At Ranch Camp we encourage youth and adults with a range of cognitive disabilities, to come out to the country and enjoy our little slice of Texas. We are located 45 minutes east of Austin on Hwy 290.

Enjoy swimming in the 52′ pool, playing basketball, taking hikes, caring for animals or drop a line in the pond to see how quick a fish snatches the hook. Also, it wouldn't be summer in Texas if you didn't hear the cicada at dusk on a hot summer night. It’s everything summer camp should be – and so much more.

Click Here to Register for Ranch Camp 2023

Camp is an affordable, inclusive summer experience for teens and adults with cognitive disabilities and their families.

Camp Specifics

  • Ranch Camp is great for youth and adults 13 years and over, who are looking for a unique, safe and fun camping experience.
    • Average age of campers was was 34, with Campers ranging between 18 and 77.
  • We aim to have ratios of 1 counselor to 4 campers, but never go higher than 1 counselor to 10 campers.
  • Ranch Camp is for Campers who enjoy group activities and the hustle and bustle of camp life.
  • Campers have a range of cognitive disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, IDD and more.
  • For the 2023 season, we are offering 30 spots in each of our 8 week-long sessions.
  • If the camper receives services through a Local Intellectual and Development Disability Authority (LIDDA) formally known as MHMR; the cost of camp can be subsidized or covered 100%

Adult Sessions

  • Session #1: June 4th – June 9th
  • Session #2: June 11th – June 16th
  • Session #3: June 18th – June 23rd
  • Session #5: July 2nd – July 7th
  • Session #6: July 9th – July 14th
  • Session #7: July 16th – July 21st
  • Session #8: July 23rd – July 28th

Adult sessions are for ages 18-99

Register for an Adult Session

Teen Session

  • Session #4: June 25th – June 30th

Teen session is only for ages 13-17

Register for a Teen Session

Adult and Teen Sessions


Cost for Returning Campers


Cost for First-Time Campers

Need help paying for camp

Eligible campers can use day habilitation or respite funding.

So far this year Down Home Ranch has award over $23,000 in camperships. Click here to let us help!

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Summer Camp

  • Early Bird Discount (Sept 1 – Nov 30): $860
  • Advanced Discount (Dec 1 – Jan 18): $915
  • Regular (After Jan 19): $960
  • First time Camper (Sept 1, 2021 – July 2022): $860

Payment Options

  • Option #1: Full Payment at time of application
  • Option #2: $50.00 application fee then 50% 2nd Friday in February and 50% 2nd Friday in March
  • Option #3: $50.00 application fee then 50% 2nd Friday in April and 50% 2nd Friday in May
  • Option #4: 3rd party Letter of Authorization (or Letter of Guarantee) submitted with the application; no need to send in an application fee.

How to Pay

  • Payment is accepted by:
    • mailing a check and money order to Down Home Ranch 20250 FM 619 Elgin, TX 78621
    • pay through our online camp registration platform
    • email to request an online invoice that may be paid by online echeck or by credit card
    • billing an agency after camp is completed, such as
      • your residential provider
      • Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
      • MHMR of Tarrant County
      • Austin Travis County Integral Care
    • Send in a Letter of Authorization (or Letter of Guarantee) with the Ranch Camp application.

Down Home Ranch is not currently accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Texas Medicaid waivers for respite will not cover camp. We are currently working towards ACA accreditation for the 2023 season.


DHR partners with organizations who serve people with disabilities to either cover the entire cost of camp, or subsidize the cost of camp for multiple people.

We also have the ability to do the same for individual campers on a case-by-case basis through DHR Camperships. You can apply for financial assistance directly through this application.

For summer camp 2022, the Ranch granted over $24,000 in campership funds to local organizations, families and individuals to provide low cost options.

For more information on financial resources for Camp, check out this informational flyer. Request more information if financial support is needed by emailing

Interested in Working, Interning or Volunteering at Camp?

Head on over to this link to learn more about all of the amazing opportunities to share your time and passions with Campers during summer 2023!

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