We're excited about Camp Hope 2020, and you should be too! Our 2020 theme is Animal Planet, so get ready to roar, hiss, and even tweet your support for camp! (Seriously, tweet it, post it, share it... Help us get the word out about our week-long summer camp for kids living with HIV!) Most of all, support Camp Hope with a donation or become a corporate underwriter. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an underwriter by downloading our Camp Hope Underwriter Benefits Packet (PDF).
New in 2020! Siblings of positive campers will be invited to attend camp for the first time, and 17 year-old camp graduates are invited back to participate in our inaugural Teen Leadership Institute: Grown-ish! The goal of Grown-ish is to help prepare campers for the next steps after high school.
Established in 1996, Camp Hope was the first camp for HIV-positive children in Texas. Camp Hope provides HIV-positive kids ages seven to 16 from low income households the opportunity to develop important life skills needed to manage a life with HIV/AIDS in a healthy and secure environment. For one week campers learn the importance of medical adherence, how to manage disclosure of their status in relationships and with their peers and how to deal with stigma - but most importantly, our campers experience a week of fun, barrier-free activities and quality time with their friends.
Campers participate in activities like fishing, obstacle courses, horseback riding and arts and crafts. They face their fears by singing karaoke in the talent show, climbing the rock wall or swimming to the deep end of the pool. The children also learn the importance of team work by canoeing with their cabin mates across the lake. At Camp Hope, campers form valuable, supportive, and lifelong friendships with other kids who share their struggles and by the end of the week they have an increased sense of confidence, a strong set of social skills and rejuvenated hope for their futures.
Our hope is that Camp Hope is not only a place for campers to have fun, but a place where HIV-positive children can begin to understand that they are not restricted by their illness and they can begin setting the groundwork for stable and fulfilling lives.
If you are a medical provider interested in signing up campers, please contact Lauren Brooke at [email protected] or 713-623-6796 x 232 for camper applications.
We are currently recruiting counselors for Camp Hope 2020! (Must be at least 18 years of age.) Instructions are included below on how to apply. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 15th.
Step 1.) Complete the 2020 Counselor Application: https://forms.gle/YLM4PWj4BcdWToZ67
Step 2.) After completing the google form application (within a few days), you will receive an email from Camp Hope via DocuSign (it may land in your junk folder). Follow the instructions in this email to complete the required counselor waivers. These forms must be completed in order for your application to be considered complete. Interviews will be scheduled by May 8th.
Camp Hope runs from July 11-17 this year, and we require the full week commitment. Counselor selections will be announced by Monday, June 1st.
Special thanks to our wonderful corporate supporters of Camp Hope: