We won’t be able to welcome our campers in person this summer, but we are excited to bring them Camp Hope at Home – Animal Planet edition! While nothing compares to the excitement of tackling the ropes course for the first time, or showing off your skills in the talent show, we will continue to share the mission and values of camp that we know mean so much to our campers.
We still need your help to make this happen! Donate to Camp Hope today, and help us continue to make memories for our campers and keep the spirit and excitement of Camp Hope alive!
Learn more about the benefits of becoming an underwriter by downloading our Camp Hope Underwriter Benefits Packet (PDF).
New in 2021! 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 interested in learning more about camp hope, or are a medical provider interested in signing up campers, please contact Lauren Brooke at [email protected] or 713-623-6796 x 232.
Special thanks to our wonderful corporate underwriters of Camp Hope: