IDEA Camp Rio

Adventure Awaits

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Who we are

We are educators with a passion for the outdoors. Our vision is to provide a quality Camp Experience for students in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Camp

Safe. Fun. Engaging.


Camp Rio
280 Fish Hatchery Rd. Brownsville, Texas 78520

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Outdoor Education

We provide adventure-based learning tailored for your students, teachers, staff and administrators. Students spend the day exploring the natural world through activities such as archery, plant and animal identification, team-building, canoeing, and many others.

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Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp at Camp RIO is a dynamic, five-day outdoor adventure experience with activities such as paddling, archery, slingshot shooting, geocaching, yoga, fishing, and sports. Each adventurous day is facilitated by a leadership staff known as Camp Guides, which are experienced naturalist and outdoor educators.

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Canoeing • Geocaching • Plant and Animal ID • Photography • Survival Skills • Archery • Tomahawks and Slingshots • Land Stewardship • Team Building • Nature ELA • Animal Encounters • Riflery • Hiking • STEM Activities • Orienteering • Natural History

Our Story

Camp RIO at Lula Sams sits on approximately 85 acres of predominantly untouched wildlife preserve. The land was originally developed as a girl scout camp and was gifted to the community by the Earl C. Sams Foundation in 1953. It served many girl scouts until the 1990s. The property is filled with various native plants and animals that in most places in the Valley have long been eradicated by urbanization. IDEA Public Schools, in coordination with the Valley Land Fund, is working to preserve this unique piece of land so that generations to come may enjoy it in its natural form.

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Adventure awaits at IDEA Camp Rio

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