Camp Is Our Specialty. Joy Is Our Purpose.

Our Vision

Our vision is to bring joy and enrichment to the lives of special needs individuals and their loved ones.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve individuals with special needs and demonstrate the love of Jesus through joy-filled, life-giving camps and year-round camper advocacy.

Help Keep Our Camps Going

Delivering joy since 1975.

In 1975, the need for a safe and fun camp environment for children, youth and adults with special needs was identified and brought to the attention of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. A team was formed, volunteers recruited, and the message sent out to potential campers. The camp was a success and thus began Special Camps.

Now for over 40 years, the legacy of sharing God’s love and joy in a camp setting has continued due to the relationships built by the campers, volunteers, and families/guardian of campers. Special Camps is no longer an organization associated with the United Methodist Church but rather a Christ-focused nonprofit with a vision to bring joy and enrichment to the lives of special needs individuals and their loved ones.

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There's a Special Camp for You.

Our primary goal is to provide a solid, joy-filled, Christ-focused camp experience. Campers at Special Camps will have a fun outdoor camp experience and learn about Christ’s love while creating lasting friendships with other campers and volunteers.

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  • Special Camps is my personal ministry. This organization has not only given me the opportunity to use my spiritual gifts to serve others, but the campers are so loving that they minister to me. It is no surprise that we talk about, and look forward to, the camps all year long!

    Jay Byham - Special Camps Volunteer

  • From the moment I arrived at Special Camps over a decade ago, I felt like I joined a big family! The campers have taught me so much, and have shown me how to cheer others on, how to be a good friend and how to see the best in others. Through fun activities, music, crafts, and chats at mealtime, I have made many friends and always look forward to camp in the summertime.

    Allison Hendrix - Special Camps Volunteer

  • Special Camps has been a part of my life since 1979 and is something I still treasure each year. As a professional educator in the field of special education, it has been a blessing to spend time with campers who teach me as much as I teach them. Many of my former students have been involved in the special camp experience as campers beginning as children through adulthood. I personally enjoyed summer camp growing up, and I love being able to share camping with people of all ages and abilities. I cannot imagine my life without Special Camps.

    Sherry Sublett - Special Camps Volunteer

  • Special Camps is a place where you can truly be yourself. You receive unconditional love regardless who or what you are. My camp family has changed my life all for the better. We are so excited for camp each year, and I am always counting the days down to be reunited with all of my camp family.

    Darlene Spruill - Special Camps Adult Camp Director

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Frequently Asked Questions

I see the name ESG Foundation. Is that the same thing as Special Camps Foundation?

Yes. In 2019 a nonprofit was created with the mission to continue to provide camping experiences for our special friends. The name ESG Foundation was chosen to honor 3 people who were instrumental to this ministry. E – Barbara Euler, S – Larry Stephens and G – Judy Gattis. We do business as Special Camps Foundation because its less confusing to our campers and their families.

Who can attend camp?

Individuals with cognitive disabilities who can readily participate in group experiences are invited to enroll. Individuals should be ambulatory with good toileting skills, able to follow directions, and able to feed, dress and take care of their personal hygiene.

What is the difference in the 3 camps?

We offer 3 camping programs designed for a range of ages. Our Youth Camp is designed for those ages 13 – 25. Our Adult Summer Camp is designed for ages 25 – 45. Our Older Adult Camp is designed for ages 45 and up.

Scholarships?

It is our goal that no camper be excluded because of ability to pay. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please contact your session’s Camp Director.

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1359
Millington, TN 38083

info@specialcamps.com 256-658-8359