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Heart Ownership Comes Full Circle

Fun fact: Doc Stewart established Camp Stewart for Boys in 1924, and Heart O’ the Hills in 1928. The ownership was soon split up. Yet a half century later, the properties came again under a single umbrella. Here is how that unfolded. Doc Stewart’s life, in mid-career, came to a horrible end in 1929. Accompanying a group of inn guests …

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A Camp is Its People

So much that makes a camp a camp is the people. Here is the story of the people who turned Heart O’ the Hills Inn into Heart O’ the Hills Camp. Heart O’ the Hills Camp was born of dual tragedies. It’s actually sort of a phoenix story, because it began when the inn burned down in November of 1947, …

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Résumé Tips for the Outstanding Camp Counselor

Hello past, present, and future counselors!  Are you wondering if a summer of fun at camp would contribute to your professional life via résumé? Wondering how to neatly display the whirlwind of your summer onto your résumé? Looking for examples? We have you covered! The tools to effectively run, and participate in, a healthy camp community are the same ones …

These kids are driving me nuts! (and what you can do about it)

What a strange new world we are living in now. Social what? Social distancing (an oxymoron!) is imperative, and yet it’s way outside of human nature for us to live remotely from one another. Humans have evolved to cleave to our clans, we long for interaction and community and connection. This is hard by nature, not to mention the challenges of …

Impromptu Extended Spring Break Extravaganza

Hey y’all! Hope everybody is happy, healthy, and primarily, safe out there! In response to our COVID-19-Induced Impromptu Extended Spring Break Extravaganza, we have compiled a list of quarantine-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained, and to make sure all our campers stay happy campers! Dig up old Halloween costumes, write skits, and perform them. Switch roles.  Practice no-trace play in …

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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 …

Happy winter solstice!

Merriam-Webster’s word of the day today is solstice. It was a good reminder that today is the winter solstice, and it is a happy occasion for me! It should come as no surprise to anyone that I LOVE CAMP. As a child, I endured school and lived for summer. It was the time of year that camp happened, with all …

3 Months ‘Till Camp

Wow – Time really flies! Only 3 months until those red gates open and camp officially begins. We’re working extra hard in the office to ensure everything is ready for Opening Day. We’re overjoyed just thinking about it! To get you ready for fun in the sun, take a look at the 2018 program calendar! Here is a link to …

Meet Katie, our new Program Director!

I’m so thrilled to be your new program director! My name is Katie Dougherty! Hello from Florida! I wanted to take this opportunity to express my joy and excitement for this upcoming year.  The support and love I’ve received already is heart-warming and I want to say a big thank you to everyone! I also want to share a little bit …