Our Philanthropy

Austin Sunshine Camps

Since 1928 Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) has provided the magic of overnight camp without the barrier of cost to more than 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 with more than 150 active members contributing significantly through volunteering opportunities to ensure ASC has a successful summer 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 camp events, got to choose from 45 different activities, and specialized in one of nine track options. Through skills in making friendships and working with their peers, 91% felt camp created an environment where they felt safe, welcomed, and supported to explore new interests.

Rope Swings Course Camper

“I have attended camp for the last six years. I look forward to camp every summer. It is always the highlight of my summer. Every time I attend camp, I make new friends, try new things, and I have an amazing time. Austin Sunshine Camp is a space where I’m free to be 100% myself with no worries. Every year, I go home with memories that I don’t forget and experiences that I will keep with me. The activities I participate in and the people I interact with at camp make my summer more enjoyable. I can’t wait to see all my friends again!”

“Camp is a place where I can have fun and explore new things. A place where I get to meet new people and build new friendships with my cabin mates. A place where I can try new things and have opportunities to achieve goals.”

Two campers smile for a picture