8th Grade Campout *– Each term our incoming eighth grade campers participate in one overnight campout where they are responsible for camp set-up, cooking, and cleanup. They enjoy s’mores, group camaraderie around a campfire, and sleeping under the stars (for those who actually sleep!).
9th Grade Adventure 201 Class* – During registration, incoming 9th grade campers will block off two periods every other day for a special group adventure class. Think paintball, hiking, go - karts, and more!
Big Boppers – Every camper’s most favorite Refuel snack; traditionally served the afternoon of Field Day. How could you go wrong with chocolate chip cookies and ice cream combined?!
Birthdays – What better way to celebrate a birthday than surrounded by more than 400 of your best friends! If your birthday falls during the camp term, we celebrate Lonehollow style! You will enjoy a custom-made birthday cake brought right to your table, and your birthday will be announced that morning so everyone knows who is celebrating. The entire Dining Hall shares in your excitement as you blow out those candles.
Bugles – We keep everyone on schedule with bugle calls. It doesn’t take long for campers to adjust to waking to a reveille bugle, recognizing the soupee call to meals, or knowing when it is time to change classes.
Crew Canoe – This is the final event for Field Day. Amid cheers from all crew members clad in their colors, four paddlers from each Crew navigate an individual boat in an intense race across the lake. These four paddlers are chosen at the beginning of the term and practice throughout. The winning crew’s name is engraved on the Crew Canoe trophy.
Crews* – After drawing for crews out of the old Spanish log on the first night, campers become either a “Tracker”, “Explorer” or “Mountaineer” for life. Each crew then proudly dons crew colors, Trackers are red, Explorers are gold, and Mountaineers are green, to various programs and events throughout the term guarding closely their secret pledges and ideals. Each week they visit their sacred (and well-hidden) Crew Outposts, where they reflect on the week’s activities, crew successes, and goals for the coming week.
Dining – The Dining Hall at Lonehollow is anything but boring! In fact, we sing regularly DURING meals, share camp announcements and recognize outstanding achievements from the day’s activities.
Field Days* – There is one Field Day during each two-week term where Trackers, Explorers, and Mountaineers clad head-to-toe in crew colors engage in friendly competition. The evening before the big day, features “The Adventure Race”, a giant relay race throughout camp in which each camper takes on a challenge such as hula-hooping, the dizzy luau, or cookie-eating! Then, on Field Day, morning events are held in which campers compete in classes where they excelled (i.e., archery, riflery, horseback, baseball, cooking, etc.). That afternoon, all crews gather at the Waterfront for canoeing and kayaking events and the Crew Canoe faceoff.
Four and Six-Year Recognitions – As campers return year after year and reach certain milestones, Lonehollow awards special gifts as thanks for being part of the Lonehollow legacy. At the end of four years of attending summer sessions, campers are given a special memory journal specific to their camp crew in which they can record their camp memories. After six summers, campers receive a bronze ring with our gear insignia on it to carry their Lonehollow experience with them throughout life.
Inspection – At Lonehollow, we keep our living spaces clean and tidy. So, throughout the term there is an inspection contest between the cabins. Each morning, cabins are reviewed and given up to five points rewarding cleanliness efforts. In addition to making his/her own bed and keeping personal belongings tidy, each camper has his/her own personal role in helping the group achieve success. These are things like being in charge of the bathroom, vacuuming the floors, or taking out the trash and turning off the lights and fans when all are out of the cabin.
Golden Plunger - Intermittently throughout the term, cabins that excel in their cleanup efforts are rewarded the prestigious Golden Plunger trophy (one for boys and one for girls) which sits on their table in the Dining Hall until another cabin is recognized.
Lead Climber Out-of-Camp Trip* – Our incoming 10th graders prep for and plan a two-night, three-day out-of-camp excursion during their time at camp. Trips will be hiking in West Texas or exploring on the Texas coast where they will have the opportunity to utilize their camp skills, strengthen their group camaraderie, and have a lot of Lonehollow fun! They will even plan and implement many of the trip details with the help of their Lead Climber Guides.
Mavericks* – These are campers selected by their crew members after they speak in front of the group sharing why they feel they would be a good role model, motivator, and cheerleader for the crew.
Nametags – Strengthening our sense of community and personalizing the experience for each person at Lonehollow means everyone (campers and counselors alike) knows everyone else. To facilitate the learning process, we all wear nametags – every day and to every activity.
Picnic Introductions – Campers enjoy outdoor picnic dinners twice a week while at camp. Dessert for the picnic is a candy bar of the camper’s choice. But the key to getting your candy bar is a personal introduction of yourself – just one more way we are practicing those life skills!
Qualifications/Patches *– Many of our classes are designed around a curriculum that ensures camper mastery of very specific, advancing skill proficiencies. Once a qualifying level is achieved, patches are awarded to recognize achievement, attitude, and participation in each activity and points are earned for the camper’s crew. Campers receive the patches in camper packets given on Closing Day. In addition, each class chooses one boy and one girl camper to receive their exemplary participation patch awarded during our Closing Program.
Talent Tuesday/Tie-dye Tuesday – Tuesdays are just a fun day. Campers and Guides alike don their tie-dye if they have it and can sign up for our weekly Refuel talent show. Who knows, one day we might see some of that Lonehollow talent appear on The Voice!
Trailblazers – This very select group of four week campers is chosen during the term for having demonstrated a commitment to service. Trailblazers lead the charge when it comes to reaching out to campers in need, role modeling respectful interactions with campers and staff, and keeping camp clean and beautiful.
Will Smith Wednesday – What better day to “get jiggy with it?!” We listen, sing, and dance to a lot of Will Smith on Wednesdays! Why? Well why not?!