The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" episode, which was videotaped at Camp Barnabas in August of 2005, has received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Reality Program."
"When we learned about the episode's Emmy nomination we were thrilled for the show, PB2, the countless volunteers involved in the build and most importantly our campers," said Cyndy Teas, who founded and directs the camp with her husband, Paul.
Camp Barnabas, which is a local non-profit, non-demoninational Christian camp for disabled individuals located between Purdy and Fairview, was featured on a special two-hour episode of Extreme Home Makeover last October.
"The producers said this is the best show they'd ever done," said Myra Miller, spokesperson for project builder PB2, during August construction. "This is unheard of to build a home and two additional buildings in just seven days."
The Extreme Home Makeover design team, PB2 contractors and thousands of local volunteers joined together to build a new home, a state-of-the-art media center and a new counselor bunk house for the Teases.
Around 3,000 volunteers worked around the clock for seven days to complete the three buildings and install a sewer, underground electrical lines, a layer of asphalt on the main road, a new "zip line" for the high ropes course and playground improvements.
Since the show aired on ABC last October, the camp has received over $75,000 in cash donations.
The improvements and donation funds have jump-started plans for the future of Camp Barnabas. The Teases hope to offer more camper scholarships, increase operating funds and complete a $7 million capital campaign.
On March 15, the Teases launched the "Let's Imagine 21 New Cabins" campaign, which will provide new housing for hundreds of children attending the camp annually.
"'Let's Imagine 21 New Cabins' is part of the capital campaign to construct 21 new cabins at Camp Barnabas," said Paul Teas. "The new cabins will replace the original cabins that were built in 1936."
The proposed cabins, which are designed by Stone Company, of Granby, will be fully American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and have in-house bathrooms and showers.
If the "Let's Imagine 21 New Cabins" campaign continues on schedule, Camp Barnabas will have 21 new camper cabins constructed by the beginning of the 2007 summer camp season.
Camp Barnabas serves over 900 children with different types of disabilities each year. While at Camp Barnabas, the campers spend seven days enjoying outdoor activities like rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding.
"Camp Barnabas allows kids to be kids and is a place where kids with special needs can find unsurpassed acceptance and love," said Cyndy Teas. "We feel truly blessed by what 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' has done for Camp Barnabas and the team's help in providing the best experience possible for these kids."
For more information, call 417-886-9800 or 417-476-2565 or visit the camp's website at www.campbarnabas.org.