Bowie, Texas
498 Faulkner Rd.
Sunset, TX 76270
(940) 964-2145

Why I Continue to Be a Counselor at Charis Hills Camp February 5, 2018

Bowie, Montague
Why I Continue to Be a Counselor at Charis Hills Camp, Bowie, Texas

Summers at Charis Hills Camp are a time in which lives can change. I have spent three summers in Sunset, Texas getting a prized Chaco tan, encouraging campers to try new foods, and to make sure the bathroom door was cracked just a little so the cabin wasn’t too dark at night for campers. Like the majority of the counselors who come to work at camp, I was a college student for my first two summers. When I graduated from college, had completed my second summer, and moved out of state, I had assumed my Charis Hills chapter was over. However, every summer following, my heart was home sick for camp. I’d made up excuses as to why I couldn’t go back. Fast forward a little and two full summers had come and gone and I hadn’t been there. I had lunch with a counselor friend of mine and we talked about camp. At that point, I started praying and seeking God’s guidance. God led me back to camp that following summer, back home. There were some new faces and familiar ones. Campers I had know during kids week a few summers back were now tall teenagers. One of the reasons I love camp, it is a place I can truly be myself. I believe the campers know this, too.

The biggest reason I returned to camp is because of the campers. Charis, in Greek, means Grace and Acceptance. Kids and teens who may feel out of place can be heard and accepted in camp. During my first summer as a counselor, we had a camper request to be baptized at camp. He had already made the decision to accept Christ at home. Our camp founder, Rand, explained to the camp, as we sat on the beach of the lake, that though we normally don’t baptize campers at camp because it is encouraged that they be baptized at there home church. This camper wanted to be baptized in front of his fellow campers because they were like his church family. He wanted to share the most important decision of his life with those he felt at home with. With the permission of his parents, he was baptized.

To conclude, Charis Hills is like a haven to campers and counselors, alike. This camp in the country shows us who God is, who we are, what we are capable of, and true friendships. I am thankful for Charis Hills.

Counselor Hope O 2013, 2014, and 2017

Charis Hills Camp is a place for children with HF Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and other learning differences can find a place of encouragement where they can safely build skills for life. Located in Sunset, TX, Rand and Colleen Southard teach counselors and campers how to show grace and acceptance to all. For more information go to:  http://www.charishills.org

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Charis Hills Camp
3 Important Camp Benefits That Last All Year, Bowie, Texas
Sending your child to summer camp can encourage growth, independence, and socialization. Even though the experience only lasts for a few days, the lessons and impressions gained...read more
God has uniquely crafted each one of us, Bowie, Texas
Working with children full time can be a challenge but working with children with Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD or other learning difference can be extra challenging. When we look f...read more
Anxiety About Attending Camp, Bowie, Texas
Anxiety about camp is pretty common.  Camp is typically the first place a child stays away from parents, grandparents...etc. for a length of time.  Part of our staff train...read more
 Why we offer riflery, archery, and clay shooting (only for teens) at camp, Bowie, Texas
People often ask why we offer shooting sports at a camp for children that struggle with impulse control. Below is Rand’s response to one of those question. I am happy that you ...read more
Special Needs & Autism Resources for Improving Language Deficits, Bowie, Texas
For many children with special needs or neurodivergence, communication can be a challenge. Delays in speech and vocabulary development can make it harder for your child to express th...read more