Season 3 | Episode 307 | Aired 10/15/2005
Ty and the gang go back to camp to help Paul and Cyndy Teas, who have given all they have to the camp they founded for disabled children -- and neglected their own home as a result.
In the most super sized renovation ever, the design team will not only rebuild the Teas' home but take on the challenge of making over other parts of Camp Barnabas -- in just seven days -- making this the most "extreme" makeover to date!
In 1995 the Teas turned their dream into a reality when they purchased a sixty-year-old rundown camp. Piece by piece they updated it, making it accessible to children with all kinds of disabilities. The Teas left their jobs, emptied their savings and retirement accounts and went three years without a paycheck, all to start Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO. Their camp is now thriving, but Paul and Cyndy's house is not.
With all the new facilities that have been added to maximize the campers' experience, there is only one building left needing repairs: the A-frame house that founders Paul and Cyndy Teas live in. They cannot justify spending money on their own home or themselves because that would mean not being able to help another child go to camp. Their own children, who are putting themselves through college, don't even have a place to sleep while they're home. Lack of volunteer camp counselor housing has led people to sleep in the Teas' home as well.
Camp Barnabas is a non-profit organization that caters to the needs of critically and chronically ill children and gives them the opportunity to be "normal" for one week. Every summer 1,000 kids pass through its gates and are able to enjoy the simple things most of us take for granted, such as canoeing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery, rock climbing and more. In these special episodes of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the design team will go back to summer camp to help out this family who have devoted their lives to helping others.
Paul and Cyndy Teas will never tire of giving to others, as long as it makes a child smile. Now, the campers, parents and volunteers of Camp Barnabas will give something back to the Teas for giving their children so much every summer.
Also some special guests visit Camp Barnabas, including country music superstar Trisha Yearwood, who sings songs around a "campfire"-- the most extreme campfire ever – when the family's original house is torched in order to clear the area to rebuild their new home. *NSYNC vocalist/pop music star Lance Bass also makes a donation to a former camper to save a similar camp back in her native Russia.
And it's the first day on the job for new designer Tanya McQueen, who joins as the latest member of the design team. Hailing from Houston, TX, Tanya brings her personal approach to interior design by incorporating diverse and unique ways of decorating. Her passion is creating beautiful spaces within the homes, turning them into showplaces.
The "Extreme" team will work with local builder PB2 Architecture and Engineering, as well as camp kids, counselors and volunteers, while Paul and Cyndy get a much-deserved vacation in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, as well as Paul DiMeo, Tanya McQueen, Ed Sanders and Preston Sharp.