About YMCA Camp Moody

Our vision for YMCA Camp Moody is simple: to create an accessible and sustainable oasis, in the midst of urbanization. With a model that combines day, overnight and family camping with group retreat and meeting facilities, we will create a sustainable operation that will yield benefits for generations to come. Ultimately, we want Austin-area kids, families and individuals, particularly those with barriers to outdoor recreation, to: 1) spend more time outdoors; 2) increase their levels of physical activity; and 3) increase their knowledge of and interest in nature and environmental issues.


Curious girl in field looks at item in man's hand

Community Need

In the last two decades, childhood has moved indoors. The average American child spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen. It’s a national trend: We are raising a generation of children who are less and less likely to have natural experiences of any kind. This disconnection with nature has far-reaching health consequences for both our inactive next generation and our planet.

YMCA Camp Moody will introduce thousands of Central Texas children and their families to outdoor adventure, activity and learning on 85 pristine and wild acres only 15 miles from town. Our goal is to foster curiosity, nurture the love of the outdoors, and share its natural wonders with everyone.

Group of kids with lifejackets and paddles

Access For All

Financial: Of any comparable camp within 100 miles of Austin, YMCA Camp Moody will offer the lowest average cost per week for day and overnight use for all groups. If the cost is still prohibitive to some, we will offer discounts and financial assistance through funds raised through our annual giving campaign.

Geographic: In Central Texas, there is a shortage of nearby, affordable facilities positioned and equipped to provide environmental education and outdoor experiences for children, families and special groups. The closest comparable facility is more than twice the distance from Central Austin. YMCA Camp Moody will be a nearby alternative for families, businesses, nonprofits and other groups that may want to gather and ‘retreat’ from the city.

Physical: YMCA Camp Moody envisions serving individuals (children and adults) with special needs. There are very few camp opportunities for special need populations, and the demand is high for facilities and programming that offer a quality camp/retreat experience.

Our Vision

children in red canoes in the distance on a beautiful stream lined with green trees
six canoes stored on a rack
bluebonnets on a footpath

Help make YMCA Camp Moody a reality

Donate Online Now

Rendering of Camp Moody walkway between cabins

Help Pave the Way to Discovery at YMCA Camp Moody

Sponsor a walkway brick on the Discovery Trail at Camp Moody for $500 (one-time or payable over 5 years).

You can honor your children or grandchildren, commemorate a loved one, remember a special friend or pet, promote your business or mark a special event in your life. These bricks will help build the beautiful entry pathway through central camp, leading to the activity pavilions, fire ring and tree house village.

Naming Opportunities

If you would like your gift to be recognized with the naming of an item or building at Camp Moody, please email us.

Entry Drive and Parking


High Ropes Challenge Course


Arts & Crafts Studio


Wellness Center


Dining Hall Performance Stage


Dining Hall Kitchen


Natatorium & Wellness Center Outdoor Lawn


Cabin Village Bath House


Archery Range


Picnic Tables (each)


Rocking/Adirondack Chairs (each)


Canoe/Kayak (each)


Quarry Block Seating (each)


Discovery Trail: Walkway Bricks (1,000 total, many available)




Natatorium and Locker Rooms SPONSORED






ADA Recreational Hiking Trail SPONSORED


Cabin Village SPONSORED


Lower Activity Field SPONSORED


Waterfront SPONSORED


Discovery Trail: Welcoming Trellis SPONSORED


Dining Hall Patio/Deck SPONSORED




Central Fire Ring SPONSORED


Children’s Growing Garden SPONSORED


Meditation and Memorial Garden SPONSORED


Fishing Rock SPONSORED


Boys’ and Girls’ Cabins (12 total) SPONSORED


Founding Supporters

Thank you to the lead supporters of YMCA Camp Moody!

Gifts and Pledges received:


($2,500,000 + )
  • Hays Consolidated Independent School District
  • Moody Foundation


($1,000,000 – $2,499,999)
  • George and Peggy Yonge


($500,000 – $999,999)
  • Nelson Puett Foundation

Mountain Climbers

($250,000 - $499,999)
  • JE Dunn Construction
  • Studio 8 Architects, Inc.
  • George and Peggy Yonge Foundation


($100,000 – 249,999)
  • The Avery Family, in honor of Kate and Addie Avery
  • Friends of the YMCA
  • Andrew and Catherine Hines/ Hines Pool & Spa, Inc
  • Nelson Puett Fund of the Austin Community Foundation
  • The Herbert Simon Family Foundation
  • Suzanne and Marc Winkelman Family

Edwin Jefferson Bomer, II

Burdine Johnson Foundation

Ellie and Eric Falcao

Paul and Amy Hoffman

Ryan and Trina Keathley

The Kinnaird Family

The Leal Family

The Parker Family

Topfer Family Foundation

Amegy Bank

Christian and Tiffany Barlow

Fayruz Benyousef and Malek Ben‑Musa, in memory of M. Sharif Benyousef

Sarah, Jason, and Amelia Coleman

Coon Family Foundation

Bob and Rita Digneo

Archer’s Challenge

James and Annette Finck

H‑E‑B Tournament of Champions

Kate, Ty, Evan, and Ellis Henderson

Luther King Capital Management

Justin Manning

Jean Olson, in memory of Jerry Olson

Hamilton Rial

James and Mari Jane Ruiz Family

The Scott Brothers: Cole, Callum, and Campbell

Springhouse Foundation

GDHM Old Timers

YMCA of the USA Strategic Initiatives Fund

Anonymous (2)

The Blalock Family

The Doles Family

Howard and Mary Yancy/ ECG Foundation

Endeavor Real Estate Group

Foundation Church in Dripping Springs

Susan Henricks

Jason and Anna Herd

Felicia and Craig Hester

Bret and Amanda Kiester

Julie and Chris Kreager

Mandi and Chuck Lipscomb

The Marsh Family

Mark Olmstead

AnnMarie Olson, D.D.S.

Tiffany Patterson and Rosie Guerrero

Ron and Leilani Perry

Steve and Robin Peterson

Albert and Kristin Pomales

Reliable Cleaning Service

The Schneeman Family

Marcia and Barry Silverberg

Mark and Lisa Stuckey

Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Outreach Program

Anonymous (3)

Acord Foundation, in memory of George Yonge

The Adams Family

Richard, Jessica, and Annabel Archer

The Arnold Family

Baylor Scott & White Health

Veronica Briseño

Centex Plaster

Kelli and Michael Craddock

Brian Dainton

The Daniel Family

The Davis Family

The Etie Family

Gary J. Fegley

Frost National Bank

The Greene Family

Sam and Marcy Greer

Bart Gunkel

Jay and Daniela Heinrich

Daniel Hogberg

Robert Kannenberg and Cynthia Cooke

Joan D. Lewis

Alex and Nico Loayza

Reagan and Suzanne Nash

Kelsey Jones and Mitzi Neville

Jim Pacey

Leslie and Wells Person

Tayne Richard

Amanda Rickman

A. Jay Rimovsky

The Mark Stacey Family

Andy, Jen, and Maggie Stewart, in memory of Leigh and Brad Zielinski

The Szeliga Family

Zach and Allison Watkins

Kim Yeakey, in memory of Sonya Battles Broussard

Anonymous (3)


Archer Investment Management

The Bennatt Family

The Bertelson Family

Jeremy and Jennifer Blackman

Susan Braden

Chris and Tiffiny Britton

Charles and Cathlynn Brown

Tamara Caggiano

Robert Campbell

Andy and Maureen Carlson Family

Donald and Deb Christian

Shana Chung

The Connors‑Pool Family

CRC Foundation

Lawrence, Renee, Michael, and Abigail Deeter

Alesandra Dominguez

Nicole Erdmann, in memory of Virginia “Jinny” Erdmann

Rod Favaron

Daniel Felps

Ashlee Fletcher‑Lukoff

Missy and Luis Garcia

Daniel Gillett

Valerie Gomez de la Torre

Carlos and Catherine Greaves

The Heerwald Family

Clarke and Catherine Heidrick

Brenda and Richard Hernandez

Brooks Hilton

James and Susan Houchins

Deborah Hujar

Hunter‑Kelsey of Texas, LLC, in memory of George Yonge

Bernadette and Paul Johnson

Robin Johnston

Leslie Garcia Jordan

Trina and Ryan Keathley

JJ and Steve Kennemer

Katy Koonce and Paige Schilt

The Latz Family

Steve Laukhuf

Littlefield Consulting

Loyal IT

The McCombs Family

Stephen Montignani

Terry and Scott Moore

Katie Orze

Danielle Owens, Tom Owens

Lorraine Papa and Terry Wiggins, in honor of Andrew Wiggins

Tracy LaQuey Parker

Amanda Pettitt

PreCor, Inc.

Marisol Prins

Randy Ramirez

The Richeson Family

The Robb Family

David and Eileen Saling

Kierstan Schwab

Carrie and Jim Shapiro, in memory of Jasper, Marquita Beard and Tom Lashley

Carter Smith

Peter Squier

Rick Stephan

Kelli Stoffels

Eamon and Tracie Stookesberry

Randal and Ann Teich

The Rachael and Ben Vaughan Foundation

Erin Walter

Watkins Insurance Group

Andrew Wiggins and Sarah McElvain

Elizabeth Williams

James and Dana Wills

Christine and Christy Yonge

Mitchell Young