Camp Barnabas hosting special Barnabreak girls weekend

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Harp: ‘We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our campers’

Camp Barnabas hosts two separate Barnabreaks a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, and this year on the weekend of April 12, Camp Barnabas will host an all-girls weekend camp.

Andrea Harp, director of marketing, said the camp has had the Barnabreaks for more than 20 years.

“They are always incredibly popular and booked,” she said. “Based on popular demand, we wanted to try a pilot program for something new this spring and open it up for a special all-girls camp.”

Harp said that was an opportunity they had seen, and it also filled up within minutes.

“We do have a few spots left for counselors,” she said. “We know that our camper families love the camaraderie of a girls weekend.”

Harp said this girls weekend gives the campers a great opportunity to do the fun things that they love to do with their girlfriends.

“We are going to have a fashion show, karaoke, dress up and dance party,” she said. “They will get to have the encouragement of lifting each other up and friendship.”

Harp said the ages range from 7 years old to the adult campers.

“We pair cabins based on that age range and groups,” she said. “It is an all-age event, though.”

Harp said she already sees those long-lasting friendships with the currents camps, but this will hopefully build on that.

“At the root of Camp Barnabas are those longterm relationships,” she said. “Our campers don’t always get the opportunity to foster those best friend relationships or those relationships that typical children get. Camp gives them the opportunity to build those relationships and foster to them.”

Harp said social interactions are critical for self-esteem, well being and emotional happiness.

“As a parent, knowing that your daughter can blossom, not just at camp, is amazing,” she said. “Camp provides the vehicle for the campers to develop those relationships.”

Harp said at Barnabreak is where those relationships start.

“We are just honored that we can provide those opportunities for those seeds to grow,” she said. “We did make custom activities for this weekend, just like we would for any other Barnabreak, but we had fun giving it an all girls twist.”

Harp said that this all-girls weekend is called the ‘All Girls Pajama Jam Weekend’.

“The best part is that we love for people to come out to camp and see what it is all about,” she said. “So anyone interested in seeing it there are many workdays leading up to camp and also leading up to summer. It doesn’t just have to be this weekend or even end there.”

Harp said camp starts on Friday at 4 p.m. for camper arrival, and ends on Sunday at about 11 a.m.

“We are so thrilled that it has gone over as well as it has,” she said. “We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our campers well, and we can’t wait to have everyone out to camp.”

For more information about volunteering as a counselor, people can visit to register, or call the main line at 417-476-2565.

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