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Camper from Camp SOAR enjoying time with friends on our rocking chairs outside of the dining hall.
Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Campers from Camp TLC enjoy sailing along Copano Bay.
Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Camper and volunteer from MDA Camp enjoying time playing under the pavilion.
Photo by: Beyond Memory Photography Campers observing the wetlands near Copano Bay, Tx.

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    March 15, 2021

    Welcome to Camp Aranzazu’s blog!

    Written by: Bianca Hernandez, Development Associate

    I am so happy you took a couple of minutes out of your day to see what new project your favorite camp staff is tackling at Camp Aranzazu! As you may or may not know, 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. 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.

    We are starting this blog to, hopefully, give you a better insight into what happens every day at Camp Aranzazu and share even more stories about our campers and camp staff. I hope you can join in on the fun and learn more about Camp Aranzazu from the comfort of your own home!

    Who is writing Camp Aranzazu’s blog articles?

    The truth is our ENTIRE team will be contributing to our blog! Some days you might hear from me – Camp Aranzazu’s Development Associate. Other times, you might hear from our Camp Director, Amelia. We might even throw in resources from trusted friends, partners and organizations like the American Camp Association if we think it could be of value to you. In short, you’ll be hearing from many different people and we hope this helps you see all the different perspectives we have at camp and the love we all share for such a special place.

    What can you expect from Camp Aranzazu’s blog articles?

    Myself and the rest of the team are first-time bloggers and are just looking to give you an authentic behind-the-scenes look at the work we do at Camp Aranzazu. We hope to share updates on camp protocols and the adaptive recreation we offer, an in-depth guide to the new programs we’ve launched, highlights of our partner camps, research about camping that we find interesting, and many, MANY fun pictures of campers and our facilities.

    Who should read Camp Aranzazu’s blog?

    The short answer is anyone who is interested in what we do at Camp Aranzazu or the children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses whom we serve! Whether you’re a parent/guardian of a camper, camper, potential activity leader, or simply someone who thinks camp does good work, I know we’ll end up writing a blog article just for you.

    How often does camp plan to post new blog articles?

    I hope camp is able to post at least once a week. As our staff learns more about blogging and fun ways to share our work with you, we might even post more often! While I’d love for you to regularly check this page, I’ll also share new blog posts on our Facebook page so you can follow along there too.

    If there’s something you’re interested in or want to learn more about, feel free to let us know in the comments or message us on Facebook. In the midst of another interesting year, I hope we’re able to give you something to look forward to and help you learn a little more about the magical place our team loves. As always, thanks for supporting our incredible campers and making the work we love so much possible!

     

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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 ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

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    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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    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.

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    Summer Art Instructor

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    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.

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