- Your Tribe Becomes Your Second Family—From the moment you are initiated until your final summer at Vista Camps, your tribe is there for you every step of the way. They become that camp family you always dreamed of having and are there for you through every experience, triumph, and challenge. Your tribe becomes your source of pride and you just can’t wait to get back to the group of people that have grown right along with you throughout the years. Whether you are a Kiowa, Chickasaw, Golden Arrow or Sioux, you will be a part of that tribe for life! Just ask the Vista Alum!
- You Want to Try New Things—Let’s face it, camp can be a very scary experience if you have never been away from home before. A summer away from the comforts of your home may seem daunting at first, but it can be one of the most beneficial situations you ever put yourself in. Summer camp allows you to try new activities in a safe, friendly environment where having fun and challenging yourself is strongly encouraged. At Vista Camps, the possibilities are endless with more than 40 fun and educational activities to choose from! It’s definitely hard to ignore that adventurous spirit after spending a summer on the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River!
- You Learn That Technology Isn’t Everything—Who needs Netflix when you can shoot a bow and arrow instead? We all know that technology can be a ton of fun, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of satisfaction you get from knowing that you spent the majority of your day outdoors. The best thing about Vista Camps is that you don’t need technology to have fun because endless fun awaits you there! Spending your summers in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with best friends by your side helps you see the simplicity in life and will have you craving the beautiful outdoors in no time.
- You learn There’s Never a Bad Time to Sing or Dance—Have you caught yourself spontaneously singing and dancing just because? Sometimes a day at Vista Camps feels like you’re walking through the set of a broadway musical! That’s because Vista Camps is a happy place full of energetic people that can’t help loving where they are. Whether that is expressed through a dance or a song, the positive energy is contagious and the temptation to join in can’t be denied.
- You’ll Consistently Crave Vista Camps Food—We have four words for you… Miss Becky’s Cinnamon Rolls. You may think you’re sick of it, but you’ll be dreaming of that grilled cheese or coffee cake months down the road in the middle of your math test!Camp food is the best food because it’s made with love by our beloved Miss Becky, served when you’re tired and need it most, and enjoyed with your Vista Camps family by your side. There’s no denying the power of the s’more and we’re almost positive that you’ll be missing camp goodies just as much as we are!
We hope to see everyone at the Yearbook Parties this year! It’s a great night of fun, fellowship, and food! Bring a friend and share the Vista Love. All parties are from 6-8.
October 13 – South Austin @ the home of Eric Weiss – 1501 W 9th St #C
October 14 – San Antonio – Big’z Burger Joint – 2303 North Loop 1604W
October 15 – North Austin – Main Event – 13301 US-183
October 20 – Katy – Main Event – 24401 Katy Freeway
October 21 – Sugar Land – Lupe Tortilla – 15801 Southwest Freeway
October 27 – Frisco – Main Event – 9375 Dallas Parkway
October 28 – Addison – On The Border – 4855 Belt Line Road
You’ve made the decision to send your child to the Vista Bubble, the BEST decision you could make. But now you’re unsure of how long they should stay or which term will be the best fit for your child. You may have a son who is hesitant to try new things and thinks 2 weeks sounds like an eternity, while your daughter is ready to move to the Vista Bubble permanently (we don’t blame her!) but will settle for 4 weeks out of the summer. Every camper is different and we want to work with you to find the best fit for your child!
First, we encourage you to talk it over with your future camper and hear what they are most comfortable with. Sleepovers with friends or a few long weekends with family during the school-year can be great practice and a good predictor of how they’ll do away from home in the summer.
At Vista Camps, we have a few options to help give your child the very best camp experience. If you have a hesitant camper, we have discovered the best way to make them feel safe, secure, and confident about his/her summer in the Vista Bubble is to give them the option of staying the 1st half of a term, designated “A” on our Dates page. This could be one week during 1st or 3rd term or two-weeks during 2nd term. Nine times out of ten, the campers want to stay on for the 2nd half of the term, and if we have space, they can definitely do that.
First & Third A/B Term 1-week (ages 6-12)
- There are many campers who may need to start with a shorter term to ‘get their feet wet’ and we fully support their choice. Even during a short stay, they’ll get to experience so many wonderful activities in the Vista Bubble. They’ll be having so much fun they’ll barely notice the week has gone by!
First, Second & Third A/B Term 2-week (ages 6-16)
- We encourage at least a two week stay for any camper over the age of 10, as that will allow them to get the FULL camp experience. Daily activities, the Carnival, the Vista Dance, Superthon and War Canoe are all part of the 2 week experience.
Second Term 4-week (ages 7-16)
- There is a strong bond between our 4 week RV and SV campers. They experience a lot over the month at camp! Our campers who stay for 4 weeks have more time to learn and develop skills in the Vista Bubble, whether it’s in their favorite activity or general life skills learned at camp. They’ll meet more people and have a longer time to develop bonds, friendships, and memories. When you watch the 4-week campers compete in Superthon and War Canoe for their Tribes, after weeks of practices, you can see the intensity and emotion on their faces! It really does bond the campers for life!
No matter what term you and your child decide on, we are here to make sure they have the BEST summer ever at Vista Camps. If you have any other concerns about choosing a term, please give us a call and we can discuss all of the options in more detail.
One of our main goals each summer is to build a sense of community at Vista Camps! We are a big family filled with kids and staff that will always be a part of the Vista Bubble. As a part of our community, our camp families can rest assured that they are having an incredible experience each and every summer.
We have staff and campers from all over the world; it’s a sweet little melting pot right here in the Texas Hill Country. Below are some of the reasons building this community is so important to us:
- Connections. You’re going to meet your new best friend at camp! The connections you make at camp last a lifetime. Nothing beats getting a message from a camp friend that ends with #VistaLove!
- Role Models. Our staff and counselors come from all walks of life and are talented, caring and fun! They choose to spend their summers helping teach and influence our kids while bringing the most positive and nurturing attitudes around. Our staff and campers influence each others’ lives for decades to come.
- Traditions. Our history and traditions run deep, all the way back to 1921! There
are so many songs and activities that will connect our campers with the entire extended Vista family for the rest of their lives. Alumni can come back years down the road and know that some of their favorite traditions are still going strong!
- Natural Wonders of Texas. Swimming in the Guadalupe River, swinging from cypress trees, and the unique Texas wildlife are just a few things that you won’t experience at any other camp. Your connection and memories of Texas will never fade and neither will your #VistaLove! And we’ve heard that a Texas sunset is a life changing experience.
Whether it’s your kid’s first summer or fifth summer with us, your camper will experience a magical summer building relationships and life skills all while having the best time ever! We can’t wait for summer 2015 to kick off and to see all of our campers back home in the Vista Bubble.
The Vista Camps Packing List
**These items are available in our camp store.
** Sets of Vista Camps Clothing – 1 for one-weekers 2 for two and four-weekers
Twin-size Sheet Sets – 2
**Shorts – 8-12
Pillow Cases – 2
**T-Shirts – 8-10
** Light Blanket/Bedspread – 1 (No sleeping bags on bed)
Pillow – 1
Rain Coat/Poncho – 1
Lightweight Sleeping Bag – 1 (for camp-outs and movie night)
Nice Shirt (Boys for dances) – 1
Bath Towels – 4-6
Blue Jeans – 2
Wash Cloths – 2
**Sweat Shirt/Light Jacket – 1-2
**Laundry Bags – 2
Swim Suits (modest) – 2
Toiletry Kit – 1
Pajamas – 2
** Water Bottle/Canteen – 1
Underwear – 10
Flashlight/Extra Batteries – 1
Small Electric Fan (8 -12 inch) – 1
Boots (Western, if going to take horseback) – 1 pr.
Tennis Shoes – 2 pr.
Sunscreen, insect repellent As Needed
Shower Shoes (flip-flops) – 1
Stationery/Stamps As Needed
**Cap/Visor – 1
Trunk or Large Duffel Bag – 1
Most summertime leisure clothing is suitable. Please do not send expensive clothing or clothing with crude or obscene graphics or content, alcohol or tobacco advertisements. Optional equipment such as backpacks, cameras, musical instruments and skit costumes may be brought if desired. Everything must be plainly and permanently marked with camper’s name or initials. We cannot be responsible for lost or missing items. The number following each item is the suggested number. Laundry will go out once in the 2-week terms and three times in the 4-week term. There is no laundry service in the one week terms.