Lantern Review of Camp Champions
You might expect something different from a camp run by a Harvard and a Northwestern graduate. What you find is one of the most intentional, outcome focused camps in the country that’s restless in its desire to positively change a child’s life. Driving into Camp Champions, you’re struck by the excitement of the staff and the thrills that the remarkable facilities suggest. It’s almost as though you’ve pulled into a theme park when you arrive. The difference is this camp’s carefully developed and thoughtful program that lies beyond the pirate ship in the lake, or the towering climbing walls, or the Filling Station dining hall. It’s impossible not to get wrapped into the fun here. It’s what Camp Champions embraces as a key element to deliver their thoughtful program. After all, kids learn more, or are more willing to learn, when they’re having a ball.
Camp Champions has centered itself on sets of core values, both for the campers and for the staff. The 4Rs (respect, responsibility, reasonable risk and reaching out for others) reflect a careful consideration for what allows campers to thrive into adulthood. It is from this basis that they’ve built their program, creating opportunities for campers to discover and to achieve. The program itself is more about the exposure to a wide-range of activities that, in many cases, may move the campers beyond their typical comfort zones. Even their cabins remain relatively rustic, an intentional effort to send the message to the campers that “they can do this!” It works.
The key to making it all work is the staff. It’s a different bunch here at Camp Champions. Not only are they selected through a process that begins to frame the positive culture here, but the no-nonsense approach to putting the kids first becomes a part of their being at Champions. The counselors are asked to buy into the no-drinking culture, and to value the rare opportunity to change a child’s live. You almost get the idea that the counselors spend their time off trying to make camp better, not trying to escape the challenges of camp.
Camp Champions have separate boys and girls programs, and so it represents a more all boys or all girls program. However, they recognize that we live in a coed world, so regular events, socials and other programs allow the campers to mingle. These opportunities foster the warm spirit at Champions. In fact, this is such an upbeat place that you might not realize just how determined they are to literally change the world. Make no mistake however, Camp Champions has created a rare spot that changes lives.
- Girls Only
- Boys Only
- 400 Campers per Session
- 3 Weeks, 2 Weeks
- Founded in 1967
We are successful when your child is successful. We are committed to partnering with parents to help their children develop the skills that will help them shine in a safe and fun environment.
- 50 Activities
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Ropes Course (Pirate Ship)
- Horseback Riding
1. Car 2. Bus transportation option from Houston and Dallas 3. Airport pick-up from Austin-Bergstrom Airport