By Sierra Sekula
Summertime calls for summer fun as our kids are out of school and ready to soak up all that the season has to offer. When I was a kid, summer always included a family trip someplace, lots of time in the water and sun, a serious lack of routine and structure, and at least a week’s stay at a youth camp of some kind. No offense to my parents, but I don’t have a ton of memories of the family trips. I traveled plenty of places with my family, but it’s the days I spent in a cabin, canoe, woods, and rivers that have yet to fade from my memory. I loved camp. I loved all of it. I could be shy, but by the end of the first day, I was convinced I wasn’t leaving when my parents came back at the end of the week. When my parents picked me up, I wouldn’t shut up the whole car ride home about how much I loved my cabin, the campers, the food, the activities, the trees, the water, the talent show, the friendship bracelets, the songs, the bonfire…ALL of it.
Looking back, I imagine my parents were glad I was safe and entertained while they were at work, but they truly had no idea the gift they had given me. I learned new things every summer, most importantly about myself. I didn’t expect that I would end up with so many lifelong friendships and connections. I even went back to work as a junior counselor in high school and as the healthcare director in my college days.
Camp gives your child an opportunity to grow in mind, body, and spirit and we are so fortunate to live near some of the best ones in the country. Texas is home to some incredible youth camps on some of the most beautiful land imaginable. Many have been in operation for generations and have a legacy and history unique to each of them. While this list doesn’t include every camp, it merely highlights some of the bigger names and local facilities available for you kid this year. Now is the time to book. Don’t wait to contact the camp of your choice to reserve your child a spot for some summer fun!
Mo-Ranch – Hunt
Summer Camp is a co-ed residential Christian summer camp that’s located along the north fork of the Guadalupe River in the wide-open spaces of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
His Hill- Comfort
Through weekly overnight and day camp sessions, campers enjoy traditional camp activities, engage with Christ-centered staff, and study God’s Word for the purpose of learning what it means that Christ is life. Our camp offers a unique week-long stay in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for boys and girls ages 6-18. The week is filled with activities such as canoeing, high ropes course, horseback riding, archery, riflery, and more!
Camp Honey Creek for Girls – Hunt
The purpose of Camp Honey Creek is to create a setting in which a girl is best able to develop a positive attitude toward herself and others. Through the acquisition of new skills, relationships and perspectives, her growth into adulthood is strengthened by a deeper respect and reverence for life.
Camp Stewart for Boys – Hunt
Camp Stewart’s unique setting (over 500 acres along both banks of one mile of Guadalupe River waterfront deep in the rustic Texas Hill Country) coupled with our rich history, innovative programming, and strong camper legacy provide a one-of-a-kind experience for boys to realize their individual potential as well as develop long-lasting friendships in a community with other young men from around Texas, the United States, and the world.
Heart O’ The Hills Camp for Girls – Hunt
The Heart combines a traditional camping program, engaging and knowledgeable counselors in unique and outstanding facilities. Limited camper enrollment enables everyone to be on a first-name basis, increasing the sense of a warm, caring family atmosphere.
YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow – Hunt
Camp Flaming Arrow is a year-round camping retreat in Hunt, Texas and is under ownership of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio for children ages 6–15 years old.
Vista Camps- Hunt
Welcome to Camp Rio Vista for Boys and Camp Sierra Vista for Girls in the Texas Hill Country, between Hunt and Ingram. We are two separate summer camps with one purpose — to provide a safe, wholesome, fun-filled learning experience to every boy and girl, ages 6 to 16. Vista Camps is the oldest summer camp in the Southwest. Campers from around the world have called Vista Camps “home” since 1921.
Echo Hill Ranch – Medina
Echo Hill Ranch is a summer ranch camp of about 400 acres in the Texas Hill Country. The ranch was founded in 1953 by Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and Minnie Samet Friedman. It is located south of Kerrville near Medina. Echo Hill was founded as a noncompetitive, child-centered ranch camp for boys and girls ages 6–14.
Kickapoo Camp For Girls – Kerrville
Kickapoo Kamp is a private residential girls summer camp located in the Texas Hill Country, nine miles southwest of Kerrville, Texas. Our history and our smaller size set us apart from other private girls camps. Limiting our enrollment to around 110 campers, ages 7 to 17, allows us to emphasize the “family” atmosphere we feel is so important.
Camp Chrysalis – Kerrville
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, just south of Kerrville, Camp Chrysalis has 99 acres highlighted by a beautiful bluff overlooking Turtle Creek. The air-conditioned cabins connect to a large playing field with a shaded sports court, ropes course, swimming pool, and more!
Camp Capers – Waring
Camp Capers is an Episcopal camp located in the Texas Hill Country in the Diocese of West Texas. An atmosphere of caring and acceptance pervades the camp programs of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Children, youth and adults work, play and grow together as they develop a community of trust, openness and sharing.
John Knox Ranch – Fischer
John Knox Ranch is a ministry of Mission Presbytery and is governed by the JKR Committee and the General Council of Mission Presbytery. During the summer we offer resident camp for students entering grades 2 – 12 and day camp for kids ages 4 – 8.
T Bar M Camps – New Braunfels
T Bar M is an overnight summer camps in Texas. This Texas based Christian camp for kids and teenagers who come from cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio. Located in the Texas Hill Country and outside of Austin, Texas, T Bar M offers overnight summer camps in Texas. From fun days packed with outdoor adventures, ziplining, swimming, and playing to evenings filled with worshiping God, roasting s’mores, playing games and building relationships, T Bar M is the perfect place for your child to forget about screens and schedules and experience God’s love.
Camp Longhorn – Multiple Locations
With over 25 different activities, numerous events and theme days/nights, you may wonder how it is possible to do everything that Camp Longhorn has to offer. Don’t worry! Your camper will get a chance to do every activity offered and then some!
Camp Champions – Marble Falls
Combining a traditional summer camp feel with modern amenities and world-class facilities, Camp Champions consistently ranks as one of the best overnight summer camps in Texas. Whether traversing our 6-sided rock wall, tearing up the lake on waterskis, or winding down the day at Torchlight, there is no better place to facilitate your child’s growth while also making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.