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  • 04 Jan 2018 5:59 PM | Michael Harman (Administrator)

    We are so pleased to announce that we have hired a new Chief Executive Officer of Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC). Erica Gordon will be just the fifth full-time leader of our organization in its 90-year history and we are thrilled to share this news with the ASC community as she reports to her post at Zilker Lodge on Monday, January 8, 2018.

    Erica’s passion for ASC’s mission stems back to her upbringing on the Southwest side Houston. In the sixth grade, a friend invited her to attend an overnight summer camp. Her experience there would change her life forever and spark a sense of curiosity that still drives her today.

    “I am thrilled to have been chosen as the CEO for Austin Sunshine Camps. Throughout the entire interview process I have felt connected to the organization in an exciting and unwavering way. This role will allow me to combine my personal passions and professional experiences to ultimately serve our community for years to come.” 

    - Erica Gordon

    Erica began her career in the private sector, where after six years as a software consultant, she couldn't shake the desire to find a more mission-driven career path. She moved to Austin in 2006 and joined AmeriCorps. Following her first year of service, Erica became the program director for College Forward, a nonprofit that helps low-income, first generation students get to, and through college.

    Erica has spent the past four and a half years at Marathon Kids, first as chief programs officer and most recently as chief operations officer and interim chief executive officer. Erica was instrumental in building and managing the team, programs, and national partnerships that have enabled the organization to grow from three to all fifty states.

    Erica holds a B.A. in Communications Studies from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. in Communications Studies in Human Relations from Texas Christian University. She is currently a board member and the strategic planning committee chair of ATX Kids Club and is a member of the Michael and Susan Dell Community Collaborative for Child Health. When she's not working or volunteering, you can usually find her with her fiancé and their two daughters exploring the great outdoors.

    For many months we searched diligently for the most qualified and dynamic person to step into this new leadership role. The YMBL Executive Committee reviewed more than 150 applications for the position, and heavily weighed 30 of the top candidates. The best applicants represented diversity in gender, ethnicity and professional experience. We spoke to candidates who had been heavily involved in non-profit and child development, and others who were new to the field to ensure we left no stone unturned. Our board of directors and staff met with three of the top candidates and provided feedback to the executive committee. The search was thorough, fair, and wide in scope.

    The feedback about Erica was universally positive. She conveyed exceptional qualities of leadership and intellect. She also carried a deep understanding of a growing organization, the challenges it faces, and how to build a framework for a successful future. Erica is passionate about our mission, a natural fit with our staff and organizational culture, and she brings with her a strong network of relationships throughout the Austin community.

    The executive committee feels confident that we have found the ideal person for this important job. This is an exciting moment for the Austin Sunshine Camps, as it represents an opportunity for our beloved organization to take the next step and fully transition from a volunteer-operated to a professionally operated organization. This exciting shift will allow the Austin Sunshine Camps to fully develop into the larger, more stable, and well-known community gem that we supporters all believe that it is. With Erica at the helm, we have much to look forward to.

    Lastly, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of our chief operations officer, Jenny Stucky, who has served our organization incredibly well as executive director over the past five years. We are so grateful that she will now focus her efforts and passions solely on further developing our summer camp and afterschool programming, ensuring that we are providing the absolute best possible experience for the kids that walk through the doors of our camps. The exceptional growth and strength of the Austin Sunshine Camps is credit to Jenny’s leadership and dedication. We shall remain ever-grateful.

    Gordon Moore


    Young Men’s Business League & Austin Sunshine Camps

  • 26 Jun 2015 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to the Austin area media for your coverage of this historic community milestone.


    TWC News:


    On June 25, 2015, Austin Sunshine Camps and the Young Men’s Business League marked the completion of their $3.5 million capital campaign and the culmination of a lot of hard work and generosity from many dedicated individuals, organizations, and area businesses including IE2 Construction Inc., Furnishing Dreams, IKEA Round Rock, Mabee Foundation, Nelson Puett Foundation, and the YMBL Sunshine Foundation.

    The new facility increases capacity by 50% by expanding the number of camper bunk rooms from 8 to 12, thus allowing the programs to serve over 1,000 Austin area youth at no cost to them or their families. The new facility also includes a computer lab, library, multiple programming rooms, an expanded kitchen, and office space for the staff. The previous facility, built in 1932, was last renovated in the 1970s.


  • 13 May 2015 3:27 PM | Anonymous
    Enjoy this audio recording from our May 2015 luncheon, featuring guest speaker Shawn Bose, CEO / Co-Founder of

  • 02 Mar 2015 2:02 PM | Anonymous
    YMBL's March Membership Drive
    Today through Tuesday, March 31st (midnight)

    Today kicks off YMBL's March Membership Drive! This is an opportunity for you to reach out and encourage that friend, family member, or co-worker you feel would be a great fit for YMBL to join. Every referral you make resulting in a membership this month (i.e. DUES PAID) enters your name into a raffle to win a $100 gift card to No Va Kitchen on Rainey Street.

    YMBL is only as strong as its membership, so I hope each of you will refer quality gentlemen who could have a mutually beneficial relationship with us. The best way to refer a prospect is by filling out our online Refer-a-Friend form or by emailing the candidate and copying Chris Miller ( We'll take it from there!

    A.J. Bingham, VP of Membership
    Chris Miller, Chair of Recruiting

  • 14 Jan 2015 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Enjoy this audio recording from our first luncheon of 2015, featuring guest speaker Dan Graham, CEO of BuildASign.

  • 03 Dec 2014 3:18 AM | Anonymous
    All information in the summary references campers who attended unless otherwise specified. In 2014 we served 495 campers at the Lake Travis facility.

    We had 1080 campers make an enrollment request – their parents either sent in a paper application or completed the initial registration request online. We received completed applications from 607 parents. There were 70 no-shows and 38 withdrawals/cancellations.

    Thirty percent of campers this year came from households with income less than $14,999 per year, and 46% of campers were receiving food stamps.

    Hispanics/Latinos were the largest ethnicity group, at 45%, with African-Americans and Whites making up 33% and 15% respectively.

    Boys made up 53% of campers this year, while girls made up 47%. The most popular age group was the 8-9 year old boys, while the least popular was 12-13 year old girls.

    Word of mouth was the most popular form of advertising, with 114 applicants saying that’s how they heard of us.

    Geographically, the East Riverside area was the most popular source for campers, sending 35. Pflugerville was second, sending 28, and the Rundberg area, South Manchaca area, and East Austin round out the top 5, sending 27 each.

  • 17 Oct 2014 12:30 PM | AJ Bingham

    Daniel G. Carl

    Congratulations to Daniel Carl on joining BSA LifeStructures’ Austin office as director of engineering services! In this role he will support business development and engineering for projects in the healing, discovery and learning markets. 

    A licensed professional engineer in Texas, LEED AP and energy manager certified, Daniel lent his expertise to YMBL and the Austin Sunshine Camps in obtaining the necessary permits for the Zilker Lodge (currently under construction).

  • 09 Jun 2014 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    We've got a full house at the Travis Camp, with roughly 70 campers signed up for this week's summer camp. All the YMBL members and their assigned campers to pick up are excited to get out there! Thanks to Jenny, Julie, Derek and Molly for being so prepared for such a big undertaking. And welcome to 2014's summer camp staff! More photo to come.

  • 04 Jun 2014 3:42 PM | AJ Bingham
    Please be a part of YMBL history and join us as we celebrate the groundbreaking of what will be our new Zilker Camp facility. 
    Day and Time: Thursday, June 26th (9am-10am).
    Location: Zilker Park (2225 Andrew Zilker Rd., Austin, TX 78767)

    RSVP to Carol at:
  • 02 Jun 2014 3:37 PM | AJ Bingham
    Ridesharing company Lyft launched services on in Austin on May 29th. In an agreement with YMBL, Lyft agreed to match driver earnings, up to $2000, from Thursday May 29th until Sunday June 1st and donate them to Austin Sunshine Camps.
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