Lantern Review of Camp La Junta

The stables are busy place at Camp La Junta. This is Texas, after all, and the long tradition of riding is an important part of the culture down here. The truth is, however, that La Junta is far more than a ranch program; it’s a dynamic camp program with an exciting range of activities to choose from. Its history as a ranch program for boys has evolved into a modern traditional sleepaway camp with programs from swimming to go-carting. It’s focused on being a place that boys can come to learn values while recharging their batteries after a rigorous and hectic school year.

While the program certainly has evolved, the culture honors its roots as a ranch camp. Independence and service to others are hallmarks of the Texas way of life and these traits are fostered through a highly structured program that rewards achievement and honors kindness, compassion and perseverance. For La Junta, knowing the difference between “right and wrong” is an important outcome, but their approach is not heavy handed. Instead, it’s inclusive and subtly weaved into the culture by engaged counselors who challenge the boys to do right by each other and to work diligently and enthusiastically in their activities.

Like one might assume, a camp that harkens back to the ranch life has a certain “yee-haw” spirit. It’s fun, and just as each day might hold something new for a cowboy on the range, each day here brings exciting events and programs that help build a sense of belonging to a larger community. Daily counselor meetings with the camp directors help all of the staff keep a finger on the camp’s pulse while helping them proactively attend to any individual camper’s need. This deliberate approach allows for a certain amount of flexibility to help each camper find success in the cabin or out in camp, which develops confidence and self-esteem.

It’s interesting that as the boys reach an older age that they may find themselves learning to operate a backhoe as part of their camp activities. It’s even more interesting to see how well La Junta has adhered to its roots while becoming a more traditional summer camp. Set alongside the cypress-lined Guadalupe River, it’s a classic Texas camp. More importantly, it’s summer camp.

Fast Facts

  • Boys Only
  • 275 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week
  • Founded in 1928
  • $$

Director's Message

I’d like to thank you for your interest in Camp La Junta’s summer programs for boys. Throughout our 87 year legacy, each camper’s personal success, independence and improved self-confidence has remained our highest goal. With an environment geared toward safety, a staff prepared to support and facilities designed to enhance our program, Camp La Junta is proud to offer outstanding two and four week programs for your son. Call us. Come visit. Get to know us. Send us your son this summer.

Program Highlights

  • 25 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Waterfront
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Horseback
  • High Ropes
  • Riflery
  • Archery

Travel Information

Parents drop-off, Houston and Dallas bus; Meet at San Antonio airport


Camp La Junta

(830) 238-4621

(830) 739-3334

Blake and Cheryl Smith