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 …

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Camp is my happy place!

“From my very first day of camp where I picked my tribal bead to present day, Heart O’ the Hills has always held a special place in my heart. I have been attending this camp for nine years. Throughout my time, I have gained more skills and intuition than I do at home in the off-season. I constantly practice table …

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Why Our Camp Values Are Important

I’m Cristi Lee and I have been working at camp for more than 20 years now. During the “off-season” I am a teacher in Kerrville so I come to you from the perspective of a camping professional, an educator, and now a mother with kids at camp. One of the many reasons that I continue to spend my summers working …

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Sing along with me!

Sing along with me! Every Sunday afternoon at camp we have “free activities.” Once upon a time, there was just free swim, but then other activities were added that campers are free to come and go from at will. We have free art, free riflery, free archery, free soccer, free dodgeball, and so forth. So many people, especially former campers …

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Gym-what?

Gymkhana. Jim-kah-nuh. Say it with me. Gymkhana! Okay, so now that we can all say it without butchering the pronunciation of it, what is it? The actual dictionary translation is; a field day held for equestrians (fancy word for “horsey people”), consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship (fancy word for a good rider), and much pageantry. Only that still doesn’t mean a …

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Pickleball at The Heart

Being the daughter of a retired History teacher of 40+ years (way to go, daddy), I have learned hundreds of lessons about my country, other civilizations, and way more about the Civil War than I would prefer (no offense, dad). However, there is one lesson he did not give in any of his classes: Pickleball. This lesson comes from Dick …

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Life in a Midget Cabin

Midget cabins house our youngest division here at the Heart. They are campers aged 6, 7 and 8. The youngest girls on camp – perhaps the trickiest. I have been a midget counselor for the past two summers. I have loved time being amongst the midgets and hope to return next year again with them. But what is it like? Living …

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And so the Adventure Continues

If you had the chance to see my blog, you already know how crazy busy we are in the “off season”–but you may not realize just how small our staff is all winter. We have Laura Gallagher *present* about half the year, and we have Karen Jackson about half time each week. Then you have Monique Rode and me. We …

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Campers are gone, so what is there to do in the Off-Season?

It used to bother me when people assumed that after the campers were gone, we just propped our feet up and ate bonbons on some Caribbean isle until next summer rolled around. If they only had an inkling! Granted, we don’t have a full complement of staff to delegate everything to, but it’s crazy how there is *never* a dull …

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The Effects of Post-Camp Longing Disorder (PCLD), aka Campsickness

Camp closing can be such a rush for the parents and campers — a rush of emotions, of frantically gathering personal items from around camp, of seeing old faces and meeting new ones, and of time passing too quickly. There’s that first moment you get to hold your daughter and tell her in person how much you love and missed …