Heart O the Hills Camp

Hunt, Texas    

Lantern Review of Heart O the Hills Camp

The girls of Heart O’ the Hills Camp can’t help but become filled with the vibrant camp spirit that supports them here. A closer look at the almost pink limestone buildings or even the wood benches around camp reveals engraved or hand-carved hearts, subtly (or not so subtly) showing that a love of this place, of the camp and of the campers is always present.

Heart, as loyalists call it, is a spirited camp. Within the obvious caring community is a competitive spirit that’s friendly and fun. A program that’s structured to allow the camper to have a greater influence on the activities offered from year to year helps keep the programming current and fresh. Prior to the summer, each girl is placed into core programs: horseback, swimming and field sports. Upon arrival at camp, the girls can then choose among several electives in a wide-range and often changing offerings. Unique activities like culinary arts, fencing and yoga show a broad range of choices. By asking campers to indicate their interests prior to the camp, Heart is better able to staff the core programs and react to new trends by adding new activities from year-to-year. It’s a structured program that is almost customizable.

For the Heart leadership, participation is key. As longtime director Jane Ragsdale says “no one is on the sidelines here.” Within “Heart Tribes”, girls compete among the larger camp community. This is balanced with a sincere desire for the girls to support “their sisters”, both within their “tribe” and the entire camp family. Once again, the community support structure reveals happy and spirited activities and cabin groups.

The ancient cypress-lined Guadalupe River runs through this lovely camp, covered by the shade of pecan and live oaks. Within this picturesque setting, wonderful friendships, skills and growth develop. At Heart, it is about authenticity and teaching each girl to make healthy choices, to develop socially and to advocate for herself.

Camp Stewart is Heart O’ the Hills Camp’s brother camp. They share the same dates and even a brother-sister picnic. Check out Camp Stewart!

Fast Facts

  • Girls Only
  • 160 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week
  • Founded in 1953
  • $$

Director's Message

At Heart O' the Hills, we want the campers to have the time of their lives and we want them to become better people. By removing electronics from the equation, it is about face to face relationships and authentic role models who care and mentor. At Heart, accomplishments lead to growth and campers learn the value of kindness and making healthy personal choices. We build community by encouraging the development of social skills and in learning skills for self-reliance.

Program Highlights

  • 50 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Waterfront
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Horseback
  • Swimming
  • Lacrosse
  • Fencing
  • Arts

Travel Information

Drive in. Bus pick-ups in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Temple, and Waco and San Antonio airport.

Contact

Heart O the Hills Camp

(830) 238-4650

Jane Ragsdale