Newsletter: Winter 2024

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Winter 2023 Edition

This Issue: Volunteers Needed page 2 Spring Opportunities page 3 Keeping the CAMP Magic page 4 CAMP On-line Store page 5 Summer 2024 page 6 Summer Positions page 7 Gala page 8 Eclipse page 9 Donor Thanks page 10 Tributes pages 11-12

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For children and adults with disabilities, recreational opportunities, social interactions, and peer support are vital! Yet, there are very few opportunities that meet the need within our community. CAMP is here to fill that need, but we cannot continue to do it without you. We need your support! A gift to CAMP will ensure over 1,000 children, teens, and adults with disabilities will participate in year-round programming that increases their independence and self-esteem, while strengthening their families. We will train over 500 teens and young adults to be leaders of tomorrow, and provide hands-on education to healthcare professionals to better serve our communities. Please join me in making a gift today that will directly impact the lives of so many at Thank you for your belief in our mission and for being a part of our CAMP family!

CAMP Needs You! CAMP is seeking enthusiastic and vibrant volunteers who are looking to challenge themselves and make the most of each moment as a friend to an individual with a disability. CAMP's School-Year Program season is in full swing from now until May. By volunteering during a school-year program, families receive respite, campers participate in recreational and social activities, and volunteers gain leadership experiences! The staff/volunteer application for CAMP's school-year programs is live on our website,, and we hope that you can join us for some fun this season. Volunteers may earn service hours for each program, ranging between 5 – 35 hours. During the summer, CAMP holds week-long overnight camps for the individuals we serve to participate in traditional camping activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts and so much more! All summer volunteer counselors are required to attend a week-long training session before being eligible to volunteer as a buddy to a camper. During training, volunteers learn how to provide care for their camper and how to help everyone reach their maximum potential. Volunteers can earn up to 198 service hours. Applications for summer volunteer positions will be available in early January! Volunteers continue to be the extraordinary driving force of CAMP programs. With your help, CAMP will continue to strengthen and inspire our campers, bringing more smiles to their faces! Sign up today to be a part of this extra special team.


Contact Volunteer Services at


“Act as if what you do makes a difference... IT DOES!” WILLIAM JAMES


NG I R P S 2024


January 27 February 17 March 23 April 6

TEEN & ADULT DAY ADVENTURES January 27 February 17 March 23 April 6

RESPITE WEEKEND RETREATS January 6-7 February 24-25 April 13-14 May 11-12


FAMILY WEEKEND CAMPS Dates will be scheduled SOON!

OTHER DATES TO CONSIDER: March 22, 2024 CAMP Gala April 8, 2024 Total Eclipse at CAMP

Spring enrollments are open now for campers and volunteers! More information available at:


"CAMP is magic, and the world should have more places like CAMP!" Meriel andCamper ForrestParents Bowman

Let’s Keep the Magic alive in 2024!


Your gift helps care for the horses and animals in the nature center that provide emotional and sensory benefits to a camper! Create a safe and comforting environment at CAMP!


Your gift helps healthcare professionals receive continuing education credits and hands-on training as they meet the medical needs of campers. Impact patient care year-round in our communities!


Your gift impacts hundreds of teens and young adults who receive valuable leadership development through hands-on training at CAMP. Strengthen the leaders of tomorrow today!


Your gift provides a partial scholarship so a camper can attend CAMP regardless of family income. Give the gift of new experiences, increased self-esteem, friendships, and memories that last a lifetime. PAGE 04

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Summer 2024 is going to be Olympic ! Each of the nine summer sessions lasts 6-days and 5 nights and are for individuals aged 5 to 55 years, with mild to severe disabilities (including medical, physical, intellectual, and developmental). Siblings aged 5-13 years without a medical condition or disability may attend as well! Sessions are held at CAMP’s beautiful 55-acre property along the Guadalupe River. CAMP modifies traditional summer camp activities to meet the unique needs of each camper. Campers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, music, sports & recreation, arts & crafts, and outdoor cooking. While at Summer Camp, campers are assigned to a tribe based on gender and age. Here they are partnered with a trained counselor who provides a caring and supportive environment for the camper while fostering the social development of campers and their connections with peers. Enrollment will open for campers in January so get ready for Olympic adventure CAMP style!

Session 1: (May 19-24) Adult Lead Staff Training: May 26-31 Pre-Camp Training: June 2-6 Session 2: (June 9-14) General Session 3: (June 16-21) Autism Session 4: (June 23-28) Medical Mini Pre-Camp Training: June 30-July 1 Session 5: (July 7-12) Autism Session 6: (July 14-19) General Session 7: (July 21-26) Medical Session 8: (July 28-Aug 2) General Session 9: (August 4-9) General PAGE 06

CAMP is looking for awesome people to fill key positions this summer. Check out the options at:

Join CAMP and do something incredibly meaningful with your summer. We are looking to fill key summer leadership positions and you could be the right person! All training, summer housing, and leadership development are provided.


Save the Date!

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FRIDAY MARCH 22, 2024 6:00 PM

On Friday, March 22, 2024, CAMP will host Party at the Park, CAMP’s 16th Annual Gala, honoring PCSI. The gala will celebrate our incredible campers, children and adult with disabilities, their families, our dedicated volunteers, and our accomplishments of the past year. Hosted at the beautiful Aggie Park in San Antonio, CAMP plans for this to be the largest Gala held to date with over 500 community leaders who all want to see CAMP's mission continue to impact Southwest Texas. Throughout the event, food stations are hosted by local restaurants and catering teams. This allows guests to enjoy a variety of cuisines, experiencing the best San Antonio has to offer. Check out sponsorship and ticket options at:


CAMP On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing directly over Camp CAMP, located in Center Point, Texas. This is the last total solar eclipse that will be viewable from North America this century. CAMP will experience one of the longest periods of total darkness in the state and we are excited to share it with the public! A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. This is a once-in-ageneration opportunity not to be missed.

A limited number of day passes will be sold to the CAMP family and public. Tickets are $100 for adults and $50 for children (12 and younger) and include entrance onto CAMP's property, glasses to safely view the event, access to planned activities throughout the day, and more. Please note that CAMP will sell optional breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the event. Don't miss the 2024 Total Eclipse at CAMP!

The last eclipse across America occurred in 2017 affecting a number of communities along the path of totality. These towns experienced a massive visitor surge with some communities welcoming up to 100,000 people. PAGE 09

Thank You to each of you who came out to support CAMP during the 2023 Dutch Bros Coffee Buck for Kids day. Because of your generosity, CAMP raised an amazing $17,677.43! CAMP is extremely grateful for your love and support and to each of the participating stores that made this gift possible. We also want to say thanks for the hard work during your work day at CAMP. THANKS for your time!

to the Flower Mound Tennis Team for hosting the "LOVE ALL" Tournament in honor of CAMP! We are incredibly grateful for your love and support of the mission and the selfless way you chose to give back to CAMP! Thank you!


tributes in honor of...

Tributes are from August 16 to October 31, 2023. Jessica Adam by Barbara Adam

Dee Evans by Rosalyn Velasquez

Claire Moynahan and Lizzie Weaver by Carrie Weaver

Anthony Aldrete by Armando Flores

Trent Evans by Mrs Evans by Mrs Smith

Elizabeth Noyes by Craig Noyes

All the staff and volunteers who make CAMP possible! by Brandon Briery All the campers and families who make what we do at CAMP meaningful - without you CAMP is just a bunch of buildings and passionate and compassionate people in need of friends to share their love and energy with! by Brandon Briery All our campers who have gone on to be "Stars in the Sky" by Brandon Briery

The Family Support team by Ms. Michelle Elble

OG Camp Alumni- love you all! by Mrs Berro

Sam Lilly and Jacob Pearson The Family Support and Volunteer Teams by Ms Howe by Amanda Meigs Alyssa Peña Shayla M. Forster by Diego Buitron by Shauwiishi White by Margie Maxwell by Adriana Pena Aurelius Gill by Roxanne Peña by Christina Gill Dr. Chris Plauche Alizah Gill by Lizette Esquenazi by Christina Gill by Charles Morton Aiden Guichard by Janice Casey

Adam Price by Tracy Ryan

Breanna and Beei Harrison by Peggy Harrison

Christian Rawcliffe by Peter Walsh

Mikie Hawkins by The Fund

Madeleine Reichert Zachary by Mr Goldsmith

Dan and Emily Kahn by Mr Kahn

Ellen Rogers by Mrs Rogers

Ken Kaiser and Mason Howerton by Susan Osborne

Pam Smartt by Terri Oliver

Owen Koch by Mr Koch

Draven Steele by William Grinnan, Jr.

David Law by Howard Law

Teddy, Maddy, & Will by Erika Mulsow

George LeGrand by Kristan Legrand

Ellis Vargas-Zachary by Jay Zachary

Jack & Ava Leighton by Anh Dinh

Kathryn Vaughn by Earl Vaughn

Matthew Lindeman by Mrs Lindeman

Shelley Watanabe by Bob Esquenazi

Sarah Czerniak by Marie Czerniak

Madison by June Yenco

Lauren Weiss by Ira Weiss

Dianna, Lauren and Taylor by Nancy Gerson

Michael Maffei by Vincent Santini

J.F. Bierlein and Heather Diehl by Dr Paul Smith, Jr.

De'Cel & Olivia Morkovsky by Mark Morkovsky

Vincent Esqueda by George Esqueda

Brandon McConnell by Ms McConnell

Luella Anderson by Kori Anderson Townsend Bowman by Meriel Bowman by Catherine Kim by Sharvari Parghi by Alpa Patel Townsend & Maia Bowman by Anita Mehta Meredith Braden by Erin Childress Brandon Briery by Ruth Eyres by Carolyn Powell Ellie Brown by Kate Brown Colin Campbell by Mrs Campbell The Camping Team... Ken, Mason, Caleb, and Michael! by Brandon Briery


tributes in memory of...

Tributes are from August 16 to October 31, 2023. Dr. Shauntice Allen by Dorothy Gerner by Elisa Harris by Amanda Meigs by Stephen Meigs

Ian Hinkle by Ms Hinnenkamp

Scarlett Ancellotti by Jim Massey

Justin Jewell by Justin Joyner

Regina Anderson by Redia Anderson by Laura Leach by Amanda Meigs

Nathan Lockhart by Kari Butts

Nathaniel Barker by Michael Maffei Larry Boudreau by Angie Cox

Christy Hoffman by Debra Spearman

Sydney Malcolm by Ms Hertel by Amanda Meigs Alice Marie Wilson by Brandon Briery

Link and Lita (Pops and Grandma) Briery by Brandon Briery Sammie Marie Briery by Brandon Briery by Cheryl Busald Christy Brown by Ms Brown Joey Cavazos by Jennifer Cavazos Levita Corbin by Amanda Meigs Jackie Curtis by Judy Curtis by Amanda Meigs Dr. Robert de Lemos by Samantha Lemos Ralph and Sue Diaz by Christina Diaz Meghan Hill by Toni Hill



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