Camp Blessing Texas (formerly Camp Barnabas Tx)
Rating: 4.98 stars 64 64 reviews
P O Box 2268 Tomball TX 77377 USA
Tens of thousands of special needs persons in Texas can't enjoy the proven health, social and spiritual needs of a summer camp experience. Camp Blessing Texas specifically serves the needs of those with disabilities.
summer camps for the past 8 years. Increasing to 8 terms in 2011. In 2013 we had 326 campers and over 500 volunteers!
ages 7 and up who have special needs
Horseback, Canoe, Archery, Crafts, Theme Night parties
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1 person found this review helpful
Buried under doctors, therapists, meds and lots and lots of questions about my son's diagnosis and prognosis, we did not think he could go to camp. Then we found Camp Blessing. Director Glen Elder answered every question personally. After we dropped our son off, it dawned on me I had never been separated from my son since his birth. But when I picked my son up, he was a new child. At Camp Blessing, he is a rock star, not the odd kid. At Camp Blessing, he is able, not disabled. At Camp Blessing, he is not just accepted; he is loved. My son looks forward to Camp Blessing every year. His teenage brother is a volunteer. I praise Camp Blessing for showing my teenager that cleaning bathrooms can be fun. He looks forward to going every year too. Can't say enough good things about this camp.
Camp Blessing Tx is such a blessing to our family. Our daughter has been attending for 6 years! She absolutely loves it!!! There is nothing like the anticipation of getting ready for camp. What costumes to select for the socials
At night & what part does she play for the talent show. She loves worshipping
Jesus in all the positive activities at camp & adores her chaperone for the week!
The cross carry & Bible stories are done in such a way that everyone has such a positive memory of it forever. All the volunteers have such a loving & gracious heart that I know she will be lovingly nourished all week.
Camp Blessing Tx is a place where our special needs sons & daughters are accepted & loved for who they are! Us Parents know we have been blessed with exceptional individuals & so does Camp Blessing Tx.
7 people found this review helpful
My name is Cameron Broyles, I'm 14 and I have cerebral palsy. I just want to say that Camp Blessings is my all time favorite summer camp! I've been to 4 different camps for kids with disabilities and I love this one the most because the focus is on God. It just makes you feel good like your closer to God for the whole week. There are really not a lot of camps to choose from for kids like me, I can't even attend my own church summer camp which is a bummer. I love seeing the same people year after year like Tarzan, Cole and Kitty Purry. I almost didn't get to go this summer because my mom filled out the paperwork too late and Mr. Elder found a spot for me at the last minute so that I could play in a charity power soccer game. I look forward to going every summer...CAMP BLESSING ROCKS!
I can always count on crying at least one time every summer - during the closing program at the end of my son, Luke's, week at Camp Blessing. To see how each one of these special needs adults and children are celebrated, to see the smiles on their faces and the faces of the extraordinary staff and volunteers as the week draws to a close is enough to bring tears to anyone's eyes. Camp Blessing provides an atmosphere of celebration of the uniqueness of each individual camper. The staff and volunteers look at our children through the eyes of God. The staff provide boundless opportunities for active participation regardless of severity of disability and at the end of it all they give each child a photo album and DVD so that they can relive their experiences over and over. My son insists that we look at his DVD or photo album at least weekly! Camp Blessing provides abundant/varied activities, 1-1 camper/buddy match-ups, knowledgeable professional staff , excellent medical care, and an atmosphere of acceptance, love, and understanding. I have ended our family vacation early and traveled 1200 miles to get my son to camp when a spot opened up at the last minute on their waiting list for him - that is how much I value this camp. If you want to see what a picture of true happiness looks like, go to their website and view the pictures of campers posted there - one of them is my son!
Camp Blessing truly lives up to it's name-everything surrounding our camp experience was truly a blessing. From the amazing greeting campers receive upon arrival, to the staff team who not only love campers but also keep them safe, Camp Blessing incarnates the love of God for all. As the parent of a special needs teen, I could leave my son a camp knowing he would be well cared for, loved and celebrated for who he is. From drop off to pick up, I never had a worry because I knew our son would have a great time with all the fun activitiees and most importantly, would leave Camp Blessing knowing the deep and amazing love God has for him.
My son has attended Camp Blessing Texas for 2 years now. I am completely amazed by this camp! When you drive up, and your child gets out of the car, God takes over. Your kid feels it, you feel it, and their buddy feels it too! My son has severe CP and is non-verbal. At times, I think he may feel left out because you have to really work to get him involved with a group...but, not at Camp Blessing TX! I can guarantee you he feels a part of everything. Here's how I know: I have to de-camp him when he gets home. :) It takes about 1 week. As soon as he wakes up upon returning home, he is ready to go. After he eats, he looks at me like, "What's next, Mom?" Then he looks at me, "What are we going to do after that?" This goes on for a few days and just makes my heart smile! Thank you Camp Blessing Texas! The Hill Family
Camp Blessing is a God-send. They have the most amazing staff and directors and volunteers that will cater any person with any special need and make their summer one to never forget. As a parent, it provides my spouse and me a much-needed respite and we always have the utmost faith that our special-needs children are in the best of care while we recharge our batteries. God Bless Camp Blessing!
Camp Blessing is amazing! Our son has been a camper since the second year camp was offered. He has multiple disabilities. We know he will have a great time while he is at camp participating in activities he doesn't have the opportunity to enjoy any place else. The wonderful staff and volunteers give him the best care while he's there. It is the only time during the year my husband and I can spend several days with each other. Our daughter has also loved camp. She has gone for 4 years as a sibling and can't wait until she's old enough to be a Barn Stormer. It's a wonderful experience!
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Both of my children have attended Camp Blessing and have benefited tremendously from their experience. My daughter attended as a camper and is counting the days until next summer. Although she has significant global development delays, she was able to ride horses, climb a rock wall and feel like a star in the camp talent show. The camp always has a trained medical professional to help with her medical needs.
My fourteen year old son attended as a volunteer; he cleaned cabins and bathrooms, served meals and played with the campers during their activities. He can't wait to go back next summer as well. I have seen such growth and compassion in the way he interacts with his younger sister since his week at Camp Blessing. It has made him a more tolerant, understanding, and kind young man.
Camp Blessing is an incredibly remarkable place for everyone who attends.
I was very reluctant sending my 7 year old son with Down syndrome to an overnight camp but I am glad I did because I was emotionally and spiritually touched by how he was taken care of and loved by all the staff. The directors, staff, volunteers, and his buddy were amazing not just with my son but with all kids and their parents. I highly recommend Camp Blessing!