Ministering to Children with Special Needs

“The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)
 
Camp AMIGOS is a day camp ministry of Shoal Creek Baptist Church for children with special needs beginning at 3 years old. This day camp not only provides children with special needs a place to play and have a fun time, but also gives the parents a time to relax and complete tasks that can be difficult while caring for their child. Our day camps occur four times a year. We plan weeks in advance for our camps and look forward to ministering to our families with special needs children. Our volunteers are excited to spend time with the campers. Each camper has their very own AMIGO for the day. The AMIGO helps the camper with all the fun activities, and most importantly, makes sure our campers are happy and safe.
 
A typical camp day includes a puppet show, arts & crafts, snack time, outside/inside games, lunch and lots of love! Some of our themes have include: “Run the Race” (Heb 12:1), “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” “Jonah and the Whale,” and “Jesus is Our King” (Ps 47:77). Our spring day camp is usually a special field trip. In the past, we have met at Pump It Up and P’Zazz Art Studio. We also hava a volunteer nurse onsite during our camps.
 
Camp AMIGOS also has its own group during Shoal Creek’s VBS week. We participate in most of the activities that everyone else does, but we tailor some activities to meet the needs of our campers. As always, our most important goal is the safety and well-being of our campers, to make sure they have a good time, and to share God’s love.
 

How Camp AMIGOS Began

It started with a student, Annie Culverhouse. In the Spring of 2012, she met a little girl with special needs named Emily McCaa. They quickly bonded and became good friends, and Annie’s heart began to change. That same year, she was able to volunteer at a special needs camp at her grandparents’ church, Camp HOPE. During the fall semester of her sophomore year in high school, she had the opportunity to aide in Mrs. Traci Guy’s special needs class at Holtville Elementary. In February of 2013, while attending a youth conference, she heard a young woman speak about making your dreams a reality. With the help of many people (Gene & Lesley DeVaughn, Barbara Kay Edwards, Traci Guy, and Traci Culverhouse), her love for Emily, the experience at Camp HOPE, and the passion God placed in her heart, her dream is now a reality.
 

Resources

Check out our Camp AMIGOS Facebook page and follow us by Liking our page. Also, for information about the Montgomery Area Down Syndrome Support Group and Autism Speaks, click on the links below.