Camp Philosophy and Mission

The summer of 2013 will be the 61st camp season at Echo Hill Ranch as a family-owned children’s camp in a beautiful 400 acre valley in the heart of the Texas hill country. What sets Echo Hill apart from all other camps is not only the rustic ranch setting, but a camp philosophy that has remained unique and relevant to urban families across Texas and the United States since 1952: we believe that children thrive best in a summer camp environment that is non-competitive, child-centered, electronics free and nature-focused. We welcome boys and girls from ages 6-15 and offer a Teen Leadership Camp for 16-17 year olds. We have a Four, Three, and One Week Introductory camp sessions.

Who We Are

Roger Friedman, PhD, a clinical and organizational psychologist and his wife Roz Beroza Friedman, MSW, a clinical social worker, are the Camp Directors and have over thirty years of professional experience in working with children, families and residential camping. Roger and Roz hire and supervise all staff and are in direct contact with all parents and campers before and during camp. The camp was founded in 1952 by Dr. Tom and Min Friedman and is now owned by their children, Roger, Kinky and Marcie Friedman. Echo Hill is licensed as a Residential Youth Camp by the Texas State Department of Health Services and is a founding member of C.A.M.P. Activity Leaders are certified as American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors, Camp Wrangler, NRA instructor, Wilderness First Responders, Sports Trainer, Master Naturalist and graduates of the National Outdoor Leadership Programs.

Our Community and Activities

Echo Hill is a close knit, cooperative community where all ranchers and counselors know each other by name because enrollment is limited to 125 boys and girls and there is at least one bunk house counselor for every four campers. Camp programming is organized around the bunkhouse group, with emphasis on team work and inclusion, and learning new social and physical skills. The average age of staff is 22, and 95% of the counselors were former Echo Hill campers and Teen Leaders. Sixty percent of the campers are second generation and thirty percent are third generation and we are proud to report a camper return rate of 92% for the past seven years.

Echo Hill provides an incredible range of traditional Activities, a full Daily Schedule that encourages campers to try to new skills as well as improve existing ones, an extensive Outdoor Education and Wilderness Backpacking Program, and creative camper led Sabbath Services on Friday night that include singing, storytelling, and Israeli dancing.

Please plan now to provide your child with a summer of fun, relaxation, skill development and self fulfillment at Echo Hill. It’s the best place to spend the summer!

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