Camp RIO Summer Camp 2019

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About Summer Camp

Summer Camp at Camp RIO is a dynamic, five to seven day outdoor adventure experience with activities such as paddling, archery, slingshot shooting, geocaching, yoga, fishing, and sports. Each day campers participate in activities throughout the 85-acre camp property. Campers are assigned to groups made up of 8 to 10 campers similar in age. Leaders are trained and mentored by our full-time camp leadership.

Our summer staff strive to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment where campers experience an emerging sense of self and wholesome community. 

Day Camp (Click for More Details)
Sessions are Monday - Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm 
Day Campers will come back home nightly having learned new songs, built new friendships and experienced new adventures. 

Overnight Camp (Click for More Details)
Sessions begin with Sunday afternoon drop-off and end with Saturday morning pick up.
Overnight Campers will stay the entire week in our new cabins and are provided a more in-depth Camp RIO experience.


Canoeing • Geocaching •  Photography • Survival Skills • Archery • Tomahawks • Slingshots • Team Building • Animal Encounters • Riflery • Hiking • Yoga • Orienteering • Camping • Waterslides • Friends • Games • Songs• Swimming

Did someone say FUN? 

We have lots of fun at summer camp driven by the FUN people we have working here. Join us for songs, games, competitions, giggles, water slides, and much, MUCH, MORE

From The Director...

Thank you so much for considering Summer Camp for your child.  The week they spend with us will be a time they remember for the rest of their lives.  Summer Camp is a special place filled with new friends, new memories, new skills, and most importantly- new growth.  

Every summer I have been involved with camp I have seen kids step out of their comfort zones and walk away from the experience with new-found confidence.  It looks a little different for every camper, but for them- mountains have been conquered!  

I take very seriously my responsibility to care for your child.  I want them to have a positive experience in a safe and wholesome environment. I work hard to find the very best leaders to interact with our campers and only hire those who demonstrate a true love and passion for working with these precious youngsters. 

There is a great article written to parents answering the question "Why the World Needs Summer Camp"

 I encourage you to read it by clicking on the title.  Thank you again for considering Camp RIO at Historic Lula Sams as an option for your child's time this Summer.  We look forward to getting to know each and every one of them!


Nancy Mance


Nancy is the Program Director at Camp RIO. She graduated from St.Joseph's Academy in Brownsville, TX then earned her bachelor's degree at Texas A&M University in College Station. She spent many Summers during college working at various camps including TBarM Sports Camp, YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, and A&M Camp Adventure. After graduation, Nancy spent a year at TBarM working as an outdoor educator and ropes course facilitator. She moved to Colorado and spent 10 years pursuing her love of the outdoors. This is also where she met her husband and had two children. Her family moved back to Brownsville in 2008 and she started teaching at IDEA Public Schools in 2012. When she is not at Camp RIO, she loves going to the beach and spending time with her family.