At John Knox Ranch, we foster experiences of Christian community in the beauty of God’s creation. JKR is a place where love, acceptance, grace, and FUN flow freely.
Just 1 hour from Austin and San Antonio, JKR offers resident camp for students entering grades 2 – 12 and day camp for kids ages 4 – 8. Resident campers live in rustic screened cabins with a trained counselor and 5-7 other campers in their age group. Two cabins make up a family unit that participates in activities together: swimming, archery, rappelling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, nature discovery, ropes challenge course, Bible study and spiritual formation, canoeing, sharing homemade family-style meals, and more. The family unit structure (called small group camping) is an important foundation of our summer camp program. Negotiating the selection of the daily activities, asking someone to “please pass the green beans,” and cleaning the cabin with your bunkmates all help teach campers how to live in community together and help them develop confidence, independence, and self-esteem. In the evenings, the whole camp comes together for large group games, hayrides, pool parties, campfires, star gazing, and worship. One night per session, each family unit spends a night under the stars across the creek on the nature preserve section of camp. Campers are nudged into their personal growth zone as they make their own dinner over the fire, cook s’mores, tell stories, giggle, and sleep under the stars.
Attending camp at JKR helps children and youth develop social and interpersonal skills, a sense of self, and an understanding of our place in and responsibility for this pretty planet. JKR is a place where all are welcome; where identity is formed through self-awareness and service, where differences are celebrated; where children grow into counselors, counselors become leaders, and leaders bring patience, inclusion, and excellent servant leadership to their own professions and communities.
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