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CTK Meets Goal for 2014 Scholarship Support!

Thanks to donors who gave generously through our Counting The Kids scholarship drive to help us raise over $40,000 in financial aid this summer. Individuals, churches, corporations and foundations all came together to help provide full and partial scholarships to more than 600 campers…a record number for Barefoot! CTK is one of several fundraising efforts geared toward raising scholarship support, and we are grateful for those who gave this year to make our summer camp season possible! Thank you!


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Grant from Nashville Predators Funds New Zip Line: Gnash Makes a Visit.

Nashville’s professional hockey team continues to support Barefoot through a grant that funded our new 650′ zip line. It’s been a big hit this summer, and the Predator’s mascot Gnash came up to our overnight campus in KY to check it out. Here’s an exerpt from an article they posted on their webiste:

“The camp received their most recent Predators Foundation grant in May, this grant fully funded “The Predator,” a 650-foot zip line. “The Predator” begins on a platform outside of Barefoot Republic’s tree house village cabins, runs across the recreational lake and ends just after the horseback riding area.” Click here to see video from Gnash’s visit and to read the full article.

Thanks to the Nashville Predator’s for their parnership and generosity. We appreciate the invesments they have made in the programming experiences for the campers at Barefoot Republic.


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We are grateful for the steady progress we are seeing as you, our Barefoot family, continue to give unrestricted scholarship support toward our Counting The Kids scholarship drive. As of mid-June, we have reached the 70% mark, meaning we have raised $28,000 of the $40,000 goal. We are grateful for your generosity and look forward to seeing how the Lord provides the remaining $12,000 over the course of the remaining 7 camp sessions this summer. Thank you for praying and giving. Please click here to learn more and to give online today!


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Our Counting The Kids scholarship drive is one of the means by which we raise financial aid for our campers. As of early May 2014, we have raised $16,000 and we hope to raise $40,000 through the CTK effort. Every Greater Than segment of this graphic represents $4000 toward that goal, and each time another $4000 is given, we will turn a new segment into a full-color picture. Click here to learn more and to give online today!



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It’s a Pavilion-raising at Barefoot!

We’re excited to see another new addition to Barefoot’s facilities taking shape this spring. This 6,000 sq. ft. pavilion will eventually house our basketball court and skatepark, providing glorious shade for these popular hot spots on campus. The structure, which stands next to our sand volleyball court, will also serve as a terrific rainy-day option for outside activities. Funding for Phase I of the construction is complete, though we still lack some final capital needed to pour the concrete floor. If you’d like to support this effort, please email for more details. Thanks to those who have already given generously toward this project!




Today, May 6th, you have an opportunity to support Barefoot Republic Camp through The Big Payback. This charitable giving day is a community-wide, online event hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Visit to make a donation between 6 am on May 6th and 6 am on May 7th, 2014. UPDATE: Thanks to those who gave $1,325 through the Big Payback!


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Spring Break Groups Rock Barefoot Despite Crazy Weather!

In mid-March, we were fortunate to have two different weeks of spring breakers at Barefoot completing service projects and providing mini day camps for local elementary and middle school students. The first group was college students from around the country, assembled under the Williamson County United Way Alternative Spring Break program. The second week we were served by The Navigators campus ministry from Clemson University. We were honored to have both groups and appreciate all their energy and hard work. See more photos on our Facebook page!


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By late February, the new rec lake is just in need of a few more feet of water to reach full depth. We received a generous donation that will allow us to install our zip line and water slide before the summer season, so we’re looking forward to creating some great memories in the coming months as campers and staff launch themselves from the decks of the treehouse villages over and into the new lake!

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February Marks the Launch of our Counting The Kids Campaign.

We are committed to economic diversity at Barefoot, and plan to award $175,000 in scholarships this summer. The Counting The Kids annual scholarship drive is one way we raise support for this aspect of our mission. In 2014, we hope CTK will raise at least $40,000 that will bolster our ability to provide financial aid to more than 600 campers over the course of our 10-week summer. Please pray for this effort and consider how you might be involved. Click here to learn more, track our progress and to make an online donation today!

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Rain Water is Steadily Filling the Rec Lake!

It may not be clear blue water at the moment, be we are thrilled to see the November and December rainfall beginning to fill our new recreational lake. As the water rises and as funds are available, we look forward to installing water features on and around the one-acre lake including the beachfront, blob, water slide and zip line. We are grateful for the progress and anticipate tons of fun at the lake this coming summer!

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Run Barefoot Launch Party  is Scheduled for January 10th. 

If you’re interested in bringing awareness and support to Barefoot’s scholarship program by running/walking the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon April 26, plan to join us at 6:00 pm on Jan 10th at the Clippard’s Coach House (2315 Abbott Martin Rd, Nashville 37215) for our informational dinner. Even if you have no interest in running or walking a race, we are looking for Barefoot Backers to be involved as well. Click here for more information.

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United Way’s Alternative Spring Break March 10-14 to Benefit Barefoot.

United Way of Williamson County is hosting the first United Way ASB in Tennessee. Volunteers have long served as an essential and critical resource for Barefoot Republic Camp which has served thousands of students over the past 14 years. Volunteers and enabled Barefoot to maintain and improve facilities and programs for our campers.  Typically projects center around 3 areas: landscaping, painting and/or construction. Beyond facility improvements, volunteers will work with children, many from low-income households. Click here to register.

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