St. Columba to Host Camp Able

Memphis, TN, March 27, 2015 --( St. Columba Episcopal Center to Host “Camp Able.”

Unique Camp Will Serve Differently-Abled Youth. St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center announced today that it will host Camp Able, a nationally known camp for children with mental and physical disabilities, from June 14 – 19, 2015.

Camp Able serves youth with a variety of challenges, ranging from cerebral palsy and Down ’s syndrome to autism. With a 1:1 counselor/camper ratio, each camper will have the opportunity to experience all camp activities, including low ropes course, swimming, canoeing, exploring nature, arts and crafts and worship.

“Camp Able focuses not on what a camper can’t do, but what he or she CAN do,” said Camp Director John Dreyfus. “St. Columba is a great fit for Camp Able, not only because of what our campus offers, but also because of the West Tennessee diocesan network that gives us access to an extensive and generous support system as well as many enthusiastic volunteers that will make it an unforgettable week for these special campers.”

Volunteers and donations will be a key part of the Camp Able experience. Counselors will be paired with a child to help them get the most out of the camp experience. Memphis-area Episcopal churches will be responsible for meals and donating supplies. Local parishioners can serve meals, clean up and generally pitch in wherever they are needed.

“St. Columba has long been known for our very popular Mud Camp, which offers a quality traditional Christian day camp experience,” said Executive Director Brad Thompson. “We are excited to expand our youth ministry to children with physical and mental handicaps who don’t normally get to enjoy summer camp.”

To learn more about Camp Able or to donate, visit, email or call 901-377-9284.

About St. Columba
St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center, a community outreach ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, is a 145-acre wooded conference center. We host business retreats, church events, arts guilds, and have customizable services that can serve nearly any type of event. St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization supported by the Diocese and individual donors. Visit to learn more.

About Episcopal Day Camp
Episcopal Day Camp, aka Mud Camp, was founded in 1981 and is located on 145 acres just inside Memphis, TN. It is a traditional day camp that offers many outdoor activities for children in a safe and nurturing religious environment. At Mud Camp, children have the opportunity to slide in the mud, canoe, swim and hike as well as enjoy many other activities. Sessions consist of 5 weeks during June and July. For more information, visit or call 901-377-9284.

About Camp Able
Camp Able is specifically designed for persons with special needs. It is NOT about disabilities, but ABILITIES! Camp Able is about forming a community that loves us just as we are. It is about attempting to emulate that perfect love God has for all of God’s children. Our goal is to establish, at least for one week, a community of unconditional love, compassion and acceptance. Camp Able was founded by the Rev. Kyle Bennett of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Marco, Florida in 2007.

Campers’ (all age 12 and older) activities include water activities, excursions, bike tour, music, talent show, dance, arts & crafts, time for manicures and pedicures, and games.
St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center
Suzanne Cantwell
901 377 9284