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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My kids both served as counselors at Camp Blessing last year. They went to serve others but they were the ones who came away blessed. They were truly transformed in that one week where they learned the true blessing in being the hands and feet of Christ. They developed real, lifelong relationships with their campers and can't wait to go back next year! Thank you Camp Blessing!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A little bit of Heaven on Earth.

I have now been involved with Camp Blessing Texas (CBTX) for 9 summers now; 5 years as a SOTK ( Servant of The King) and 4 years on Staff. I can say this camp does not just change the lives of the campers who keep coming back every year; it also makes an impact on the volunteers and the staff. So many people have walked away changed, myself included. Too be honest it is hard to explain or put into words that convey everything that Camp Blessing Texas is to the people who have walked through our gates without experiencing it for yourself.

How do you convey the emotions you experience and see when...

You sit on a horse behind a little boy or girl who is wheelchair bound and gets to ride for the first time.

To ask a camper who has been blind all his life to trust you because he wants to climb a rock walk but gets scared half way up.

To be sitting 40 feet up on a platform talking to a camper and telling them that the zip line wire is so strong that it can hold several elephants without breaking, to ask them if they want to fly.

To go on a adventure to the mysterious island, to be spy kids, to have treasure hunts, and sit in the dirt and dig holes for hours.

To set up a booty bag for the zip line for a camper who has never walked so they can feel how it is to fly, to be free.

To see campers get excited and go all out for our dance parties and talent shows.

Helping a camper shoot a bow and arrow, or fish. (Record is 14 fish, no joke)

To hold a little girl in your arms because she is sobbing uncontrollably, because she doesn't feel loved, and has no friends because all the kids think she is weird. To stroke her hair and tell her repeatedly that you love her so much till she calms down. To wipe away her tears and try to hold back your own because your heart is breaking for hers.

To see campers, counselors, and even staff, cling to a cross and thank God for an amazing week where they were loved and accepted and wish they could stay at camp forever. To lift each other up and pray a blessing on each other.

How do you put all those emotions into words...I could use words like love, joy, broken, restored...etc. Yet, they feel so generic. I guess the best way to put CBTX into words for someone who has never experienced it before would be 'A little bit of Heaven on Earth'.

Right now CBTX has a campaign called 'Build a Blessing' where they are trying to raise the money needed to build their own camp. Can you believe they have been a mobile camp for 10 years now!! Everything I said above and much more has happened on so many different camp sites, were we have had to adapt to their grounds and that can be a little challenging with wheelchairs and other equipment needed by our campers. The good news is God has blessed them with property, now they just need to build.

I have supported Camp Blessing Texas financially, prayerfully, and physically. I hope you will choose to help them build a Blessing so many more campers and volunteers will be able to experience Camp Blessing.

To learn more about Camp Blessing Texas you can visit their site here: http://campblessing.org/

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is an inspiration to all. Our daughter Aly volunteered to be a counselor for her required service hours for high school. Following the wonderful experience at Camp Blessing she has volunteered for the past 2 summers and will do so again this summer. She has a great ability and desire to spend time with children with Downs Syndrome. This camp has blessed her with that opportunity as she searches on how she can continue working in this area in her adult life after college. She has made some wonderful friendships with counselors, and more importantly with campers where she continues to spend time with them - taking them to movies, or the mall to shop or just hang out with them. What a life changing experience, thank you Camp Blessing for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nephew volunteered as a counselor this past summer and had a great time with all of the kids. This camp is truly a blessing to not only the campers, but also the volunteers who help everything run smoothly.

What an extra-ordinary facility that helps nourish growth and love.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a nephew with autism that has attended Camp Blessing and loves it. His brother also goes to camp with him and has met friends that have siblings with disabilities. I think this is so important so that he can share with friends that have the same family dynamic. This experience has been so good for both of them. The counselors are so caring.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a grandson Spencer who is nine years old and is autistic. Camp blessing this past summer was a teriffic experience. He enjoyed doing things outdoors like other kids get to experience and what was really cool was his twelve year old brother went and the programs for siblings of special needs kids was great. They both had a great time and it also gave there parents a week to themselves to regenerate and think about there special mission in life raising a special needs child.