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Separation Anxiety – Commonly Called Homesickness

The bad thing about homesickness is that most of us suffer from it sometime or other in our life. The good thing about homesickness is that I’ve never heard of it being fatal. As homesickness relates to camp, it is much more prevalent among parents than campers. You read that right: parents miss their children more than the children miss …

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Happy Spring from Camp!

Wow, Spring is really popping out here in the Hill Country!  And with the recent rain we’re enjoying the blooming of daffodils, fruit trees, red bud trees and mountain laurel to name a few…it’s getting prettier every day.  I hope many of you are enjoying an early spring and probably by now most of our campers have had Spring Break …

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Boys Are Explorers

I must admit, I love to explore. As a kid, my mother often responded to our destination queries with these simple words: “We’re on an adventure. It starts when we leave the house and doesn’t end until we get home.” Now, that adventure could be as small as going to the grocery store, or as big as visiting some family in another …

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What is the real value of camp?

It may be the depth of relationships forged. Camp relationships always seem to defy explanation. There is an intangible about relationships made at camp that seems to surpass those formed under ‘normal’ circumstances. Through the years I have heard many say “looking back, my experience at camp shaped me and made me into the person I am today”; “my best …

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50 Winters Ago: Still Just Beginning

Backtracking a bit, before our actual MOVE in January, 1967, Si and I drove down to Stewart to see what modifications were needed in our new home. Remember, we’d only been in the front room. We reached Kerrville after dark, but before Torres closed! It was a cold, cold dreary January evening – already in the lower 20’s. After enjoying …

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Bonjour Mes Amis!

Today is Mardi Gras – Laissez les bon temps roulez! (Let the good times roll) Being from South Louisiana this time of year has always been special to me. Now usually when you think of Mardi Gras you think of big parties, great food, elaborate floats, masks, beads, king cakes, second lines, great food (yes I said it twice – …

Valentine’s Day Early Pay Deal

*Full-term Early Payment by Feb. 14, 2016, deduct $125; Split terms deduct $70 Payments made between Feb. 14-March 15 may deduct $100 for full term; $55 for split terms All fee balances due on or before May 3, 2016 ***We thought it would be fun to list 125 reasons we love Stewart: we came up with 137! Send us your …

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50 Winters Ago: The Beginning

January, 2016, is special for the Si Ragsdale, Jr. family. Fifty (that’s right, 50!) Januarys ago our adventure at Camp Stewart began. It was January, 1967, that Si, Jon, Jane, Juli, Funny Bunny (our cute, talented schnauzer/cocker mutt) and I, along with last minute items the movers didn’t get, piled into the family’s black Ford Galaxy 500 and Stewart’s faded …

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Why I Love Camp

Ok, so I’m going to try put down some of my wandering thoughts I have about camp and life. I will be posting them on the blog, and believe it or not I really enjoy trying to figure out different out looks on life-what makes people tick. One of the great parts of camp is being around young men who …