Mt. Lebanon

October 4–5, 2024

Mt. Lebanon Baptist Camp & Conference Center
1701 Texas Plume Rd • Cedar Hill, TX

This retreat is for individuals aged 12 and older with cognitive or intellectual disabilities, their parents and chaperones, and church leaders.

This retreat is made possible by your gifts to the Cooperative Program, Mary Hill Davis Offering, and Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.

Special Entertainment for Special Friends

Bible study, crafts, and a talent show

Talent Show Form

Special Session for Parents & Caregivers

Led by Scott Sharman and Jim De Hoog

Program Personalities

  • Camp Pastor – Scott Sharman, Alsbury Baptist Church, Burleson
  • Worship Leader – Jim DeHoog, Hospice Chaplain for AccentCare, San Antonio


Registration Fee (includes lodging, meals, snacks, and insurance)

  • Motel room: $60 per person
  • Bunkhouse: $50 per person (each person must bring linens)

A firm deadline for registrations is September 5, 2024.
After September 5, 2024, registration fee increases to $70 (motel) and $60 (bunkhouse) per person.

Registration is coming soon!

Medical Release Form

Online registration must be completed and submitted by September 5, 2024.

Invoices will be sent for your church after September 5, 2024 and you can pay online or by check.

A medical release form must be completed for each participant and will be available for download.  Medical release forms can be scanned and emailed to sarah.johnson[at] or mailed to the address below.

Make checks payable to Texas Baptists and send to:

Texas Baptists
Attn: Finance & Accounting
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 1100
Dallas 75231-2310


A limited number of partial scholarships are available. The scholarships include lodging, meals, snacks, and insurance. Please email Sarah Johnson at sarah.johnson[at] to request a scholarship form.

Background Checks and Abuse Awareness Training

In order to protect our campers and everyone who attends the Special Friends Retreat, all leaders, caregivers, parents, sponsors, and chaperones will be required to complete a background check and sexual abuse prevention training through MinistrySafe. Background checks and training must be renewed each year. Background check and training costs will be covered by Texas Baptists. Because background checks can take an extended amount of time in some areas, please send a list of all leaders, caregivers, parents, sponsors, and chaperones, including email addresses, to sarah.johnson[at] by August 4, 2024.

All background check forms must be submitted no later than September 1, 2024. If a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone does not submit their background check information by this date, they will be unable to participate in the retreat. Similarly, if a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone does not meet Texas Baptists standards on their background check, they will be unable to participate in the retreat this year or in subsequent years. For more information on what may disqualify a leader, caregiver, parent, sponsor, or chaperone, please email jennifer.howington[at]


Sarah Johnson
Childhood Ministry Program Coordinator/Ministry Assistant, Discipleship

(214) 828-5205