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Technology – Leave it at Home

Camp is a time to get away from the pressures of daily life. Cell phones, digital cameras, iPads, computers, DVD or CD players and the like have no place at camp. Electronics with capacity to video record or access the Internet are expressly prohibited. Have no fear, we are still active in the office with technology. We will keep you …

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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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HeartLITes

HeartLITes (Leader-in-Training) at camp are girls that are too old to be campers but not quite old enough to be counselors. It gives former campers the opportunity to see the behind the scenes of camp without growing up too quickly. As a volunteer position, it is designed to prepare them to be counselors in the future. They assist counselors in teaching …

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What Being a Camp Counselor Means to Me

Counselors at Heart O’ the Hills come from all walks of life. Typically college aged young women, they are hired based upon their wonderful personalities and unique skill sets. Here are some of our favorite quotes from counselors from this past summer on what it means to be a camp counselor. What do you feel are the strong points in …

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Waterfront Wonders

The Waterfront, also known as Cypress Hollow, is the place to be during the summer. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s hot outside! Campers enjoy the Guadalupe River in their daily swim class. Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and Lifeguards are certified prior to Orientation, and on day one, assess campers’ skills. Swim classes are divided by age division and then sorted …

7 Aspects of Heart O’ the Hills that Make it Great

While we here at the Heart know the wonderful reasons Heart O’ the Hills is so great, we’d thought we’d outline it a little more clearly for our first time camp families. ACTIVITIES – Thanks to Katniss, the love for archery is on the rise, but finding an archery range at home to practice your newly acquired hobby, may be a …

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Birthdays at Camp

You’re online looking at the dates, trying to select which term to send your daughter. But what do you do if your daughter’s birthday falls during the summer? Send her to camp for her birthday? Have a birthday party at home before or after camp? Not send her to camp during her birthday? If this is you, not to worry, …

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Campsick

The days following camp closing are very… quiet. Being campsick is this weird phenomenon where you go from playing, swimming, running, and singing fifteen hours of the day to doing absolutely nothing. For most, the next three to four days are spent sleeping 12+ hours and napping because you’re not ready to give up that daily designated nap time. Campsickness symptoms also …

A Note from Our Second Term Nurse

Hello from Nurse Tracy! Before we get started I would like to introduce myself- Hi, I’m Tracy! I was a camper, counselor, sponsor, and this will be my fourth time being the nurse. I work with premature babies and breastfeeding, so please forgive me if I ask a lot of questions about your child’s medication and health. The first day …

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The Camp – Family Relationship

Heart O’ the Hills is blessed with wonderful camper families. The generational legacies that continue to thrive are incredible. For instance, my first year as a counselor my mom (who was dropping my sisters off) cried walking up to another former camper named Hannah, who was dropping her daughter off. Am I named after Hannah? I sure think so. My …