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    October 05, 2021

    Save the Date for these Upcoming Events!

    Written by: Kate Plouvier, Development Director

    The summer has flown by, and I want to remind you of some exciting ways to give back to our campers while having fun over the next few months. All proceeds from our special events support Camp Aranzazu’s mission to enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses by providing unique camping, environmental education, and retreat experiences. Make sure you won’t miss out on the fun and mark your calendars for the event you’re most looking forward to!

    4th Annual Camp Aranzazu Holiday Bells & Shells

    Please join us November 17–18, 2021, for the fourth annual Holiday Bells & Shells benefiting Camp Aranzazu. This year’s two-day event features “The Bell Bash” cocktail supper on the lawn at The Argyle and “The Clays Classic” shooting competition, which will take place the following afternoon at the San Antonio Gun Club. San Antonio’s Holiday Bells & Shells is a great way to spend time with friends supporting our San Antonio area campers from organizations like Mission Road Ministries, Be an Angel, Eva’s Heroes, Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Respite Care of San Antonio. Be sure to register today for the shoot, The Bell Bash, or both fun festivities!

    5th Annual Camp Aranzazu Clays Classic — Holiday Bells & Shells presented by Gordy & Sons Outfitters

    Now that we’re wrapping up our last minute summer vacations, we are getting excited about the holidays and the fifth annual Camp Aranzazu Clays Classic — Holiday Bells & Shells, presented by Gordy & Sons Outfitters. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Greater Houston Sports Club. You can expect the good food, friendly competition, and strong drinks offered at past events. Your continued support will offer children and young adults with special needs and chronic illnesses the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and life experiences that the rest of us take for granted. Recreational experiences are even more important following the past year’s isolation. As Luke, a pediatric cancer survivor, said last year, “Camp Aranzazu lets all people, no matter their ability, know what joy is.”

    With your help, we hope to raise $200,000 to underwrite the cost of attendance for some of the 1,000 campers who will spend time at Camp Aranzazu this year, as well as the others who will participate in our alternative camping programs. Sign up for a team today!

    Batter Up! An Evening with Carlos Correa

    We invite you to make plans today to join us for Batter Up! An Evening with Carlos Correa on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Union Station at Minute Maid Park. The program will include a conversation with the Houston Astros’ All Star shortstop and team leader regarding not only his record-breaking baseball career, but also his e­fforts to support children with cancer and communities aff­ected by natural disasters. We also will honor Denise Hazen, whose creativity and commitment have impacted Houston’s entire autism community. Make plans to attend today!

    13th Annual Zazu BBQ, Music & More!

    Come spend your evening on Saturday, May 7, 2022 with family and friends, enjoying delicious barbeque donated by the Corpus Christi Mustangs, live music, and more at Camp Aranzazu’s 13th annual Zazu BBQ, Music & More! Registration will open soon so be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming Zazu! To ask questions or to sign up to serve on the Host Committee, please contact our development director, Kate Plouvier, at

    Health and safety protocols may be implemented in order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the events, feeling safe and comfortable. More details will be available on our website. Please check back regularly for updates.


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    Below are a list of volunteer opportunities at Camp Aranzazu. We will continue to update and add additional volunteer opportunities as they become available. 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 to help make each event successful!

    In Fall 2023, our special events include:

    • Bells & Shells in San Antonio - November 15-16, 2023
    • Holiday Bells & Shells in Houston - December 5, 2023

    If you are interested volunteering at one of our special events, please email our development and communications project manager, Bianca, for more information on upcoming events.

    Maintenance of Facilities and Grounds

    Whether you are an individual looking to assist with landscaping or a company looking to make a big impact on our facilities, we can always use help more maintaining our beautiful 105-acre camp.

    If you are interested in this type of on-location volunteer opportunity supporting our 3-person facilities team, please email our facilities director, Mandy, for more information.

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    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! 

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    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

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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 

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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

    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

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

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