We are so excited to announce the start of the Barefoot Bridge program!

The Barefoot Bridge Program is a Christian leadership development ministry of Barefoot Republic. The Bridge program exists to cultivate relationships between young adults of diverse backgrounds so that they may discover and live out their divine calling both now and in the future. With opportunities for education, vocational training and ministry development, this year-long program seeks disciples of Christ who desire to take the next step in joining God’s work in their lives & in the world.

Anyone who wishes to apply must meet the following requirements:

  • 18-22 & one year out of high school
  • Has placed their faith in & is a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Lives a lifestyle that honors God & self
  • Possesses basic leadership traits/qualities
  • Desires growth in one or more areas of life & work
  • Is at least one year out of high school and is also at least 18 years of age

Register Here

All students must be able & willing to:

  • Move to Barefoot Republic Camp in Fountain Run, KY and live in camp housing for the duration of the program
  • Work at least 4 weekends per semester for our retreat & family camp groups
  • Participate in education and service projects while in the Program
  • Complete assignments & participate in training courses 
  • Agree to & sign the Community Policy and Code of Conduct

Your Investment in the Program

Bridge Program candidates will apply online for one of 8 spots in the cohort. Once the application is received, the interview process will begin. A panel of ministry professionals will assess each application and conduct all interviews. Once the interview process is complete, candidates will be invited to join the Bridge Program class. After this time, participants will be asked to invest tuition monies into their year-long ministry program. 

Tuition for the Bridge Program

The Fall tuition, of $4,500  can be submitted anytime between acceptance into Program and Oct. 1st. Spring tuition, of $4, 500 is to be submitted on or before Feb. 1. Participants who wish to apply for financial aid or get details on raising support, can fill out the form on the Bridge Application registration page or email Those wishing to pay in full, or sponsor another student through their financial investment, can also note this on the Financial Notes section of the registration form.

Barefoot’s Investment in You

The students who participate in this program will receive education & instruction that may lead to:

Certification through the American Camping Association (camp management, programming, hosp)
First Aid Certification 

CPR certification

Experience in landscaping & facility management

Youth & Child development certification

Outdoor education & Ropes course certification

Benefits that may be included throughout the year for Bridge students:

Gym or community center membership

Membership to Camping association

Community service 

Group meals & opportunities for fellowship

Off campus trips & outings

Mentorship & discipleship

College-level bible courses

Devotional study & worship events

Savings options

Potential to be a part of Barefoot summer staff in 2021 (stipend offered)

Are you outside of the Bridge target age but still want to support or invest in these leaders? Click HERE to learn more about being a Foundation Partner & Click HERE to sign up to be a Foundation Partner.