2022 SPED Homeschool Family Camp

SPED Homeschool has partnered with Joni and Friends and the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) to offer a Christ-centered, safe, and accepting retreat that will empower any family navigating homeschooling alongside a disability. This retreat experience will provide each family member attending with practical tools and a supportive community while receiving respite and a renewed hope in Jesus and will include inclusive worship, biblical teaching, fun, age-appropriate activities, and meaningful connections with families who understand the challenges of life with disability. 

Programming will include special guest speakers such as Steve Demme and Peggy Ployhar, special themed events, accessible camp activities, and helpful homeschool connections and teaching inspiration.

The peaceful surroundings of Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch inspires guests to relax, recharge and reconnect with scenic views nestled along the banks of the Root River and is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Rochester, MN.


  • Family Suites each equipped with accessible roll-in showers, refrigerators, and microwaves
  • Meals that accommodate your family‚Äôs dietary restrictions including a chuck wagon dinner/show and a parent night out/kids’ night out with a meal
  • Water Activities: swimming pool with a lift, accessible giant slip-n-slide, and fishing
  • Animal Activities: petting zoo and trail rides with accessible lift
  • Shooting Activities: archery, BB gun, and sling shot range with equipment for all abilities
  • Outdoor Recreation: hiking, zipline with lift, accessible bouldering wall, paved disc golf course, lawn games, and scavenger hunt
  • Homeschool Hands-On Activities: expert-led family-oriented fun learning activities you can try and take home to use in your homeschool


Apply today! No payment due at time of application.

Family Cost:
$450 per person

Volunteer Cost:
$450 per person

*Grants, waivers, and 3rd party donations to your fundraising page can be used to pay for your camp registration fees. 50% is due 2 months prior to camp and final payment is due 3 weeks before camp.

**Volunteers arrive one day early for training to be equipped for serving families living with disability.


Apply today to attend with your family or to join us as a volunteer

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Watch these videos to learn more

Announcing a new partnership for serving the needs of homeschooling families affected by disability! Coming to MN, August 2022


Learn more from Joni Eareckson Tada herself about how her disability ministry, Joni and Friends, is excited to be partnering with SPED Homeschool to minister to the needs of homeschooling families affected by disability with the launch of our first family camp this summer.


Watch this video to learn more.

We are on a mission to extend the hope and love of Jesus Christ to homeschooling families affected by disability in Minnesota this August!


Joni and Friends, a ministry dedicated to extending the hope and love of Jesus Christ to people affected by disability, has partnered with SPED Homeschool and MACHE to create the first disability-friendly homeschool family retreat launching this August in Stewartville, MN.


Watch this video to learn more about family retreats.

Bless another homeschooling family by becoming a short-term missionary for a week this August in Stewartville, MN!


Want to learn more about what’s involved in being a camp short-term missionary? Melissa Crabtree, friend and assistant of Heidi St. John, shares her experience in this video.


Registration for families and volunteers (short-term missionaries) opens March 8th at 11am

You are invited to join us this August in Stewartville, MN for the very first disability-friendly homeschool family camp!


MACHE and SPED Homeschool have partnered with the Joni and Friends ministry to launch the first disability-friendly homeschool family retreat, coming this August to Stewartville, MN.


Watch this video to learn more about being a part of this camp as a family or a short-term missionary.

Retreat Location:

Ironwood Spring Christian Ranch

7291 County 6 Road SW

Stewartville, MN 55976 United States

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We are still accepting applications

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