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Camp Blessing Texas (formerly Camp Barnabas Tx)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Christianity, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Religion, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: 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.

Results: summer camps for the past 8 years. Increasing to 10 terms in 2017. In 2016 we had 578 campers and over 800 volunteers!

Target demographics: ages 7 and up who have special needs

Programs: Horseback, Canoe, Archery, Crafts, Theme Night parties

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a ten year old with Down syndrome and a typical 18 year old. My boys have been going to Camp Blessing for the last four years and I am never sure you really benefits the most out of this experience.

My 18 year old always comes back so full of God and recognizing what is really important in the world. By serving others with special needs, he feels like Christ is always working through him and learning something about himself through the different teens he is helping.

My 10 year old, well to say that he takes full advantage of the non stop activities that Camp Blessing has to offer, is a mild understatement. He has been able to experience thing that he would never be able to if it were not for Camp Blessing and the wonderful volunteers.

I was nervous sending them the first year, but honestly say that this was the best decision I have ever made on their behalfs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is diagnosed with a genetic disorder, autism, an intellectual disability, plus a few others. He is high functioning but not enough to be independent. Camp Blessing offers each camper a dedicated buddy who helps translate the world plus they make sure each camper has fun, makes friends, and learns the good news about Jesus Christ. My son is a rock star for a week; the best week of the year for him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm writing to highly recommend Camp Blessing Texas as the very best camp experience for special needs children and adults, as well as an organization that is worthy of your financial gift, time, or talent.

I'm a 'camper Mom' and my son James lives with autism and epilepsy. For the last 18 years I have raised him through divorce, then the death of his father, which caused me to focus completely on my son, other family members, and my work.

In 2006, the first year Camp began, James was one of the original campers. He has been a camper each summer since then and just finished his 11th consecutive camp a few weeks ago in 2016. I know the founders and the directors personally and love and respect them. We are like a family and if you allow your child or adult to experience Camp, I'm sure you will feel the same way. They run the Camp with integrity, extreme FUN, love and acceptance, all the while keeping safety in mind. Over the years I have also become a volunteer myself.

My son's favorite things to do at camp are swimming, horseback riding, arts and crafts, canoeing, archery, fishing, 'messy games,' themed dance nights, and the talent show. There's more too! I am impressed at how Camp is run. There is a hand-picked volunteer that's assigned to each camper and is within arms reach of your camper at all times. This is very rare, as most camps have one counselor to a group of campers. That 'buddy' is constantly with your camper. They form a bond, and we have been blessed to stay in touch with some of James' buddies long after Camp is over.

James talks about Camp all through the year, and it's the only time I can get a few days of vacation. During James' third year at Camp, I had not had a vacation (even one day) in 15 years. During that third year, I decided that he was doing so well at Camp that maybe I could go away for four days. Yes, I was apprehensive at first because I had not ever been away from him, but my older son and I flew to Portland, OR to visit my daughter and son-in-law.
It was an incredible experience to be away on respite and have the assurance that James was having a great time and being watched so lovingly.

You'll never have to worry about your child's meds and or special diet, as a phenomenal medical and kitchen team have a proven method of making sure all meds are distributed correctly and no forbidden foods are given to your child. Initially, I wasn't sure how that would be handled because sometimes, as a parent, I think that no one can take care of James like I can. After 11 years of Camp, I can assure you that the utmost care is taken with your child's meds and special diets. My son is also Gluten free and casein-free (GFCF) and I am more than pleased at the detailed attention given to this. I'm completely at ease.

After leasing camp facilities for 11 years, we have just purchased a facility and acreage in Brenham and are in a capital campaign to make it into the Camp that the campers and families have come to expect. Next year in 2017 we will have camp there instead of renting facilities, and need everyone's help to achieve this.

Last but not least, Camp Blessing Texas has a yearly Christian theme and staff and volunteers are godly men and women, teens, and young adults that serve willingly with an open heart. When you become a camper family, donor, board member, volunteer, or serve in any other capacity, you'll be doing one of the greatest acts of service for special needs individuals and families that you can imagine.

When your camper comes home with the special photo album and the Camp DVD (from just the week that was attended), you'll experience almost first-hand what it's like to 'be' at Camp.

The Camp Blessing staff all love God and treat your camper like they are the most special individual that God has ever created. That's because— they are.

Shannon24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Blessing is an amazing place. My sons with special needs have been to camp there two years in a row and it is almost impossible to accurately convey in words how amazing this place is. They do everything us parents do aa far as caretaking and not only give the kids an amazing camp experience but give the parents reslite. The counselors are blessed as well. My boys just got home and want to go back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Krista20

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CAMP BLESSING is an amazing place!!! The children are made to feel very accepted and they all have an awesome time!!! The love and attention that the people at this camp give to each child is overwhelming!!!

Sherri23

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Marissa who is special needs has been attending Camp Blessing for about 5 years. This camp has given her the opportunity to be more independent and to do so many things that other "typical" children can do. She absolutely LOVES Camp Blessing and looks forward to it every year. She Loves praising Jesus and being able to do so, so openly at Camp. The Staff and volunteers are so caring and genuine. I am so Happy that we found Camp Blessing. Marissa will be a lifelong camper.

Franciene C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After attending a summer session at Camp Blessing, my son cannot stop talking about what a great week he had. In fact he talks about Camp Blessing year round, and looks forward to next summer. Camp Blessing has truly been a blessing for our family. The entire staff is awesome and amaze me every year! Extremely caring, organized and well trained. They routinely provide special diets and are very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a camper at Camp Blessing for the last two years. It has been an amazing experience for both her and our family. She LOVES camp and her counselors. It is such a great feeling to drop your child (with special needs) off at camp and know that she will be LOVED and cared for while enjoying a "real" camp experience. WE LOVE CAMP BLESSING!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is one of the original 17 campers from when Camp Blessing began in 2006, and has attended every year. I could list tons of things he loves about camp, but I think I can best summarize how awesome Camp Blessing is with this one fact:
Last summer, his Best Buddies club at school planned a trip to Disney World for a week. Due to our finances, we were not able to send him to both Disney World and Camp Blessing, and so we asked him to choose. Without hesitating, he picked Camp Blessing.
Maybe there is a NEW "Happiest Place On Earth".... :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a child who attends Camp Blessing. My daughter has cerebral palsy and struggles with depression. She does not like being different and cannot understand why she has cerebral palsy. Camp Blessing is a place where all differences are embraced and all children are accepted. Camp Blessing gives her hope through the love of Jesus Christ as seen in all of the people working at the camp. She is accepted, valued and loved just as she is. She gets to feel special and enjoy all the activities. She is not limited because of her disability. Thanks Camp Blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended Camp Blessing for the last 5 years. I love the food, the cabins, the counselors and all the activities. I especially love hanging out with friends and getting a break from my family!