Pack the sleeping bags — it’s camp time

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Camp Barnabas opens its cabins for summer

Camp Barnabas has made camping memories for 27 years in Barry County, and after a challenging year, campers are being welcomed back.

Whether it is their first camp experience or their 27th with Camp Barnabas, the staff aim to make it a memorable one.

For the summer of 2021, campers can view and register for their choice of camps at https://www.campbarnabas.org/campers/2021-camper-registration.

Camp registration includes means, lodging, safety resources and medical supplies, programming and activities.

People may apply for a scholarship for the 2021 year as well, to help cover the registration costs. Camp Barnabas also allows certain payment plans.

Camp Barnabas 2021 summer camp schedule includes:

• Young Friends week, finishing this week.

• Adventure week, June 20-25

Adventure week will be available for ages 16 years and older, and is for campers with physical disabilities only.

• Soaring Hawks week, June 27 to July 2

This camp is designed for campers with Asperger’s, blind, chronic diseases or the deaf and hearing impaired. Serving ages 7-25 or 7-35 for the blind.

• Bridge Builders week, July 11-16

Calling campers with developmental disabilities, autism and physical disabilities ages 7-18.

• Explorers week, July 18-23

For campers 16 and older, with developmental disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.

• Champions week July 25-30

Champions week is for campers ages 7-18 with developmental disabilities, autism and physical disabilities.

• Celebration week Aug. 1-6

The final summer camp is for campers with developmental disabilities, autism and physical disabilities ages 16 and older.

According to Becky Conroy, Camp Barnabas director of marketing, Camp staff are excited to continue their mission with campers by returning this summer.

“2020 was a challenging and long year after making the decision to not offer in-person camp last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Tillack, Camp Barnabas CEO, in a press release. “But, we’ve made the most of this off time with multiple camp improvements. Thanks to our generous supporters, this summer campers, missionaries, and staff will get to enjoy the new fully accessible three-acre lake, game room, sensory zones and so much more.

“‘Beyond the facility improvements, summer 2021 will feel a little different. Keeping every individual who joins us safe and healthy is our top priority. From a staggered, drive-thru arrival plan to alternating activity schedules, we are doing everything possible to make sure this is a safe space.”

Since 1994, Camp Barnabas has welcomed 90,000 campers with a variety of disabilities, and it serves 1,600 campers and 2,400 volunteers each summer.

Camp Barnabas relies on missionary volunteers to successfully run each summer, for more information or to volunteer people may visit https://www.campbarnabas.org/summer-staff/.

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