Camp John Marc

From a unique facility in Bosque County, Texas, Camp John Marc creates high-quality, year-round camping experiences for chronically ill and disabled children and their families. The camp works in partnership with health organizations, community volunteers, and pediatric hospitals to develop cooperative programming that meets the special needs of these remarkable children.

Each summer, students in UT Southwestern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program join with the Dallas Fire Department to serve as counselors during Camp John Marc’s muscular dystrophy week. During the week, each student provides around-the-clock, individual care to a camper. The PT students practice important rehabilitation skills and gain invaluable insights into the experience of caring full-time for someone with a terminal condition.

In addition to muscular dystrophy, Camp John Marc offers camping experiences for children with asthma, bereavement, blindness, burns, cancer, craniofacial disorders, deafness, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, hemophilia, HIV, juvenile arthritis, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia, spina bifida, upper limb differences, and transplants.

Camp facilities include an eight-acre lake and fishing pier, covered wagon and treehouse-themed camping areas, beach-access pool, arts and crafts building, medical building, athletic field, multipurpose barn, challenge course, amphitheater, nature trails, riding arena, dining hall, 20 cabins, the Morning Star chapel, and Silo activity building.