Lantern Review of Camp Stewart for Boys
The Southwest’s longest running camp is an unabashed advocate for good ole southern values. What you may find surprising is that these values; honesty, integrity, courage and loyalty transcend the south and find a welcome home across the US and among cultures. Camp Stewart is a testament to the universal appreciation of these values.
The setting is distinctly Texan. The native stone and cedar cabins blend beautifully with the scenic countryside of Texas Hill Country. The crystal clear Guadalupe River cuts through the limestone bluffs and cypress woodlands that frame the camp. Within the well-maintained facilities, a spirited staff works their magic. Stewart tends to grow their own counselors with a high percentage of their new counselors having once been campers here. This helps create continuity in the program and maintain traditions, lending a deep feeling of loyalty to Stewart.
The program is relatively structured. For Camp Stewart, this structure is the framework through which boys can develop self-confidence in an active and balanced camp program. The camp is divided into six divisions based on age. The program for the younger ages is intended to encourage them to try new activities while having still pursuing their interests. At older ages, the Stewart campers can select from an innovative Condor program that encourages the boys to develop a focus during their time at camp. This is an empowering system that further supports skill development and the building of self-esteem. The four elements in the Condor program are Campmaster, Ranchman, Outdoorsman and Sportsman. Each of these caters to specific aspirations of the campers, whether it be the more sports-minded boy who elects the Sportsman track, or the cowboy-type, who might select the Ranchman. It is an interesting program element that is effective in developing confidence in specific skills.
An interesting element of the Stewart program is the Advancement Trail, which encompasses all ages. This unique idea is a stair-step development program that continually builds camp skills and culminates in the rank of Chief. The program is not compulsory, but those who attain the Chief rank represent an almost ideal Camp Stewart leader, both by demonstrating a high level of skill in a range of activities and by demonstrating leadership qualities.
Camp Stewart honors the Texas way of life. It is a way of life that values self-reliance, resilience, teamwork and integrity. The long sunsets and meaningful campfires are poignant moments for reflection at Stewart and almost harken back to simpler times.
Camp Stewart’s sister camp, Heart O’ the Hills, is just down the road and operated by the same longtime camp family, the Ragsdales.
- Boys Only
- 275 Campers per Session
- 4-week, 2-week
- Founded in 1924
"Don't wait to be a Man to be Great, Be a Great Boy" is Stewart's motto. The philosophy of the camp and its leadership is to provide a camping experience which focuses on the total development of each boy as well as creating memorable adventures.
- 25 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Horseback Riding
Drive in. Bus pick-ups in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Temple, and Waco and San Antonio airport.
Camp Stewart for Boys