“My Favorite Photo was One from Camp”

That is a statement heard many times from former campers, some now fathers with campers of their own, and one I enthusiastically echo after four children and three grandchildren! My favorite photo is one of several from camp. Portrait History Snippet It all began in the early 70’s when Smiley Irvin approached Si about letting him produce a camp annual. …

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Can a parent help a child find their passion? Can a camp?

Having a child develop a passion early in life is a blessing, I often tell parents. Jeeper Ragsdale developed his passion for horses at a very young age! Note: There is no better place to develop a passion than camp, because of the exposure to a wider range of activities than most have at home or school. Jeeper, the Camp …

We are so thankful at The Heart and Stewart

Editor’s note: We have so many blessings, large and small, past and present, sprinkled with hopes for the future. These are Kathy’s words, knit together with input from all of us on year-round staff at both Heart O’ the Hills and Camp Stewart. A thankful heart is a happy heart, and our cup overfloweth!   ‘Tis the season for THANK …

Father’s Day tribute

Father Don Cowie, S.M., will again be celebrating mass with Hill Country campers and staff Sunday, as he has been doing each summer for about 40 years. When Si and I arrived at Stewart in 1967, the Catholics were loaded on the vintage yellow bus and driven into Kerrville each Sunday morning for mass, as were the campers at many …

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50 Winters Ago: Still Just Beginning

Backtracking a bit, before our actual MOVE in January, 1967, Si and I drove down to Stewart to see what modifications were needed in our new home. Remember, we’d only been in the front room. We reached Kerrville after dark, but before Torres closed! It was a cold, cold dreary January evening – already in the lower 20’s. After enjoying …

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50 Winters Ago: The Beginning

January, 2016, is special for the Si Ragsdale, Jr. family. Fifty (that’s right, 50!) Januarys ago our adventure at Camp Stewart began. It was January, 1967, that Si, Jon, Jane, Juli, Funny Bunny (our cute, talented schnauzer/cocker mutt) and I, along with last minute items the movers didn’t get, piled into the family’s black Ford Galaxy 500 and Stewart’s faded …