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Copano Bay

Campers can spend time sailing or kayaking in Copano Bay, home to a diverse ecosystem of native birds like the whooping crane, finfish including red drum, black drum, flounder and trout, as well as shellfish such as oysters.

Copano Bay

Viewing Platform

See what types of plants and animals are living in the wetlands from your perch on the accessible Viewing Platform.

Viewing Platform

Fishing Pond

Stocked with fish who like to be caught, kissed and released! Don’t forget to make a wish as you toss your fish back in the pond.

Fishing Pond

Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding Lake

Practice your paddling skills in this shallow, inland lake. We offer kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding Lake

Wetlands

Campers can experience this unique ecosystem and learn how wetlands provide food and habitat for native wildlife.

Wetlands

Fire Pit

Best place for campfire, s’mores and singing in all of Aransas County.

Fire Pit

Challenge Course

Campers of all abilities can climb, zip and test their limits on the Challenge Course, all while having the power to choose their challenge.

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Challenge Course

Screamer

Are you brave enough to try the Screamer? This giant swing produces just as many laughs as it does screams. You can choose how high you go.

Screamer

Nature Hut

During the summer, meet our critters, including snakes, guinea pigs, mice and hedgehogs. Also learn about South Texas flora and fauna.

Nature Hut

Boardwalks

Accessible Boardwalks allow campers to glide above the wetlands and explore nature up close.

Boardwalks

Boardwalks

Accessible Boardwalks allow campers to glide above the wetlands and explore nature up close.

Boardwalks

Bird Blind

Built by student volunteers from UT’s Gulf Coast DesignLab, the Bird Blind allows excellent views of native birds, wetlands and tidal pools.

Bird Blind

Hummingbird Plaza

Enjoy the coastal breezes under this all-purpose covered area for games, skits, basketball, hockey and more.

Hummingbird Plaza

Entrance

Look for the Camp Aranzazu logo in the air off of Loop 1781.

Entrance

Fire Pit

Best place for campfire, s’mores and catching the sunset over Copano Bay

Fire Pit

Bridge to Copano Bay

This massive, accessible bridge takes campers across Loop 1781 to our 27 acres of waterfront and wetlands to discover Copano Bay.

Bridge to Copano Bay

Welcome Center & Dining Hall

The 10,000 square-foot Welcome Center and Dining Hall includes the Whataburger/Dobson Family Kitchen, as well as staff offices.

Welcome Center & Dining Hall

Tree House Cabin 3

This cabin is used primarily to house summer staff.

Tree House Cabin 3

Nature Education Building

Perfect shady spot on Copano Bay utilized for waterfront programming and environmental education.

Nature Education Building

Archery Range

Our accessible archery range is a perfect place for campers to master new skills and practice their aim.

Archery Range

Health Center

Visit the homey Health Center to take medicine and receive treatments while at camp. Two bedrooms are available for medical staff (five beds total). Equipped with nurse’s station and treatment rooms.

Health Center

Sanctuary

See the custom-designed stained glass windows depicting Our Lady of Aranzazu. This air-conditioned area can be used for ceremonies, yoga, reflection and more.

Sanctuary

Party Pool

Our new Party Pool has a maximum depth of four feet making it the perfect place to can enjoy the cooled water and hang out with friends.

Party Pool

Cabin Parking

Park here for easy cabin access.

Cabin Parking

Classic Pool

Enjoy dips in our accessible classic pool with shallow and deep ends.

Classic Pool

Bird's Nest Cabin 5

Bird’s Nest and High Tide look similar. Can you spot the difference? This four-room cabin also holds up to 52 campers, has en suite restrooms and air conditioning.

Bird's Nest Cabin 5

Sarofim Creative Arts Center

Spend some time getting to know your creative side in the Sarofim Creative Arts Center, with a variety of fine arts programs developed in conjunction with artists from the Rockport Center for the Arts. We also have a kitchen for cooking classes.

Sarofim Creative Arts Center

Guest Parking

Park here and check in at the Welcome Center if you are just visiting or arriving for camp.

Guest Parking

High Tide Cabin 6

High Tide is our newest cabin, named after local aquatic life. This four-room cabin holds up to 52 campers, has en suite restrooms and air conditioning.

High Tide Cabin 6

Hilltop Cabin 4

This two-room cabin holds up to 26 campers, has en suite restrooms and air conditioning. These rooms are named after local wildflowers.

Hilltop Cabin 4
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Copano Bay
Viewing Platform
Fishing Pond
Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding Lake
Wetlands
Fire Pit
Challenge Course
Screamer
Nature Hut
Boardwalks
Boardwalks
Bird Blind
Hummingbird Plaza
Entrance
Fire Pit
Bridge to Copano Bay
Welcome Center & Dining Hall
Tree House Cabin 3
Nature Education Building
Archery Range
Health Center
Sanctuary
Party Pool
Cabin Parking
Classic Pool
Bird's Nest Cabin 5
Sarofim Creative Arts Center
Guest Parking
High Tide Cabin 6
Hilltop Cabin 4
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Financials

Camp Aranzazu is extremely grateful for all the support given to our organization and is committed to cultivating trust with our campers, partners, sponsors, donors, board, and volunteers. 

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We are committed to fulfilling our mission and maintaining the trust of our friends, donors, partners, campers, and families. 

Camp Aranzazu is proud to have a four star rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates the financial health, accountability & transparency of non-profit organizations. Four stars is their highest rating.  

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Host Committee

Dee Dee & Steve Robinson, Chairs 

Jennifer & Fields Alexander

Elizabeth & Daryl Allen

Kim & John Bonner

Dee & Jeff Boswell

James Brolan

Stephanie & Ernie D. Cockrell

Ned Crady

Don Fernbach

Tom Fish

Katherine & Bobby Hatcher

Bill Hightower

Leigh & Jack Kins

Tracie & Terrell Palmer

Katherine & Brian Parsley

Al Pratka

Tim Reilly

Steve Rothbauer

Ward Sheffield

Culver Stedman

Patia Strickland

Reagan Swinbank

Prissy & John Watson

Julie Williams

Host Committee

Shannon and Jon Turner, Co-Chair

Blake and Perry Finger, Co-Chair

Heather & Harry Affleck

Betsy & Wally Baker 

Sage & Rowe Blount

Mills & Tres Buchek

Sarah & Will Caruth

Mary & Hunter Conger

Liz & Chris Dewar

Caroleene & Bobby Dobson

Jolie & Meade Flavin

Tifini Furst & Paul Golibart

Katherine & Matt Gainey

Shannon Gunn & Chris Hosner

Allegra & Hunter Hawkins

Trish & Clint Hennessey

Gretchen & David Herrmann

Brendan Herrmann

Sally & Roger Hill III

Camille & Clark Mandigo

Nicole & Rob McClane

Muffin Moorman 

Kristan & Tom Northington

Courtney & Chip Percy

Katherine & John Smelko

Chaney & Tripp Stuart 

Jeanne & Kelvin Tatum

Ashley & Rad Weaver

Jodi & Michael Wood

Christen & George Wommack

Zazu Host Committee

Traci McLester Arellano

Darrell Atkins

Frank Bay

Robin and Jeff Floyd

Cindy and Larry Forney

Holly and Tom Forney

Melissa and Charles Hall

Gloria Hicks

Chip Jenkins

Robert Kelley

Scott Meares

Chris and David Nesloney

Bob Shockney

Britni and William Key

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Ashley Rhodes Smith

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Volunteer

We welcome your help, whether it's once a week or once a year. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are typically available. If you are interested in volunteering, please download the volunteer application and return to Bianca Hernandez at bhernandez@camparanzazu.org. 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!

Maintenance of Facilities and Grounds

With 104 acres, we can always use help more maintaining our beautiful camp.

Front Office Support

In the summer, we need help answering the phones, greeting guests, and keeping the office organized and running smoothly.

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Partner Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to work directly with the children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses that we serve? Check out our camping partners who are looking for volunteers for the coming camping season! 

Camp Aspire

Aspire Accessories

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Denise Hazen
(713) 461-7200
hazendenise@yahoo.com
https://aspireaccessories.com/

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Yesenia Neil
Yesenia.Neil@dchstx.org
http://www.driscollchildrens.org/

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Shannon B. Broughton
Shannon.Broughton@dchstx.org
http://www.driscollchildrens.org/

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 ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

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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 lanfosso@camparanzazu.org. 

Job Description


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 ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 


Job Description


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 ahaslam@camparanzazu.org.

Make sure to check out the job description below. To apply, email your resume to Amelia Haslam. 

Job Description