Since 1928 Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) has provided the magic of overnight camp without the barrier of cost to more that 56,000 youth in Central Texas who qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program and/or are in foster care. The Young Men’s Business League of Austin (YMBL) founded ASC as its major philanthropic endeavor and with more that 150 active members contributing significantly through volunteering opportunities to ensure ASC has a successful summer each and every year.
Our vision is to create a space where all kids can connect, grow, and explore. ASC offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave challenges behind, explore new interests, and develop a newfound sense of self confidence.
Starting in Summer 2022 we expanded our camp program to four sessions of camp, each lasting 10 days and nine nights. With our new format we were able to serve a total of 510 campers during Summer 2022. Throughout the summer campers in each session experienced eight special all camp events, got to choose from 45 different activities and specialize in one of nine track options. Through skills in making friendships and working with their peers and 91% felt camp created an environment where they felt safe, welcomed and supported to explore new interests.