Our vision is to bring joy and enrichment to the lives of special needs individuals and their loved ones.
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.
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.
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.
July 20 - July 25
Youth Camp - Ages 13-25
July 20 - July 25
Adult Camp - Ages 25-45
November 7 - 10
Older Adult Camp - Ages 45+
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
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.