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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Athletics/ Track & Field
  • Bowling
  • Camp
  • Dance
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 7 to 15

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Elks Camp is committed to teaching children that having a difference doesn't make a difference. Children ages 7 to 15 with varying emotional and physical special needs come to Elks Camp for one week and go home strong, confident and ready to face the world with new hope for the future, as reported consistently by parents and guardians.

At Elks Camp, the Number One Rule is to have fun; that is why we are so successful. Serving nearly 350 special needs children every summer, our staff is comprised of dedicated, young individuals who devote their summers to caring for and inspiring your children. The smallest, most seemingly remote challenges can mean great leaps for a child, and that is why Elks Camp strides to encourage all campers to try new things, face new challenges and participate in activities ranging from indoor rock climbing to swimming, painting t-shirts and making friends.

Safety is an important part of Elks Camp, which is why every summer, all staff complete extensive training and become certified in CPR, First Aid and Lifeguarding. Staff also spend time discussing the most common special needs we see and how to effectively meet the needs of your children. In addition to counselors, Elks Camp is home to two nurses who engage in all camp activities, and who will do more than just care for your children Πthey will provide the best treatment possible at all times.

Texas Elks lodges, along with Jennifer Anderson, executive camp director, devote time year-round to planning and fundraising so our children can experience camp regardless of their financial situation. Therefore, the weeklong stay at camp is free of charge to parents, and moneys raised by Texas Elks cover all costs for the children. Read on for more information about Elks Camp, including how to apply for your child to attend, or how to become part of our team.

Activities Include:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Athletics
  • Field Trips
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cookouts
  • Horseback Riding
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Shows
  • Talent Show

Texas Elks Children's Services
1963 FM 1586
Gonzales, Texas 78629