What is Bluebonnet Retreat?
Bluebonnet Retreat offers, at no charge, a unique experience for adult cancer patients. During the three-day, two-night camp, attendees are provided a creative, educational atmosphere of support with a focus on wellness.
The retreat provides:
- A time for laughing, learning and listening
- Arts and crafts
- Physical activities
- A time for sharing and caring
- Cancer education
Who sponsors the retreat?
Bluebonnet Retreat is a special project of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. It is funded through donations.
Who can attend?
Ambulatory adults age 18 or older who have been diagnosed with cancer within the past five years are invited to attend.
Who are the counselors?
Camp counselors are members of the Texas Health HEB team, professionals from other areas of Texas Health Resources and community volunteers. The staff includes physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists, radiation therapists, chaplains, cancer survivors, and volunteers.
To apply for a counselor position, please download this cover letter and complete the registration form.
What is the campsite like?
Star Brand Ranch is an 8,000-acre ranch that boasts many amenities, including a fitness center and a wide array of outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, hayrides and tennis. Indoor activities include ping pong, card games and billiards. Campers and counselors will stay in comfortable guest rooms with roomy accommodations. A list of items campers should bring will be provided. Please note this camp is a non-smoking facility.
How do I get there?
Transportation will be provided from the Texas Health HEB Edwards Cancer Center to and from the campsite on the first and last day of camp. If you wish, you may provide your own transportation.
Who do I contact?
Bluebonnet Retreat is held twice a year, during the spring and fall. You will be notified by postcard when we have received your application.
Since attendance is limited to 25, selection of campers may be based on participation in previous camps. First time campers will receive priority. You will be notified by phone two weeks prior to camp to let you know whether or not you have been selected.
To be considered for the camp, complete and send the online application.
For more information, call the Texas Health HEB Service Center at 817-848-2000.