June 3 – July 26, 2024

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:45 P.M.

Grades K – 5th

Grade levels based on Fall 2024


$225 a week
$30 more to add optional Wednesday Overnight

Hot lunch and two snacks are provided daily.

Camp El Tesoro

7710 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury, TX 76049
Located on 223 acres where the Brazos River and Fall Creek meet just past the Pecan Plantation Main Gate and has welcomed Hood County campers since 1934.

Summer Day Camp

COME FOR ONE WEEK OR THE WHOLE SUMMERCamp Fire Camp El Tesoro 90 Years logo, 1934 - 2024

Come find MORE at Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro – more fun, more acceptance, more friendships, more adventures, more technology-free space, more caring adults, and more opportunities to try new things.

Art projects and nature hikes reinforce daily nature lessons and allow hands-on exploration. Afternoon activities focus on adventure-filled experiences with a weekly rotation including canoeing, kayaking, archery, and horseback riding. And a cooling daily trip to the pool for swimming!


Upgrade your Day Camp experience by adding the Wednesday Overnight

Campers will cook dinner over a campfire, explore camp after dark with a night hike and star-watching, and sleep in a cabin. Breakfast is provided. This is a wonderful way for young campers to build confidence and independence in the safe but “wild” camp world.

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.

2024 Weekly Themes

  • June 3 – 7, Week 1 – Eco-Explorers Adventure
    Immerse campers in the wonders of biodiversity as they embark on nature trails, identifying diverse plant and animal species. Through hands-on activities, they’ll learn about ecosystems, conservation, and the delicate balance of nature, fostering a deep appreciation for the environment.

  • June 10 – 14, Week 2 – Wilderness Explorer Challenge 
    Transform camp into a wilderness survival experience where kids acquire essential skills such as fire building, shelter construction, and navigation. Campers will bond with nature by understanding its resources, building resilience, and gaining confidence in their ability to thrive in the great outdoors.

  • June 17 – 21, Week 3 – Birdwatcher’s Paradise

    Delve into the fascinating world of ornithology as young bird enthusiasts observe, identify, and document local bird species. Guided by expert naturalists, campers will develop a keen eye for feathered friends, honing their understanding of bird behavior and the importance of bird-friendly habitats.

  • June 24 – 28, Week 4 – Water Wonders Odyssey
    Dive into aquatic ecosystems with a focus on rivers, lakes, and ponds. Through creek walking, water testing, and aquatic creature exploration, campers will learn about the significance of clean water, aquatic life cycles, and human impact on water sources, promoting environmental responsibility.

  • July 1 – 5, Week 5 – Forest Fantasy Camp
    Engage in a magical journey through the enchanting world of forests, where children discover the wonders of old-growth trees, fungi, and woodland creatures. Creative activities, like fairy house building and storytelling, will instill a sense of wonder and respect for these vital ecosystems.

  • July 8 – 12, Week 6 – Nature Art Extravaganza
    Unleash campers’ creativity by integrating nature into their artistic expressions. From leaf pressing to outdoor sculpture, children will discover the beauty of the natural world while creating unique pieces of art. This theme encourages an eco-friendly mindset and the use of sustainable art materials.

  • July 15 – 19, Week 7 – Bug Bonanza Exploration
    Transform campers into budding entomologists as they explore the fascinating realm of insects, spiders, and other creepy crawlers. Through bug hunts, insect identification, and interactive games, children will gain an understanding of the crucial roles bugs play in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

  • July 22 – 26, Week 8 – Sunshine Skywatchers Retreat
    Immerse campers in the wonders of the daytime sky as they explore the science and beauty of the sun and clouds. Through solar observations, weather experiments, and kite flying, children will gain insights into meteorology, solar energy, and the dynamic interplay between the Earth and the atmosphere.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30-8am Camper Arrival
8:15am Flag
8:45am 1st Activity
9:45am Snack
10:00am 2nd Activity
11:00am 3rd Activity
Noon Lunch
12:30pm Store / Rest Time
1:30pm Camp Activity
3:00pm Swimming
4:30pm Snack
5:00-5:45pm Pick Up

Junior Counselor-in-Training Program for 6th, 7th & 8th graders

  • JR CITs learn and build on leadership, communication, and program delivery skills. Previous summers at El Tesoro are not a pre-requisite.
  • JR CIT’s are campers that are going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
  • Up to four JR CITs are enrolled in each session and can attend multiple sessions.
  • The program gives the JR CITS some leadership responsibilities within each session, helping younger campers navigate program activities.
  • They are assigned to younger groups to help the group stay together, play games while counselors set up activities

Applications are available through registration.

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.

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

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.


Have more questions?

Call us at 817.831.2111

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ET Day Camp FAQ’S

Camp El Tesoro offers age appropriate activities that develop social and emotional confidence in campers while they have fun in the outdoors and make new friends.

Campers participate in three activities each morning, including Outdoor Education, Teambuilding, Nature Exploration, Science Experiments, Arts & Crafts, and more, along with a morning snack time. In the afternoons on Monday-Thursday, campers take part in ‘Taste of Camp,’ trying out one of four different activities (archery, kayaking, challenge course low ropes, and horseback), each afternoon. On Friday afternoons, day campers participate in a series of events called Color Wars.

After their Taste of Camp activity for the day and an afternoon snack, campers have free swim time each afternoon in our lower pool, followed by parent pick-up time.

Day campers are grouped by grade level. Depending on the week, each age group tends to have between 12-15 campers.

Grade: Staff to Camper Ratio (Maximum number of campers per counselor):

K – 1st 1:6

2nd – 3rd 1:6

4th – 5th 1:8

The camp store sells sports drinks, snacks and souvenirs. Campers can purchase merchandise and/or snacks daily, Monday-Friday.

Add money to your campers’ store account by logging into your CampBrain account. Campers only need to give their name to access the funds you have deposited.

Although there is no required amount, most parents deposit $20-$40. Campers that have a balance in their store account greater than $5 may only request a refund by submitting this form within 30 days of the end of your child’s camp session. Unclaimed balances, and those less than $5, will be donated to the Camp El Tesoro scholarship fund.

CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED at Camp El Tesoro. Please do not send your camper with any form of cash. All purchases must be made through their camp store account.

See the following list for a price range of store items:

  • T-shirts: $5-$25
  • Other apparel: $4-$35 for bandannas, ball caps, hoodies, rain jackets
  • Essentials: $4-$12 for sunglasses, travel toothbrush, water bottle, travel cutlery, etc.
  • Cabin upgrades: $8-$35 for laundry bag, sweatshirt blankets, hammocks
  • Snacks: $1-$4 for sports drinks, beef jerky, ice cream bars, slushies, etc.

SmugMug offers camp parents and relatives a glimpse into camp life by posting photos in a password-protected online photo gallery. When your child is attending camp, you can sort the pictures by session to see what kind of fun they are having. Please note, our camp photographer works hard to capture images of every child in both our day camp and our resident camp, but this is not always achieved on the first day. Please be patient. Day Camp photos will be uploaded throughout the week.

You can find the link and password for the current camp season in your 2-week prior reminder email and in an email you receive on the Monday of your camper’s session.

Read our blog Cheese! Let’s Talk About Those Camp Photos.

Overnight Camp = Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable/nontransferable.
Day Camp = There is a $50 cancellation fee.

A request for a refund of your additional payments can be made, up to 14 days prior to the first day of your registered session. No refund will be made if you cancel after this time frame.

Change Policy: Sessions can be changed, depending on availability, at no charge if done before May 1. After May 1, a fee of $25 will be applied.

The cancellation/change request must be made through the Cancellation Form.

Any unpaid balances will be automatically drafted from the card on file when closing the account.

If you need to speak to the Camp Director or get a critical message to your child, please call the El Tesoro camp office 817.989.9004. If you have a need that concerns your account, please call the Customer Support Team Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 817.831.2111, ext. 155 or email [email protected].


First Day: Please arrive at 7:30 a.m. for check-in and to meet the staff.

Remember to bring your signed Parent Consent form and a copy of your campers shot record if not already provided through CampBrain.

  • Campers arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.
  • Programs will begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Campers will be welcomed and signed in with a staff member in the parking lot area, then cross the swinging bridge to start their day!

Planned activities will end at 5:00 p.m. each day. Families are to cross the bridge and check campers out from the Louisa Haun Main Lodge.

  • Check out begins at 5:00 p.m. All campers must be picked up by 5:45 p.m.
  • Family members should be prepared to show their driver’s license at pick up.
  • Arrangements for earlier pick up times should be made in advance with the camp staff.
  • Arrangements for another adult picking up your camper should be made in advance with the camp staff. The adult must be named on the registration form and will be required to show their driver’s license before picking up your camper.

Camp El Tesoro provides a healthy morning snack, a healthy afternoon snack, and lunch each day. Lunch includes a hot meal served family-style and a salad bar. Prior to your child’s arrival, let us know if your child has food allergies or special dietary needs so we can plan in advance for their stay at camp. Part of the camp experience is participating in meal set-up and clean-up. Every child takes a turn and shares in this responsibility.

El Tesoro is a nut-free facility.

For the Wednesday Night Overnight, a cookout dinner is provided, as well as breakfast on Thursday morning.

There is a licensed health-care provider living on-site during each week of camp. Parents will be contacted by the camp in case of illness or injury.

Even if it’s hot outside, camp is a great place to be! Campers can adapt to the summer heat by staying hydrated, resting during the hottest part of the day and wearing cool cotton clothing. Camp staff are trained to recognize heat problems and take steps to minimize them. We plan snack time during the hottest part of the day and campers swim each afternoon. We require that each camper bring a water bottle with his or her name on it. We will see that it is always filled with water, which always makes the heat more bearable.

While homesickness is typically less common for day campers than overnight campers, the long days away from home can still be an adjustment, especially for first time campers. This can particularly be true for the Wednesday Night Overnight.

With years of experience, we’ve learned four things about homesickness: (1) by watching for early signs, homesickness is usually avoidable; (2) once parents/guardians are out of sight, counselors and other campers come into a child’s focus and the fun starts; (3) parents/guardians are usually more uneasy about leaving their children than children are in leaving their parents/guardians and, (4) the parent/guardian’s attitude about their child being away from home has a strong impact on children. Parents/guardians can help prevent homesickness prior to arrival at camp by speaking of the camp experience in a positive manner. NEVER tell your child that you may not make it without them or that you think they may miss home too much to stay away that long. Let them know how much you love them and want them to have a great experience in growing up!

As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire takes pride in its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families.

Camp Fire recognizes the dignity and worth of each individual and to seeks to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions which prejudge individuals. Our program standards are designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships. In Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.

The Camp El Tesoro Jr. Counselor-in-Training Program (Jr. CIT) is a leadership/skills training opportunity for youth entering 6th or 7th grade. During this time, Jr. CIT’s are considered “campers” and not “camp staff”. The program includes training in skills related to working with children, camping, Thrive and the national Camp Fire program.

Jr. CITs will serve as counselors’ assistants and help lead groups of campers throughout the camp day. During this opportunity, the Jr. CITs assist with morning camp activities, such as daily nature lessons and leading camp songs. They will also assist with daily cleanup.

American camp association logoCamp Fire Camp El Tesoro meets the high standard set by Camp Fire and is licensed and operates in accordance with the Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act.

Camp El Tesoro has been accredited by the ACA for more than 50 years. Every few years, the camp demonstrates to ACA visitors that we meet up to 300 standards in health care, food service, site and facilities, transportation, administration, emergency management, human resources, program quality, and safety for activities such as waterfront, horseback riding, challenge course, and more.

ACA Standards are recognized by courts of law and governments as the standards in the camp community. Choosing an ACA Accredited camp means choosing a camp that believes in upholding best practices and has a commitment to safety.

For more information about the ACA or the accreditation process, visit https://www.acacamps.org/parents-families/fun-safety-aca-accredited-camps-set-standard

Please do not send anything to camp that is irreplaceable. Learning to be responsible for your own items is a big lesson at summer camp. Campers can check Lost & Found throughout the week and parents can check Lost & Found before leaving on closing night. All unclaimed items will be held at camp until August 1.

If your camper has known allergies or will require any over-the-counter or prescription medications or vitamins, during camp, please follow the instructions in the Parent Guide. The licensed Camp Nurse administers medications following the instructions that are outlined on the prescription.

Prior to your child’s arrival, let us know if your child has food allergies or special dietary needs so we can plan in advance for their stay at camp. Camp El Tesoro is a nut-free facility.

Every day, campers should wear close-toed shoes (flat, no heel) with socks and bring a small backpack to hold the following:

  • Sunscreen (to reapply during the day)
  • Swim suit (One-piece and tankinis allowed, NO bikini-style for girls. Traditional trunk-style for boys).
  • Pool towel
  • Change of clothes, socks (in large zip baggie)
  • Large-mouth water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • All-terrain sandals (optional)

Everything should be marked with the camper’s name. Your camper will be outside and active at camp. Please send older clothes, towels, etc. New items are not recommended.

Special items may be requested in advance for certain activities, but are not required every day:

  • Aqua shoes for swimming pool/creek walking/canoeing
  • Blue jeans and boots for horseback riding (Boots and jeans are available at the Equestrian Center if campers do not have their own.)

Please see “Wednesday Night Overnight” for the recommended packing list for the optional overnight.

Pets are not allowed. While Camp El Tesoro is a natural environment, please leave your pet at home regardless of size, temperament and breed to help ensure safety.

Each afternoon (weather permitting), day campers get to participate in free swim.

The day camp pool is a zero-entry pool and maxes out at a depth of 5’. There is not a swim test for day camp, since there is no deep end. However, at parents’ request, campers can be required to wear a life jacket in the pool.

We utilize a buddy system, and we maintain a ratio of 1 certified lifeguard for every 25 swimmers, along with 1 staff watcher for every 10 people who are inside the pool gate.

Try having your child spend the night with friends a few times before camp; this will get them used to saying away from home before staying at camp for a week. Have your child look for things in the house with a flashlight at night; this will prepare your child for getting up to go to the bathroom at night in their cabin. Have your child help pack for camp; this will let them know exactly what is in their footlocker and make it easier for them to pack when they go home.

While we recognize and are proud of our religiously-rooted historic beginnings, Camp Fire and Camp El Tesoro are not religiously affiliated; however, because of our strong belief in tradition and history, some aspects of camp may involve language that could be perceived as religious. For example, campers will say grace before lunch in the form of a song. Campers participate in songs and watch skits in our outdoor Chapel some afternoons.

Camp El Tesoro can include up to five campers each week with mild intellectual or developmental disabilities to join the fun opportunities for personal growth at camp.

Camp El Tesoro’s staff is dedicated to making your child’s camp experience memorable, fun and safe. All of our staff members are background checked on an annual basis through VeriFYI.org, which screens for Texas state records, multi-jurisdictional records, sex offender records, and verifies their identity through their Social Security number.

All of our new staff are interviewed, background checked, have their work history verified, and have at least 2 reference checks completed prior to being hired.

We also require counselors to be at least 18 years old and all of our activity directors are 21 or older.

Prior to campers arriving, all staff participate in an intensive week-long on-site training that includes risk management, emergency procedures, inclusive practices, positive behavior management and teaching activities. During this week, all staff receive Child Abuse and Sexual Molestation Prevention training through Alliance for Children, which is an approved Youth Camp & Campus Programs for Minors Sexual Abuse And Child Molestation Awareness Training And Examination as determined by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. All staff are also certified in First Aid and CPR.

Activity facilitators for lifeguarding, challenge course, and archery receive an additional week of training specific to their program areas. Those program coordinators are certified in one or more of the following: lifeguarding, archery, canoe/kayak, challenge course and horseback riding.

We strive to ensure the health and safety of all campers. If your child is on an alternative vaccination schedule, we require they have a Texas vaccine exemption certificate from their doctor or place of worship.

During summer camp, the campers are very busy with activities and making new friends. We ask that you do not visit camp during this time. If there is an emergency and you need to pick up your camper, please contact the Camp Director before arriving at camp.

The camp experience provides an opportunity for children to develop a greater sense of independence and connect to nature. Therefore, no phone is available for campers to routinely make or receive calls. A camp staff member will call you if any issues arise. We have a strict no cell phone policy at camp.

Camp El Tesoro believes your child’s camping experience should be a time for growth, just as much as it is a time for fun. Because of this, we do not allow parents to stay with their campers or on camp property. Camp El Tesoro offers free open-house Camp Preview events in the spring for parents and campers to be able to visit camp prior to registering for the summer.