Inspiration abounds! and Spring Reading

What a wealth of inspiration we have acquired! Monique, Katie and I have spent several weeks (each) at conferences and training events over the last three months. Our training has taken us to Michigan, Boulder Colorado, Nashville and Marble Falls Texas! They have been hosted by CampMinder, The Summer Camp Society, CODA (Camp Owners and Directors Association), EPIC (Emerging Professionals …

2019 Program Calendar

    IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! THE 2019 PROGRAM CALENDAR IS HERE! Check out all the amazing things we will be doing this summer.

Happy winter solstice!

Merriam-Webster’s word of the day today is solstice. It was a good reminder that today is the winter solstice, and it is a happy occasion for me! It should come as no surprise to anyone that I LOVE CAMP. As a child, I endured school and lived for summer. It was the time of year that camp happened, with all …

Father Don Cowie, July 14, 1929 – Nov. 8, 2018

Father Don Cowie, SM has gone to his heavenly reward.  Almost made It to 90! We will miss him dearly. Father Don celebrated Catholic mass with our Heart O’ the Hills campers and counselors—and those of many other camps up and down our river, including Camp Stewart—every summer from 1976 through 2018. For the first many summers, he lived in St. Louis …

2019 Staff Applications are Open!

There is no better feeling than finishing a summer knowing you made a difference in a child’s life. Here’s your opportunity to do just that. Working at camp is more than just a summer job, it’s an unforgettable experience full of growth and unbreakable bonds. We’re excited to announce that applications for 2019 summer staff are now open! Explore the …

My mission for GROWTH

Growth. A word that describes a betterment of an individual, group, or situation. Here at camp, we are continually searching for ways to improve. Whether it’s through our programs, staff training, leadership development, or even the ice-cream – our goal is to provide the best camp experience. To help develop skills and ideas to push camp to the next level, …

We believe in catching water!

“Rainwater catchment” means collecting those precious drops of rain off our own roofs and using that water as we need it. We always joke about how our annual rainfall of 32” arrives in two different rain events, with nothing in between—but it’s not that far from the truth! Take these past few months for example. During the entire period of …

A Day at the Capital

One of the nicest and most unusual things about being in the camp industry in Texas is the camaraderie of our camps with one another. One reason is that what’s good for one camp is good for all camps. A child has the time of her life and makes her best memories ever at camp, and tells about it, and …

Check out how we begin off season training!

Editor’s note: People always ask how we stay busy during the off season.  Let me count the ways!! One of the biggest uses of our time is professional development and training. We try not to all be out of the office at once, so this first opportunity goes to Monique (office manager) and Katie (program director), who have ventured to North …

Courage: “Thoughts from an old camper”

How do girls learn courage? We asked our former campers if they had learned anything from camp—and they surely did! Nelwyn Harman Reagan tells her story of courage, but modestly doesn’t mention the fact that she was elected Pawnee Chieftain in 1959! and I’m certain that running for that high office—taking the risk of sticking her neck out to ask …