LIFE— it stands for Leadership, Independence and Friends through Experiences, and it’s what embodies the spirit of Camp LIFE, a unique and inclusive camping adventure for children with disabilities and their siblings.
Held twice a year in Burton, Texas at the accessible facilities of Camp For All, Camp LIFE provides recreation for children ages 5-21 and their siblings while offering a weekend of respite for their parents.
Texas A&M graduate Sterling Leija (Class of '02) founded Camp LIFE in 2004 with the support of Dr. Amy Sharp, director of the Family Support Network at Texas A&M University.
Counselor and Camper Interaction
Many of the Camp’s counselors are preservice special education students at A&M, who appreciate the rare experience of spending a weekend with children like those they will be teaching one day in their own classrooms. A low counselor to camper ratio ensures that each camper with a disability receives the support he or she needs to fully participate in all activities of their choice. Additionally, sibling campers enjoy an extra dose of attention not always available to them when their parents are understandably busy caring for their child who has a disability.
Camp LIFE has been created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids. We accept children with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, visual impairments, hearing impairments and spina bifida. It is our goal to never turn away a child due to his or her disability. Children with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 21 and their siblings ages 5-12 are eligible to attend Camp LIFE. Visit the Camp LIFE website for more information on the application process for campers and counselors.
Get ready for a big adventure while at Camp LIFE, where the accessible and barrier-free environment enables campers to engage in many exciting activities, including:
- horseback riding
- ropes course
- climbing wall
- petting zoo
- zip line
- nature classes
- making s’mores
- and much more!