CAMP FOR ALL FOUNDATION

Discover Life

aka Camp For All   |   Houston, TX   |  www.campforall.org

Mission

Camp For All transforms the world for children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs.

Ruling year info

1993

President and CEO

Mrs. Pat Prior Sorrells

Main address

3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 570

Houston, TX 77098 USA

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EIN

76-0404267

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs are not provided with the opportunity to discover life in an environment of acceptance. These are individuals with their own gifts and abilities. Camp For All is able to give them an opportunity to experience a barrier-free environment where they can realize they are not defined by their challenge and have a positive experience, all thanks to the support of our donors. Campers interact with others who share their illnesses/conditions and create a special supportive community. Families and caregivers also need an opportunity to recharge and experience their own emotional healing while their child or charge is at camp. Often, parent's attention is necessarily focused on the needs of their child with challenging illnesses and special needs to the detriment of siblings and spouses. This important time enables parents to refocus on other family members to strengthen those bonds.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp For All

A unique, barrier-free camp serving children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs.

Camp For All is a 206-acre property contains two large lakes and more than 120,000 square feet of building space, including a Main Lodge with Health Center, Dining Hall, kitchen, Gathering Hall and administrative offices. There are 18 cabins, 5 Retreat cabins, covered gym/pavilion, equestrian center, small animal farm, two lakeside gazebos, nature center, tree house and crafts barn. Other facilities include a fishing pier, canoe dock, aquatics center, indoor and outdoor challenge course, two amphitheaters, two archery ranges, baseball field, nature trails, and a nondenominational chapel. All areas are wheelchair accessible and barrier-free.

Approximately 10,000 people benefit from our programs in a typical year.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans
Adults
Children and youth

The Camp For All 2U Program brings the Camp For All experience to individuals too ill and/or unable to make the journey to our outdoor camp in Burton, TX. Siblings of patients are provided the same experience, as their emotional healing can be even greater than the patient's. At Camp For All 2U, children can participate in real camp activities, not things that would normally be done in a hospital setting to entertain children. The Camp For All Staff creates spectacular transformations of the hospital or facility by installing zip lines, "fishing" docks, archery stands for nerf archery, mock campfires, indoor “canoeing”, and even a ranch experience with live animals.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities

The Equine Program at Camp For All operates throughout the year. In a typical year, about 10,000 campers will experience our majestic horses. The Equine Program has historically proven to be the overall favorite program at camp. Many of these children experience riding horses for the first time at Camp For All where they benefit from the physical movement of riding which can improve muscle tone and increase core strength. Campers with cognitive and developmental challenges benefit from building relationships with gentle horses that unconditionally accept them and show great affection. By riding and grooming horses, campers learn the skill of working in tandem with an animal, how to enjoy something of which they may have been afraid and how determination is the best path to success in any situation.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2016

American Camp Association 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who report a greater sense of purpose and improved overall wellness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Camp For All

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Camp For All has updated metrics for campers and will have more information in this area in future years. The numbers are the percentage of campers reporting a greater sense of purpose & wellness.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID-19 limited the amount of in-person volunteer opportunities we were able to provide.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Camp For All

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use Facebook to raise awareness of Camp For All and our not-for-profit Partners with potential campers and potential donors.

Number of camps offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Camp For All

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Camp For All has a goal of serving about 11,000 campers each year. 2020 proved to be a challenging year, due to COVID-19, because many of the campers we serve have compromised immune systems.

Number of new organizations signing on as collaborators

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Camp For All

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Camp For All is to provide opportunities for children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs to discover what they CAN do. Through a unique, truly barrier-free camp, experienced and professional staff and universal programming, campers can leave with a sense of hope, a growth in self-confidence and a realization that they are not alone. While medical facilities can provide physical healing, Camp For All can help provide emotional healing.

Due to the growth of the Texas population, the number of children and adults who would benefit from a barrier-free camp has grown significantly, and we need to grow to be able to serve them.

As such, we have set an overall goal of ensuring we are able to grow our capacity to be able to serve 16,000 campers by the year 2026.9. Camp For All will be the most recognized camp for people with special needs among existing and potential donors, Partners and campers.5. Additionally, Camp For All will provide 36 Camp For All 2U sessions, annually by that time.

1. By 2026, Camp For All will have implemented a Business Plan to operate two Camps and Camp For All 2U.
2. By 2026, Camp For All will have opened a second camp.
3. By 2026, Camp For All will have completed the Capital Campaign for Phase I Construction of Camp Chappell Hill and have increased capacity to raise the necessary funds with infrastructure in place for funding current and future operating needs for the organization as a whole.
4. By 2026, Camp For All will have the needed number of Volunteers for Camp For All Burton, Camp For All Chappell Hill and Camp For All 2U.
5. By 2026, Camp For All will have taken the camper experience to new levels at Camp For All Burton and Camp For All Chappell Hill.
6. By 2026, Camp For All Burton will have expanded spring and fall weekday utilization to 60%.
7. By 2026, Camp For All will have consolidated IT for the Houston office, Camp For All Burton, Camp For All Chappell Hill and Camp For All 2U that is user friendly for staff and Partners, provides information in multiple ways for multiple uses and is accessible to appropriate users at all locations.
8. By 2026, Camp For All, continuing to embrace "All," will have developed and implemented an increased cultural competency plan for all campers, board and staff.
9. By 2022, Camp For All will have a multi-faceted Human Resource support system for a growing staff.
10. By 2026, Camp For All Finance Department will have been upgraded to meet the needs of a larger and growing organization.

Camp For All is uniquely designed and is truly barrier-free, not just accessible. We are not only barrier-free in our physical facility, we are barrier-free in our thinking . This means that, unlike the real world, all campers are able to go anywhere at camp and experience all of the activities. Experienced professional staff provide the activities that range from a custom designed challenge course, to canoes, to horse back riding and more. The programs are universal in design in that there are multiple ways to accomplish each activity, to meet all challenges and choices. We look at food services as program. Campers are not only provided with good food, but we can meet any dietary challenge and campers learn in the process.

Over the last four years, Camp For All has taken the time to improve processes and create more administrative structure in fundraising, finance, and human resources, to allow for expansion. This includes software and hardware systems, and documentation of Recent hires have been made with an eye toward growth and expansion of Camp.

Camp For All has already taken steps toward this goal, with infrastructure investments such as:
a) installation of a new phone system & cloud server
b) design meetings with architect to determine pricing for a new camp
c) implementation of new donor software
d) interview and hire campaign consultants
e) increased numbers of recurring donors and known planned giving donors
f) developed a new program to encourage and steward repeat volunteers
g) expansion of Camp For All 2U into schools and social service agencies, in addition to hospitals

Board members and auxiliary boards have participated in strategic planning and goal-setting with input from Partner organizations and community stakeholders. This information gathering will continue throughout the process.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CAMP FOR ALL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 7/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Patrick Samuels

Pittsford Samuels, PLLC

Term: 2020 - 2021

Patrick Samuels

Pittsford Samuels, PLLC

Pat Sorrells (Ex Officio)

Camp For All

Tom Behanick

AmTex Machine Products, Inc.

Brett Berly

Chamberlain Hrdlicka Law

Matt Mogas

Mogas Industries

Mike Odegard

AC Exploration

Joshua Samuels

UT-Health Science at Houston

Eric Wade

Porter Hedges LLP

Leslye Weaver

Community Volunteer

Marion Anderson

Community Volunteer

Jason Bernhardt

Winstead PC

Julie Boushka

Targa Resources

Beth Clarke

Community Volunteer

Lyndsay Fincher

BoyarMiller

Bob Funk

Retired

Paul Gerson (Founder/Director Emeritus)

Houston Imaging Associates

Steve Gilbreath

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam

Michael Lewter

M. Lewter Assoc., LLC

Stephanie Magers

Chevron

Gary Miller

BoyarMiller

Stacie Pitts

Shell Oil Company

Julie Tysor-Taetz

Appelt Co.

Robin Reed

Harry Reed & Co.

Leslie Schick

Community Volunteer

Martha White

Heritage Texas Properties

Dena Wren

Community Volunteer

Katie Dowdell (Ex Officio)

Prosperity Bank

Kyle Merten (Ex Officio)

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Peter Wismer (Ex Officio)

Deloitte

Laurence Neuhaus (Founder/Director Emeritus)

Neuhaus Investment Co.

Robert Zeller (Founder/Director Emeritus)

Child Neurology Associates

Bob Davis

Woodlands Asset Management

Sarah Hastings

Elder Trust

Michael Lewis

Management Controls Inc

Susie Smith

Tennessee Titans

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability