Our 15th Annual Fall Banquet Was An Amazing Celebration.
More than 900 guests and volunteers gathered at Amy Grant’s Farm on Tuesday, Sept 22 for our annual fall fundraiser. It was by far our biggest banquet ever, and we thank our generous host for her continued hospitality. We ate a great meal, heard inspiring stories from this summer at camp and saw nearly 100 camper cardboard testimonies while a choir of campers and staff sang the Barefoot original “We Are One.” We thank the Lord for His continued provision and celebrate a record number of gifts. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks and months about how these gifts are going to impact our ability to grow and multiply Barefoot’s mission. Thank you for praying for us as we press forward in this unique call to camp ministry focused on Gospel-centered reconciliation.
Amy Grant Highlights Barefoot in Southern Exposure Interview.
As we finish out two great weeks of day camp at Amy Grant’s farm, we want to pause and thank our host for her warm and generous hospitality. Amy has been keenly involved from the very beginning of the early planning stages, and has continued to be so throughout the last two weeks…teaching archery, leading worship, filling empty gallon jugs with water…gracious and giving in every way.
She also took the opportunity to highlight Barefoot in a recent interview she had with Southern Exposure magazine. Please take the time to see the full article by clicking here. You’ll learn more about her desire for community and her commitment to philanthropy. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of her story in both of those ways, and look forward to her continued involvement as a member of the Barefoot family.
Nominate Barefoot: Camps That Change the World.
The Huffington Post recently published an article about camp counselors as superheros. Click here to read the Huffington Post article. It ends with a plug for Faith3.org’s open nomination for Camps That Change The World. You can find a link to it at the bottom of the article above, or you can go straight to it by clicking here. We’d be honored if you would consider nominating Barefoot Republic Camp.
Run Barefoot Raises Nearly $30,000 for the Scholarship Fund.
The 2015 team of runners and walkers, known as Run Barefoot, brought its training season to a close on April 25th at the Country Music Full/Half Marathon in downtown Nashville. But you can still support their efforts through the end of May by giving to encourage an individual member of the team or to support the general scholarship fund. Click here to see their progress on Razoo and to give online today. Thank you to the team and to those who have supported their efforts!
Candace Clippard and Elinor Warren Make Cover of Local Magazine.
Barefoot’s Female Program Director, along with 6-year camper Elinor Warren are on the April cover of West Side Exclusive, a social publication in Nashville. The Magazine wrote a full spread on Barefoot Republic Camp, including more than a dozen pictures of camp. Click here to view the pdf online. The Barefoot article starts on page 18 of the magazine.
Spring Has Arrived At Barefoot…And So Has Gaga Ball!
Tis the season for warmer weather, longer days, service projects at camp…and Gaga Ball. During the second half of March, Barefoot staff and numerous volunteers have been busy getting the KY property ready for the fast approaching summer camp season. The wet willie water slide is back in place, there’s a new shed down beyond the amphitheater for paintball equipment, the pavilion is almost fully enclosed and we have a new Gaga Ball pit thanks to the generosity and hard work of the GIFT Homeschool Group. Thanks friends…can’t wait for summer!
Winter Storm Neptune Dumps Over A Foot Of Snow At Barefoot!
Summer camp never looks like this, but Barefoot is covered in more than a foot of snow after Winter Storm Neptune blew through the region in mid February. While it left most Nashville families disappointed to be mostly covered in just ice, everyone north of the TN border is taking snow days, lots of pictures and time to dig out from under the exceptionally large amount of snow.
The 6,000 sq. foot covered pavilion that was new at Barefoot for the 2014 camp season is now being enclosed and will be a great indoor venue and rainy day space for summer 2015. Our construction crew is making quick work of the project – the photos above range from Jan 30 to Feb 7. Garage doors will wrap the building to give it an open air feeling when weather allows, with windows up top. It’ll serve as a great new corpoprate meeting space for year-round retreats, summer worship, evening programming and youth productions at the end of each overnight session. #gobarefoot2015
1st Annual 5K 4 MLK Was A Huge Success. Thank you!
On Monday, Jan 19th, more than 400 participants, volunteers and supporters gathered at East Park Community Center for Barefoot Republic Camp’s 1st Annual 5K 4 MLK. The event was designed to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while raising funds for Barefoot’s scholarship program. With economic diversity as part of our mission, we are committed to providing at least 50% of our campers will financial assistance every year, and we anticipate awarding over $275,000 in scholarship support in 2015. We were blessed to put on this event and are thankful for our sponsors, guest speakers, volunteers and all partcipants who came out in support of this vision. We look forward to next year’s event on Jan 18th!
Nashville Parent Readers Rank Barefoot Republic Best Sleep Away Camp for 2014!
Thanks to the friends and family of Barefoot Republic who read Nashville Parent Magazine and took the time to vote for us as the Best Sleep Away Camp in 2014 (See page 47 in the Nov 14 Issue). Our Day Camp was also a finalist, so we are honored to be recognized, and we thank God for how He is using, moving in and providing for this ministry. We remain committed to our mission of Christ-centered, multi-cultural camp ministry and look forward to seeing where God leads in the coming year.
Grant from Best Buy Foundation Helps Expand Specialties.
Barefoot is grateful to be a recipient of a grant from the Best Buy Foundation in support of our Video Production and Music Production programs at camp. This grant will help expand our hardware & software programs we use in teaching these specialties to our campers, and as a result teach more campers. We are thankful for their partnership and help in reaching out to youth in the areas of art & media.
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To facilitate Christ-centered relationships between individuals from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds through an equally diverse platform of artistic, athletic and team-building programs. To reflect God’s pursuit of His children through interests and passions, interpersonal relationships, and equipping students with tools for exploring and discovering God’s presence in their lives.