Fun Facts

  • Camper-Counselor Ratio is 4:1. Camp enrollment is limited to 120 children and eighty percent of our staff are former campers and Counselors-in-Training. Each summer begins with a 5 day Staff Orientation focusing on our philosophy, working with children at different developmental levels, facilitating team work in the cabin, and keeping children safe. All staff are personally interviewed and subject to professional background checks. Counselors are supervised daily by Executive Directors.

  • Kitchen Facilities and Water System: Kitchen is equipped with modern appliances and is inspected by the Kerr County Department of Public Health. Kitchen staff are professional cooks with the San Antonio Public School and have worked in the summers at Echo Hill for 20 years. Most meals, breads and desserts are made from scratch. We serve healthy, kosher-style food that is low in saturated fats and preservatives, with vegetarian options and special dietary plans available. The camp’s fresh water supply comes from our own Artesian Well/Pump Water System that is regularly inspected by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.

  • Health and Safety is insured with a fully equipped infirmary and on-site licensed Camp Nurse who manages health and hygiene, and professionally stores and dispenses all medicine. In addition we have two certified Wilderness First Aide Responders, a Certified Sports Trainer, American Red Cross Water Front Safety Instructors and Life Guards, and Wranglers who are Certified Horse Instructors. Physicians are on call. Dr. Roger Friedman, our Camp Director has been a Psychologist for 25 years, and Co-Director, Roz Beroza Friedman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience. They welcome communication with parents, physicians and all health providers to make camp safe and successful for every camper.

  • Back-to-Basic Daily Activities: Horseback riding on our own string of 18 horses, swimming, archery, riflery, hill climbing, nature study, backpacking, cookouts, overnight camp outs, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, tetherball, fossil hunting gymnastics, dance, fishing chess, gardening, kickball, astronomy. Outdoor camper-led Sabbath services follow Friday night meals that include homemade challah for each bunk. Tutoring for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and to improve math and reading skills is available.

  • Creative & Literary arts: Camper-run radio station (ECHO Radio), camper-run newspaper and literary magazine (The Ranch Review), Writer’s Corner on our Website to ‘publish’ camper’s submissions on the internet, camper produced videos, dramatic productions, drawing, water colors, ceramics, pottery, leather work and woodwork.

  • Campers live in rustic ranch-style cabins with 6-8 bunk beds and wooden drawers under each bed to serve as containers for their belongings. Each cabin has screened in windows, a shaded front porch, indoor bathrooms, hot and cold water, and individual shower stalls.

  • We are 1.5 hours north of San Antonio in the historic Texas Hill Country. Our 400 acre ranch is nestled in a valley with hills, rustic canyons and open fields for hiking and camping. With over a mile of river frontage, campers swim in small crystal clear, spring fed lake on Wallace Creek, a tributary of the Guadalupe River. At 2,000 feet elevation the days are dry and sunny, and the nights are cool with brilliant stars shining.

  • Schedule of Sessions for Children: Girls and boys ages 6-16 attend a four week or three week session, and there is a one week introductory session for children ages 6-10. All camp sessions overlap. Counselor-in-training programs I and II are offered for 15 and 16 year olds and focus on leadership skills, working with children, intensive backpacking and creative arts projects as well as ‘internships’ in activities of interest.

  • Camp Culture: All camp programming is non-competitive and child-centered, with a focus on helping campers live cooperatively, safely and learn how to work out disagreements by talking with those involved and taking responsibility for one’s actions. High-tech devices like televisions, laptops, cell phones, DVD players, and Electronic Games are not allowed so that campers can focus on the natural environment and play active roles in daily activities. Care packages from home are permitted once a week, with only enough snacks to provide one serving to each camper and counselor in the bunk. The camp provides a Jewish social environment where most campers and counselors are Jewish, though religious and cultural diversity is welcomed. Camper led Friday night Sabbath services are held outdoors, and homemade challah is served at Friday night dinner, where everyone wears ‘whites’ and Echo Hill T-Shirts.

  • Periodic Special Camp Programs: Periodically we offer special programs at the ranch including Alumni and Family Weekend Retreats. We also offer one-week skill-based camps for selected age groups like our recent one-week camps for teenagers in Horsemanship, Backpacking and Visual Arts.

  • Environmental Values: We are committed to the idea that all campers, counselors and management are responsible for preserving the natural environment on our 400 acre ranch for future generations. We use only bio-degradable paper products and recycle all plastics, cardboard, aluminum cans and cooking oil. We teach campers a ‘leave no trace’ approach for all backpacking and nature study activities so they learn to explore and respect natural habitats. We plan on powering all outdoor lights and converting at least one cabin to operate totally on alternative energy sources in the next few years.

  • Website and contact information: http://www.echohill.org; email: ehranch@aol.com , 965 Echo Hill Road, Kerrville Texas, 78055, phone: 830-589-7739.