Our History

In 1928, The Young Men’s Business League of Austin recognized the serious community threat of youth tuberculosis and established the Austin Sunshine Camps in Zilker Park, as it was said that exposure to sunshine could promote healing from the disease.

The park provided a space in which local, economically disadvantaged children could gain weight, grow strong, and spend time outdoors. Today, Austin Sunshine Camps is still serving youth living near or below the poverty line.

Our programs enrich the community by encouraging and facilitating the power to succeed through education and healthy living. Austin Sunshine Camps renders the space and comfort kids need to look beyond their current situation and dream big.

Older photo of Austin Sunshine Camp councilors with campers in Austin, TX
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