El Ranchito was created specifically to serve children and youth from low-income families. If a family qualifies for the federal free or reduced lunch program at school, a child/youth is eligible for El Ranchito. Eligible campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can download the 2017 El Ranchito Camp Flyer HERE.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
Visit the El Ranchito registration office at our South Austin or North Austin location for a short application interview and to complete the necessary forms. See the WHEN and WHERE details below. Registration opens in February of 2017. Each child/youth applying for camp must:
- complete all paperwork
- have a short interview
- visit a doctor or clinic for a health exam
- get a teacher recommendation
- pay the $50 fee (If a sibling of that camper registers, their tuition will be $40, and a third sibling’s tuition will be $30.)
A parent/guardian must accompany each child/youth to apply and fill out papers. Each child/youth applicant must have a health exam from a doctor before being accepted to camp. (Take our camp health forms to the clinic appointment. Return them to us when they are complete.)
You may return forms by regular mail or email, but applicants will not be added to the camp roster without an in-person interview and complete medical information.
2017 EL RANCHITO CAMP APPLICATION FORMS
NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP (4th – 9th GRADERS)
Session 1 – Sunday through Friday – June 18th – 23rd
Session 2 – Sunday through Thursday – June 25th – 29th
Session 3 – Sunday through Saturday – July 2nd – 8th
CONSERVATION CORPS (10th – 12th GRADERS)
13 days – Sunday through Friday – June 25th – July 7th
WHEN DO I REGISTER?
Registration for returning families will begin in early February of 2017.
Registration for new campers for 2017 begins on February 25th, 2017 at the Outdoor Kids Event at El Buen Samaritano (see map and directions below).
WHERE DO I REGISTER?
El Ranchito now has two locations for camp registration AFTER FEBRUARY 25th:
c/o El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
7000 Woodhue Dr., Austin, TX 78745
Click here for a map and directions to El Buen Samaritano
c/o People’s Community Clinic
1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752
Click here for a map and directions to People’s Community Clinic
HOW MUCH DOES CAMP COST?
Tuition for each Nature Discovery Camp camper or Conservation Corps member is $50.00. If a sibling of that camper registers, their tuition will be $40, and a third sibling’s tuition will be $30.Conservation Corps members are also paid a modest stipend for their work.
Tuition includes lodging, meals, supervision, programs, a camp picture and t-shirt, a pack and water bottle, and all craft supplies.
Tuition is nonrefundable and non-transferable unless application is denied. No fee will be returned after a camper has been admitted to camp.
El Ranchito reserves the right to dismiss any camper, without refund, whose conduct is not in the best interest of the safety and well-being of other campers.
When the maximum number of campers per session is reached, applicants will be placed on our waiting list. Child/youth applicants must complete the entire registration process (paperwork, health exam, interview) in order to be placed on the waiting list. Each year several campers from the waiting list get to attend camp.
Please contact Registration Director Dianne Folkerth: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-710-TENT (8368).