Deep in the Hilly Texan Heart

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’ve got the itch, here at Everything Summer Camp, to spread the word about the awesome camps with whom we’ve formed tight bonds and relationships. It should come as no surprise to our readers of the camp community that we love these camps so much—we work with over 270 of them! And today we’re spotlighting a beautiful Texas camp—Heart O’ the Hills All Girls Camp!Heart O' the Hills is in the Heart of Texas Hill Country!Founded in 1953, Heart O’ the Hills sits on the Guadalupe River’s South Fork in Hunt, Texas, at the heart the beautiful Texan Hill Country. Each summer, for well over 50 years, Heart O’ the Hills has shown more than 150 young women the time of their lives.
Go horseriding at Heart O' the Hills!
Girls who find themselves at Heart O’ the Hills are treated to two to four weeks of engaging and exciting activities such as Western Horseback Riding, Red Cross Swimming Instruction, Archery, Riflery, Tennis, Cooking, Fencing, Climbing, Video, Wilderness Survival, as well as a great range of individual and team sports.

Through the power of friendship and teamwork, Kitty Magee—the previous director of the neighboring Camp Mystic—reluctantly took the job as Heart O’ the Hills Camp Director. Despite her experience, Kitty was reluctant because now she had a five-year-old daughter and a family life to maintain. Have a blast at Heart O' the Hill!But she couldn’t let her community down and rose to the challenge anyway.

Heart O’ the Hills campers are assigned to cabins or ‘tepees’—as they’re called at the camp. The youngest campers stay in smaller tepees that typically house five campers and a cabin leader while the older campers live in groups of 12 with four cabin leaders as well. Heart O’ the Hills tepees all have a bathroom and a sizable closet. Each tepee is named after a flower or tree that’s a Texas native.

If Heart O’ the Hills sounds like a great camp choice for you, give it a closer look and visit their weGet acquainted with the camp layout with this map.bsite by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

It’s a Valley. It’s a Ranch. It’s the Teton Valley Ranch Camp!

Hey, Summer Camp Folks!

Thanks for returning to check out yet another installment in our Summer Camp Spotlight Blog posts in which we feature one of the amazing summer camps who work closely with us, here at Everything Summer Camp. Proud to have formed a strong relationship the Teton Valley Ranch Camp, we’re happy to shine our spotlight on them today. Check it out to see how it might fit for your family’s summer camp experience. Peek into the world of Teton Valley Ranch!Welcome to the Ranch.This camp’s history goes back to 1939 when its founder, Wendell Wilson found the land to start up a summer camp in Kelly, Wyoming. Thriving well into the 1990s, the summer life was good until hard financial times hit the country in 2000 and the Wilson family decided they would have to sell the ranch.

The love for the camp, however, saw it reborn with the involvement of alumni and friends of all the camp families closely affiliated with Teton Valley. By 2002, the Teton Valley Ranch Riding is a lifestyle at Teton Valley Ranch.Camp was back in operation at its new home in Dubois Wyoming, less than 100 miles from the original site.

Fun things are happening all summer long at Teton Valley Ranch. Things like horseback riding, riflery, archery, lapidary, gymkhana roping, and nature discovery. Have fun creating things in the Craftshop or enjoy some time at the waterfront. You can learn fly fishing or go for a dip yourself. With many other activities and special events, there’s never a dull moment at camp! Teton Valley Ranch campers are also treated to a backpacking trip and horse ride through some of the country’s most beautiful national forests.
Beautiful, rustic buildings compliment the natural surroundings.
Campers are divided into Adventure Groups at Teton Valley Ranch starting with Yearlings, then Rough Riders, followed by Top Hands, followed by Wranglers, and, lastly, the Trailblazers. Your camper’s Group is decided by a combination of age as well as experience at the ranch. Each Adventure Group is made up of a few cabins, making up a small, supportive community for your camper.

Give your kid the opportunity to grow, make friends, and have a blast next summer! You can check out the Teton Valley Ranch Camp website for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!
Beautiful landscapes are all around you at Teton Valley Ranch Camp.

- John

Timberlake and Merri-Mac (bro and sis camps)

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

We work with so many camps—over 270 to give you an idea—that it’s nice to devote some time for singing their praises. That’s why we like to spotlight these camps on our Blog to try and get the word out to families who might yet be looking for the right summer camp for their son or daughter. Today, we’re shining our spotlight on the boys camp in North Carolina, Timberlake Camp and their sister camp, Camp Merri-Mac.A fun place for a summer, check out Timbrerlake Camp for yourself.

Located on the same property in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the boys and girls camp are high up in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains where summer stays create lifelong memories. 15 miles east of Asheville, Timberlake and Merri-Mac are encircled by the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains and much of the bordering land lies within the Pisgah National Forest.

Lots of fun activities are offered at Timberlake Camp . Boys can soak in the fun on their waterfronts with Canoeing, Fly-Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming, or Waterskiing. And they have fun on the land with Archery, Backpacking, Climbing, Fencing, Mountain Biking, Paintball, Pottery, Riding, Riflery, Rocketry, Ropes Course, Soccer, Tennis, Trips, Wrestling, and more. There are also Tribes into which all campers are initiated and participate for in the Tribal Events.

Lots of fun is waiting to be had at Timberlake Camp.Timberlake campers are placed in cabins based on their grade in school. Boasting seven rustic cabins, they are all different at Timberlake—from big to small, accompanied by two to five cabin leaders. Each cabin observes its own traditions, providing its own attitude and environment to the campers.

You’d be lucky if you get the opportunity to attend Timberlake Camp . You can take a closer look at it by clicking here and read about Camp Merri-Mac in our previous Blog post right here. Look into these camps to see if they may be right for your budding camper and, as always, thanks for reading!This camp has a crazy amount of fun each and every summer!

- John

Lounge a Little at Laity Lodge

Hey, Summer Camp Folks!

We’re back today to feature yet another one of the amazing summer camps with whom we’re delighted to have formed a strong relationship. Laity Lodge Youth Camp is an awesome place for your soon-to-be-camper. Check it out to see how it might fit for yEscape to Laity this summer!our family’s summer camp experience on today’s Blog post. Dive into the world of Laity Lodge!

Found in Hill Country’s most fantastic canyon with the Frio River, Laity Lodge is known for its excellent hospitality on their exceptional 1900-acre ranch, 13 miles north of Leakey, Texas. Beauty surrounds in this natural environment that’s ripe for adventure, games, activities, and the kind of serenity that you can only experience at this level of remote seclusion.

The Blue Hole on the Frio River is a gorgeous summer hangout!Have fun in the Frio River kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and more at Laity Lodge’s awesome waterfront. Go mountain biking, try the zip line, rock climb, and sharpen your arts and crafts skills. Laity Lodge offers tons of other activities like shooting sports, field sports, sword-fighting for the boys, nail-painting for the girls, and so much more than just that.

On top of these traditional activities, campers have lots of wild times with their cabin mates or “home groups”. They engage in friendly fights as in organized food fights, shaving cream fights, water balloon fights, and a number of other crazy battles. Quality time together brings cabin mates close together and helps create unbreakable bonds between campers.

Laity Lodge has been showing summer campers the time of their lives for 56 years and they continue to do an amazing job every summer season. You can look into this amazing camp even closer on their website by clicking here. Good luck on your summer camp search for the right camp for your camper and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Families!
Laity Lodge boasts a lovely landscape.

- John

Camp Tockwogh is Where it’s At in the Summer!

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

At Everything Summer Camp, since we work with more than 270 camps, we love to pick one regularly to spotlight and sing their praises here on our Blog. So far, we’ve featureCamp Tockwogh is a fun filled summer experience.d more than 50 of those great camps and we aren’t stopping any time soon. Take this virtual tour of Camp Tockwogh in Maryland so you can learn all about this fantastic YMCA Camp!

Tockwogh opened its doors to summer campers in 1946 and—now, throughout the years—the Tockwogh summer camp staffers have loved every minute of the experience. This remote, east coast summer camp is situated on 309 well-maintained acres that stretch across one-and-a-half miles of the shoreline on Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay offers the best waterfront for fun activities like sailing, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, and more. ALife on the water is a big part of summer fun at Camp Tockwogh.nd they also have a pool for water sports and swimming. On land, Tockwogh offers cool activities like archery, mountain biking, horseback riding, and outdoor education. Find a plethora of sports like soccer, softball, volleyball, flag football, lacrosse, basketball, dogdeball, and so much more.

And Camp Tockwogh operates under the philosophy that “A good camp should have something for every kid.” And so they do. On top of all their active activities, they also offer lots of options in the fine arts such as learning guitar, drawing, creative writing, photography, or painting. There are also performing arts offered like dance, drama, and cooking.
Tockwogh campers are like family.Campers are broken down into smaller villages by grade for housing and activities during their stay. The rustic cabins are complimentary of the natural surroundings of the campgrounds as well as more than accommodating for each camper who lives there and the cabin leader who lives there too.

You can get even more info on Camp Tockwogh by clicking here and checking out their website for yourself. Maybe you’ll find the camp for your kid when next summer rolls around. Good luck and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Hayo-Went…huh?

Hey, Camp Folks!

We work with more than 270 summer camps here at Everything Summer Camp and Camp Hayo-Went-Ha is one of them. Happy to feature them on the Blog today, we’re fixing our summer camp spotlight a rough 400 miles to the east of our own hometown in Boyd, Wisconsin, over to the state next to us across the beautiful Great Lake Michigan.Awesome times at Hayo-Went-Ha.

The YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha hosts a girls camp and a boys camp that are located in two different, but nearby locations. The boys camp sits on 600 acres 35 miles northeast of Traverse City while their sister camp, Camp Arbutus, boasts 80 acres 10 miles southeast of Traverse City. Both locations offer a breathtaking landscapes and the feeling of isolation from the rest of the hustle-bustle world.
Climb high at Hayo-Went-Ha.
The boys camp site at Hayo-Went-Ha is the oldest camp to stay on the same site as it’s done so for 110 years! In that time, boys have had fun participating in such activities as all sorts of sports canoeing, hiking, and biking. They have a 50’ climbing tower as well as a two-story 36’ ropes course and zipline. SCUBA lessons are offered as well as fun of all sorts in the water, plus many other fun things!

The girls at Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha have lots of similar activities like sports such as basketball, socceHappy trails on horseback at Hayo-Went-Ha!r, and tennis. They offer a 38’ ropes course and a 38’ climbing tower. They offer a prided Equestrian program in which campers can ride the lengthy trails of the campgrounds. With a plethora of water activities such as sailing, canoeing, and kayaking along with indoor activities like drama, dance, arts and crafts, and much, much more.

Both brother and sister camps offer accommodating cabins for a good night’s sleep where cabin leaders sleep at night as well so that, even at night, campers have some kind of supervision. You can look into Camp Hayo-Went-Ha for your son or daughter right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!

- John

High Rocks Camp for Boys

Hey, Happy Summer Camp Hunters!

If you’re looking for a summer camp in the western North Carolina region, check out High Rocks Camp for Boys. Located among a thousand acres of camp-owned mountain woodland and boasting an 11 acre lake, this camp has been introducing young men to a clear understanding of community, adventure, leadership, and independence for nearly 60 years—since 1958.
You can bike aas long as you like at High Rocks Camp for Boys.
Featuring a number of streams, awe-inspiring rocky outcrops, granite balds, and jaw-dropping views from an elevation of three thousand feet. High Rocks Camp borders the DuPont North Carolina State Forest which is a 10,000 acre playground of forest, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful biking trails this country has.

The private, eleven-acre High Rock Lake offers a perfect waterfront for swimming, canoeing, kayaking—they even offer sailing. Find endless trails of beautiful nature to hike or ride horseback or mountain bike through. High Rocks has constructed 5 Appalachian Trail-style shelters that make for perfect overnight pit stops or short backpacking trips for young campers.

Get ready for awesome activities like a three-day hike, a canoe trip, or going rock climbing. Outdoor courts are ready for tenniYou'll make tons of fiends in little time at summer camp.s matches as well as basketball and volleyball games and the athletic fields are begging you to play soccer. Get skilled in other fun activities like Disc Golf, Ping Pong, Foosball, Ultimate Frisbee, Rope Swing, Ga-Ga Ball, and much, much more!

There are five to six campers accompanied by a cabin leader in each cabin. A camper and his cabin mates form an essential bond that create a happy camp experience and cabin leaders at High Rocks direct a great amount of effort toward developing their cabin group into an effective unit whose members offer each other support and understanding.

If High Rocks Camp for Boys sounds like a great fit for your summer camper, get an even better look into camp life on their website by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading!Get ready for hikes on High Rocks days at camp!

- John

Blue Ridge Brother and Sister

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re shining our Everything Summer Camp summer camp spotlight on a quality brother/sister camp, very much deserving of a feature—today we’re taking a look into the world of Camp Ridgecrest for boys as well as Camp Crestridge for girls, situated up high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Basking in the charm of the summer season, Western North CaroRidgecrest Camps are a great place for boys and girls.lina’s climate tends to see warmer temperatures that rarely exceed the mid-80’s—perfect for fun outdoor activities and incredible trips through the beautiful wilderness. Both Ridgecrest and Crestridge are treated to their own private lakes, awesome facilities, and comfortable cabins.

From Bedlam Ball (soccer with eight goals) at Ridgecrest to the Night of Chaos (a race of organized mess of chaotic events) at Crestridge, there is an incredible amount of fun waiting for you at these camps.

The camps have many shared activities like Archery, Riflery, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Horesback Riding, Guitar, and Crafts. The camps also offer exclusive activities like Sewing, Gymnastics, and Needlework at Crestridge as well as Chess, Paintball, and Rocketry at Ridgecrest. And both camps come together to participate in Carnival—giant, inflatable rides and games of skill where you can win awesome prizes for your cabin.
Crestridge is a great place to camp.
Each camp has their own welcoming and atmospheric dining hall and both campgrounds have cool, rustic buildings, fun facilities, and accommodating cabins. Crestridge campers are provided with the luxury of internal bath amenities while the boys at Ridgecrest use the private cabin bathhouses complete with shower stalls, toilets, urinals, and sinks.

Growing opportunities and great fun are happening each and every summer at Ridgecrest and Crestridge. Look in to either of these camps right here to see if they’d be a good match for your son or daughter and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Chimney Corners Camp for Girls

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Is your kid interested in camp? A great way to investigate camps for future summer seasons is to check out all of our Summer Camp Spotlight posts that we’ve published on the Blog. Browse potential camps and get a good idea of what summer stays are like at each camp when you read these posts! Today, we’ll shine the Everything Summer Camp spotlight on a great camp in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts—YMCA Chimney Corners Camp for girls.The Chimney Corners Camp for Girls is an excellent place to be.A sister camp to Camp Becket, Chimney Corners Camp was founded in 1931 by the loving couple Ina and Henry Gibson. These two had reached the juncture in their lives where the relief of retirement was on the horizon. In preparation for the upcoming stage, the couple came across a promising piece of property. Its main feature was a building that was falling apart around an old chimney.
I wouldn't want to mess with these girls.
Seeing its potential, the Gibsons thought to themselves that this could be the site for a summer camp for girls. They fell in love with the idea and received awesome help and support from the folks at the nearby camp—Camp Becket!

Like their brother camp, there’s a lot going on at Chimney Corners Camp. Choose from fun camp activities like Softball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, High/Low Ropes Course, Nature Outings, Outdoor Living Skills, and a plethora of Creative Arts like Photography, Woodshop, Music, Drama!

Two cabin leaders stay in the rustic but cozy cabins of Chimney Corners with 8 to 9 campers of the same age and grade in each cabin. Campers get a taste of simpler living with no electricity or indoor bathrooms. Cabins glow with flashlights and lanterns after sundown and each camper gets her own cubby as well as some shared space underneath the bunk and in a closet.This beautiful dining hall sets a great environment for meal times.

Standing for over a decade, the Chimney Corners Dining Hall gathers the entire camp at mealtimes and gives them all one roof under which to eat. Cabin leaders and cabin mates sit together during mealtimes. Have your daughter experience the family and fun at Chimney Corners Camp and check out their website for more details. As always, thanks for reading, llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllCamp Fans!

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Spend Summer on the Catalina Islands!

Hey, Camp People!

We can’t talk enough about all the excellent summer camps with whom we’ve developed great relationships. That’s why we post about them as often as we can and, toCatalina Island Camps is a great camp for girls.day, we’re swinging our Everything Summer Camp spotlight over to the West Coast to one of these amazing camps. Focusing our attention about 20 miles off the Southern California coast, let’s take a good look at Catalina Island Camps

Bound by glorious views and graced by ocean breezes, Catalina Island Camps is settled on Howlands Landing, a private cove downwind of the beautiful Catalina Island. Initially a boys camp when it was first founded in 1922, this camp has been open to girls as well now since the 70’s.

There are awesome water activities at Catalina IslaLots of fun goings on at the camp waterfront!nd Camps like Skin Diving, Kayaking, Sailing, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing, Knee Boarding, and Stand Up Paddleboards. And days are filled with other activities like Arts & Crafts, Archery, Riflery, Rock Wall Climbing, Ropes Course, Outdoor Cooking, Adventure Trips, and much, much more.

Catalina Island campers find a sense of belonging to the cabin group. The activities, special events, and overall cabin life are determined by the cabin groups to which campers are assigned. Through cooperationAcquaintances become BFFs at Catalina Island Camps. in activities and shared experiences, Catalina campers learn to help their fellow cabin mates and develop friendships with one another. There is a cabin leader and an activity instructor living with typically ten campers in each cabin.

Boasting beautiful campgrounds and a lovely campus, campers believe Catalina Island Camps to be heaven on earth. Here, campers take their first steps toward a stage of maturity and self-reliance. Check out Catalina Island Camps for yourself right here if it sounds like a good camp for your camper and, as always thanks for reading!

- John