Facing fears: My Heart Story – Abby R.

Editor’s Note: Camper Abby R. says that facing fears is such an important thing for her. We could tell you how amazing Heart O’ the Hills Summer Camp for Girls is, but that would be no fun. So we asked our Heart Campers to share their experience about camp.  Periodically we post a camper’s “Heart Story”. We hope you enjoy …

Multiculturalism at camp is powerful

Multiculturalism at camp impacted me powerfully in 1969, when I was first a camper at Heart O’ the Hills. Two of my tepee mates from Monterrey, Mexico made a significant and lasting impact on my life. More about that later. The Heart’s embrace of international campers and staff had begun before that summer, and continues even stronger today. Just last …

Independence: My Heart Story – Collette T

Editor’s Note: Learning independence and developing self confidence by mastering new skills are key benefits to attending camp. We could tell you how amazing Heart O’ the Hills Summer Camp for Girls is, but that would be no fun. So we asked our Heart Campers to share their experience about camp.  Periodically we will post a camper’s “Heart Story”. We …

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How to Save a Life: Why summer camp isn’t just for kids

Nineteen and scared to death. Literally. My car loaded down with a trunk full of costumes, heart racing with fear, and gas tank near empty I could see the red gates where my next adventure would start. I could see them clearly. They were getting closer with every second, and then they were gone…right behind me in that shaky rear …

How to keep summer alive in the winter

Every summer, gates across the nation open to wildly happy children because camp season is once again underway. These children run through those gates while singing songs and into the arms of counselors they prayed would return again for one more summer under the baking sun. Memories of past terms flood their minds and the idea of making new ones …

Real art is being made here!

Amazing art is being made here, right before our very eyes! And it’s not even summer! Heart O’ the Hills Camp is one of the private properties in the Kerrville area that has opened its gates to outdoor artists for the Annual Plein Air Outdoor Painting Event. “Plein air” is pronounced “plain air” and is the practice of painting outdoors …

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Introducing camp to parents

Why sleep away camp isn’t as scary as it seems Each year out on the recruitment trail you hear the ever-present answer, “Oh she isn’t ready for sleep away camp yet.” While daughter is tugging on her pant leg begging to do something different than the normal playing at the park or eating goldfish for snack every day. So, no …

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Top five reasons to send your child to camp

There are quite a few reasons why you should send your child to camp. The great friends and the trying of new foods and activities are all part of what makes camp wonderful–but there’s so much more! Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons you should send you precious babies off to summer camp: 5) Finding a new …

Why mom was right about overnight camp

Moms. The ones who are right about… well… everything. They push us to our limits and tell us that we can do whatever we set our minds to. They allow us try different things. They support us when we fail and help us know that each disappointment is a learning curve. They embrace our successes and always have our best …

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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 …

Forms and Documents

Hello Heart families! As we get closer to camp, it is time to start getting your forms submitted for the summer. The following forms and documents must be reviewed and filled out for your camper to come and participate in all the camp activities. Some forms are required, while others provide important information. To log on and see the forms: …

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Celebrating Cultural Exchange at Camp

It’s no secret that the key to a successful summer rests in the hands of the staff. Choosing the right staff is important because they are the gateway to making the summer unforgettable. The counselors at Heart O’ the Hills is a mixture of both domestic and international staff. The international staff at Heart O’ the Hills is available through cultural …

Online Trading Post is OPEN!

All of us here at The Heart are excited to announce that our online Trading Post is open! New items for 2017 have arrived and are ready for your viewing and purchase. Jane, Karen, Laura, Fallon, and I have put together an amazing selection of new shorts, shirts, accessories, water bottles and other items that you are sure to love. …

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Exciting News for Next Summer!

The summer of ’16 may have just passed us by, but here at The Heart we are already going full steam ahead with preparations for next summer. Ideas for the program calendar are amounting, counselor applications are building up, and have I mentioned that the programming side of the office has had a reshuffle? Aaaaaaanyway, perhaps the most exciting thing to …

Themes of the Summer

I am so excited to write to y’all today to let you know about various themes for the summer! Field days are undoubtedly one of the most exciting events in the camp calendar.  Friendly competition between the Pawnees and Shawnees allow our campers to strive to do their best and in turn display good sportsmanship. Each field day has an …

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Big Things In the Trading Post!

Often we get asked, “What do you do in the off-season?”. While the list is pretty long, one of the bigger tasks is ordering new items for the Trading Post. As most of you saw this summer, the new Trading Post has more room than ever and we are looking to fill those spaces. We have started working with our …

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Themes of the Summer

Recently we’ve been asked about our themes for this summer. So here are some ideas for you! Gather your minions and prepare them for a Despicable Field Day! Theme: Despicable Me Field Day Date: June 15 (1A) & July 15 (2A) Costume Ideas:  Yellow minions Purple minions Gru Vector Dr. Nefario Gru’s Mom Margo Edith Agnes Lucy El Macho Floyd Silas …

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So you’ve got some questions about activities…

The best part about class activities at Heart is the fact that your daughter gets to choose them! On Opening Day, she will sit down with her cabinmates and counselors and pick out her schedule. We have an MWF (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) class schedule and a TTS (Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday) class schedule. Sundays function a little bit differently with more free time. Each camper swims …

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Meet our 2015 Head Staff

Every year we are blessed with a wonderful leadership from our Head Staff. This year I changed the roles around a little bit so that I have three Assistant Program Directors. It is fun to think that among the four of us we have over 40 years of camp experience. I’d like to introduce you to them so you know …

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New Year, New Job, New Place, New…….

Disclaimer: I am a goofy writer. HelloOoOoO Heart O’ the Hills! First off, I shall introduce myself for those who may not know me. My name is Hannah Kearney. I was born in Landstuhl, Germany. My wonderful father, Brad Kearney, was an F-16 pilot in the Air Force, which is why I was born in Germany. We then moved to …

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It’s Not Arts and Crafts, It’s Fine Arts

When I started planning the art lessons for this summer, it was back in December of last year. My main focus was for the campers to have fun, to have a variety of projects, and to use different artistic techniques. Little did I know that these heart girls would get so much more out of their art classes and would …

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3 Things We Learned from Troll Field Day

As we approach a new week, let’s take a moment to reflect on Heart O’ the Hills Troll Field Day! The day was filled with field day water activities, dancing and other events which can be found in Jane’s weekly update. With all the fun and games there were some takeaways. Here are three of the most valuable things I …

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Into The Woods: A Camping We Will Go

On a special night in the heart of Texas, Heart O’ the Hills campers prepare for a unique experience – overnight!  Overnight is when campers gather and spend the night gazing at the Texas sky while making memories that will last a lifetime.  As many of you may be thinking overnight is equivalent to camping outside. How does Overnight Work at HOH? Overnight …

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Hangout with the Heart!

Hey everyone! The Heart is coming to a town near you! As y’all know, we usually host DVD premiere parties towards the end of October to show off the camp memories from the summer. However, since I head back home mid-October *cries* I want to make sure I get to see as many of your smiling faces as possible, and hopefully meet …

A Weekend to Remember!

Mother-Daughter weekend is approaching and we wanted you to hear about the benefits of the weekend from one of our past attendees! Lorrie attended Mother-Daughter with her daughter Sophia, in the fall of 2014 and this is what she has to say about her experience! Going to the Mother-Daughter weekend was extremely beneficial to us! As we started our journey …

Save the Date: Open House 2015

Calling all families! Save the date! Spring is just around the corner, but it’s already time to start thinking about summer plans. Please join us for a Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, March 21. If you’re interested in seeing what camp’s all about and how it can impact your child’s life, come to our Open House in the Texas …

Mother-Daughter Weekend

Do you ever have trouble thinking of something to do with your daughter? We have a great option! Our Mother-daughter weekend is how you can enjoy a taste of camp along with your daughter(s)! Let someone else plan the menus and cook! Just enjoy the relaxation of life away from the city, the fun of fellowship, and the excitement of …

Stewart and Heart in the Park

COME JOIN US! This fall Heart O’ the Hills and Camp Stewart are hosting a series of DVD release parties in parks throughout Texas! When the 2013 DVDs are complete we will hit the road and bring the DVDs to a park near you!!! The purpose of “Stewart and Heart in the Park” is to bring together all current campers, …

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4 Things Your Camper Learned This Summer

It’s hard to believe that camp is almost over and school will be starting soon. The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” was in full effect this summer. As we reflect back over the Tribe meeting, fun field days, tepee nights and Ice Cream at Jane’s house, we sometimes overlook the lessons learned. The changes in growth of campers …

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Managing Food Allergies at a Summer Camp

The thought of sending your child to a summer camp for the first time with anallergy can be unsettling. At Heart O’ the Hills, we have become professionals in managing food allergies, and teaching non- food allergy campers how to assist others who have allergies. Food allergies can be life-threatening. In our dining facility we have a chef who focuses …

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6 Reasons Why I love Heart O’ the Hills

This was my first time attending Heart O’ the Hills Camp for Girls in Texas. As a first year camper, I had a lot of opportunities and moments that contributed to why I love camp. I can tell you that it was hard to pick a few. Here are my six reasons on why I love The Heart. Pizza Night: …

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7 Aspects that make The Heart Great

Times are changing but Heart O’ the Hills Summer Camp is the same today as it was in 1953. The prestigious history of excellence, traditions and values remain consistent. There are 7 aspects that continue to make The Heart great.and aid in upholding Activities Thanks to Katniss, archery’s popularity is back, but finding an archery range at home to practice your …

HELP: MY CAMPER ISN’T WRITING HOME

Has your camper not written home as much as you wanted them to? Have they only written two sentences? Are you worried sick? I promise, if you answered yes to any of these questions, it just means that your camper is having a blast. Here at The Heart, we have a jam packed schedule from 7:35 a.m. until 10 p.m. …

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Celebrating Cultural Exchange at Camp

It’s no secret that the key to a successful summer rests in the hands of the staff. Choosing the right staff is important because they are the gateway to making the summer unforgettable. The counselors at Heart O’ the Hills is a mixture of both domestic and international staff. The international staff at Heart O’ the Hills is available through cultural …

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Keeping Your Child Active at Camp

At Heart O’ the Hills, keeping your camper active is what we do! We pride ourselves on detaching campers from the screens that they are exposed to throughout the school year and put them back out in the fresh air. All the campers at The Heart participate in a 45 minute Field Sports class every other day, a swim class …

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Transitioning from Summer CAMP to College CAMPus

There are many transitions a person may experience in their life: going from a camper to a counselor, being able to drive a car, and the most prominent one, starting college. Each of these new chapters in ones lives poses new obstacles. As an 11 year camper at Heart O’ the Hills and a sophomore in college, I can confidently say …

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Dear New Campers: You Have a Friend In Me

Dear New Campers, Camp is a safe environment. You don’t have to hide your personality at Heart O’ the Hills. You can be silly or crazy. There is no need to be shy or quiet because no one will judge you. So don’t be nervous to come to camp. It’s a great place to open yourself up and be whoever …

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Dear New Campers: It’s Okay to be Homesick

Dear New Campers, My name is Riley H. I have been a camper at Heart O’ the Hills for five years. During siesta, I decided to write a letter to you about being homesick at camp. I’m a reliable source because my first time at camp I was homesick too. If you don’t know what homesick means it is When you …

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It’s Not Arts and Crafts, It’s Fine Arts

When I started planning the art lessons for this summer, it was back in December of last year. My main focus was for the campers to have fun, to have a variety of projects, and to use different artistic techniques. Little did I know that these heart girls would get so much more out of their art classes and would …

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Camp Games and so much more!

At The Heart, we play more games than just your typical kick-ball or four-square games! Birdie on a perch, rounders, and so many other games fill our field sports classes with fun and excitement.  One of our campers’ favorite games to play is Bunny Bunny! Check out the video below as some of our campers teach you how to play! Learn …

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Lowdown on Summer Throwdown

It’s finally May. YAYYYYYYYY!!!!! Whilst all you camper families still have a wee bit of time before arriving at camp (31 days for first term and 65 days for second term – not like I’m counting or anything…) this is the month when all of our fantastic staff arrive at camp from all over the world to begin preparations for …

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Let’s get Crafty!

Cutting, gluing, stapling, drawing, painting, sewing and more, get your hands in the arts and crafts studio to make memorable masterpieces. Our general arts and craft classes use fun and creative lessons that give campers the chance to explore the different manual arts through a wide range of multi-media exposure. The Heart offers many more specific arts and craft classes— drawing and …

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Costumes at Camp: A Quick Guide to Not Spending Money

Costumes at camp can make a day a little more special. It allows campers to get out of their normal clothes and into something a little silly. While costumes are not necessary, they sure are fun! However, here at camp we try to be as cost effective as possible. First off, try and reuse old Halloween costumes you may have …

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Themes of the Summer

Recently we’ve been asked about our themes for this summer. So here are some ideas for you! Gather your minions and prepare them for a Despicable Field Day! Theme: Despicable Me Field Day Date: June 15 (1A) & July 15 (2A) Costume Ideas:  Yellow minions Purple minions Gru Vector Dr. Nefario Gru’s Mom Margo Edith Agnes Lucy El Macho Floyd Silas …

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