Since we welcomed our first campers in 1928, the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps has opened a world of possibilities to the youth of Central Texas by providing free week long summer camps to low-income families. Note that campers must qualify for the Texas public school free or reduced lunch program to be eligible to attend summer camp.
Our Zilker Park camp is located inside Zilker Park near Barton Springs Pool; it serves campers 8 – 11 years of age. The camp program, under the supervision of experienced counselors, offers activities such as swimming in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy pool, fishing, canoeing, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, and a ropes course with a variety of elements including a team wall, and trust fall. Transportation to camp and three meals a day is included.
Campers take home increased confidence and leadership abilities, better problem-solving skills, and friendships that last a lifetime. They learn to resolve conflicts, value diversity, and to share in the success of the group. Fun becomes the foundation on which courage, self-respect, cooperation, and leadership are built.
The Austin YMBL Sunshine Camp is committed to assuring that our program is made available to all persons and provided to all eligible individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, political belief or religion.