Summer camp in Texas: Best resident camps in the hill country (2016)

Posted by Carlen Long on Jan 7, 2016 9:10:44 AM

There are many benefits of summer camp and the independent, character-building experience that children find when away from home. Campers learn make new friends, take reasonable risks in a new environment, and be a part of something bigger than themselves. Most summer campers will tell you that they treasure the friendships and memories made at camp. It’s not just a growth experience – it’s a blast, too!

If you would like to read more about how summer camp creates advantages, there are many resources throughout our webpage and blog. If you already realize the benefits of camp and are beginning your search process for the best summer camp in Texas for your family, then this is the place for you. This article describes some best sleepaway camps in Texas Hill Country for you to begin your search process. Texas summer camps in the hill country have a long history of excellence and focus on the traditional camp experience.


Camp La Junta | Texas Hill Country | Hunt, TX

Camp La Junta is an all-boys summer camp for rising 1st through 8th graders located in the Texas Hill Country. With tradition of success for over 80 years, Camp La Junta encourages the growth of self-confident and independent young men. Boys stretch their mental and physical limits while at camp. While your camper is away, you can watch a weekly video about all the comings and goings once a week.



Camp Stewart | Texas Hill Country | Hunt, TX


A summer camp for boys ages 6 – 16, Camp Stewart is located on the Guadalupe River deep in the Texas Hill Country. There are two four week terms and several two week camp terms each summer. While non-denominational, Camp Stewart has a strong Christian emphasis on developing great boys. As their motto says, “Don't wait to be a Man to be Great, Be a Great Boy.” There’s a beautiful, towering bluff that overlooks all of camp. This landscape offers plenty of adventuring for the campers.



Heart O’ The Hills | Texas Hill Country | Hunt, TX

For the ladies, Camp Heart O’ The Hills is a girls-only camp for ages 6 - 16. Situated on the South Fork of the Guadalupe River, Heart O’ The Hills has long standing traditions and values that have existed since the camp’s founding in 1928. Every day, campers choose 9 out of the 50 activities ranging from water, sports, crafts, and more.



Camp Mystic | Texas Hill Country | Hunt, TX

Another all-girls camp, Camp Mystic is also found on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Founded in 1924 and owned by the current Owner - Directors since 1974, Mystic has long standing tradition of summer camping excellence. Camp Mystic focuses on their campers building lifelong friends and being a part in their holistic education, and has a whole host of fun activities to choose from every day.



Camp Waldemar | Texas Hill Country | Hunt, TX

Camp Waldemar is all-girls summer camp located on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River. Their strong mission is known as The Waldemar Creed, which is to provide an experience where each camper can grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. For girls entering 4th - 11th grade, Camp Waldemar offers two 4 week terms during the summer. For 2nd - 5th graders, there is a short one week camp term at the beginning of the summer.



Camp Lonehollow | Texas Hill Country | Vanderpool, TX


Camp Lonehollow is a co-ed camp nestled deep in the south of the Texas Hill Country with 1, 2 and 4 week terms. The camp is surrounded by rugged and mountainous hill country beauty. Camp Lonehollow advocates a full circle approach to living through the activity curriculum taught at camp. The activities range from high adventure sports to arts & crafts, and campers stay in air conditioned, modern cabins.


Camp Longhorn | Texas Hill Country | Burnet, TX

Located on Inks Lake, Camp Longhorn offers two and three week camp terms. For every new camper, an interview with the director is required before enrolling. Campers must have completed 2nd grade to enroll, but you can begin the interview and enrollment process the summer after 1st grade. All the Longhorn Camps are coed.



Camp Champions | Texas Hill Country | Marble Falls, TX


Just 50 miles west of Austin, Camp Champions is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake LBJ. Campers aged 6 – 17 can attend two or three week camp sessions throughout the summer, or longer combination terms. One week camp terms are also available for K-2nd graders. During a day at camp, children pick from over 40 activities that help them learn new skills, develop lifelong interests, and have a blast. Each night culminates with a Torchlight ceremony, where the camp comes together as a community. Camp Champions has a strong focus on youth development via the 4 R's.



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