Summer Camp

Resident Camp

Spend the night camp for children entering 2nd - 12th grade
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 2–11.

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.

If your camper is new to summer camp, we recommend starting with a Mini camp or a 1 week session.
  • A mini version (4 days, 3 nights) of our amazing resident camp program. Perfect for your campers first (or second) time at a sleep away camp
  • 4 days June 3-6
  • 4 days June 9-12
  • Cost $320 per session
$585 per session

1 week - June 23-28
1 week - July 21-26
1 week - July 28- Aug 2
9 day - June 13-21 $790 5th - 9th gr
2 week- July 7-19 $955
1 week - July 21-26 $585

If your camper is new to summer camp, we recommend starting with a Mini camp or a 1-week session.
  • Our servant leader training program prepares young adults for camp leadership positions and anything they choose to do in life
  • 9 day - June 13-21 $790
  • 2 week - July 7-19 $955
Rising 2nd - 12th grade

Campers are grouped by age, usually in clusters of six to ten. Resident Camp counselor staff are college age young adults.
Food is part of our program! We are proud to serve homemade, delicious food at every meal. Your camper is going to ask you to cook our recipes once they get home.

We provide snacks and deserts as well. Please do not send or mail candy or food of any kind. Food in the cabins attracts ants and other critters.
Ropes challenge course, disc golf, hiking, Bible stories, arts & crafts, canoeing, fishing, swimming, archery, tie-dyeing, rock climbing, rappelling, and more!

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.

Family Unit Structure
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. 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.

What to Bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing Suit
  • River shoes
  • Clothes for your stay
  • This is a time to disconnect. Please do not send phones or any electronics.
  • When you register, we will send you a complete suggested packing list.
Wait List
Registration is open until camps are full. When camps fill up, we do offer a waiting list. Please contact us to inquire if a camp session you are interested in is full.

Sign up today to secure your child's spot!
Swim Checks
On the first day of camp, we do a "swim check" for each camper to assess his/her ability and comfort in the water. If campers aren't yet comfortable or strong enough to swim, we require that they wear a life-jacket. All campers wear life-jackets when canoeing and certified lifeguards are always present and on duty for all water activities.
Financial assistance is available. Together with our donors we are committed to making sure that financial challenges will never be the reason a child can't attend camp. The scholarship application can be found in the registration portal.
What session should I pick?
If your camper is new to JKR or summer camping, they need to attend a mini-camp or one-week session before registering for a longer session (10 day or 2 week). This will help ensure that we are a good fit for your camper and that they won't need to leave a longer session early which can be very frustrating for families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions or a special request?
Please visit the Contact page.
Camp Gear
Check out our online camp store!