Volunteers ages 13-15 are Barnstormers serve in the dining hall and serve as assistants to counselors. Volunteers ages 16-25 are Counselors and are paired one-on-one with an amazing camper. Volunteers ages 26 and over serve as Cabin Mom/Dad, provide a cabin of campers with encouragement and lend a helping hand. Nurses needed too!
Volunteers are paired with a camper with special needs facing the week’s joys and challenges no more than an arm’s length away from one another. Each pair is assigned to a cabin that is overseen by our amazing summer staff. You can see what a typical day looks like here.
Being a Christian camp for children with special needs, our focus is not on intensive lecture style teaching. Each night we have a joyful time of worship and a bible study for volunteers. Here they can debrief with their cabins and have time to get to know each other better and be vulnerable. Volunteers also experience Christ as they love and serve their camper buddy.
Camp Blessing is totally structured around our campers’ unique needs. This limits the ability of a group to be together at a specified time each day. Girl cabins and boy cabins are also segregated. It is not impossible though for the group to take time in the week to meet and process how things are going. We also highly encourage groups to meet after the week is over to debrief and celebrate what God has done.
No experience is needed; only the heart to serve! Training covers topics such as personal care, safety, behavior management and diagnosis specific care. Volunteers receive 24 hours of training before campers arrive.
Yes. volunteers pay $235 to support CBTX for this “mission trip.”
The youth leader, youth intern and adult volunteers can sign up to serve as a cabin parent. This allows you to be involved in the lives of your students while also filling a need at camp. Cabin parents oversee a cabin or two as a parental figure, providing encouragement, support and prayer while also helping with laundry and snacks.
We can accommodate groups up to 50. Our ratios are critical to our ministry and we encourage you to underestimate the number of volunteers you can bring as we depend on each volunteer to fill an important role at camp.