Why I Come Back

The Sixteen-Year-Old Blues If I could go back in time and tell myself 16-year-old self one thing, it would be that I don’t have to stop coming to camp. I remember being so distraught that last camper summer. I thought “this is it.” I felt like camp had given me all it could and now it was over. And although …

No Boys Allowed: Why I Believe in All-Girls Camp

One of the surefire questions I receive when I tell people about Heart O’ the Hills is “How do you spend a whole month with only girls?” To be honest, it’s a pretty easy feat. Also, all-girls is one of my favorite aspects of The Heart. Creating Community It’s a common belief that girls cause more drama than boys. And …

Why it is Okay to Fail at Camp

After spending so much time at school and in extracurricular activities, children feel that they have to be perfect to achieve. But at Heart O’ the Hills, girls realize that are in a place where they can try and fail. Then they get up again and see improvement. Everyone urges their friends as they try something new each day: one …

New Program Director, Who Dis?

Who Am I? My name is Rachel Pannell! I am so excited to announce that I’ve accepted the position of Program Director at Heart O’ the Hills! Let me introduce myself. I was a camper for four terms. This upcoming summer will be my 7th term on staff. I received Brave O’ the Week (once when I was 16), the …

Unplug at Camp: The Secret to Happy Campers

In today’s hectic world, taking time to unplug can be near impossible. Camp is one of the few places where campers can just be. Although initially four weeks without a phone seems impossible, having a time to be free of all obligations soon came to be one of my favorite parts of The Heart. Phones at Home As technology becomes …

COVID Camp: A Success Story

As the spring dragged on and COVID cases kept rising, it seemed almost impossible that camp could happen this summer. Then May rolled around and the much anticipated word from Governor Abbott arrived. Camps could open. But, only with a meaty set of guidelines from the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Texas Health …

Opening Day: The COVID Edition

It’s happening!! “COVID Summer Camp” is about to become a reality at Heart O’ the Hills, and we couldn’t be more excited! At last, here is what we have for Opening Day! Prior to Opening Day, families will schedule a drop off-time. Upon arrival, camp families enter camp through the service gate, which is the wider entrance beyond our main …

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War Canoe 2020: The COVID Edition

Here at The Heart we know just how meaningful war canoe is. Puffy paint bars are worn on sleeves as badges of honor and girls try-out for years hoping to earn their spot in the boat. In the midst of new safety protocols and precautions, we’ve done our best to uphold this beloved tradition. So we are proud to present, …

COVID Q&A: Set Your Heart Free From COVID Concerns

With all the change to The Heart this summer in the name of keeping camp safe, it makes sense that we all have some questions. So, here are a few key COVID Q&A regarding camp practices this summer. Are the “themes” still in place for field day? Absolutely, themes for field day (90’s throwback), Carnival (Dia de los Muertos), Camp …

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Packages: The Heart Embargo of 2020

Due to our dislike for germs and more places for them to live, packages will not be allowed this summer. The Heart’s Office is already echoing with your questions: “What about Camp Christmas?” “How will I get my camper her toothbrush she always forgets?” But rest assured, we have solutions for you! Double Drop-off: Your Camper and Her Packages If …