Camp Blessing exists to provide help and hope to people of all abilities through Christ-centered camp experiences.
We are a 13-year-old, award-winning, Christian summer camp ministry designed for children and young adults with special needs (physical/developmental/intellectual disabilities) to experience a week-long residential, barrier-free camp surrounding them with love, acceptance and fun. Since 2006, more than 6,300 campers and volunteer counselors have experienced this life-changing ministry.
Our campers are treated like rock stars! Individuals ages 7 and up with a primary diagnosis of a physical, developmental or intellectual disability are invited to join us as campers. Each summer, we offer eight sessions of camp for campers ages 7-22, one young adult session (ages 18-30) and one adult session (ages 24-60). In addition, camper siblings ages 8-13 are invited to join the fun during our Sibling Weeks (Terms 3, 5 and 9 in 2019)! Siblings ages 14+ have the opportunity to volunteer at camp as a SOTK.
During the school year, we offer a full camp session over Spring Break (ages 7-25) as well as a Family Camp Weekend for families sizes 2 and up to experience camp together. Be sure to check the Events tab for more information!
We are one of the few camp ministries in the country offering all of the traditional summer camp activities customized for full participation for all levels of ability, including wheelchair, crutch, and walker users. Camp Blessing is focused on showing the encompassing love of Christ to those who often experience exclusion, ridicule and self-esteem-damaging treatment by peers. Campers are thrilled to participate in the barrier-free gamut of activities including: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, fishing, swimming, ropes course, zip line, crafts, variety show, sports, water games and more. Three out of four return annually calling it the best week of their year. As a matter of fact, 14 of our original 17 campers, are still having a blast with us as campers!
Camp Blessing utilizes a committed force of volunteer counselors (code name: SOTK!) who donate time and money for the opportunity to serve. Volunteer counselors are trained and supervised by an experienced, paid staff. This allows for a 1:1 camper-to-counselor ratio ensuring enjoyment for campers, comfort for parents and a unique mission opportunity for volunteers. Volunteer counselor exit surveys track a 97% satisfaction rating, and many return year after year.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
The Camp Blessing Board is dedicated to taking strategic steps to ensure the future of our ministry. We desire to be fiscally responsible with solid financials and 100% board backing.
For 10 years, Camp Blessing subsisted by renting and retrofitting several campgrounds on the outskirts of Houston and throughout East Texas each summer. This method created issues regarding site availability, capacity, waste and identity, and revealed the demand and need for a permanent home.
In order to develop a long-term home, Camp Blessing purchased a beautiful 158-acre retreat facility outside of Brenham, Texas in 2016 and raised funds to re-develop the property. Our new camp home opened in the summer of 2017, and has been built with accessibility in mind. It offers amazing new cabins, renovated meeting spaces and accessible outdoor recreation amenities. Camp Blessing now has the capability to host programming year-round, as well as host outside groups for retreats and other special events.
The Camp Blessing team graciously appreciates, and depends on, your volunteerism, monetary support and in-kind gifts. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about God’s growing ministry. We hope you come visit us here in the heart of beautiful bluebonnet country. Call or email us to get involved or schedule a visit!