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Mandy poses in the middle of four other staff members and smiles. The group stands in the middle of tables under the plaza at the Greater Houston Sports Club. From left: Bianca, Mandy, Carleigh, Amanda, Amelia Camp Aranzazu counselors and campers playing games on grass lawn.


    July 15, 2022

    5 Minutes with our Facilities Director, Mandy Hood

    5 Minutes with our Facilities Director, Mandy Hood

    Why did you choose Camp Aranzazu?

    Originally, I chose Camp Aranzazu to find a job that aligned well with my previous experiences in private estate management. The facilities director position seemed like a great fit for my skill set and interests. I love working outdoors. Being able to work in such a beautiful camp setting made the position a perfect match for me! But, my answer to this question has already changed. Now that I’ve come to understand our mission and the magic that happens at Camp Aranzazu, it became rewarding to care for a facility that is so special to so many people throughout the state.

    Explain your job in 5 words or less

    If I only had five words to explain my role as the facilities director, I’d choose: rewarding, challenging, problem-solving, being creative, and multi-tasking. As a barrier-free facility on the Texas Gulf Coast, there are always plenty of opportunities to find creative solutions to problems!

    What has surprised you about working at Camp Aranzazu?

    The amazing team at Camp Aranzazu has surprised me the most. The things that are accomplished with such a small team is a testament to everyone’s dedication to camp’s mission. The camp staff and board members feel like family. The empathy and understanding we have for each other makes me excited to come to work each day. I feel like we’re in this together.

    What’s the best part about working at Camp Aranzazu?

    The best part of working at Camp Aranzazu, besides our small but mighty team, is watching our campers have the time of their lives. Being able to see their smiles at Camp makes all the sweat and hard work worth it. I love being outdoors and active, so being part of a team that maintains the grounds and facilities so that all people are able to participate in outdoor activities is the best part.

    Tell me about your favorite memory at Camp Aranzazu.

    My favorite memory is from this year’s Ticia’s Lil Wranglers. I was more involved with this particular camping session and tasked with taking photos for the day. It was amazing to watch all the campers try new things and capture their expressions. I watched a 5-year-old tackle the Screamer with NO fear. I watched two returning campers fly down the zipline together. I was able to hear the happiness from all the campers cheering on their friends and take photos of campers who caught their first fish and gave it a kiss. I was able to photograph parents spending the day with their children and witness the love and joy they shared for their family. It was so fun to see Camp Aranzazu in action and come alive!


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    Blake and Perry Finger, Co-Chair

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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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    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

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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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