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The original inspiration for the Austin Sunshine Camps was to bolster the immunity of disadvantaged, underfed children against tuberculosis. The intent has changed since 1928, but our goal remains the same: to strengthen at-risk youth against those things that threaten their health-- mental and physical. To date, more than 38,000 children have ben efited from these efforts.
A single summer camp has grown into an entire series of weeklong camps during the summer, a year-round leadership training program, and several scholarships for Sunshine Campers who graduate from high school
The Austin Sunshine Camps are owned and operated by the Young Men's Business League of Austin. Founded in 1928, the Camps seek to teach life skills, self confidence, trust and teamwork, all while providing outdoor fun through traditional activities like hiking, swimming, canoeing, and sports.
The Austin Sunshine Camps serve over 700 at-risk and disadvantaged children every summer, and their year-round leadership and mentoring programs serve many more. The Camps provide an overnight summer camp experience at NO CHARGE to the children's families.