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COURAGE:  It’ not the absence of fear, but overcoming it.

“In lighting the candle of COURAGE, we are reminded of another outstanding trait in our sportsmanship award winner.  COURAGE does not consist of feeling no fear, but of conquering fear.  By conquering doubt and fear, she has conquered failure.  Every thought is strengthened with hope; all difficulties are bravely met.  It is the girl who smiles through the tears of …

Program Calendar 2021!

I am beyond excited to share the program calendar for this summer with y’all. I wanted to cover some of the highlights in a short blog, so here we go! Field Days The first will be 101 Dalmatians! Whether you want to bring out your villain as Cruella or skip around as one of the 101, this will be fun …

Real Skills for your Resume: Critical Thinking

Being a camp counselor means being superwoman. For the months of June and July you transform into a confidant, nurse, care-taker, mediator, entertainer, teacher, and role model. One minute you’re explaining the rules to Slide Ball (Kick Ball but with more soap and water) and the next you’re marching campers to cover as rain pours from the sky. Every summer, …

Real Skills for your Resume: Communication

We often talk about how camp is the place to learn to fail. HOH provides a safety net to try new things and learn how to get up when you fall in the process. That sentiment remains for staff as they learn new skills that will help them navigate whatever field they enter. Communication, after all, is key. Our staff …

A Snow Note for Texas

Howdy all! I bet a lot of you, at least my fellow Texans, are stuck in some crazy weather. Loss of power, water, heat, and icy roads is making for an interesting snow-week of February. As we all try to keep sane, I thought I’d share some of positives to come out this. First of all, I’ve seen some amazing …

Real Skills for your Resume: Creativity

Being a camp counselor is one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself. Seriously, after 4 terms as a camper and 6 on staff, I feel confident in saying that camp has fostered my creativity more than anything in my life—and I’ve worked as a dance teacher and choreographer.  And true, HOH didn’t really sharpen my artistic skills …

Scrumptious Apple Pie by Rachel

As any other homegrown American gal, I adore apple pie. I make it for most holiday functions and Thanksgiving is no exception. This particular recipe I picked up recently—and it is pretty delicious! Ingredients 2, 9-inch pie crusts (I stick with good ol’ Pillsbury) 1 stick unsalted butter 3 tbsp flour ¼ cup water ½ cup white sugar ½ cup …

Applying for Sponsor

What is the ultimate camp job, you ask? Why being a sponsor! Sponsors are those counselors who are in charge of all things “tribe”. They run war canoe practice, organize officers, write vespers, and so much more. If you were a camper, I’m sure you can name all your sponsors—that’s how I keep track of summers. Being a sponsor is …

Camp: Where it’s Cool to be Yourself

Feeling confident in your own skin can be one of life’s biggest struggles, especially growing up. In today’s world, more than ever, children are exposed to all sorts of standards almost constantly through social media. Heart O’ the Hills is one place where girls can just be. One of the greatest gifts of camp is that it creates an environment …

Love, Kindness, and Traditions

I love traditions. That is probably part of what attracts me to Heart O’ the Hills. Although no two summers, let alone terms, are ever close to the same, the traditions that are threaded throughout camp gives it that sense of familiarity that makes The Heart home. Over the past few weeks I’ve been pondering what our many traditions really …