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There’s a Camp for everyone at Very Special Camps!

ARC of Dallas Adventure Camp Dallas

Adventure Camp is a day camp for children and teens ages 5-21 with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. Siblings may attend as well if space allows. Adventure Camp is held Monday through Friday during spring and summer school breaks in order to provide recreational day care for campers and respite to caregivers in a fun, safe and experiential environment. Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with extended care available. Activities include crafts, games, entertainment, swimming, free play and field trips. Summer camps are held concurrently in two-week sessions throughout the summer (with the exception of the week of July 4th). Space is limited to 25 per session. Camper to staff ratio is generally 4:1 and is often supplemented by volunteers as needed. Camp provides a semi-structured environment with opportunities for free play and leadership. Fees are similar to daycare. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. For more information, or to apply, contact Sherry Wacasey at 214 634 9810 or

ARC of Greater Tarrant County
Reading, money management and computer classes for adults with IDD. Social and recreational activities throughout the month for adult self-advocates including a dance on the 3rd Friday of each month for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The dance is held at:
2300 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX

Brett Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children Irving
A Variety of half day camps for kids with autism ages 2-12. 972-756-9170

Bricks 4 Kidz Frisco, Plano, Prosper
A fun, educational and safe activity for families. Bricks 4 Kidz day camps, summer camps, STEM enrichment, half-day and whole day camps, LEGO camps.
SPECIAL NEEDS ACCOMODATIONS All the facilities where camps are held are handicap accessible. They also provide 1-1 assistance for campers who need extra help.
Frisco Discovery Center Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church Frisco, TX 75034
8004 N. Dallas Pkwy
Prosper, TX 75078

Legacy Christian Church
Legacy Christian Church 4331 E. Prosper Trail Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 214-784-0687

Camp Barnabas Purdy, MO
Camp Barnabas exists to provide life-changing opportunities to people with special needs in a Christian camp setting. Each session is listed on the website. Camp Barnabas knows that illness and physical/mental challenges affect the whole family, so we have a special program just for siblings. Siblings are housed with other same age sibling campers and spend their week with fun, challenging activities. The costs are the same for the siblings, and the parents get a “kid free” vacation during camp.
Sandy Smith

Camp Blessing Texas
Camp Blessing is a nondenominational Christian summer camp for children with special medical, physical and developmental disabilities and their siblings. Camps are offered at three locations:
Stoney Creek Ranch, located 1.5 hours west of downtown Houston, just north of Columbus, TX
East Texas Baptist Camp, located 2 hrs and 50 min NE of downtown Houston, near Newton, TX
Camp Holy Wild, located 45 minutes northeast of downtown Houston, off Hwy 59.
281-259-5789 or

CAMP Center Point, TX
CAMP serves individuals with mild to severe disabilities with diagnoses such as Autism, Intellectual Disability, Asperger, Down, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, visually impaired, and the hearing impaired. CAMP also serves the non-disabled siblings of our CAMPer’s in the summer and Respite Club programs. Applications can be completed online at
Phone: 210-671-5411
515 Skyline Drive Center
Point, TX 78010

Camp Carter Can-Do Ft. Worth
Camp Can-Do is specifically designed for blind and visually impaired children aged 6-12. It has been successfully running for 12 summers. Camp Can-Do prides itself on allowing campers to have a full Camp Carter experience like any other child! Activities include specially designed interactive hiking trails, swimming, canoeing, skeet shooting, riflery and the giant swing… oh and horses too!
Contact David Hagel
Phone:  817-738-9241

Camp El Tesoro Grandbury
Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro includes four campers per week with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities. Children with disabilities are included in cabin groups and camp activities. They are given a “camp buddy” (an Inclusion Counselor with special training) to assist when needed and will be within close proximity of the camper at all times so they may fully enjoy camp.

Programs and schedules are adjusted on a child-by-child basis to better fit their needs. Some need a cabin buddy with them at all times, while others do not require that level of assistance while participating in activities.
Misty Luttrell, Camp Director
Phone:  817-806-5452

Camp Friendship Plano
A social day camp for children ages 7+ and teens with Asperger Syndrome, PDD, High Functioning Autism, ADHD, CAPD and other challenges that make socialization difficult. Camp Friendship offers kids a fun environment for developing and practicing the skills required for meaningful friendships and social interaction.
Phone:  972-633-8244

Camp Funtastics Carrollton
Funtastics Summer Day Camp Program provides youth with disabilities in Carrollton, Texas and surrounding communities with enriching educational, and purposeful summer recreation and leisure experiences in a safe environment, supportive of independence.
Gabe Cruz
4220 N. Josey Lane
Carrollton Texas 75010
Phone: 972-466-9151  or 972-466-9808 

National Assistance

Aunt Bertha
Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. 

The national number for health services and resources is 2-1-1. You can dial this number from anywhere in the country, and they will help connect you to a local resource that may be able to assist with the need you have at hand. Click here to find out how to locate assistance in your area.


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