June 30, 2022 - Memorial Vespers


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Wow, what a whirlwind it’s been today! Thankfully we slept in a few minutes which seemed to really make a difference. 

First thing after breakfast was Posting O’ the Colors at the Big Arena, followed by the OLYMPIC quadrille presentation by the Top Elite Riders. They lived up to their name!

Next was the Gymkhana, where our younger girls who had not had a chance to ride in a Gymkhana got to show off their skills. With a score of  80-70, the event went to the T-Birds.

Next was the All-Camp Swim Meet, starting with the Fire Lighter Salute on the waterfront. That one was won by the T-Birds 210-195 …. One fun event was an all-division medley relay. Today in both the Gymkhana and Swim Meet, ribbons were issued to the top four placers.

We held the Art Show during siesta and the results were 24 Arrows - 53 T-Birds.

After siesta, the excitement resumed with the war canoe race. Due to the low levels of the river, we once again ran the race one boat at a time. The Arrows came home with a victory with a time of 53.88 to 56.83.

As soon as the war canoe race ended, we began our Awards Ceremony. Each camper received a packet, Awards O’ Merit and Most Outstanding activity awards were given, and then tenure.

We presented 15 three-year charms, recognized 16 five-year campers, placed 7-year rings on 12 fingers, and welcomed Georgia C, Riley H, Anna Cate P, Ava Marie P, and Kathleen H to the 10-year diamond club.

Each Heart LITe was thanked with a tiny silver light bulb charm, and the Star LITe Award was presented to Maggie G. Kitty’s Korner is our award for counseling excellence, named in honor of Founding Director Kitty Magee. The Rookie recipient was Vicky O and veteran was KT C.

Sunflower Award to the most friendly Junior was given to Elizabeth S. High-Point campers were Minion Ivy M, Sophomore Ava A , Junior Parker G, Senior Delia F, and Teen and All-Camp KK H. The coveted Sisterhood Cup went to the Crossed Arrows!

Finally, after supper, we marked our Memorial Vespers, presented by the Top Ten Juniors in memory of our founders, Kenneth and Velma Jones (who converted Heart O’ the Hills Inn into the camp 69 summers ago), and of their daughter, Jo Jones, whose untimely death and love of camp prompted them to do so.

Each of the Juniors described one of the virtues of Jo Jones, and our new recipient was named to be Addie R

The evening ended with root beer floats for all.

Reminder that pickup is from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Here is what you can expect at pick up:

Here are videos from the closing day events:

All-Camp Revue

https://vimeo.com/725862034

Quadrille

https://vimeo.com/725865099

War Canoe

https://vimeo.com/725864787

Memorial Vespers

https://vimeo.com/725903463



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage
Cinnamon toast

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Green bean salad
Hamburgers
French Fries
all the trimmings
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Caesar salad
Spaghetti
Broccoli
Italian Bread
Jello with custard

Closing Day
Update

Where DID the time go? It doesn't seem possible that you could already be in your three-point stance to come and pick up your camper!

Pick-up times are between 10-12:00.

Here is what you can expect at pick up:

  • Enter through the "old main gate" which is the gate you exited through at opening.
  • Collect your camper and her luggage at her cabin area:
    • Minions, Pickleball Court
    • Sophomores, Pickleball Court
    • Juniors, Pickleball Court
    • Seniors, Dwellings
    • Teens, Abrigos (16) and Volleyball Courts (15)
  • Proceed to the front of the office, where you will find:
    • Sign-up and bribery
    • Pick up your camper's tepee photo and Trading Post refund check (or bill)
    • See your campers activity portraits and other special camp photos available for purchase!
    • Medicines from Orenda

We still ask everyone to remain in their vehicle; we will do all transactions through the car window to keep the flow of traffic as smoothly as possible! 

Thought O' 
The Day

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Princess Diana

Bribery 
Sign Up

One thing we invite you to consider right away: signing up now for 2023. We have a long tradition (borrowed from Camp Stewart) of "bribing" our campers to sign up for next year before leaving this year. Each girl who does will receive her choice of a nice "bribe". We will be revealing the bribery tomorrow at lunch, and a few items are offered "as supplies last". We will have bribery available at pickup, or if you respond before then, we will go ahead and let the girls choose and receive the gift.

is the LINK to the sign up form.


June 29, 2022 - Cypress Gathering


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

After dinner, the Sisterhoods held their final Mountain Top meetings. Special all-term awards were given, hearts were awarded, war canoe shirts were distributed, among other special end-of-term rituals.

Our last set of Sisters O’ the Week were named: Minion Betsy B, Sophomore  Mabel G, Junior Ansley B, Senior Grey L , Teen Shelby G , LITe Lucy K, and Counselor Dani G.

After the Front Lawn ceremony to reunite the Sisterhoods, we had our Cypress Gathering, where the S and P were lit, sweet farewell songs were sung, and the Sponsors gave candles to the 16-year-olds to send down the river.

Sing to our camp, so dear, fond memories.

Days filled with joys and tears, beneath the cypress trees.

Friends that we’ve made here, by waters still,

Join hands with love for thee, Heart O’ the Hills!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage
Pancakes

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Cole slaw
Chicken nuggets
French fries
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Angel salad
Beef stroganoff
Egg noodles
Peas
Jello and whipped cream

Closing Day
Update

Where DID the time go? It doesn't seem possible that you could already be in your three-point stance to come and pick up your camper!

Pick-up times are between 10-12:00.

Here is what you can expect at pick up:

  • Enter through the "old main gate" which is the gate you exited through at opening.
  • Collect your camper and her luggage at her cabin area:
    • Minions, Pickleball Court
    • Sophomores, Pickleball Court
    • Juniors, Pickleball Court
    • Seniors, Dwellings
    • Teens, Abrigos (16) and Volleyball Courts (15)
  • Proceed to the front of the office, where you will find:
    • Sign-up and bribery
    • Pick up your camper's tepee photo and Trading Post refund check (or bill)
    • See your campers activity portraits and other special camp photos available for purchase!
    • Medicines from Orenda

We still ask everyone to remain in their vehicle; we will do all transactions through the car window to keep the flow of traffic as smoothly as possible! 

Thought O' 
The Day

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Ronald Dahl

Bribery 
Sign Up

One thing we invite you to consider right away: signing up now for 2023. We have a long tradition (borrowed from Camp Stewart) of "bribing" our campers to sign up for next year before leaving this year. Each girl who does will receive her choice of a nice "bribe". We will be revealing the bribery tomorrow at lunch, and a few items are offered "as supplies last". We will have bribery available at pickup, or if you respond before then, we will go ahead and let the girls choose and receive the gift.

is the LINK to the sign up form.


June 28, 2022 - Award Show/All-Camp Revue


Tuesday,  June 28, 2022

We had our final TTS classes today. It is always so sad to see this day because we know the term is coming to an end quickly!

Today at siesta campers had their last chance to shop in the Trading Post. We will be closing accounts and issuing refund checks. If your camper had money left,  a check will be attached to your campers activity portraits on closing day!

We got a few small rain showers during 5th and 6th period but it thankfully did not stop our classes from going on!

Tonight is The Awards Show. Fun awards and recognitions are being given to campers, counselors and cabin groups, and lots of fun is entailed. The You Crack Me Up Award is confetti eggs to a cabin, Golden Dustpan Award to the cleanest cabin, Royal Flush Award to the staff member who most often comes to the rescue of a distressed potty, Camp Clown Award, the Foreign Correspondent Award to the cabin getting the most letters, a Happy Camper Award, Picasso Award to the most artistic camper, the Glow Stick to the brightest personality, and the Ps and Qs to the girl with the best manners. So much fun!

The award presentations were punctuated with talent provided by the storytelling, dance, singing, guitar, and other performing arts classes, plus skits and a song by the oldest Teens.

Our MCs for the night, Raven and Lily really kept things moving along! And Emmy M kept the audience laughing with her many “dad jokes”

Award Show and All-Camp Revue Performances

    • First Period MWF Dance
    • Delaney and Mars (ted talk)
    • 1st Period TTS Dance
    • Delia F (sing and guitar)
    • 4th MWF Gymnastics
    • Addia and Claire (dance)
    • Emily S, Madelyn, Claire M (singing)
    • Katelyn L, Vivian L, Charlie W (acting show)
    • 3rd Period TTS Drama
    • Lola G (sing)
    • Madelyn, Alanna, Betsy (dance)
    • Scarlet and Violet (sing)
    • 4th TTS Gymnastics
    • Bee B and Abigail T
    • Angie S
    • Claire P and Kensley K (dance)
    • Marlowe Crew
    • Second Period TTS Gymnastics
    • Lizzie T
    • Ava A, Savannah C, Micaela, Zoey (sing)
    • Sofi R (flag routine)
    • Yarrow Yard Yodelers
    • 6th Period TTS Theater
    • Riley H (Ukulele sing)
    • Lauren S (sing)
    • 16 year olds

Camper awards

    • Campers foot award (left the biggest impact on camp)
      • Izzy P
    • Picasso award (most artistic)
      • Sophia P
    • Glow stick award (always has a bright personality) 
      • Claire P
    • Space time continuum (award for the camper who is always late for class) (
      • Isa L
    • Camp clown (always joking and lifting camp vibe) 
      • Shelby G
    • Sunshine Award (most likely to brighten your day) 
      • Leah B
    • Warm and fuzzy (for always having hugs to give)
      • Betsy B
    • Camper who spends most of their time in orenda
      • Kathleen H
    • Big cheese award (a camper who has the most positive influence on other campers)
      • Addie R
    • Bookworm award (camper who reads the most books)
      • Mars H
  • Counselor Awards
    • Flush Above the Rest (Plunged the most toilets this summer) 
      • Vicky O
    • Unsung Hero (Counselor who does so much behind the scenes) 
      • Lauren K
    • "Just Do It" Award (for always pitching in without being asked) 
      • KT C
    • Stick with it Award (Always pushing through the long and hard days) 
      • Sara K
    • Super Sweet Sister (counselor who always made personal connections with campers)
      • Sydney
    • Buzz Lightyear Award (Always goes above and beyond) 
      • Ruby M
    • Most Innovative (brought so many new ideas to the summer) 
      • Elaine A
    • Happy Camper Award (counselor who embraced and lived camp life day in & out) 
      • Dani G
    • Matches (Nobody matches your volunteer contributions)
      • Heartlites
    • Red hot (Most likely to be sunburnt) 
      • Amber B
    • Butterfinger award (For the person who breaks the most dishes) 
      • Lucy
  • Cabin Awards
    • The Dustpan (Cleanest Cabin on CAMP)
      • Yarrow Yard 1
    • Foreign Correspondents Experts (The cabin that gets the most mail) 
      • Adobe 1
    • Pigsty award (messiest cabin)
      • Cypress


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Patty Sausage
Biscuits and Gravy

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Greek salad
Mac n Cheese with Ham
Fresh Squash
Fried Okra
Cornbread
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Corn Dogs
Tator Tots
Cookies

Closing Day
Update

Where DID the time go? It doesn't seem possible that you could already be in your three-point stance to come and pick up your camper!

Pick-up times are between 10-12:00.

Here is what you can expect at pick up:

  • Enter through the "old main gate" which is the gate you exited through at opening.
  • Collect your camper and her luggage at her cabin area:
    • Minions, Pickleball Court
    • Sophomores, Pickleball Court
    • Juniors, Pickleball Court
    • Seniors, Dwellings
    • Teens, Abrigos (16) and Volleyball Courts (15)
  • Proceed to the front of the office, where you will find:
    • Sign-up and bribery
    • Pick up your camper's tepee photo and Trading Post refund check (or bill)
    • See your campers activity portraits and other special camp photos available for purchase!
    • Medicines from Orenda

We still ask everyone to remain in their vehicle; we will do all transactions through the car window to keep the flow of traffic as smoothly as possible! 

Thought O' 
The Day

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”
Brian Herbert

Bribery 
Sign Up

One thing we invite you to consider right away: signing up now for 2023. We have a long tradition (borrowed from Camp Stewart) of "bribing" our campers to sign up for next year before leaving this year. Each girl who does will receive her choice of a nice "bribe". We will be revealing the bribery tomorrow at lunch, and a few items are offered "as supplies last". We will have bribery available at pickup, or if you respond before then, we will go ahead and let the girls choose and receive the gift.

is the LINK to the sign up form.


June 27, 2022 - Counselor Mountain Top


Monday,  June 27, 2022

It is crazy to think that we are already coming up on the last week of camp. There is no doubt about the fact that this term has absolutely flown by. While of course we are looking forward to seeing our second termers we are definitely sad to see the end of  first term.
We slept in a luxurious extra hour, and had pajama buffet breakfast. Split B cabin photos and individual portraits were made.


To kick off the week the teens will be  leading our worship as a way of saying goodbye to camp. The sixteen year olds all give a speech talking about their time here as a camper and saying goodbye. This is definitely a very emotional moment and it is the first time that it actually becomes real that camp is coming to a close. Teens conducted the worship this morning. each song was a camp-adjusted popular tune. Each 16-year old spoke a few words about their camp experiences: Ava Marie spoke about making moments into memories, Tay told how she learned to love herself at camp, KK fell in love with camp before she was able to come, Hailey G said to find your people, Ella spoke about how camp has been her constant. And there was more. All said, it was a strong affirmation of their love for camp, their friends, and the experiences they’ve had at The Heart.

At the end of each four-week term, we recognize a girl who exhibits the highest character traits. She receives the Jo Jones Memorial Sportsmanship Award that was established by The Heart’s founders in memory of their daughter. Our recipient is named at Memorial Vespers the last night of camp, and the Top Ten Juniors present the vespers.

Top Ten Juniors were named today: Coco A, Ansley B, Noel D, Parker G, Emme H, Kensley K, Catherine R, Lexi S, Rachel S, and Sunny T

At flag this evening, lost and found was distributed, then pizza cheers took place. Teens were victorious and got to eat pizza first!

T-Birds presented vespers this evening. It was very well presented!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Link Sausage
Pancakes

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Grapefruit salad
Turkey tettrazinni
Broccoli
Italian bread
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and Salad Bar
Frito salad
Mexican carrots
Pickled jalapenos
Cheese Enchiladas
Jeeper Beans
Mexican Rice
Chips/Salsa
Sopapillas

Closing Day
Update

Where DID the time go? It doesn't seem possible that you could already be in your three-point stance to come and pick up your camper!

Pick-up times are between 10-12:00.

Here is what you can expect at pick up:

  • Enter through the "old main gate" which is the gate you exited through at opening.
  • Collect your camper and her luggage at her cabin area:
    • Minions, Pickleball Court
    • Sophomores, Pickleball Court
    • Juniors, Pickleball Court
    • Seniors, Dwellings
    • Teens, Abrigos (16) and Volleyball Courts (15)
  • Proceed to the front of the office, where you will find:
    • Sign-up and bribery
    • Pick up your camper's tepee photo and Trading Post refund check (or bill)
    • See your campers activity portraits and other special camp photos available for purchase!
    • Medicines from Orenda

We still ask everyone to remain in their vehicle; we will do all transactions through the car window to keep the flow of traffic as smoothly as possible! 

Thought O' 
The Day

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”

John Rushkin

Bribery 
Sign Up

One thing we invite you to consider right away: signing up now for 2023. We have a long tradition (borrowed from Camp Stewart) of "bribing" our campers to sign up for next year before leaving this year. Each girl who does will receive her choice of a nice "bribe". We will be revealing the bribery tomorrow at lunch, and a few items are offered "as supplies last". We will have bribery available at pickup, or if you respond before then, we will go ahead and let the girls choose and receive the gift.

is the LINK to the sign up form.


June 26, 2022 - Teen-led Worship


Sunday,  June 26, 2022

It is crazy to think that we are already coming up on the last week of camp. There is no doubt about the fact that this term has absolutely flown by. While of course we are looking forward to seeing our second termers we are definitely sad to see the end of  first term.
We slept in a luxurious extra hour, and had pajama buffet breakfast. Split B cabin photos and individual portraits were made.


To kick off the week the teens will be  leading our worship as a way of saying goodbye to camp. The sixteen year olds all give a speech talking about their time here as a camper and saying goodbye. This is definitely a very emotional moment and it is the first time that it actually becomes real that camp is coming to a close. Teens conducted the worship this morning. each song was a camp-adjusted popular tune. Each 16-year old spoke a few words about their camp experiences: Ava Marie spoke about making moments into memories, Tay told how she learned to love herself at camp, KK fell in love with camp before she was able to come, Hailey G said to find your people, Ella spoke about how camp has been her constant. And there was more. All said, it was a strong affirmation of their love for camp, their friends, and the experiences they’ve had at The Heart.

At the end of each four-week term, we recognize a girl who exhibits the highest character traits. She receives the Jo Jones Memorial Sportsmanship Award that was established by The Heart’s founders in memory of their daughter. Our recipient is named at Memorial Vespers the last night of camp, and the Top Ten Juniors present the vespers.

Top Ten Juniors were named today: Coco A, Ansley B, Noel D, Parker G, Emme H, Kensley K, Catherine R, Lexi S, Rachel S, and Sunny T

At flag this evening, lost and found was distributed, then pizza cheers took place. Teens were victorious and got to eat pizza first!

T-Birds presented vespers this evening. It was very well presented!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Cinnamon Rolls
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Yellow squash
Cream gravy
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Pizza

Thought O' 
The Day

“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”

  • H. Jackson Brown

June 25, 2022 - S'minion Swim Meet


Saturday,  June 25, 2022

It's camp Christmas!

Scarlet F celebrated her 8th Birthday!

Kathleen H received her Trail Boss today!

Server O' the Week was Mars H.

S'minion Swim Meet went to the Arrows with a score of 59-78.

Eat Out and Movie Night. Movie tonight was Teen Beach Movie.



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Omelettes
Bacon
Hash Browns

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Cranberry salad
Roasted Turkey
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Cornbread Dressing
English Peas
Giblet gravy
Freshly Baked Rolls
Stewart Ice Cream

Dinner

Caesar salad with chicken
Pancakes
Bacon

Thought O' 
The Day

“The kids who ask WHY are the ones who are going to change the world.”

Neal Thompson

June 24, 2022 - Olympic Field Day


Friday,  June 24, 2022

Today we had our Olympic Field Day! The campers had so much fun running, competing, and spending time together. The sisterhoods started their days off with a pajama pep rally to get them excited for the day to begin. The campers were decked out in USA gear, gold medals, and more as they headed to flag. After breakfast and many reminders to drink water, the sisterhoods headed to their meeting spots to begin their cheers. Once they lined up, and the sisterhoods sang their “We love you” songs to each other, it was time for the day to begin! Each sisterhood said the sportsmanship prayer, and we headed to warm up before the campers began their running races. The running events went in order of division, so our Minions were up first! The Minions and Sophomores competed in the 25 and 50 meter races, the Juniors in the 50 and 75 meters, the Seniors in the 75 and 100 meters, and the Teens in the 100 meters with one round of the 400m dash!

After each division ran, we had a long water break before Cat and Mouse to cool down. Cat and Mouse was a nail biter! The Crossed Arrows won the first round out of three, and the Thunderbirds swept the next two! After the Thunderbirds cheered for their victory, the SWC and PWC War Canoe teams gathered to prepare for Tug O’ War. We also had a close one with Tug O’ War with PWC winning the first round out of three, and SWC winning the next two. With SWC celebrating, we headed to lunch and extended siesta! After siesta, we had the SWC vs PWC dodgeball game first up, which went to PWC. While that was going on, the Juniors competed in Mat Ball, which went to the Thunderbirds. The next round was Senior/Teen dodgeball and S’Minion crate ball, which both went to the Crossed Arrows. After each division played their game, we headed to the waterfront fot the War Canoe practice race.

Due to the low levels of the river this year, we opted to run the race one boat at a time. The Arrows went first, followed by the T-Birds. With a time of 58.45 to 55.48, the Arrows were the winners of the First Term  Practice War Canoe Race.

The High Point Campers for the First Term Olympic Field Day were Minion Alanna B and Catalina S, Sophomore Nati Gonzalez, Junior Emme H, Senior Kennedy C, and Teen Addie R. With a score of 497 to 534, Olympic Field Day went to the Crossed Arrows!

After dinner it was time for cabin night and teen ice cream at Jane’s! Cabin night means that the campers hang out with their cabin at night and do something as a group. Cabin night is great for bonding between bunk mates and a relaxing night. Everyone was definitely exhausted after field day so it was great that the girls were able to have a lowkey night.



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Chlle Rellenos Casserole
Papas Rancheras
Frijoles Refritos
Tortillas

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Caesar salad
Smoked Chicken
Fettucinni Alfredo
Spinach
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Boeuf Bourgignon
Au gratin potatoes
Creamed Spinach
Rolls
Dr Pepper Cake

 

Thought O' 
The Day

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them."

Chris Grosser

June 23, 2022 - Covert Ops


Thursday,  June 23, 2022

As our third week draws to a close for the first term we are loving watching both the T-Birds and Crossed Arrows grow in self-confidence, create lifetime friendships, and dare to try new things. 

Our S'minion Gymkhana might have been one of the cutest gymkhanas we have seen in a while! It was just adorable watching the sweet girls show off their newly acquired skills on the horse. The score of 60-30  was announced in favor of the Arrows, and the ribbon was given!

Tonight’s evening activity was covert ops!

This is one that the girls get to do with their big and little sisters! It is a sweet bonding time and competitive between the sisterhoods.

The girls start at the grand stand and have to run across camp to get a ticket. Once they have their ticket they have to run all the way back to opening ceremonies to turn it in.

The tricky part is that counselors are hiding all over camp and if the campers get caught they have to answer a questions and if they answer wrong they go to jail.

Overall the girls had a blast and got to bond with their sisters.

One of the most upsetting moments of the night was the big reveal that finding  a head staff member actually meant NEGATIVE points for the sisterhood! A big upset for the 4 girls who found them!  But it was all in good fun, and a good time was definitely had by everyone!

The arrows ending up winning with a score of 530-205. The ribbon will be given out tomorrow at breakfast!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage
Bagels
Cream Cheese
Lox

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Asian slaw
Beef and Broccoli
Kung pao chicken'
Stir Fried Veggies
Egg Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Muffalatta
Potato chips
Cookies

 

Thought O' 
The Day

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison

June 22, 2022 - Calendar Girls


Wednesday,  June 22, 2022

Tonight was calendar girls!

This is such a special event that we do very rarely.

Tonight found the campers and counselors laughing, running across camp and participating in “Calendar Girls”, an event conducted by our “Heart-Lites” (our Leaders in Training).  The Heart-Lites set up 12 stations around camp based on the 12 months of the year.  Each station was a photo booth for the cabin with a theme based on something from the month.  For example February had a Valentine’s Day theme, March had St. Patrick’s Day theme, August had a beach theme and December had a Christmas theme. 

While at the station each cabin group used props and posed for a cabin picture.

The Heart-Lites are taking each cabin’s collection of 12 photos and creating calendars for the campers to take home as a souvenir of their term at camp.  It was so great watching each cabin decide how to pose and plan out each picture.  We are sure you will enjoy seeing the pictures and having your child explain the evening to you.  

The best part of this event is that the girls will be given calendars that have all of these photos. These calendars are so special because it gives the campers a reminder of their fun from the summer and a keepsake later in life.



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Pancakes

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Greek salad
Hamburgers
Cheese
lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion
mustard, mayo, ketchup
French Fries
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Soup and salad bar
Carrot salad
Chicken Pot Pie
Vegetable Medley
Cherry pineapple dump cake

 

Thought O' 
The Day

"Opportunities don't happen. You create them." 

Chris Grosser

June 21, 2022 - Division Night


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

It was a normal day of TTS classes today, but the afternoon brought us lots of action!

Our junior campers had their Gymkhana this afternoon after 6th period. It was a real close one. The T-birds finished with a score of 56, while the Crossed Arrows ended with a 55.

After an Eat Out, we held division night!

The minions had lots of fun on the slip n' slide and spraying each other with water guns!

The Sophomores enjoyed Ice Cream at Janes in their pjs!

The junior division has an amazing night. They got a change to express themselves in an artistic way by painting something that they love about camp on a canvas!

The seniors had color war! They all gathered by the picnic nook in front of the adobes to prepare for the battle ahead. They used powdered chalk and threw it at one another. The girls wore a white shirt so it was so fun to see all the color on their shirt by the end of it. Once the powder ran out the girls went to the waterfront and jumped in to wash off. Overall it was a great night and the girls loved being able to be with everyone in their age group. 

The Teen division had “Vegas Night” for division night.  The campers each received $1600 in camp money to spend on different games such as High-Low, Blackjack, Roulette, and several other games.  The campers came dressed in their Vegas best which included everything from PJs to Casino attire and played the games.  At the end the cabin with the greatest average of money per camper was the winner of a Chick-Fil-A party this Friday.  The winning cabin was Adobe.



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Sausage
French Toast

Lunch

Soup and Salad Bar
Avocado hearts of palm salad
Tomato Basil Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Fries
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Baked potatoes
Butter, cheese, bacon, sour cream, Ranch dressing, chopped chicken
Oatmeal cookies

Thought O' 
The Day

“It’s okay to be brave and afraid at the same time.”
Brene Brown

June 20, 2022 - Mountain Top


Monday, June 20, 2022

Today we had our first MWF classes for our 1B campers, and they had such a great time exploring their new schedules. They got to do many activities with the other campers such as cooking, riflery, swimming, field sports, and many more!

After 6th period, the girls hurried to change into their sisterhood uniforms for the sisterhood panoramas and officer pictures. The sisterhoods each gathered to take a panoramic picture with the whole sisterhood. We love having these pictures to look back on, and it is so interesting to see how everyone changes over the years! These will be available for purchase at the end of camp!

The officers also got to take pictures with their sisterhood, and with the other sisterhood’s officers. Then they were able to take photos as sisters and with their friends. Officer pictures are a great way to remember how special it is to be an officer, and the fun that the girls have as an officer. These will also be for sale on closing day!

We are also so excited that the 1B Wayshowers for each sisterhood got to participate in the officer pictures as well. This is an amazing way for them to show off their position in the sisterhood.

After all of the pictures were done, the girls headed off to dinner in the dining hall.

After dinner, the sisterhoods gathered for the very exciting activity of Mountain Top. This was the first Mountain Top of the term for our 1B campers, and for some it was the first time ever being up on their sisterhood’s hill.

The sisterhoods shared their secrets with the new campers. This is also a special Mountain Top because each sisterhood does something called Warm Fuzzy Mountain Top. The Firelighters read a story about the importance of being kind to one another, and that you will never run out of kindness to give to people. Each camper then gets a warm fuzzy that they can choose to give to someone that they would like to make extra happy. Lots of the campers exchange warm fuzzies with their sisterhood big sisters, their cabinmates, and girls in the other sisterhoods. This is such a special tradition to us because of the important message it gives, and how it makes the girls extra happy. Many of the campers are so excited to exchange their warm fuzzies with other people, and they look forward to it each term.

When the campers got down from the hill, the sisterhoods gathered with the counselors to announce the sisters of the week for each division. Minion was Madelyn W, Sophomore was Claire P, Junior was Noel D, Senior was Delaney B, Teen was Addie R. We are so proud of these girls!

We are so grateful that our calendar lined up so that 1B was able to experience one of the best Mountain Tops as their first.

The girls gathered at the garage for milk line, then they hit the hay after a long and tiring day!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Cinnamon Rolls
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Yellow squash
Cream gravy
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Hot dogs
Chips
Cookies

Thought O' 
The Day

 “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”

Albert Einstein

June 19, 2022 - Swim Meet/Movie Night


Sunday, June 19, 2022

It’s been a busy 24 hours here at the Heart! We operated as a Saturday on this beautiful Sunday!

Our new campers attended their first TTS classes today, and at the end of morning classes, we elected our 1B Way Showers.

T-Bird Way Showers:
Minion - Andrea U
Sophomore - Lola G
Junior - Audrey S

Arrow Way Showers:
Minion - Scarlett F
Sophomore - Micaela R
Junior - Asher M
Senior - Kennedy C

Yesterday was the Senior and Teen swim meet. Every girl gave it their all and put in 100%. Each heat was different and included strokes like freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and kickboard. The competition was very close but the mighty T-Birds took first place with a score of 89 to the Arrows              72.

After the swim meet had concluded the girls enjoyed eatout with hotdogs, oreos and chips.

After the eat out the girls ran to their cabins and changed into their PJ’s and headed for the big field with their blankets, pillows and cuddly toys, as it was Movie time!!

The girls enjoyed Camp rock on the big screen under the stars and many sang along to the well known songs.

When the movie ended many campers were ready for bed after a long day of fun.

Until next time, keep safe!



Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Cinnamon Rolls
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Yellow squash
Cream gravy
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Hot dogs
Chips
Cookies

Thought O' 
The Day

 “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

June 18, 2022 - Opening Day Split Term B


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Opening day for Split 1B campers! Hello everyone!

While today is Saturday, we operated camp as if it was a Sunday! The reason for this was to allow our 1B campers to settle intros afternoon and jump right into classes tomorrow morning! 

So this morning Jane led a beautiful worship service, and our Teen campers were our Volunteer Voices to help lead us in song!

After lunch today, we received our 1B Split Term campers. It was a steady stream of arrivals from 2 until nearly 4 p.m., but everyone arrived like clockwork! Just before supper we had the Sisterhood Sorting (see details below), and the girls who drew the green Crossed Arrows bead were immediately swept up to be in the Vespers presentation. None of them could possibly have known what to do, but most of them faked it beautifully!

One of the new arrivals is today’s birthday girl, Madeline R. She got the cheers and singing  at flag ceremony and and a small cake after pizza.

“Pizza cheers” determined which division got to go first in line for pizza tonight, and as they ate, the campers learned all about the whacky schedule we have planned for tomorrow.

Crossed Arrows Vespers was a presentation made by that Sisterhood as a gift to the Thunderbird Sisterhood and the counselors. The costumes were crazy and all over the board, and the tunes were well presented. 


Powerful Sisterhood of the Thunderbird
is the royal blue and white group.

The new members are:

D, Madeline
F, Violet
H, Hunter
H, Rhylee
H, Emery
R, Addia
R, Nayeli
S, Mirjam
S, Emily
S, Aubrey
T, Sunny
U, Andrea
W, Charlie

Strong Sisterhood of the Crossed Arrows
is the kelly green and white group.

The new members are:

A, Michelle
B, Parker
C, McKenna
C, Jaylee
D, Mak
F, Claire
G, Fiona
L, Katelyn
L, Vivi
M, Peyton
M, Zoey
M, Asher
R, Madeline
R, Marijose
R, Micaela
S, Nyeema
T, Laney


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Quiche
Bacon

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Frito salad
King Ranch chicken
Corn on the cob
Lima Beans
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Tossed salad
Pizza

Thought O' 
The Day

"Change is the end result of all true learning."
Leo Buscaglia


June 17, 2022 - Split Term 1A Closing


Friday, June 17, 2022

When the words were said aloud, “Today is the last day for the Split Term girls,” a big sad sigh went up in one voice. We have gotten so attached to our two-week girls, and hate to part with them!

We had our regularly scheduled morning activities followed by some last minute packing time! During lunch we had the Naming O’ the Sisters ceremony. Each camper set to depart was recognized with an Award O’ Merit in some activity, and given her Sisterhood Heart (plus bars for returning campers), and any patches or medals for reaching skill levels.

Each Sisterhood presented awards as well.

Bribery was presented to the girls who were already re-enrolled for 2023, and tenure awards given. Three-year medallions went to Kaiya D and Avery Z, and the five-year blanket went to Lorelei P.

After lunch, those girls began a slow migration home, with farewells to their cabin mates. Lots of hugs and tears were shared!

After dinner was division night! The S’minions took their turn to tie-dye bandanas, Juniors had ice-cream at Jane’s, Seniors left their planned activity to pull a few harmless pranks on the teens while they were away at Riverhill! 

Speaking of the teens, last night the teens got to venture off of camp to a beautiful country club called River Hill. After sixth period the girls got ready in their cabins and all were anticipating the night ahead. The tool a few pictures and then it was time to go! Once they arrived they were greeted with a giant room all to themselves. Everyone was served an incredible meal varying from beef tenderloin, sushi, and veggie. Once everyone had finished the meal the girls went outside and had a photo shoot. It was an incredible night and we were so happy that the teens finally got to go back to River Hill. 

What a crazy day it has been! And tomorrow, we will be welcoming our Split B campers! We can not wait!


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Cheese Omeletes
Link Sausage
Hash Browns

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Cobb salad
Hamburgers
Cheese
lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion
mustard, mayo, ketchup
French Fries
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Caesar salad
Spaghetti Bolognese
Spinach
Italian bread
Apple crisp

Thought O' 
The Day

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” 

Aesop


June 16, 2022 - Under the Sea Field Day


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Today was Under the Sea Field Day!

Our campers started with the pajama pep rally, and they cheered with their sisterhoods to start off the day and get everyone excited for the events to come.

At the Heart for flag, the campers went all out for their costumes! There were many mermaids, ocean animals, and even some fishermen in our presence!

After breakfast, our campers gathered in their sisterhoods to do a few more cheers to put some extra excitement into their spirits. After a quick stretch and warmup, the events began!

Campers competed in Flingin’ Fishies, Octopus Legs, Jumping Jellyfish, and Carrying Nemo. A camp favorite that we do is where the Minion campers feed the Firelighter of their sisterhood Jello! It is always so fun for the Minions, Fighterlighters, and the other campers and counselors to watch.

To finish off the morning events, our teen campers competed in a dance off where they are presented with a song and have 15 minutes to prepare a dance number. This field day, the song was a remix to the song “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid. Both sisterhoods did an amazing job, and they had a variety of dance moves, kicklines, cartwheels, and even some cheerleading stunts! After each sisterhood performed, we headed to lunch where it was announced that the Crossed Arrows won the Teen Dance Off!

After the extended siesta, the divisions split up to each play a game. Our Sophomores and Minions played Crate Ball, the Juniors and Seniors played Dodgeball, and our Teens played Speedball. They had so much fun competing with the girls in their division and sisterhood!

We announced the High Point Campers who earned the most points for their sisterhood in their division.

Our Minion was Kaylani D, Sophomore Holly W, Junior Avery Jansen, Senior Kennedy L, and Teen Karoline H.

The Crossed Arrows sisterhood ended up winning this field day, and they were so excited.

After dinner, the campers and counselors ended off the day with Bunk night. They played cards, games, bonded, and sadly, our 1A campers began to pack their things.

This Under the Sea Field Day was so much fun for all campers and counselors to experience!


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Cinnamon Toast

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Greek salad
Cottage Pie
Peas and carrots
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Chicken Nuggets
Tator Tots

Thought O' 
The Day

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new."

Unknown


June 15, 2022 - Carnival


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

After dancing the night away at the Heart/Stewart Dance last night, the wake up bugle was held up for a few hours. Because of this we had breakfast in bed! Donuts were delivered to cabins along with milk, fruit, and muffins!

After sixth period was the Senior/Teen Gymkhana. There were two events held today, barrels and pole bending. All the races were close, but Arrows came away with the victory, 52-44.

All day long we have been anticipating the Carnival! It kicked off after flag lowering, with the eat-out meal including corn dogs, nachos, roasted corn, burritos, popcorn, sno-cones, and cotton candy. Not our healthiest meal, but likely highly ranked among the kids!

Everyone got into the spirit of carnical with costumes and props, from game board pieces to dressing like cards from popular games! The games and booths included a dice roll, Pin the money bag on Rich Uncle Moneybags, photo booth, pie face booth, ball toss, basketball shootout, penny pitch, milk jug toss, cakewalk, bozo-style bucket toss, face painting, fortune telling, and so much more!

At each booth, campers can earn tickets, and place them in the boxes representing grand prizes. At the end of the night, one ticket will be drawn from each box and the winning camper receives the designated award or privilege. It’s always something super.

Sweets - Lauren S.
Lead Songs - Claire P
Sisterhood T-Shirt - Gauri V
Picnic for Table - Hailey G
Movie for Cabin - Ella S
Dessert for Table - Elly M
Choice of Movie Candy - Jojo M
Sisterhood Bundle - Emma H
Amy-lee for the Day - Delaney B
Hattie for the Day - Alana B
Carole for the Day - Emmylou V
Carrie for the Day - Brynne G


A Word from
Amylee N.

Hey Folks!
Hope y’all are keeping well. It’s hard to believe that the first week of camp is over, and what a week it’s been. We have so many exciting activities coming up this week and I'm certain the girls will be writing home to tell you all about them.

Last night we had many excited campers as the girls waited eagerly after dinner to
meet their brothers at the Heart/Stewart dance, which was held this term here at The Heart. All campers had the time of their lives dancing on the tennis courts beneath
the stunning Texas stars. The campers and staff were all treated to delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by the amazing Chef Orson and his team.

In all, over 450 cookies were enjoyed last night with not a single one left by the end of the night. The week has begun amazingly and undoubtedly going to get better with carnival and field day in the coming days. Until next time, keep safe!

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Various breakfast bars
Kolaches
Fruit
Milk
Juice

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Beet and goat cheese salad
Roasted Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Medley
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Corn Dogs
Burittos
Roasted Corn
Watermelon

Thought O' 
The Day

"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr Seuss


June 14, 2022 - Stewart Dance



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

This morning, Agarita and Buckeye’s laundry went out, and tomorrow will be CFC. We will rotate through the camp on Monday through Saturday for the rest of the First Term.

Morning classes were held on a normal schedule, but afternoon classes were shortened just a little to allow time for the girls to get ready.

Tonight after supper was the Masquerade camp dance. There is a lot of anticipation because this year the boys from Stewart were back. Screams from all over camp could be heard when the Stewart buses pulled through the gates. Many of the dances had almost full participation, especially the line dances. And of course the outfits were fabulous --the dresses and other outfits were truly lovely. Sometime I’m shocked that the kids I normally see in shorts and T-shirts can so quickly transform themselves into young ladies.

Hope your bedtime is as welcome and peaceful as ours!

A Word from
Hattie J.

Under the Sea Field Day is quickly approaching this week! The sisterhoods will be competing in a series of games in order to earn sisterhood points to win Field Day. The girls will be competing in games such as a water balloon toss, a three legged race, and a camp favorite- water buckets! Water buckets is a form of musical chairs, but instead of a chair there is a tub of water and the Heart LITes have them do different movements to walk around the circle. Each division will also compete in a game such as crate ball, dodgeball, and speed ball. Field Day is a camper and counselor favorite because of the costumes, competition, and comradery between friends!

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
French Toast

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Cobb Salad
Dr Pepper pork
Mimi's slaw
Hominy with chilis
Peach cobbler

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Greek salad
Chili Mac
Corn on the cob
Broccoli
Cornbread
Banana puddin'

Breakfast

Various breakfast bars
Kolaches
Fruit
Milk
Juice

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Beet and goat cheese salad
Roasted Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Vegetable Medley
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Corn Dogs
Burittos
Roasted Corn
Watermelon

Thought O' 
The Day

"The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes


June 13, 2022 - Mountain Top



Monday, June 13, 2022

Today was Grey L’s 14th birthday!

Camp is in full swing, and girls are achieving new ranks in their activities. Gill and Amylee both report high achievement counts flowing in for girls of all ages!

Excitement loomed large all day because Big Sisters would be revealed at last on the Mountaintops. Many Littles were confident that they had figured out who their corresponding Bigs were, and one even hedged her bets by claiming that she had at least THREE Bigs. Ha!

One fun fact was that each "lil sister" had been secretly assigned to a table that had them sitting with their "big sis" which made for a fun surprise during the reveal!

Tonight after Mountain Top, Sisters O' the Week were  announced. 
Minion - Ivy M
Sophomore - Faye S
Junior - Casey M
Senior - Sophia P
Teen - Jada B
LITe - Maggie G
Counselor - Sydney L

A Word from
Carrie C.

As of today The Heart has introduced a mascot for this summer on our social media. The beloved mascot is an adorable teddy bear named Frederick. He is the cutest thing you have ever seen and even wears a Heart T-shirt. Frederick has only just begun his adventure but will certainly serve many purposes in camp. Other than the obvious of simply being adorable Fredrick will be traveling all around camp in hopes of bringing a smile to our sweet campers. The campers that are homesick will be able to see Frederick and give him a hug to brighten up their day. It truly is no question that no matter the day you are having, once you see Fredefrick your day will brighten. For everyone not at camp the new mascot will serve as a way to see into the day to day life on camp. On our social media we will post him traveling to different classes so y’all are able to see live updates on all that is going on. We hope y’all are all as excited as we are for Frederick to start his adventure around camp. 


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Link Sausage
Toast and Jelly

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Tomato,watermelon feta salad
Fried pork chops
Fresh Squash
Fried Okra
Lima beans
Cornbread
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Tomato, onion, cucumber salad
Fish Tacos
Rice
Black beans
Sopapillas

Thought O' 
The Day

“You learn something every day if you pay attention.”
Ray LeBlond


June 12, 2022 - Sunday Funday

Sunday, June 12, 2022

We love our Sundays! The bugle blows an hour later than usual, and campers with their cabins are allowed to amble into the buffet breakfast in their pajamas. The morning is leisurely (except that today, cabin photos were scheduled, and some groups had to get moving and into uniforms early). We will provide every camper with an 8x10 of their cabin photos taken today, at the end of the term. Older campers may recall the favorite red frames which are no longer made. We are so sorry to not be able to offer this option any more.

All-faith worship took place afterward at Cypress Hollow. The Volunteer Voices sang several numbers so beautifully that many people commented on how beautiful it was, and one counselor admitted to even tearing up! Our speaker this week was Kelly Calcote and her message was about building a foundation. She cited the Teens as people who set the foundation for the spirit of The Heart – friendship, leadership, taking care of others.

Lunch was the old Southern traditional fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad bar, rolls, and ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert. We sang our favorite “Sunday songs” accompanied by the guitar playing of Brynne G, Kathleen H, Dany G and me.

Extended siesta was held afterward, then seminar day activities, including free swim, riflery challenges, archery, arts and crafts, a trail ride, and more.

Pizza on the Grand Patio is our Sunday supper tradition. Afterward, the counselors donned their costumes for the presentation of vespers, along the theme of the friendship.

We did additional quiet singing on the bank of the Guadalupe River, and the last moment we just sat in silence and listened to the frogs, crickets and night birds.



A Word from
Carrie C.

Today is the first camp Sunday. Last Sunday we pretended like it was a Saturday so everyone was very excited to finally have the loved Sunday schedule. Throughout the week both counselors and campers are having so much fun in their activities that they can easily get caught up in the moment and forget to take a break. The Sunday schedule allows for everyone on camp to have a day of rest. In the morning breakfast is a buffet so kids can sleep in and show up once they are ready for the day. After breakfast normally the campers would have free time but today they took their cabin photos and then free time. During this time many campers either rest or hang out with their friends and counselor. At 11:00 worship by the river begins. This time of worship allows the campers to be gathered together and hear a message that was given today by one of our own Kelly Calcote. The message allows the campers to think on a deeper level about all that camp has to offer. After worship concludes it is time for lunch which on Sunday’ is always mashed potatoes, green beans, and fried chicken. Then the campers go straight to their cabin and have an extended siesta. When it is time for snack the campers wake up and for the rest of the afternoon have the freedom to go to a variety of activities or to rest. The activities offered on this particular Sunday are Riflery, Free Swim, Archery, Dodgeball, Pottery, Arts and Crafts, and Backyard games. After the activities it is time for everyone’s favorite part of the day… Pizza Cheers. Throughout the week each division has worked as a team in hopes of their cheer being selected so they can go first in line for pizza. Once everyone has eaten the Evening activity begins which is Vespers. Today the vespers are Counselor Vespers. The counselors will dress up and sing songs to the Campers to end the night. The campers love vespers and always get a laugh at seeing their counselors being goofy while singing the songs. Overall Sunday is one of the best days at camp and allows for everyone to have a fun day while still resting in preparation for the week ahead. 

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Cinnamon Rolls

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Gravy
Homemade Rolls
Stewart Ice Cream

Dinner

Tossed Salad
Pizza

Thought O' 
The Day

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

Benjamin Franklin


June 11, 2022 - Movie Night

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Today our TTS classes met. And two of our sweet campers celebrated their birthday! Claire M and Emma F were both celebrated in the dining hall at lunch today with cake and singing!

At the end of sixth period was the Junior swim meet, our first competitive event of the term. It was a lot of fun, and several of the races were very close. The final score favored the T-Birds , 48-46. The meet was such a close one!

The winning Sisterhood received a turquoise ribbon for their new Sisterhood guidon, which is carried by the Fire Lighter. Different competitive events will be represented by different colors of ribbon, and the Fire Lighters will take their O rings home at the end of the term.

Campers ate out on the lawn this evening, which is always fun. Eat with your friends around you, big circle, very relaxed.

After eat out the kids rushed to get into their pajamas and claim the “best” spot for move night. The movie tonight was the Little Mermaid in honor of the under the sea field day. The kids were so excited to watch the movie and of course for the movie night treats. The campers gathered under the stars and had a great time at the first movie night of the term. 

Tonight our seniors visited Point Theatre in Ingram! They got to enjoy the play “Rumors” together while getting to watch the sunset and eat popcorn. It was a great way for the seniors to spend time together as a division with this unique experience from the other campers!

We can not believe that it has already been a week. 



A Word from
Carole R.

Last night we had division night.  Our Minion division met with their counselors and Lollie and read a book about butterflies and painted butterflies based on the story.  The sophomore division and their counselors met with Carole on the Pickleball Court for games.  The games included the Great Toilet Paper Cabin Wrap, Hula-Hoop Rock Paper Scissors, Connect 4 Race and much more.  The girls especially loved their impromptu game of “Little Sally Walker”.  The Junior division went to the waterfront for Water Chicken Fights. The results were one giant tie.  Te juniors returned to their cabins wet and laughing.  The Senior division went to Jane’s for ice cream.  They looked very cute wearing their PJ’s and making the best ice cream dish they could.  Our Teen division tie-dyed Heart O’ the Hills bandannas.  Today the bandannas are drying and we can’t wait to see the final product.  First term is moving along and everyone is busy and having a great time.


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Waffles
Strawberries
Whipped Cream
Bacon

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Pasta salad
Salisbury Steak
Rice
Peas and Carrots
Gravy
Homemade Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Sloppy Joes
Chips
Cookies

Thought O' 
The Day

"The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes


June 10, 2022 - Glow Night

Thursday, June 10, 2022

This morning started very early for some, but not too quickly for anyone! The campers awoke at their respective campsites, and made their way back to their cabins, gear in tow. Some fell straight into the softness of their beds, others hit the showers.

The far flung Teens, were back by 12:15 after having a great time at Mo Ranch. Carole says the girls had a blast!

Our class schedule resumed just before lunch, with some minor adjustments! Juniors still had their horseback class, and Sophomores and Seniors had their Swim classes, but everyone else attended a modified schedule by the different divisions. These activities included Dodgeball, Volleyball, Arts & Crafts and more.

Today we held a much needed extended siesta! Just to give the girls a little extra rest after overnight!

We resumed regular scheduled classes after siesta! And the girls seemed a little more rested after that extended rest hour.

In preparation for glow night the campers showed up to flag and dinner dressed in bright colors and glow sticks all around.

Following dinner the Minions went to Ice Cream at Mesa Manner. All dressed in their pajamas our sweet minions had an evening full of ice cream and quality time, while touring Mesa Manner.

The rest of the camp participated in Glow Night. This night was a night of fun and laughter. The girls dressed in bright clothing and were decked out in their glow attire! A glow stick hunt ensued, in hopes to win some fun prizes.  Following the glow stick hunt all campers returned to the village to continue the fun of the night. When they walked into the village they were greeted with a disco dance party. The village had been transformed into a glowing experience. The girls had a great time dancing and singing with their friends. To end the night there was a raffle and four girls won a glow in the dark laundry bag. After the raffle the girls were sent to their cabins for a well deserving early night in hopes of getting a full nights sleep after over night.



A Word from
Carole R.

On June 8 the Teen Division and the Heart-Lites took an overnight trip to Mo-Ranch on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River.  The afternoon started with the campers and counselors participating in the high ropes course.  Many of the girls showed extreme courage as they climbed the elements (while being belayed by the Mo-Ranch professional staff).  They walked the plank and crossed the Burma bridge, traversed the “Heebie-Jeebie”, and leaped for a trapeze from the Mo Pole.  After the ropes course they gathered at the swimming pool for an afternoon swim, complete with a cannonball contest.  They returned to the Mo-Ranch campgrounds and selected their sleeping site either in a cabin, hammock, or under the stars.  Dinner was cooked on the bar-b-que pit, followed by lots of laughter and catching up with one another.  The next morning the girls went to the river and swam, jumped off the rope swing and rode a sled down the giant slide into the river.  We all returned to Heart O’ the Hills safe and tired.   It was a great overnight.


Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit
Pop Tarts
Breakfast bars
Juice boxes

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Macaroni salad
Meat Loaf
Roasted New Potatoes
Green Beans
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Salad
Chicken nuggets
Sweet potato fries
Caramel squares

Thought O' 
The Day

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

Franklin D. Roosevelt


June 8, 2022 - Overnight

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

The morning at least was a normal day! 

This afternoon we had extended siesta, but part of that time, the girls spent getting packed and prepped for their overnight tonight.

Once upon a time, the divisions took turns going on overnight campouts. It was always a world class hassle trying to organize activities when some of the counselors were out on the trail every single Friday. Then the light bulb came on. What if we just invest in a huge quantity of ice chests and Igloo coolers, and everyone camped out on the same evening? Duh. Easier on the kitchen staff, easier on the activity schedules—and we have plenty of acreage to use different spots for every group.

Minions spent the evening at Opening Ceremony grounds, and then had their camp out in the Sunshine Loft, Sophomores on top of Switchback Trail, Juniors at the Mountain Lion Maw, where Caballo Creek begins, and Seniors across the river from the canoe dock at our Treehouse. The Teens are camping about 30 miles away at Mo Ranch. The girls are also going to be able to take advantage of the awesome high ropes course at Mo. SO they are certain to have a blast!

So the main campground is eerily empty. I know the controlled chaos will be back soon enough, and am thankful for that.



A Word from
Hattie J.

With the excitement of opening day and the beginning of the terms comes the elections of sisterhood offices! After the Firelighter is elected on the second day of camp, this begins the process of electing the other sisterhood officers for each division. 

For each division there are a few possible spots for an office. There are Secretkeepers, which serve as a support system for their division and are there for their sisterhood and the people around them. We also have a Songleader for each division that gets to stand in the middle of the circle when cheering with the Firelighter and Sponsors and is responsible for encouraging everyone to cheer and bringing excitement to the sisterhood! We also have a Wayshower position for our split term girls, so they can also have a chance to shine and be represented in the sisterhood. Lastly, we have one set of Storytellers for each sisterhood that are responsible for many things including creating flyers of encouragement for the girls in their sisterhood before events such as swim meets, field days, and gymkhanas. They also create a book from the sisterhoods to give to the Firelighter and Sponsors, and they design and create a plaque that represents the terms accomplishments for the sisterhoods!

Now to the process of electing these outstanding girls for offices! We start at the sisterhood gathering between the end of the 4th activity and lunch. This is where campers have the chance to nominate themselves or their friends for the offices available for their division in the sisterhood. At the sisterhood gathering is also where the Firelighter announces the theme that she picked for the officer elections that night! This year for the Crossed Arrows the theme was Reach for the gold, and the Thunderbirds all gathered together in their pj’s for a pajama party!  After the nominations are done, the campers get to spend the afternoon brainstorming their speeches and planning what they are going to say to encourage their sisterhood to vote for them. Many campers who run for these offices talk about why they want to hold the office they are running for, what qualities make them a good person to fill the office, and past experiences on how a person in an office helped them throughout their time at camp.

After dinner is when each sisterhood gathers and all of the speeches and voting begins! Each candidate stands up in front of their sisterhood and gives a speech telling the sisterhood whatever their heart desires about themselves and the office they are running for. They have an amazing night as a sisterhood listening to what each of the candidates have to say about their love for their sisterhood! After this, the campers head to bed with the anticipation of the results being announced the next day.

The next day after dinner, the sisterhoods gather at Opening Ceremonies for Common Ground while the counselors gather in the village. At Opening Ceremonies is where the Sponsors announce the winners of each office to the sisterhoods. This is where the winners of each office get to put on the regalia for their specific office. Each officer gets a sash with the title of their office and a necklace. The Songleaders also get bells to add to their accessories, the Storytellers get drums, and the Wayshowers get a rain stick that adds an extra level of noise to the cheers! As the counselors approach, the officers hide behind the other campers in the sisterhood. The Firelighter of each sisterhood then announces to the counselors the winners of each office, and the officers get the chance to run down and stand in front of the camp in their regalia for the first time.

It is such an exciting time for the elected officers of each sisterhood. The counselors are also so excited for the girls in and out of their cabins that win an office. We are also so proud of each candidate that ran for an office. It takes so much courage to stand up in front of their sisterhoods, and these girls do it so bravely! It is a true accomplishment, win or lose! These offices are a way to showcase some of the outstanding girls in each of the sisterhoods!

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Chilaguiles

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Potato salad
Po' Boys
Chips
Fruit
Ice Cream
In sacks for teens, rest in dining room.

Dinner

Hot Dogs
Chips
Cookies

Thought O' 
The Day

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson


June 7, 2022 - Common Ground

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The TTS Advanced English Riders had their tryouts today and two campers made the cut: Kathleen H and Sage W.

Runoffs at division gatherings were held for both Sisterhoods. Crazy enough there were two runoffs for each Sisterhood. Those that were in the runoffs stood up in front of their Sisterhood and said their speech once again. Those in the Sisterhood then cast their secret ballots for who they thought would be the best officer.

Tonight, officers were announced at Common Ground. First with the campers only, and then with the counselors! The campers were filled with anticipation and excitement all day, waiting to see who the new officers are. The newly elected Fire Lighter called out who won each position. The officers then were presented to the counselors, wearing their sashes. While all of Common Ground is exciting, a big highlight is the Fire Lighter being able to put the regalia on for the first time. This moment is truly special, and marks the official start of the Fire Lighter and all positions in serving their Sisterhood.

Sisterhood Officers

Powerful Thunderbirds

Office

Strong Crossed Arrows

Betsy B

Minion Secret Keeper

Alanna B

Madelyn W

Minion Song Leader

Ivy M

Arah A

Minion Way Shower “A”

Kaylani D

Marlow J

Sophomore Secret Keeper

Emmy M

Imogene M

Sophomore Song Leader

Mabel G

Addison B

Sophomore Way Shower “A”

Kayia D

Vivian H

Junior Secret Keeper

Ansley B

Rachel S

Junior Song Leader

Polly P

Ava Jane L

Junior Way Shower “A”

Safford H

Emma G

Senior Secret Keeper

Delia F

Delaney B

Senior Song Leader

Brynne G

Hailey G

Teen Secret Keeper

Mia M

Avery L

Teen Song Leader

Sage W

Ella S

Story Teller

Izzy P

Kathleen H

Story Teller

Shelby G

Sophia P

Story Teller

Isabella L

Palm W

Fire Lighter

KK H

Avery W

Sponsor

Jo W

Sammy B

Sponsor

Elaine A



Coming Soon

A Word from
Carrie C.

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Hash Browns

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Crab avocado salad
Beef Stroganoff
Noodles
English peas
Candied carrots
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and Salad Bar
Frito salad
Mexican carrots
Pickled jalapenos
Enchiladas
Jeeper Beans
Mexican Rice
Pico de Gallo
Chips/Salsa
Tortillas
Jello and whipped cream

Thought O' 
The Day

“Action is the fundamental key to success."
Pablo Picasso

June 6, 2022 - Sisterhood Elections


Monday, June 6, 2022

Today was the birthday of camper Carissa S and counselor Eleanor G! They got cakes at supper and celebrated with their camp friends.

Our Quadrille team was announced today. Our elite team of riders is Delaney B, Karoline H, Sage W, Palm W, Catalina R, and Kathleen H!

We also announced the highly anticipated war canoe teams.

Tonight the Sisterhoods met to conduct election of officers. I enjoyed hearing multiple young campers rehearse their (very brief and super cute) campaign pleas. Oh so adorable! The Thunderbirds were asked to dress up in PJS. Crossed Arrows are decked out in Gold! It was fun to see all those costumes, too.


War Canoe Teams

Thunderbird War Canoe

Crossed Arrow War Canoe

Ellie B

Riley D

Delaney B

Addison D

Georgia C

Brynne G

Shari D

Riley H

Emma F

KK H

Hailey G

Isabella L

Kathleen H

Olivia L

Mary-Scott H

Mia M

Ann L

Tay M

Maddie M

Izzy P

Anna-Cate P

Catalina R

Ava P

Addie R

Sophia P

Brooke S

Ella S

Emmylou V

Palm W

Sage W


A Word from
Carrie C.

Coming Soon

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Hash Browns

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Crab avocado salad
Beef Stroganoff
Noodles
English peas
Candied carrots
Rolls
Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and Salad Bar
Frito salad
Mexican carrots
Pickled jalapenos
Enchiladas
Jeeper Beans
Mexican Rice
Pico de Gallo
Chips/Salsa
Tortillas
Jello and whipped cream

Thought O' 
The Day

“Action is the fundamental key to success."
Pablo Picasso

June 5, 2022 - Mountain Top


Sunday, June 5, 2022

First day of activities, and it was filled with fun. Even though it was Sunday, campers had a busy day as they explored their new TTS activities.

During division gatherings (normally when the Thought O’ the Day is discussed), the Sisterhoods met to nominate and hear campaign speeches of their Fire Lighter candidates. Thunderbirds had seven candidates, and Crossed Arrows had three. They were Shari D,  AnnaCate P,  Georgia C, Palm W, Hailey G, Kathleen H, and Ann L for the T-Birds, and Shelby G, Izzy P, and Karoline H for the Arrows. The thunderbirds held two runoffs.

I love the way we do elections here. Girls are nominated, give their campaign speeches to the entire Sisterhood, and are elected by secret ballot. While this sounds routine, it’s not done that way everywhere.  The other thing we do is allow all the Fire Starter candidates who are not elected, to run for another office, with those elections occurring tomorrow.

During siesta, the Powerful Thunderbirds held war canoe tryouts, and the Strong Crossed Arrows held theirs during sixth period. Tomorrow the timeframes will flip flop, and then the teams are nailed down.

This morning, nine campers woke up before 7am to head down to the barn for quadrille tryouts. That’s some dedication! The team will be announced tomorrow morning at breakfast!

Tonight each Sisterhood went up their Mountaintops for the first time. On this particular night, the new Fire Lighters will be announced. The Thunderbird Fire Lighter is Palm W, and Crossed Arrow Fire Lighter is Karoline H.



A Word from
Carole R.

Coming Soon

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Pancakes
Sausage
Scrambled Eggs

Lunch

Soup and salad bar
Angel Salad
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Cream gravy
Homemade Rolls
Stewart Ice Cream

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Greek Salad
Hamburgers
Cheese
lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion
mustard, mayo, ketchup
French Fries
Key lime tarts

 

Thought O' 
The Day

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney

June 4, 2022 - Opening Day of First Term


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Opening Day! The day that we have anxiously awaited! We are overjoyed to once again have the camp filled with campers and counselors. It is simply not the same without them.

The two charter buses were right on time, allowing a sigh of relief to the scheduling side of opening day. After arrival the campers unpacked and decorated their new home-away-from home. Once they were settled they ate lunch with their division, and proceeded to prepare for the tasks of the day.

At two the entirety of camp met for an introduction into the summer ahead. Once concluded the campers separated into divisions and completed swimming evaluations, horseback lessons if desired, and signed up for classes.

Following dinner, Opening Ceremonies were held and the legend of the Guadalupe was read. The sponsors explained the importance of the sisterhood, and one by one each new girl was called upon to draw a bead from the heart-shaped basket. Blue beads signal Sisterhood of the Thunderbird; green means Sisterhood of the Crossed Arrows. Results are below.

Taps sounded softly shortly after ten, and everyone settled into a restful sleep. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.


T-Birds:

A, Ava
A, Arah
A, Adriana
D, Noel
G, Yatziri
H, Isabela
H, Ivonne
J, Avery
K, Kensley
M, Claire
M, Isla
N, Olivia
W, Ava
W, Piper

Arrows:

A, Anne
C, Laura
D, Kaylani
F, Anna
H, Safford
H, Cara
H, Emma
K, Alyse
L, Mackenzie
M, Ivy
P, Hannah
R, Anishka
R, Annabell
R, Valeria
S, Catalina
S, Audrey


A Word from
The Heart

Some of you may have noticed that Jane was not around camp today, which is a highly unusual occurrence for her any time when camp is in session. In fact, I think she has only ever missed one other Opening Day. It is with heavy hearts that we share some sad news. Jane’s husband, Dick, unexpectedly, had a heart attack Friday night and passed away. Jane and Deen were with him at the end and they spent the day today with family and friends and support.

Please don’t mention this to your camper. Jane wants to tell them herself at lunch on Monday.

We ask that you keep them in your prayers as they navigate this tough time. If you would like to send Jane your condolences please email her at welovejane@hohcamp.com.

Today's
Menu

Breakfast

Fruit and yogurt
Hot and cold cereal
Breakfast Tacos
Refried Beans
Hashbrowns

Lunch

Po' Boys
Chips
Fruit
Cookie
Sack lunch

Dinner

Soup and salad bar
Caesar salad
Spaghetti
Broccoli
Bread sticks
Jello cake

Thought O' 
The Day

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

John D. Rockefeller