Equipping young adults with disabilities for a life of self-confidence, societal significance, and spiritual maturity in Christ.
Barnabas Prep started from Camp Barnabas, a Christian summer camp founded in 1994 designed for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families. Through the years, we witnessed our campers grow from young children to young adults and saw the challenges faced by their families as they prepared their young adult children for life after high school. Desiring to walk alongside our young adult campers and their families in this difficult time of life, as they watch their peers head off to college or careers, the Barnabas team began to brainstorm how we could give greater opportunities to young adults with disabilities who often have very limited options during this phase of life. From these thoughts, Barnabas Prep was created. Barnabas Prep, operating out of the Camp Barnabas Teas Trail location in Purdy, MO, received its inaugural class of six students in the Fall of 2011.
In 2014, Barnabas Prep relocated to Branson, Missouri allowing for an expansion of the program and more opportunities for students and staff to be immersed and plugged into the community around them. Since then, Barnabas Prep has been able to accept up to 20 students a year, partner with many local businesses and organizations to provide more volunteer opportunities for students, and consistently serve at a local church. Barnabas Prep students are now active members of the Branson community and get to live fun and exciting social lives through the wide variety of attractions, museums, and shows found in the area!