Camp Bethesda (Tomball) - Hosted by Kaiserhof Retreat Center

Camp Bethesda offers a powerful experience for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and volunteers of all ages to build Christian community. All aspects of camp—woodcrafts, Bible study, Camp Bethesdarecreation, praying and singing—reinforce Bible-based lessons and lead to spiritual growth.

The mission for Camp Bethesda is to equip Christian leaders to create authentic Christian community that reaches out and draws everyone closer to Christ.

Camp Bethesda Program

Youth and adult volunteers, beginning with high school-aged youth (including those who will be freshmen in fall), receive training that covers important issues such as communication, etiquette, personal care and sensitivity to people who have developmental disabilities. Companions are paired with retreat participants with developmental disabilities, and share cabins, participate in activities and assist with daily living needs. Adult volunteers may also serve as cabin leaders and woodcraft leaders, nurses and kitchen crew. 

Consider becoming a volunteer companion or an adult volunteer. Your gift of time could result in a positive experience that you will never forget.


Kaiserhof Retreat Center, 22610 Tuwa Rd., Tomball, TX 77375


The Texas Retreat Center is set on 85 tree-lined acres and promotes restoration and renewal. The grounds feature a chapel, a spacious outdoor pavilion, a swimming pool, a pond, bunkhouses and a large meeting room with a fireplace.

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About Camp Bethesda

Camp Bethesda is a five-day, four-night summer Bible camp for youth and adult volunteers and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteer orientation begins on Monday morning. Camp participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities arrive Tuesday morning. Camps conclude at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

There are three camp sessions this summer that provide an experience for up to 60 participants with developmental disabilities. During the three weeks of camps, more than 175 volunteers will be needed to provide one-on-one companionship and to work in other support roles.

To help sponsor a participant with a developmental disability or volunteer, click here.Camp Bethesda

2015 Summer Sessions


Volunteer Arrival

Participant Arrival


June 22 - 27


June 22


June 23


July 6 - 11


July 6


July 7


July 13 - 18


July 13


July 14

Applications and Cost

The recommended donation for a volunteer attending a camp is $225. (Volunteers attending more than one session do not need to make a second donation.)

Download: Volunteer application

The cost for each retreat participant is $525 (discounted rates for full payment are available; see application for details). Due to high demand, submit applications early. Participants with developmental disabilities may only attend one session per summer.

Download: Application for a participant with a developmental disability


Camp Bethesda was a very emotionally challenging, yet rewarding experience. I never know what to expect when we head out on a new adventure, or how my teens will react to the situations they are placed in on mission trips. It was refreshing to not be at a “run of the mill” mission trip. Never before were they on duty 24 hours a day … not “me” time, not “fun with my friends” time. I loved to watch them interact with the person they are paired with and grow in their faith as they learned more and more to rely on God for strength and guidance. This was not a trip for the faint of heart or someone who wants to do a little service work. It was difficult and exhausting. But it was also genuine, incredible, out of the box, give-of-yourself mission work.

Tracy Grace
Teen Ministry Director Immanuel Lutheran
Broken Arrow, Okla.


 “I’ve been doing Youth Ministry work now for over 15 years.  Of all the service projects and mission trips I have led over the years, Camp Bethesda, last Summer, was by far the most well organized, meaningful, and life changing week I have ever spent with my youth.“

Rev. Jeff Ware
Living Word Lutheran
The Woodlands, Texas



The dance, engaging worship and fun arts and crafts.


Camp Bethesda offers two 10-week summer internship positions. Eligible college students will have an opportunity to grow in their faith, understand their identity in Christ, sharpen leadership skills, and work and live in a Christian community with other volunteers and people with disabilities.

Bethesda interns are required to provide personal care for people with developmental disabilities, model the companion attitude, lead Bible studies and activities and encourage companions. Lead interns also serve as directors and assistant directors. Interns are expected to attend a winter retreat during the first week of January and a two-week orientation after Memorial Day.

Apply Today!


Rev. David Cecil - email at or 800-220-0423, ext. 4031

For More Information

Camp Bethesda is part of CAN-DO Missions Servant Event Program through Concordia University, Austin, Texas. For more information, contact Pat Fick at 512-313-4331 or visit:

Camp Bethesda is part of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Servant Event Program. For more information, visit:

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