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Mission & History

Camp Aranzazu (pronounced Ah ran' zah zoo) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses by providing unique camping, environmental education, and retreat experiences. Since opening our doors in 2006, Camp Aranzazu has served more than 23,000 campers and their support staff.

Camping groups come from approximately 50 counties in Texas to enjoy our 104-acre, barrier-free facility on Copano Bay, near Rockport, Texas. Regardless of any physical or developmental limitations, everyone can fully participate in and enjoy all the typical camping activities at Camp Aranzazu, such as fishing, swimming, sailing, archery, arts and crafts, and more.

Aranzazu is a Basque term that means “a spiritual place requiring a difficult path to reach.” At Camp Aranzazu, our campers are able to leave behind the stresses of their physical, medical, and emotional challenges, and spend time outdoors, socializing and interacting with others who face similar challenges. 

From 1959 to 1996, part of the current property served as the Bishop Elliott Conference Center, an Episcopal Church retreat facility. Houstonians and camp founders Tom and Holly Forney purchased the first 20 acres in 1997.  After spending several years enjoying the property, they decided to share the historically and ecologically rich land with others.

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Our Facilities

Camp Aranzazu is located on 104 acres on Copano Bay near Rockport, Texas. On the inland side of camp, we have four guest cabins with a total of 135 beds, a dining hall that accommodates 350 people, an art center, two swimming pools, an archery range, Ropes Challenge Course, sanctuary, and two freshwater ponds. Our 27 acres on Copano Bay are accessible via a 600-foot bridge and feature a fishing pier, floating dock, nature education building, bird blind, boardwalks and firepit. We have a lot to explore!

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Board of Directors

Bobby Hatcher, Chairman
President and CEO
Cockrell Interests Inc.
Houston, Texas
Fields Alexander, Vice Chairman
Director
Beck Redden
Houston, Texas
Daryl Allen
Director
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Houston, Texas
Jim Anderson
Attorney
Rockport, Texas
Traci McLester Arellano
Vice President, Public Finance
Frost Bank
Houston, Texas
Robin Floyd
Community Volunteer
Houston, Texas
Tom Forney, Founder
Chief Executive Officer
Forney Construction
Houston, Texas
John Guill
Associate, Private Banking
CADENCE Bank
Houston, Texas
Denise Hazen
Creative Director
Aspire Accessories
Houston, Texas
Jack Kins, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Senterra
Houston, Texas
Keith Little, Treasurer
Energy Industry Executive
Houston, Texas
Bryan Phillips, Secretary
Partner
Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP
Houston, Texas
Joanne Taylor
Community Volunteer
Rockport, Texas
John Watson
JMI Inc.
Houston, Texas

 

Advisory Board

Katie Mattingly Brass
Community Volunteer
Houston, Texas
Tom Flaherty
Business and Financial Consultant
Houston, Texas
Robin Floyd
Community Volunteer
Houston, Texas
Shannon Gunn
Consultant
Gunn Automotive
San Antonio, Texas
Gloria Hicks
Partner, Ed Hicks Imports
Corpus Christi, Texas
Mark Kelly
Chairman
Vinson & Elkins, LLP
Houston, Texas
Rob McClane
Managing Director and Client Advisor,
Avalon Advisors
San Antonio, Texas
Alison Leland McKinney
Political Science Instructor,
University of Houston and
Texas Southern University
Houston, Texas
Ashley Rhodes Smith
Marketing Director
Navy Army Community Credit Union
Corpus Christi, Texas
George Strickhausen, IV
Developer, The Preserve
Rockport, Texas
Linda Strickland
Community Volunteer
Houston, Texas
Rona Train
Swiff-Train Company
Corpus Christi, Texas

Our Staff

President, Virginia Ballard

Virginia Calton Ballard

President

Lillian Anfosso, Finance and Administrative Director

Lillian Anfosso

Finance and Administrative Director

Amelia Haslam, Camp Director

Amelia Haslam

Camp Director

Kate Plouvier, Development Director

Kate Plouvier

Development Director

Amanda Praet, Assistant Camp Director

Amanda Praet

Assistant Camp Director

Taylor Floyd, Facilities Manager

Taylor Floyd

Facilities Manager

Bianca Hernandez, Development Associate

Bianca Hernandez

Development Associate

Carleigh Mitchell, Program Manager

Carleigh Mitchell

Program Manager

Paige White, Receptionist

Paige White

Receptionist

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Aransas County Youth Leadership - Rockport

Coker United Methodist Church - San Antonio

Corpus Christi Diocese

Hill Country San Antonio Management

Leadership Aransas County

Livestock Booster Club of Aransas County

Mission Road Ministries - San Antonio

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Rockport

Financials

Camp Aranzazu is extremely grateful for all the support given to our organization and is committed to cultivating trust with our campers, partners, sponsors, donors, board, and volunteers.

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We are committed to fulfilling our mission and maintaining the trust of our friends, donors, partners, campers, and families.

Camp Aranzazu is proud to have a four star rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates the financial health, accountability & transparency of non-profit organizations. Four stars is their highest rating.

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Host Committee

Dee Dee & Steve Robinson, Chairs 

Jennifer & Fields Alexander

Elizabeth & Daryl Allen

Kim & John Bonner

Dee & Jeff Boswell

James Brolan

Stephanie & Ernie D. Cockrell

Ned Crady

Don Fernbach

Tom Fish

Katherine & Bobby Hatcher

Bill Hightower

Leigh & Jack Kins

Tracie & Terrell Palmer

Katherine & Brian Parsley

Al Pratka

Tim Reilly

Steve Rothbauer

Ward Sheffield

Culver Stedman

Patia Strickland

Reagan Swinbank

Prissy & John Watson

Julie Williams

Host Committee

Shannon and Jon Turner, Co-Chair

Blake and Perry Finger, Co-Chair

Heather & Harry Affleck

Betsy & Wally Baker 

Sage & Rowe Blount

Mills & Tres Buchek

Sarah & Will Caruth

Mary & Hunter Conger

Liz & Chris Dewar

Caroleene & Bobby Dobson

Jolie & Meade Flavin

Tifini Furst & Paul Golibart

Katherine & Matt Gainey

Shannon Gunn & Chris Hosner

Allegra & Hunter Hawkins

Trish & Clint Hennessey

Gretchen & David Herrmann

Brendan Herrmann

Sally & Roger Hill III

Camille & Clark Mandigo

Nicole & Rob McClane

Muffin Moorman 

Kristan & Tom Northington

Courtney & Chip Percy

Katherine & John Smelko

Chaney & Tripp Stuart 

Jeanne & Kelvin Tatum

Ashley & Rad Weaver

Jodi & Michael Wood

Christen & George Wommack

Zazu Host Committee

Traci McLester Arellano

Darrell Atkins

Frank Bay

Robin and Jeff Floyd

Cindy and Larry Forney

Holly and Tom Forney

Melissa and Charles Hall

Gloria Hicks

Chip Jenkins

Robert Kelley

Scott Meares

Chris and David Nesloney

Bob Shockney

Britni and William Key

Bob Shockney

Ashley Rhodes Smith

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Volunteer

We welcome your help, whether it's once a week or once a year. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are typically available. If you are interested in volunteering, please download the volunteer application and return to Bianca Hernandez at bhernandez@camparanzazu.org. Thank you for your interest!


Special Events Support

Camp Aranzazu holds several fundraising events throughout the year in Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Rockport. Volunteers are always needed!

Maintenance of Facilities and Grounds

With 104 acres, we can always use help more maintaining our beautiful camp.

Front Office Support

In the summer, we need help answering the phones, greeting guests, and keeping the office organized and running smoothly.

Camp Care Days

Join us for a day of volunteering, good food, and even better company at one of our volunteer work days this fall! 

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  • September 21, 2019

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Partner Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to work directly with the children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses that we serve? Check out our camping partners who are looking for volunteers for the coming camping season! 

Camp Aspire

Aspire Accessories

Contact

Denise Hazen
(713) 461-7200
hazendenise@yahoo.com
https://aspireaccessories.com/

Camp ROCK'N

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Contact

Yesenia Neil
Yesenia.Neil@dchstx.org
http://www.driscollchildrens.org/

Camp TLC & Camp Little Golden Warriors

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Contact

Shannon B. Broughton
Shannon.Broughton@dchstx.org
http://www.driscollchildrens.org/

MDA Camp

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Contact

Angela Moss
2106503181
amoss@mdausa.org
www.tinyurl.com/VOLMDA

Activity Leader Summer 2019 Job Opportunity​​

Every year, Camp Aranzazu hires roughly 20 college aged individuals with varying skill sets to work as Activity Leaders from mid-May to mid-August. Activity Leaders have the fun and impactful job of enriching the lives of our campers with special needs through unique camping, environmental studies and retreat experiences.

Activity Leaders facilitate a variety of activities including, but not limited to arts and crafts, archery, high and low challenge courses, sports and games, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, swimming, nature sessions and more!

Benefits of this paid position include room and board and the potential to satisfy fieldwork and internship requirements in various fields of study. The buttons below include the additional documentation you will need to apply for the Activity Leader position. Email your completed application, resume and two unique and completed reference forms to our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, and prepare for the summer camp experience of a lifetime!

If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

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Part-Time Receptionist

Are you looking for a part-time job opportunity that allows you to be surrounded by nature in a supportive work environment? Camp Aranzazu currently has an opening for a part-time receptionist position on our staff. This opportunity will allow you to support our mission of enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses. To learn more about the position, click the job description below. 

The Receptionist is responsible for overseeing functions related to the front office. The Receptionist also assists with special projects and provides some administrative support for all staff. If you are interested in the position and have any questions, please contact Lillian Anfosso, our Finance and Administative Director at lanfosso@camparanzazu.org. 

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Sailing Supervisor

Imagine a position that allows you to work with campers each day and have a beautiful view of Copano Bay along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Camp Aranzazu seeks someone with strong sailing experience to supervise our summer sailing program from mid-May through August 2019. The Sailing Supervisor will ensure that Camp Aranzazu provides a safe environment for children with special medical, physical, emotional, social or financial needs to experience sailing. Camp sessions include day camp sessions, as well as residential sessions that last from one to six nights. If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 


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Summer Art Instructor

Do you have a passion for providing fine arts education and working with a committed staff of people dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses?

Camp Aranzazu seeks someone with art teaching experience to supervise our summer fine arts program from mid-May through mid-August 2019. The Art Instructor will ensure that Camp Aranzazu provides an intentional, expressive, and safe environment for children with special medical, physical, emotional, and/or social needs to create and experience fine arts. Camp session include day camp sessions, as well as residential sessions that last from one to six nights. If you have any questions, contact our Camp Director, Amelia Haslam, at ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 

Job Description