Come Find MORE at Camp El Tesoro

come find more stickerA sharp smell of fresh cut grass, distant laughter and “ker-splash!” at the pool. Ripping open a letter that sings of home, softly talking while playing cards or painstakingly making sure each thread of a friendship bracelet is “just right”- these small moments are the glue that bind a summer at camp. Since 1934, Camp El Tesoro‘s overnight camp has inspired youth in all moments, quiet and loud.

Get ready to hike a shaded trail, splash in the creek, sing your heart out around an evening campfire and share time with trusted friends.

El Tesoro overnight camps provide an immersive experience for campers to explore the outdoors, make new friends and awaken their sense of adventure. Intentional moments at camp encourage youth to step out of their comfort zone, try something new and find more:

Connections • Independence • Self-Confidence • Adventure • Laughter
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  • riding horses

Find MORE Growth at Camp

El Tesoro’s overnight camp has inspired youth to let their curiosity be their guide – to nature, their world and what they can accomplish.

Age-appropriate activities develop confidence and growth mindsets in our campers while they build new skills and make new friends in the outdoors. The wide range of activities from horseback riding and archery to crafts, woodshop, swimming and kayaking create opportunities that show each camper they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

You Belong Here

Camp Fire offers programs where every young person can be their whole self and connect with others and nature in a safe, affirming environment.you belong here sticker

Camp accepts you for who you are.
At Camp YOU can be YOU.
Camp shows you how to love nature, yourself and others.

Start building a lifetime of magical camp memories filled with the traditions of camp life and spark lifelong growth. We can’t wait to see you cross our iconic swinging bridge this summer!

Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire believes in the dignity and the intrinsic worth of every human being. We welcome, affirm, and support young people and adults of all abilities and disabilities, experiences, races, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, religion and non-religion, citizenship and immigration status, and any other category people use to define themselves or others. We strive to create safe and inclusive environments that celebrate diversity and foster positive relationships.

Find MORE Space to Explore

Camp El Tesoro is located on 223-acres where the Brazos River and Fall Creek meet in Granbury, Texas.

The camp has welcomed five generations of campers for almost 90 years. Campers stay in beautifully modern cabins featuring full restrooms and electricity.

Our highly-trained diverse staff members lead youth through active exploration, building connections and reflection while finding more time to laugh, listen and grow together in a safe and enriching environment.

Plus, in each session, we welcome campers with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our Inclusion Program enriches the camp experience for all campers.

Summer 2025 Registration will open Sept. 1, 2024

Summer 2024

Four Day Sessions $585

Grades 1 – 4
June 2 – 5, Session A4
June 23 – 26, Session D4

Six Day Sessions $850

Grades 1 – 10
June 2 – 7, Session A
June 9 – 14, Session B
June 16 – 21, Session C
June 23 – 28, Session D
June 30 – July 5, Session E
July 7 – 12, Session F
July 14 – 19, Session G

Equestrian Session $850

Grades 4 – 10
July 14 – 19, Session EQ
(limited to 40 campers)

Thirteen Day Sessions $1,520

Grades 6 – 10
June 9 – 21, Session BC
June 30 – July 12, Session EF

CIT Sessions $1,605

Grades 11 – 12
1st Year – June 23 – July 19
2nd Year – June 2 – 28

CIT applications are accessed through the registration system

Scholarships

Scholarship applications open with registration and close on February 1, 2024.

Want to be notified if more scholarship funds become available? Complete this form.

Campership assistance is limited and awarded based on a variety of factors, including annual household income, date the application is received, number of people in the household, and extenuating circumstances.

Specialized Programs

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OUR STAFF

Our trained staff make the difference. Many have attended El Tesoro as campers themselves. Prior to campers arriving, all staff participate in an intensive week-long on-site training where they learn to help each child thrive at camp by allowing them to explore their personal interests, make healthy choices, develop social skills and have fun. Camp Fire programs offer an environment where youth can learn through active exploration and interaction with program staff trained to observe and engage youth to support, extend and clarify learning. Each year Camp El Tesoro builds a team of more than 50 counselors, activity specialists, support roles, and supervisors to create the best possible summer for our campers.

Have more questions?

Call us at 817.831.2111

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The staff is always very friendly and supportive. The camp director remembered my child the minute he crossed the bridge and gave him a big welcome back – this is very impressive considering all of the children that come through each year!

Teresa Meredith

The girls had the most amazing time last week. They came home with an entirely new kind of self-assuredness that was incredible to see. I swear they looked six months older when we picked them up! 😂

We also learned how important it is for parents to practice giving kids the chance to be independent, too. Some day they will be grown and flown, as much as I try to put off thinking about it—and I know full well that transition will be a lot harder for me than them. I felt a surprisingly deep well of peace at letting them venture so far out, knowing they’ll be okay (and I will be, too).

We understood on a theoretical level what the benefits of camp would be for all of us, but the lessons that became immediately resonant can’t be overstated.

The girls are counting down until next summer already!

Thank you so much for everything y’all do!

Allison Crews
My daughters have attended Camp El Tesoro 5 and 8 consecutive years, respectively. Every year they count the days until camp. And when I pick them up they are energized with tales of new friendships and adventure. What a wonderful program. Bravo.
Chris Carter

I used to get homesick my first few years at camp. It never stopped me from having fun, though. Now, when I’m at home, I get camp sick. I miss being at El Tesoro when I’m not here.

El Tesoro Camper

Camp El Tesoro has given me such great memories when I was A kid. I was counting down the days till summer came. 4 weeks in a row wasn’t enough for me! An now that my daughter has gone for her first Summer. It’s looking like she is going to be the same way. Its such a great way to get the kids outside and unplugged. Not to mention, it is a great way for the kids to start gaining some independence and learn some personal responsibility.

Chris Landry

As we get older we are told that there isn’t any magic in the world. That it doesn’t really exist. But I don’t think that’s true. Camp is magic. The things we do, the friends we make, the buildings and being close to nature – it’s special here. It makes me happy, and that’s magic.

8th grade boy

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