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.
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.
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.
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!