the Big Party Half Marathon & 5K April 7, we caught up with two pros....

Full Article

Sep 17, 2017 |

What to Wear When Glamping

Fall is around the corner and that means two things: First, it’s leaf crunching weather. Second, it’s the perfect time to glamp!...

Full Article

Apr 27, 0202 |

5 Ways To Pray

Prayer is an important part of your spiritual walk with the Lord....

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Mar 8, 2023 | Maddie Gjorvad

Summer 2023 Party Themes

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Jun 30, 2020 |

Full-Time Staff Poll: Christian Resources We Love

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and soak up God’s beautiful creation. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend a little extra time with the Lord, whether it be on your own, with fri...

Full Article

Mar 20, 2020 |

6 Fun Things to do at Home

If you spending more time at home you may be looking for some fun ways to pass the time!...

Full Article

Feb 20, 2020 |

5 Tips for Party Planning for Individuals with Special Needs

Parties play a BIG role in bringing everyone together at Camp Barnabas in the summer; but they don’t have to be limited to June and July!...

Full Article

Feb 20, 2020 |

2020 Party Themes!

Hear ye, hear ye! For we have a tale, Of fair maidens and knights and dragons as well. From the land of Barnabas in the kingdom of Cahoot There arose such a clamor from things afoot! It was during...

Full Article

Feb 20, 2020 |

Top 10 Barnabas Dance Party Songs

It’s no secret that the Barnabas dance party is consistently the most popular party year to year. If you’ve ever been to one of our dance parties, you know they are like no other....

Full Article

Mar 19, 2018 |

Summer 2018 Theme & Party Theme Videos

Party Theme #1: Decades Party Hey, it’s Doc here, I’m in a jam, I got stuck in the future and I need you fam. Dress for the 80s, 90s, or 2000s just to start, Travel through the decades to find ever...

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Oct 17, 2017 |

Stories We Love: Down Syndrome Awareness

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month this October, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite inspirational videos....

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Dec 16, 2016 |

The Joy of Giving

At age 11, Hunter already knew the true meaning of Christmas and giving....

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Jun 15, 2023 |

Summer Quest 2023 is Underway

Check out our brand new Water Park and Yeti Adventure...

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Feb 15, 2023 |

Summer Camp 2023 Theme: Quest

Campers ages 7 and up with disabilities and chronic illnesses are invited to this unforgettable Summer of Quest 2023....

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Mar 27, 2024 | Maddie Gjorvad

Online Training

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Jun 15, 2023 |

Summer Quest 2023 is Underway

Check out our brand new Water Park and Yeti Adventure...

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Dec 11, 2023 | AbbySmith

December 2023 Christmas Newsletter

December 2023 Camp Barnabas Newsletter...

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Nov 8, 2023 |

Fall Barnabas Newsletter

As we step into this season of gratitude, we want you to know just how deeply and sincerely thankful we are for your presence within the Barnabas family....

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Jun 15, 2023 |

Summer Quest 2023 is Underway

Check out our brand new Water Park and Yeti Adventure...

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Jun 15, 2023 |

Summer Quest 2023 is Underway

Check out our brand new Water Park and Yeti Adventure...

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Jun 17, 2024 | AbbySmith

New Dining Hall Grand Opening

New Dining Hall Grand Opening...

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Photos

Get a glimpse into all that Barnabas has to offer through the photo gallery! To access photos, you can either download the Camp Barnabas mobile app or visit the online gallery. Both options allow you to access and browse our gallery for free, but will require you to create an account. Once you've created an account, use the access code "TEASTRAIL" to view photos.

Viewing the full online gallery is free. If you'd like to use facial recognition to find photos of your Camper, Missionary, or download high-res images from our gallery, sign up for a paid package by downloading the app from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or visiting the online gallery.

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