Special Needs Camp
Indian Springs Camp, Special Needs Camp is a 501 C/3 that offers outdoor programs for children, veterans, the physically challenged, and underprivileged to give them a chance to experience life-at-one with nature. The programs include a variety of activities and curriculum designed to be fun and educational while helping participants gain a fresh, new perspective on life.
Programs and Information:
1985 was the year of a dream to build a camp where inner city and underprivileged kids could come enjoy a part of life that some will never experience. A camp where Nature would be the center of the curriculum.
1987 was the birth of Indian Springs Camp. We started working with the underprivileged and inner city kids to give them an opportunity to get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. We give them an all new prospective of life by developing goals around nature related activities. We, along with some of the Big Thicket Preserve Park Rangers, offer several outdoor programs that hopefully will impact their lives in future development. In 1995, Indian Springs Camp became a 501 c/3 and incorporated under BRED CORP. This gives us the opportunity to solicit donations and apply for grants. Our work with these kids hasn’t changed since the beginning in 1987.
Disabled Children and Veterans
In 1998 we expanded our curriculum to include a more challenging program with both the disabled kids as well as our disabled veterans. Along with the assistance of the Texas Parks & Wildlife, we started hosting a hunting program for the kids and the veterans. On opening day, Veterans Day Weekend, we host our disabled veterans. The following weekend, we host the disabled kids. This is all accomplished thru donations such as yours. As for our veterans, this is our way of thanking them for their unselfish duty in protecting our free America. As for the kids, we want to give them memories that will last a lifetime. We want to give both the vision that no matter their handicap, they are able to stretch their imagination in doing more. This is not only an adventure for the kids and veterans but also the parents and spouses as they are encouraged to participate.
Below are a few photos of previous Veterans Day and Disabled Children hunts and events. Click any image to browse through the gallery.
If you have a child or know of one that would like to take part of our “special needs kids hunt” go to www.indianspringscamp.net/specialneeds.html for an application. They will meet with you and follow-up with your application.
How You Can Help
Your tax-deductible donation will help with all our programs that we offer here in The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas. If you would like to donate to a specific program, just note it along with the donation. You can either mail in your donation or send it in thru Pay Pal by clicking the “Donate” button. With your help, we will be able to continue our annual program that will give these veterans and children the opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her best.
Our mission here at Indian Springs Camp is to provide outdoor opportunities for Disabled Military Veterans and Children with Disabilities along with their Families by empowering them to explore camp trails, lake, and wildlife, barrier free while enjoying the wonders of Nature.
Please feel free to contact us at 409-781-3074 for questions or more information regarding our Special Needs Camp.