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    Family!

    Barnabas is a great experience. Many of our campers have been coming for years. We love enjoying the family aspect of our Barnabas camp.

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    Talent Show

    Thursday night talent show is beautiful! It is a fun filled night of singing, skits and lots of ELVIS!


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    Paddle Boats!

    Many of our Barnabas campers enjoy activities around our lake like swimming, canoeing and paddleboating.
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    Special Friends

    The thing that makes Barnabas special is our campers.  Each camper is paired with a Special Friend.  Our Special Friends spend the week with their Barnabas friend: laughing, playing and enjoying God's creation.

Special Needs Camps

Tekoa's special needs camps offer fun activities for campers with developmental disabilities. Tekoa offers different camp opportunities based on camper’s age. Campers must be ambulatory and able to feed, bathe, and clothe themselves.

Barnabas Summer Camp

(age 18+)
Barnabas camps are those designed for adults with developmental disabilities. Barnabas is known for showing great kindness to Saul (apostle Paul) and his Hebrew name translates to “son of encouragement.” We hope to extend such encouragement and kindness to our Barnabas campers just as they encourage us. Barnabas campers are to be ambulatory and must be able to feed, bathe, and clothe themselves. Campers enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, zipline, arts & crafts, devotions and talent show performances. Each camper is partnered with a special friend who remains by their side throughout the week offering them encouragement and care for eating, sleeping and all the fun in between. June 29- July 4, 2015. Barnabas Summer Camp check-in Monday 3:30-4:30pm. If attending our Barnabas camp please print and fill out our Special Needs Questionnaire.

Camp JIM (Fall Special Needs Camp)

(age 18+)
Preference given to UMAR residents and children of Methodist families
Deadline to register is Aug. 21. This camp is limited to 90 campers.
The same week of summer fun is also offered in the fall! Barnabas camps are those designed for adults with developmental disabilities. Barnabas is known for showing great kindness to Saul (apostle Paul) and his Hebrew name translates to "son of encouragement." We hope to extend such encouragement and kindness to our Barnabas campers just as they encourage us. Barnabas campers are to be ambulatory and must be able to feed, bathe, and clothe themselves. Additional activities may include day trips to pick apples, navigate a corn maze, zipline across the lake, arts & crafts, and much more. Sept. 13-16, 2015. For info call Tekoa's Director, James Johnson at 828-692-6516. If attending our Barnabas camp please print and fill out our Special Needs Questionnaire.

Special Camps for Special People

(age 18+)
Dates TBD. For info call Highlands UMC at 828-526-3376.

Volunteers (Special Friends)

(age 18+)
This is a great opportunity to provide a helping hand during an awesome week! Volunteers are assigned a camper with developmental disabilities with whom they share in all the activities of camp. Just as their name suggests, Special Friends are week-long companions who provide care and encouragement while expressing Christian love. 18 yr. old minimum. Application, references and a background check are required. For more info visit our “You Can Help” link on our website or call 828-692-6516.

Special Elementary Day Camps

(8-12 year olds)
Special Needs Day Camp is an inclusive program for children with developmental disabilities. Campers will enjoy full participation in activities alongside other elementary day campers. Our camper/staff ratio for these weeks is lower to be able to encourage and support all campers to grow and learn in Christ with one another. For more information about elementary day camp activities see the elementary day camp page. If attending our Special Elementary Day camps please print and fill out our Special Needs Questionnaire .