Camp Is Our Specialty. Joy Is Our Purpose.


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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 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.

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.

Camper Application

Come experience authentic joy and sincere compassion.

Volunteer Application

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

You can make our camps even more special.

We provide a solid, joy-filled, Christ-focused camp experience and continued year-round advocacy for our campers and their families where finances aren’t a concern. We do this not only for younger ages. 256-658-8359