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Camping Partner: EFCST; Photo by: Jennise Burgos Photography Activity leaders helping camper get into sailboat off the floating dock. Campers gather around activity leader and smile after a messy and wet game at the plaza


    September 02, 2021

    What programs can you find at Camp Aranzazu?

    Written by: Kate Plouvier, Development Director

    The last year has not only reaffirmed the need for the unique form of therapy we provide at Camp Aranzazu, but also highlighted our team’s ability to adapt and continue to find ways to serve special populations in Texas. In addition to our traditional camping sessions this year, we also will be offering a variety of other programs that will allow us to impact as many children and young adults as possible:

    Traditional Camping Sessions

    Camp Aranzazu’s highly skilled and experienced staff, barrier-free campus, adaptive equipment, and on-site health center make it possible for every camper to enjoy all the traditional camp activities, as well as many others. We offer sailing, archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, ropes challenge courses, fine arts, environmental education, and games.

    Family Camps

    Families that include a child with special needs or a chronic illness often have difficulty finding a place to vacation that is fun for everyone. Our family camps allow parents and children to minimize contact with others while enjoying a long weekend of outdoor activities and togetherness on the Texas Gulf Coast.

    In fact, you can find more information and sign up for our our next family camp on our website.

    Camp-to-Go Sessions

    We can bring modified camping activities to hospitals, schools, and other organizations that serve special populations. Children and adults can enjoy camp-themed games and activities like indoor archery, adaptive “boating” (a canoe on wheels!), indoor “campfire” songs, and adapted sports and games.

    Adaptive Sailing

    Our 27 acres on Copano Bay are one of the camp’s most unique features. Given that being outdoors and six feet apart is the safest way to spend time with others, we have expanded our adaptive sailing program to run from late spring to early fall.

    Online Camping Sessions

    Campers especially vulnerable to complications from the novel coronavirus may not be able to gather in groups for some time. These children and adults can access on-demand and pre-recorded videos and enjoy some of their favorite camp-themed activities. These videos encourage physical activity, create social connections, and teach new skills. You can see some of these online activities on our YouTube channel!

    If you’re interested in any of these programs, please visit our website for more information!


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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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      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

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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

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