Camping has been a tradition in the Houston YMCA for over 100 years but has been consistently offered on the YMCA Camp Cullen site since 1974. This was the first Houston YMCA camp facility with full accommodations for both boys and girls. In 1976, the YMCA entered a partnership with the Houston Independent School District to open an Outdoor Education center at Camp Cullen during the school year for fifth grade students. By 2010, some 70,000 students had experienced outdoor classrooms at the camp.
The camp site has seen hundreds of thousands of young people from the Houston area and beyond come through its gates. In July of 2010, the camp suffered a devastating fire in our dining hall, closing the camp for the next two years. While tragic to the historical infrastructure, it was a blessing in disguise as our camp looked to the future giving an opportunity to rebuild, bigger and better than ever before. Fortunately for YMCA Camp Cullen, a master plan for comprehensive renewal and redevelopment of the facility had just been completed in May 2010. The facility you see today is a result of over $22 million in investment with new cabins, dining space, activity spaces, equestrian barn, and infrastructure. The camp of today is built to honor the site of the past 40 years, while continuing in strength to serve the next 40 years and beyond.