Every summer, Camp Glimmer gives over 500 disadvantaged youth the opportunity to experience the joys of a first-class summer camp, absolutely free. We aim to create a unique experience that allows children to be themselves and learn in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage kids to know that just because they’re born into a situation doesn’t mean that they need to stay in that situation.
The kids get to participate in sports, arts and music, nature lessons, team building and leadership activities. Nature hikes are a popular activity where kids get to learn about animals, tracks, and how to set up a camping tent. Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors, the kids get to play tennis, basketball, volleyball and street hockey as well as go on day-trips to places like Sea World, Volente Beach and Fiesta Texas.
Camp Glimmer invites prominent non-profit organizations that focus on making a positive impact on children’s lives. In 2003, we started with a single group from the Boys and Girls Club. Now we have over a dozen organizations that participate each summer including the YMCA, Central Texas Tennis Association, LaunchPad, The Austin Harmony Project and Interfaith Action of Central Texas, amongst others.
Throughout the duration of camp, we invite motivational speakers to visit with the kids, to lend a voice of encouragement and motivation for success in life. Our speakers range from doctors and business owners to professional athletes such as Andy Roddick and Olympian Mark Henry. Having these speakers share their stories of struggles and success provides inspiration to the kids.
Learn how you can support Camp Glimmer by visiting the Camp Glimmer profile page.