overnight camp
You can at Camp El Tesoro

A 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 – to DO and BE!

The wide range of activities and programs create opportunities that show each camper they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. Hiking through wooded terrain to Mt. Loma, singing songs with friends around the campfire and zip lining on the challenge course are more than just fun activities; they are moments for campers to learn and thrive. Camp offers exciting times, but the moments in-between solidify the friendships and the personal growth that keep our campers coming back each year.

Questions? Contact Us
  • camp fire
  • overnight camps
  • playing ball
  • riding horses
  • two girls smiling
  • walking in water
Making Growth mindset

El Tesoro’s overnight camp has inspired boys & girls to let their curiosity be their guide – to nature, their world and what they can accomplish! Age appropriate activities develop confidence 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, swimming and drama create opportunities that show each camper they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.

Camp Activities encourage a growth mindset.
See the typical daily schedule and see the Packing Guide.
Watch our virtual tour video.
Read our Overnight Camp Frequently Asked Questions.

Specialty Session Details

Bullet CheckArchery Specialty Session

Campers will hone their archery skills by participating in challenges to improve their aim, marksmanship and accuracy using recurve and longbows while also enjoying additional camp activities. Grades 1-10, limit 20 campers

Bullet CheckAquatic Specialty Session

Campers will focus their week’s activities at the pool perfecting strokes, turns and more. Traditional camp activities will round out the experience.Grades 1-10, limit 30 campers

Bullet CheckChallenge Course Specialty Session

Climbing, rappelling, belaying and leadership skills will be the focus as campers spend the majority of the day at low and high challenge course elements.Grades 4-10, limit 30 campers **must be 8 years or older.

Bullet CheckEquestrian Specialty Session

Campers spend the week intensely focused on equestrian studies, learning everything from anatomy to grooming to riding styles while still enjoying camp activities that create life-long bonds. Grades 4-10, limit 40 campers

Read the Overnight Camper Guide
boy walking on the high ropes

Summer 2020

Four Day Sessions $520

Grades 1 – 3
May 31 – June 3, Session A4
June 14 – 17, Session C4
June 28 – July 1, Session E4

Six Day Sessions $745

Grades 1 – 10
May 31 – June 5, Session A
June 7 – 12, Session B
June 14 – 19, Session C
June 21 – 26, Session D
June 28 – July 3, Session E
July 5 – 10, Session F

Thirteen Day Sessions $1,365

Grades 4 – 10
June 7 – 19, Session BC
June 28 – July 10, Session EF

Specialty Sessions $745

July 12 – 17, Session G
Archery: Grades 1 – 10
Aquatics: Grades 1 – 10
Challenge Course: Grades 4 – 10
Equestrian: Grades 4 – 10

CIT Sessions $1,545

Grades 11 – 12
1st Year – June 20 – July 17
2nd Year – May 30 – June 26
CIT applications will be
available in October 2019


Scholarship applications are now CLOSED
Application deadline was February 1, 2020. Those who receive a scholarship will be notified by February 28.
Want to be notified when scholarship applications open for Summer 2021?
Fill out 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

wall climb


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.

Visit our careers page to see current openings


Sunday, March TBA; 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, April TBA; 1-4 p.m.
Sunday, May TBA;1-4 p.m.

A mini-camp awaits your whole family at a Camp Preview. Experience what El Tesoro has to offer at one of these come-and-go events!

  • Archery
  • S’mores
  • Nature Hike
  • Camp Crafts
  • Cabin Tours
  • Director Q&A*

*activities subject to change

Learn More
making beads

Have more questions?

Call us at 817.831.2111




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
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