Special Services

Barbers Hill Special Services Department delivers quality programming designed to build and enhance student strengths by integrating the knowledge, experience and resources of highly trained professionals with each student's team of certified educators.

The Special Services Department provides structured education for eligible students in the areas of Special Education, Dyslexia and Homebound instruction. Our dedicated staff includes:

  • Licensed Specialists in School Psychology
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Educational Diagnosticians
  • Licensed Language Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
  • In- Home Parent Trainers

Our goal is that each special services student is embraced in Barbers Hill's vibrant and unique legacy of excellence.

Operating Guidelines (PDF)

Operating Guidelines for Video Surveillance in Special Education Settings (PDF)

9600 Eagle Drive | Mont Belvieu, TX 77523 (Physical)
P.O. Box 1108 | Mont Belvieu, TX 77580 (Mailing)
(281) 576-2221 phone | 281-576-3354 Fax



Sue Garcia

Sue Garcia
Asst. Supt., Special Services
281-576-2221, Ext. 1239

Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown
281-576-2221, Ext. 2549

Marilyn Ropp

Marilyn Ropp
281-576-2221, Ext. 1343

Special Opportunity

Texas Elks Camp

Helping children with special needs since 1987!

1963 FM 1586
Gonzales, TX 78629-9613


Texas Elks Camp provides special needs and foster children an opportunity to try new things, meet new friends and make memories that will last a lifetime. Campers are encouraged to make their own decisions, become more independent and accept new challenges. Parents often notice dramatic positive changes and improved self-esteem after only one week at camp.


Any child with special needs or in foster care age 7 to 15, who is a resident of the state of Texas is eligible for admission to the Texas Elks Camp. No child is denied acceptance on the basis of his or her income level, ethnic origin, race, creed, color or religion. There is no fee. Campers are accepted on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. Needs are reviewed on an individual basis.

Birth Defect
Burn Survivor
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fragile X Syndrome
Hearing Impaired
Learning Disability
Intellectual Disability
Developmental Disability
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Perthes Disease
Spina Bifida
Tourette's Syndrome
Tumor Having Physical Effect
Visually Impaired


Texas Elks Camp is nestled next to Palmetto State Park in the heart of Texas on 10 rural acres between Luling and Gonzales. Campers live within the 18,000 square foot air conditioned building, which is handicap accessible.


Potential applicants are screened and assessed on an individual basis according to diagnosis. Campers should be eligible to participate in, and enjoy, a carefully planned camping program for children with special needs, Applicants should have normal bowel and kidney function and control as well as some degree of independence in self help skills, including feeding and dressing themselves. If the above criteria is not met or answers given are found to be false, the child will be sent home.

Elks Camp is not a stationary camp program. Children who attend Elks Camp are accompanied by trained staff for outings to attend area attractions such as swimming pools, state parks and waterparks. The structure of our program may not be the most suitable for applicants that are profoundly challenged in large group settings or over stimulated by a constantly changing environment.

Children with the following diagnoses are not eligible:

  • Self injurious behavior
  • Contagious Diseases
  • Insulin Dependent Diabetes
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Physically or Sexually Aggressive Toward Peers or Staff
  • Prader Willie Syndrome
  • Seizure episodes within 12 months
  • Unable to follow 1-2 step prompts
  • Receives nutrition enterally
  • Uses a wheelchair for all mobility


  • Nature Walks
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cookouts
  • Leadership Skills
  • Team-Building
  • Weekly Dances
  • Petting Zoo
  • Music Therapy
  • Swimming
  • Tye-Dye
  • Outdoor Activities
    • Fishing
    • Archery
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Field Trips
    • Sea World
    • Splashway
  • Bonfire
  • Acting Classes


Our counselors have a commitment to special needs children, and have experience working with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All counselors, nurses and counselors in training attend a week of intense training.

Most counselors at Texas Elks Camp are majoring in therapeutic recreation, special education, elementary education, social work, nursing or pre-med.

In addition to two head counselors Texas Elk Camp employs 18 counselors, 4 counselors in training, a camp director, 2 registered nurses, certified bus drivers, and kitchen personnel. All camp staff live on site for the duration of camp.

General Information

Meals: Texas Elks Camp provides campers with three meals per day, and an evening snack. We accommodate some special dietary needs.

Mail: Campers are given time the first two days to write home to parents. Parents are encouraged to write during camp. Phone call are prohibited, except in the case of an emergency.

Texas Elks Children's Services
1963 FM 1586
Gonzales, TX 78629

Medication: All prescription medications brought will be dispensed only in accordance with written doctor's orders. Campers should only bring the meds needed for the week in their original containers.

2020 Camp Dates

Session 1: June 14 - June 19, 2020
Session 2: June 21 - June 26, 2020
Session 3: June 28 - July 3, 2020
Session 4: July 12 - July 17, 2020
Session 5: July 19 - July 24, 2020
Session 6: July 26 - July 31, 2020

Registration opens January 2, 2020!

Applications available online

Member of the American Camp Association

Sponsored by:
Texas State Elks Association
Texas State Elks First Lady Project
Texas State Elks Lodge Sweethearts