Barnabas weekend

April 21-23, 2017

Join us for a weekend at Camp Tekoa that is designed for those 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.  Campers enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, zipline, arts & crafts, devotions and talent show performances. Each camper is partnered with a companion friend who remains by their side throughout the weekend offering them encouragement and care for eating, sleeping and all the fun in between.  Barnabas campers are to be ambulatory and must be able to feed, bathe, and clothe themselves.  If you have questions or need more information please don't hesitate to contact us!

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Registration Contact: Linda Potter -

*Your registration will be complete once we have received your payments*


Volunteers are need to come spend the weekend at Tekoa!  We suspect it will be one of those life-changing weekends for many of you like it was for us.  On Friday when you arrive you will be partnered with a camper for the duration of the weekend.  While most of what we do will happen in groups, you will do all camp activities along side your camper.  It is imperative that you are willing to focus your energy on your camper and what she/he wants to do.  We will try to match people based with campers based on whether they would prefer a more sedentary or active camper.  

There is not a set age for volunteers as we have seen many kids flourish in this setting and are able to love on the campers in a very special way.  We do ask that kids come with a parent.   Kids will be assigned to a camper with their parent so that they can work together to care for the camper.  Youth do not necessarily have to come with a parent, but should come with a supervising adult.  If you are interested in bringing a youth group, please contact Carrilea or Jennifer directly for registration.

The CREW...

Carrilea Potter and Jennifer Bingham Hampton met over 10 years ago on the steps of Camp Tekoa while volunteering at Camp Grace (a fall special needs weekend).  Amy Vaughan joined the team because all three share a desire to make disciples and cultivate community among persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They are all serving as vocational ministers in the United Methodist Church and have joined with friends and co-workers from Tekoa and across the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC to extend the ministry of Camp Grace into a Spring Barnabas Weekend.