Apply for FREE Summer Camps

Austin Sunshine Camps has provided Austin’s youth with a fun filled summer camp experience since 1928. With their mission to create a better future and stronger community through mentoring, education and personal development of our low income youth, the camp focuses on at risk children and strives to strengthen them against obstacles that could threaten their mental and physical well being. Since its inception, a single summer camp has grown into an entire series of weeklong camps during the summer, a year-round leadership training program, and several scholarships for Sunshine Campers who graduate from high school. To date more than 40,000 children have benefitted from Austin Sunshine Camps.


Sunshine Camp is FREE to those who are selected from the application process.  Note: A printer is required to complete the application process. Please be sure a printer is connected to your computer, or that you have access to a printer. The printable documents will be emailed to you at the completion of the application.


There are two camps available for application:

  • Zilker Park — for children ages 7 – 11 (priority acceptance given to those who complete the application process by March 31, 2012). Camp activities include swimming at nearby Barton Springs, handicrafts, nature study, hikes, games, singing, and story telling. The children are given three nourishing meals a day. Go here to apply for Zilker Park.
  • Lake Travis — for children ages 12 – 15. Camp activities include swimming in Lake Travis, Team building exercises, hiking, challenge course activities, map and compass activities, campfire programs, camping skills, outdoor cookery, canoeing and first aid. The children are given three nourishing meals a day. Go here to apply for Lake Travis.

For more information, visit Austin Sunshine Camps, check out the parent page, or or “like” them on Facebook.

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