April 2016 Newsletter

Spring Blossoms at Camp Wilderness Ridge

Spring has blossomed and summer prep is underway

There are a few more spring weekends left as we wrap up the camp's Retreat season and camp staff completes our preparations for the 2016 Summer Camp season. This year brings new challenges having lost the camp facilities in the Hidden Pines Fire last October. Our summer program this year will be held at the McKinney Roughs Nature Park which is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). McKinney Roughs is an 1100 acre nature park next to the Colorado River 13 miles west of Bastrop, TX. We are working with the LCRA park staff to ensure a safe and fun camp experience in line with our previous camp operations in the Lost Pines area. For two weeks of Woodsman Camp, boys aged 7-13 will have the opportunity to learn about leadership in a Christ-centered outdoor camp experience. We will have the camp activities that they love, including confidence building high ropes challenges, team building low ropes course, archery, hatchet throwing, primitive camping, and a host of other camp activities. Campfire gatherings each day will provide an opportunity for our Chaplain to share the gospel and provide lessons in leadership and discipleship. We'll spend time on the Colorado River with an LCRA-led rafting trip. And of course there will be evening campfires and s'mores. Woodsman Camps run the weeks of July 10 and July 17. For more information, visit our Woodsman Camp page.

Adventure trips for older teens

We have three Adventure trips planned over the next several months. With many years experience and training in camping and wilderness safety, our staff will lead groups of 13-17 year olds on challenging backpacking and camping adventures at parks in Texas and in the mountains of New Mexico. Our first trip is scheduled for the long Memorial Day weekend, and two trips to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains will cap the summer at the end of July and in early August. Learn more on our Adventures page.

Six months ago today, the facilities of Camp Wilderness Ridge were destroyed by the Hidden Pines Fire. While our camp and retreat ministry continues at rented facilities, we are in the process of purchasing property outside the burned area to build a new campground from which we can teach boys and young men a life of leadership in Christ. We hope to have a major announcement by the end of this month and then begin the process of rebuilding the facilities needed for our ministry. We'll need help and we will be asking you to be a part of creating a legacy of boys growing into men of God who will lead families and communities in Christ-centered living. Please consider whether you are called support our rebuilding efforts. Watch for announcements on workday opportunities and please consider supporting us financially at the Donations page on our website.

Staff News

Join us in celebrating a new camper with Cody and Rebekah Benge. On April 10th they became the proud parents of Leland Burl Benge. Leland was born in La Grange, TX and all three are home and healthy.

Servant-Leadership Opportunities

Positions for participating in our Servant and Leadership Training (SALT) program are available for Summer 2016. This is a great opportunity for young men 13 and older to serve others in a learning environment.


September 2015 Newsletter

Recovery at Wilderness Ridge

Four years ago (Labor Day weekend 2011), the Bastrop Complex Fire raged across more than 34,000 acres of the Lost Pines forest, taking two lives and destroying over 1,600 homes. Camp Wilderness Ridge was not spared the flames, and we lost 24 of 26 buildings and most of our beautiful, tall pines, as well as the homes and personal belongings of the Executive Director, Ron, and the camp's Kitchen Manager, Cathy. Since that day, we have seen restoration in many areas, and we have been blessed in countless ways by God's goodness. I and Board of Directors are grateful that God allowed Camp Wilderness Ridge to continue to provide low-cost Christian camping in the Lost Pines of Central Texas.

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March 2015 Newsletter

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1025
Smithville, TX 78957

Physical address:
1320 Park Road 1C
Smithville, TX 78957



Register today... bring your pals too!!!


And He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’
— Matthew 4:19 (NIV)

LET’S GO FLY FISHING – April 24-26, 2015 

CWR “Fishers of Men” Weekend Retreat - $95/person



Speaker: David Moore, founder of Two Cities Ministries and author of The Last Men’s Book You’ll Ever Need

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Fly Fishing Guides: Chris Johnson, Co-owner of Living Water Fly Fishing and experienced anglers as instructors:

Hands on training from experienced angler instructors – maximum of 8 people per instructor

Step-by-step instructions AND on-the-water coaching sessions on fly-tying, rigging, and casting.

Price includes all flies, soft tackle (leaders, tippet, & indicators), rods, & reels.


Price: $95

SIGN UP NOW at: www.wildernessridge.com/register

CWR Summer Camp dates, descriptions, and registration are presented at:



Please make sure we can meet the needs of boys/young men that want to come to camp. Donations can be made at our website: www.wildernessridge.com/donate or mail us a check using the form below, check Scholarship Fund, or write “Scholarship” in the memo line on your check.


KHCB Radio Spots

"Keeping Him Close By" radio stations will be presenting Christian Camping stories with a reference to scripture, and conclude with the camp’s uniqueness and promo pertinent details. Several Christian Camping Conference Association camps are participating. Wilderness Ridge is one of those camps. Each camp will have produce 5 unique stories, each aired at least twice a day for a week, beginning late April. Anyone with a CWR story to share please write it up and send it to:  ron@wildernessridge.com and we will get back to you.   

Please pray with us for Camp Wilderness Ridge (CWR), as follows:

  1. Thankful for rains!

  2. CWR Staff:

    1. Bryan & Claire Turner's baby Becca Riley is 4 months old and healthy

    2. Jeremy & Lindsey Thomasson healthy pregnancy, due end of July 2015.

    3. Cody Benge wedding to Rebekah McGowan on Saturday, March 28th

    4. Ministry partners for each CWR staff (CWR is a faith-based ministry)

    5. Faithfully devoted to prayer and becoming more Christ-like each day

  3. God's provisions and protections for CWR as follows:

    1. Retreat groups in April to be well attended

    2. Fishers of Men Retreat Weekend, sponsored by CWR, April 24-26

  4. Summer Camps 2015:

    1. Summer Staff recruiting (especially over-18 counselors)

    2. Forty-eight (48) campers per summer session (7 sessions total)

Daniel Benoit was invited and attended the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Timothy Conference, March 18-21 in Philadelphia. The purpose of the OPC Timothy Conference was to seek out and encourage godly young Orthodox Presbyterian men to consider the gifts that God has given them and whether the Lord of the church may be calling them to pursue the gospel ministry. 

Spring Break Day Camps for Bastrop County

Praise God for a successful Spring Break Day Camps, March 16-20, Bastrop/Smithville, 60+ children attended. At least 15 campers accepted Jesus Christ as their savior for the first time! Thank you to Grace Covenant Church, Austin, youth (25) and adult (5) leaders that were Servant-Leader serving with us. Also, thanks to the CWR SALT’ees (5) that came out to serve. 


Spring & Fall 2015 Retreats, Campouts, & Events

Does your church, small group, or community need a Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Men’s, or Family weekend retreat? …A team-building event? For info on what we can provide and available dates, contact: Retreat Director Jeremy Thomasson at jeremy@wildernessridge.com or (214) 718-2618. Also visit: wildernessridge.com/retreats

 We are already booking groups for 2016 as well! Schedule your event now!

Volunteers are needed to serve these groups, so let Jeremy know if you or your group can come with us in the Winter or Spring. See our calendar at: wildernessridge.com/volunteer


Gents, serve with us!

We have a variety of summer staff service opportunities for you as follows:

18-99 years old

Cabin Counselor, Program Director, Photographer/Videographer, SALT Director, Nurse/Medic, Chaplain, Worship Leader or Range Master.

SALT (Servant And Leadership
Trainee) Program

13-17 years old

Be a part of:  Activities Team, Operations Team, Junior Counselors, Lifeguards, Media Team

Also, specialists needed:

  • Lifeguards – Lifeguards (Note: CWR may reimburse cost of certification)
  • Worship Leader
  • Range Masters: Archery & Riflery (certification from NRA or Boy Scouts of America preferred)   

Application, position descriptions, & compensation info is available at:  www.wildernessridge.com/jobs

CWR Needs List

5 loads - Road Base for various locations on both properties - $175 per load

Marksmanship Ranges Upgrades - $2,500

Three Horseshoe Pits - $240

Washer Toss (3) - $30 each

Gator Utility Vehicle (used) - ~$3,000


Work projects!  For more info visit:  www.wildernessridge.com/workdays


Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Camp Wilderness Ridge) and “follow” us on Twitter and Instagram (both @CampWR) to help us spread the word about what God is doing at CWR!


CWR exists to change the world through the Leadership of REAL men.


Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Christ Jesus,

“Ranger” Ron Hunt (67),
Executive Director

(512) 554-5074 / ron@wildernessridge.com