Campers

Camp For You

Welcome to Camp Barnabas: an experience designed with you in mind. Campers are reminded that they are wonderfully and perfectly created. Each and every day, our Campers are told YES you can!

What is Camp Barnabas

At Camp Barnabas, we invite people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to experience a Christian summer camp built with them in mind. Our goal is to make sure everyone has the best week of their lives.

Our Campers are individuals ages 7 and up with a variety of diagnoses: developmental and physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, autism spectrum disorder, cancer, hemophilia, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, amputated limbs, atypically formed limbs, visual impairment, hearing impairment, spina bifida, and many other rare and debilitating diseases.

  • Every program and activity is adapted so each person, regardless of ability, can participate.
  • Each week is geared to a specific age range and a set of diagnoses so that each Camper is in a cabin with others similar to themselves—you're never too old for camp!
  • Campers are matched one-on-one with a volunteer Missionary so they can get the full support they need. The relationships built at camp will last a lifetime.
  • We have a full medical facility with nurses and doctors equipped to accommodate any medical needs our Campers may require.
  • Campers grow in their faith journey with daily devotionals, worship, and prayer.


We invite you to experience the love, joy, and excitement at camp this summer.

Game Room
Basketball Courts
Mini Golf
High Ropes Course
Pool
Fishing
Rock Wall
Zipline
Field Sports
Apple Cannons
Canoes
Pedal Boats
Worship
Rallies
Playground
Archery
Shirt Making
Nightly Parties
Paintball
Water Toys
Riflery
Water Slides
Devotions
The Farm
Karaoke
The Lake
Cafe
Arts and Crafts

2024 Registration

Weeks

Each week is geared to a specific age range and a set of diagnoses. Click through weekly descriptions to see where your Camper will thrive.

Legends

Date: June 2nd – June 7th, 2024

Ages: 18+

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism. This week is focused on Campers who do not require one-on-one assistance and have attended camp before.

Heroes

Date: June 9th – June 14th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 16+

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/Developmental disabilities and/or autism.

Young Friends

Date: June 16th – June 21st, 2024

Ages: Ages: 7 – 18 (Siblings can attend)

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/Developmental disabilities and/or autism.

Adventurers

Date: June 23rd – June 28th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 16+

Diagnoses Served: Physical Disabilities

Soaring Hawks

Date: July 7th – July 12th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 7+ (Siblings can attend)

Diagnoses Served: Blind, chronic diseases, deaf/hard of hearing. Campers with intellectual/developmental/physical disabilities and/or autism are also welcome.

Bridge Builders

Date: July 14th – July 19th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 7 – 18 (Siblings can attend)

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/developmental/physical disabilities and/or autism.

Explorers

Date: July 21st – July 26th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 16+

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/developmental/physical disabilities and/or autism.

Champions

Date: July 28th – August 2nd, 2024

Ages: Ages: 7+ (Siblings can attend)

Diagnoses Served: Intellectual/developmental/physical disabilities and/or autism

Celebration

Date: August 4th – August 9th, 2024

Ages: Ages: 18+

Diagnoses Served: Select Campers ages 18 and up with an intellectual/developmental/physical disability and/or autism are invited to join us this week! This week is invitation-only for Campers who are completely independent. If you believe your Camper would be a good fit and would like to be invited to this week, please reach out to our Camper Registrar.

Activities

There’s no shortage of fun things to do at Camp Barnabas. We offer a ton of exciting activities, including a high and low ropes course, game room, basketball courts, mini golf, fishing, pool (closes after Labor Day), rock wall, zipline, field sports, apple cannons, gel blasters, and canoeing. Every activity is adapted so that every person, regardless of age or ability, can participate.

Cost

Camp registration covers meals, lodging, safety resources, medical supplies, adaptive measures, programming, activities, and more.

Registration includes a non-refundable $100 registration fee. Camper Scholarships are available and are applied for in the registration form.

Early Registration:

$1200

When you register by August 31

General Registration:

$1400

When you register between September 1 - December 31

Late Registration:

$1500

When you register after January 1

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Scholarships

We never want cost to be a barrier to attending Camp Barnabas. Camper families may apply for additional financial support when registering for camp. Any family wishing for pre-approval for a scholarship may reach out to our Camp Registrar at [email protected]. Please know that approval for a scholarship does not guarantee a spot in a week at camp, you must also register your Camper for the week of your choice. Scholarship recipients will be determined after the new year. Scholarship assistance is not guaranteed.

In the meantime, we do encourage all families to read and utilize our fundraising guide. Download the fundraising guide here or email [email protected].


Cancellation Refund Policy:  Requests received prior to March 1st will result in a payment refund minus the non-refundable registration fee of $100. Cancellations occurring after March 1st will allow for payment transfer to another week within the summer or toward registration for the following summer less the registration fee of $100. We request that all cancellations are given at least 10 days before the start of the session. Any Camper/Missionary who is a no-call, no-show for their session will not be eligible for a refund or transfer of funds. All cancellation requests must be in writing and sent to [email protected].

Make a Payment

Make a payment on your account here. Please follow the steps below once at the payment portal:


  • Log-in with your username and password
  • To view the payment screen, select your Camper’s name or select the payment button to the right of their name


You may also mail payments to PO BOX 609 Branson, MO 65615. Balances can be paid all at once or in installments. To set up a payment plan, contact [email protected] or click here.

Looking for help fundraising for camp? Check out our Fundraising Guide.

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.

The Barnabas Difference

Camp Barnabas has been hard at work preparing our staff and facilities to serve our campers as best as possible. Whether it's implementing brand new programming or hiring an energetic team dedicated to creating a safe and fun environment, we're doing everything we can to make camp the best it can be—that's the Barnabas Difference.

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Role Models

Campers Giving Back

At Camp Barnabas, we believe that each individual is created with purpose and ability. As our Campers grow, we want to provide an opportunity for them to choose an alternative camp experience in which they can give back, lead others, and inspire those around them to achieve their goals and live a life of purpose.

Our Role Model Program is designed for returning Campers (16+) looking for the next step in their Camp Barnabas experience. It is designed for Campers who desire to mentor others and serve in some way. All Role Models must complete an application to be eligible.

Role Models are placed into cabins with Campers and Missionaries. They have support from Missionaries and staff in their cabin but may not have an assigned “buddy” for the week. Role Models will follow the same schedule as their assigned cabin during the week, but they will also follow their set goals and work on ways to meet them while also collaborating with their assigned cabin and staff. For more information, contact [email protected].

Role Model interviews will begin in January.

Got questions about Camp?

For further questions about campers, please complete the form. You can also call or email Tracy Sherrow, our Camp Registrar.

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