Programs we support at ARC of Smith County

Respite Camping



Camp HeyDay – Clients served are people with mild to moderate cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities ages 10-75. Program provides a week of respite for their parents or caregivers; offers a week of highly supervised fun for the client; teaches upper-level high school students (counselors) responsibility, social growth and compassion; provides campers with role models to emulate at camp and following their return home.

Camp Kennedy – Serves adults over 21 with mild to moderate cognitive, intellectual or developmental disabilities. Program provides all of the above and opportunity for adult campers with mental retardation to participate in a more physical camping environment which includes archery, hiking, shooting BB guns, canoeing and other typical camp activities. Campers also participate in the low ropes course to experience success in overcoming a challenge.

Camp Friendship – Day camp held twice a year. Serves severely disabled, medically fragile children ages 5-21. In 2006 this was made ‘intergenerational’ day camp and now includes older campers who no longer are able to attend one of the residential camps. Through various activities they are provided social interaction with their peers and counselors.


About: The Arc of Smith County is part of a non-profit, nationwide volunteer organization of involved parents and family members, active professionals, and interested friends who work for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1962, The Arc of Smith County serves more than 1,500 families. We provide direct services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. In addition, The Arc works with community agencies to develop better programs in education, job training, advocacy, support, and public awareness.



Phone: 903-597-0995


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Location: 5520 Old Bullard Rd, Ste. 111

Tyler, Texas 75703

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