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Don’t miss our annual Family First Play Day on April 28 at 1pm- April 29 at 10am.  Come up just for the day or stay the weekend.  Family First Play Day gives families an opportunity to come together to ReCharge, ReGroup, ReUnite, and be ReFueled.  Join in fun activities like canoeing, kayaking, climbing the rock wall and going down the zip line, and having a family-style BBQ on the patio.  We are also continuing tradition and having our second annual Egg Hunt to search for the Golden Egg that will win you a FREE WEEK AT CAMP!

Check out our prices:


Adults $40

Children $20


Adults $30

Children $10

Call the office at 830-589-7123 for more information or to sign up!


We are so excited about what the Lord is doing at Deer Creek already this year!  About three weeks ago we had Matt Slavik join our staff here at camp.  Matt joins us from Arkansas with many years of camp experience.  With only a couple of days to settle in, we have been busy traveling on our recruiting trips seeking out incredible staff to join us this summer.  While Matt continues to learn his way around the beautiful Hill Country, he is doing incredible work for us in the office and on the road.  It will be so wonderful to have him on leadership this summer.  His eagerness to learn and joy that can only come from the Lord, adds to a great dynamic here in the office.  With a few more months until the summer, we know that Matt will continue to settle in to his new home in Medina, TX and his new position at Deer Creek!

At the beginning of this month, we began our recruiting process for our staff that will serve and love on all of the children that come through the gates beginning June 3rd!  We have already been to A&M, Baylor, SNU, and OSU.  It has been a busy month for us between recruiting, retreats, and several Bear Jamborees!  2012 came and we hit the ground running here at camp!  It has been a wonderful start to the New Year, and we are looking forward to seeing what the Lord does these next few months!  He has been with us every step of the way, and we know that He will continue to be with us as we further His Kingdom and glorify His name in everything we do!


Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are all names that we know quite well from the stories and the movies that have been created to further our imagination and fill us with joy during this time of year.  There is another name that we tend to forget
about this time of year.  He was born of virgin, laid in a manger, and he gave His life to save us.  His name is Jesus.

“And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you:  you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”  -Luke 2:9-14

I know this passage is read quite a bit around this time of year and can even be heard in the “Charlie Brown Christmas Special”, but there is
something very important about this passage that I think we all tend to miss.  Do you ever think that we can hear something so much that eventually we stop listening and just smile and nod?  The angel didn’t appear to the people who had the best house or the most money; he appeared to the shepherds, the humble.  The shepherds were the first ones to know about the birth of Jesus, and they went to Bethlehem to see their Savior.  They didn’t question if it was true, they listened to the angel’s message and went.  The Lord appears to those “with whom he is
pleased”.  The same thing was said when the angel appeared to Mary earlier in the book of Luke when she was told that she would give birth to the Son of God.  This year, this season of joy and good tidings, let us remember that we are celebrating the birth of Christ; we are celebrating the birth of a Savior, our Savior.  Let us live our lives to be those with whom He will be pleased.

Kurt Hahn said that it is “neglect not to impel young people into experiences”. This quote underscores my passion for transforming young people’s lives through adventure and every day experiences.  The adventure and experiences that most influenced me, took place at camp. I can recall the trials of establishing myself in a new group of peers, the excitement of trying new activities and discovering a new talent, and the exhilaration of rising up to be a cabin leader.

Camp has always been a safe place of growth, discovery, and challenge; and I am so excited that Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and the Deer Creek Camp Staff have invited me to join in their ministry as Camp Director. I look forward to encouraging and challenging the Deer Creek Campers that they might grow up to be effective leaders and followers of Christ.

I welcome your introductions to the camp culture, so please feel free to shoot me an email or catch me on Facebook and let me know what you love about Deer Creek.   I look forward to seeing you all at a Bear Jamboree and I can’t wait for next summer.


From new high ropes, theme nights, and say so, it’s not fair to have a number one favorite but, maybe Floating Islands would be mine.  I tried to explain THE PLANS for “islands high adventure” to my dad over the phone but he didn’t understand.  When he saw you in action this summer, climbing, jumping, trusting…He said, “Wow! I wish I was 13 years old again.” He was proud that DCC continues to help campers learn on their own what it means to trust, trust God.  The vision that was cast in 1996 continues to grow hear and I thank God for that.  Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.”  This has proven true for Deer Creek Camp.  We continue to watch His plan unfold every year as we commit our work to Him and Him alone.

We had lots of fun this summer at our incredible theme nights, Fiesta and Rodeo Roundup!  When the Piñata broke during the Fiesta, I saw campers scrambling for candy to give away to a friend, what a great example of being “THIRD”. It was so much fun to see all the cowboy boots and hats during the western party night when the world champion “Roper” came.  I can still see the look on Jonathan Inman’s face when he was lassoed, it makes me laugh every time.

One of my biggest joys every summer is hearing campers at “Say-So”.  This summer I heard a camper stand at “Say-So” and describe the difference in DCC counselors because they are “real”. I pray that all could find a few “real” relationship in their life as that is what God has commanded for this world.




Retreat season has begun at Deer Creek Camp!  Our weekends have been very busy with different youth and adult groups coming in from all over Texas.

I can still remember my first church retreat, which was ironically enough, at Deer Creek Camp.  I remember pulling into the property in Hunt, TX (before Deer Creek moved to Medina) and I didn’t know what to expect.  I still remember hearing the famous 5 rules of Deer Creek Camp and meeting Papa Bear and Mama Bear as they welcomed us.  It was an incredible retreat and before I knew it I was going on many more retreats with my church.  I became a team member on several retreats even bringing our program to other churches in the area.  I witnessed a lot of love, change, and the growth of friendships over those years, but most of all I learned more about our faith and the incredible God we serve.  It is such a humbling blessing to be a part of the team at Deer Creek Camp providing a wonderful retreat experience to every group that comes through the gate.  Each group is different and each group is so precious to us.

With many more retreats coming up in the next few months, the excitement is overwhelming.  It is going to be a great retreat season here at Deer Creek Camp!  If you would like more information about booking a retreat at camp, give Claire a call in the office!

The summer has officially ended at Deer Creek Camp and, after a much needed rest, we are back in the office getting ready for our busy retreat season and making preparations for next summer!  We have the blessing of having an incredible addition to our full time staff, Matt Waller, our Camp Director.  Matt brings with him years of experience and a “fired up” attitude that gets us all excited for the years to come.  Along with his wife, Jen, and his daughter, Emma, the Waller family is putting down roots in Medina, TX.  Matt joined the staff in July and has already proved to be a great fit for the team.  We are excited to see what the years bring as we, Deer Creek Camp, continue to grow.

Meet the Wallers

Somtimes I forget to smile.  I am thankful for this week because every day I have found myself smiling knowing that God has a hand in everything that is happening in this place.  I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun dancing before in my life.  Isn’t it amazing to be able to dance and not care about what you look like while doing it.  These campers have taught me that.  They LOVE to dance.  Every day during Sugar Shack we play Disney music (which is my favorite) and we sing and dance for at least half an hour.  During the summer we encourage our campers go to their cabin activities on time, but this week have slowed things down.  The fact that the campers are having fun is all that matters.  It has given the staff a chance to be kids again too.  We sing with the campers and dance around the great hall.  What a joyful time at camp just seeing a hundred smiles dancing to the beat of their hearts.

It is the little joys in this life that make us really appreciate the life that we’ve been given.  I was reminded of this last night.  This week is a very important week at camp because it is a week that we have opened our home to Camp Barnabas from Missouri.  With 14 leadership staff, 48 CIAs and volunteers, we welcomed 52 campers with special needs on Sunday evening.  It is a great joy for us to be able to share this camp with our dear friends and these precious children of God.  We have learned to slow things down and find joy in the little things.  Last night during our night time wrap up, one of our downs syndrome campers, Jake, was up on the stage singing worship.  He had his eyes closed and his face lifted up to Heaven.  His hands were outstretched and he was singing with his whole heart.  Praise the Lord for an incredible example of a childlike faith.  “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).  It is in those little moments, those little joys, that we see Christ shining through.  There is not a more beautiful sight in all this world then watching a child worship his Heavenly Father.  I am thankful this morning for the little joys and encourage you to do the same.  Find those little joys today and share that joy with others.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful” (Colossians 3:12-15).  Be thankful.  How many times do we take our life and the things that God has blessed us with for granted?  God has blessed us with community with one another.  We are called to forgive each other, learn from each other, and grow together in love.  Love is the thing that binds everything together.  Even God spoke the words that love is the greatest commandment we can follow, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.  Love is the greatest commandment, therefore we should not take it for granted.  What things in your life are you taking for granted?  Where is your heart focused today?