The Arc of Smith County began in 1962 as part of a non-profit, nationwide volunteer organization of involved parents and family members, active professionals and interested friends who work on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They serve more than 1,500 families. In 1962, The Arc of Smith County started with just one or two programs and has now grown to 14 programs across the county where they work with local community agencies to develop programs in areas of education, job training, advocacy, support and public awareness.
Today, some of their most popular programs are the camps they offer throughout the year. Camp Holiday is held during December, Camp Friendship is held each spring and fall, and then Camp Heyday and Camp Kennedy are their summer camps.
Camp Heydey is a week long camp for lower-functioning campers and Camp Kennedy is a different week long camp for higher-functioning campers.
Both camps have been described as the “Disneyland” to the approximately 125 campers and provides much needed respite for the families and the caregivers.
The Arc has over 538 volunteers that work with all the Arc programs throughout the year. These volunteers come from all over the state of Texas and many of these volunteers sign up to be counselors and volunteers for Camp Heyday and Camp Kennedy every summer.
This year Camp Heyday is 40 years old and Camp Kennedy is 15 years old.
This year Camp Heyday will be June 23-28 at Camp Stonefort.
Camp Kennedy will be June 30-July 5 at Camp Stonefort.
The camp fees are $350 per camper and camp Scholarships are available.
If you would like you sign someone in Smith County up for either camp, applications are due May 31st. You can get an application by calling The Arc of Smith County at 903-597-0995.
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