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Gratitude: GRITS Vol. 1

What if I told you there was a way to improve your health and happiness, in less than five minutes a day, for free, without getting out of bed? Would you believe me?  I know it must sound like I’m marketing some snake-oil “miracle fat-burning dietary supplement”, or trying to get you to join my Ponzi scheme, but this is …

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Why GRITS Are Good!

A decade ago, when I first started drafting a personal values statement, I was living on a friend’s couch in San Antonio. Applying for work by day and staring at the ceiling, anxiously awaiting sleep, by night. After spending the better part of two years of being underpaid, underfed, and on the brink of homelessness, despair was sinking in. I …

Inspiration abounds! and Spring Reading

What a wealth of inspiration we have acquired! Monique, Katie and I have spent several weeks (each) at conferences and training events over the last three months. Our training has taken us to Michigan, Boulder Colorado, Nashville and Marble Falls Texas! They have been hosted by CampMinder, The Summer Camp Society, CODA (Camp Owners and Directors Association), EPIC (Emerging Professionals …

Father Don Cowie, July 14, 1929 – Nov. 8, 2018

Father Don Cowie, SM has gone to his heavenly reward.  Almost made It to 90! We will miss him dearly. Father Don celebrated Catholic mass with our Heart O’ the Hills campers and counselors—and those of many other camps up and down our river, including Camp Stewart—every summer from 1976 through 2018. For the first many summers, he lived in St. Louis …

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Camp is officially underway!

Y’all. Opening Day has come and gone just like that. Can you believe it!? Opening Ceremonies brought new Shawnees and Pawnees into their tribes, causing sisterhoods to cultivate and grow! The past couple days have been wonderful having the girls back at camp! The hills are alive with tribe love, the sun shines a tad bit brighter, and camp FINALLY …

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What is a camp nurse?

All of my nursing career I wanted to experience life as a camp nurse.  I finally got my chance last summer at Heart O’ the Hills.  I arrived with all of the items on my supply list that Jane emailed me and a whole lot of courage.  See, I am personally the mother of two teenage daughters so I knew …

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10 skills you will learn at camp…!

10 Skills campers will learn at camp–unless you teach them first! I remember when a former camper picked up her six-year-old daughter from her first four-week camp experience and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness! I just realized that I had never taught her to shower!” Here are 10 skills campers will learn at camp–unless you teach them first (and believe me, …

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A wonderful little job called sponsor <3

Sponsors: two young leaders of each tribe with enormous responsibility, patience, and strength.  That’s what we believe anyway! Being a tribe sponsor is an incredible opportunity and responsibility, because she is someone that each girl in the tribe looks up to. Sponsors work tirelessly to make sure that not only their tepee is taken care of, but their tribe as …

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What is my inspiration? –Kaisha B.

What is My Inspiration at Heart O’ the Hills? There are many reasons that make Heart O’ the Hills a special paradise, but going to a new place or visiting an old place definitely has perks that can inspire you to be a better you. We often become inspired by acts, people and places, but inspiration to each and every …