September 2014 Newsletter

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

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

Dear CWR Family,

  Incredible news! More than 20 campers came to know Jesus Christ during a camp this summer. Praise God!!!


Feedback from Summer Campers:

I thank the Lord for giving me the best week of summer camp, it was so much fun I made so many new friends and I can’t wait to go back to Camp Wilderness Ridge next summer.
— 1st Time Ranger Camper
Thanks everyone at Wilderness Ridge for this wonderful and pleasant surprise. I can’t wait for summer so I can head back to camp. I want everyone at camp to know that going to camp for the first time was the best decision of my life. Every time I go I learn new ways to spread and share the Word of the Lord. Camp was and still is a life changing experience and I want to thank everyone for taking time out of their summer to teach me and all my fellow campers about Christ. I hope all of ya’ll know how greatful I am for that. Everyone at camp is always very nice. Thank all of ya’ll for everything that ya’ll have done for me!
— Repeat Camper

OWL Program

We have room for 2 more students in the Outdoor Wilderness Learning (OWL) Program for homeschool boys age 8-12 from the Bastrop and Smithville area. The class will meet every other Wednesday through April 2015. Normal class times will be 9am to 3:30pm. The next class is October 8th. The price is $700 for the 16 weeks of classes and a wrap-up Father/Son campout weekend May 1-3, 2015. Details at:


Rebuild on original site of CWR update…

The final construction phase is an internal structure for a serving kitchen, general storage area, restrooms, and showers. We want to fund this final phase with gifts from CWR friends. Over 56% of the funds are in… another $11,640 is needed to complete it. Please be a part of this historical event-make a donation… no gift is too small! Photos of the project at:

2014-2015 Apprenticeship

Daniel “Chef” Benoit, is now serving as a CWR Apprentice through August 2015. Our desire is to give him an understanding of ministry-business and a biblical work ethic, as seen in Colossians 3:23 – Integrity, servant-leader, time management, staying on task, project management, and time management.

Brock has been waiting for the day to become eligible to serve at CWR since the first year he attended (7 years old!!!) I am so pleased that the interest never went away and that he enjoys it there so much. It really says a lot about the camp. It is great to have such great role models for Brock. Not only as male role models, but as servants of God!!! I am happy to support all the time he can give back to CWR.
— Parent of Camper-turned-SALT-Staffer


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

  • Praise for rain received… Pray for additional rain!
  • Pray for financial needs of staff and for additional ministry partners.
  • Pray for financial gifts to complete the serving kitchen and restrooms under new Pavilion.
  • Praise for full fall 2014 calendar… Pray that each retreat/campout group will have great attendance.
  • God’s vision, holiness, wisdom, and unity for the CWR Board of Directors and permanent staff so that all decisions and actions bring Christ Jesus honor and glory. Next board meeting is December 6, 2014.
  • Protection from spiritual attack for all that come to CWR.
  • Baby girl Turner to continue growing in good health.
  • Healing Bryan Turner’s surgery incision.


Retreats & Campouts

We still have openings in spring 2015 for YOUR campout, retreat, or team-building event! Contact Jeremy Thomasson at or (214) 718-2618 for information on what we can provide and available dates. Also, visit


Volunteers are needed for serve these retreat groups, so please let Jeremy know when you or your group can come out to serve. Facilitate activities (archery, riflery, canoeing, fishing, high ropes, general games) or Foodservice helpers (food prep, setup and washing dishes, trash detail). We have volunteer needs this fall every weekend through November 23rd. Check out the Volunteer Calendar at



OCTOBER WORKDAY is coming up on Saturday, October 11 – Mark your calendar!

 Form a small or large group to come perform one or more of the following work projects:

  • New Main Entrance sign & gate
  • Cabin repairs & painting
  • Completing clearing of property perimeter & installing ranch wire fence
  • Retaining wall on one side of the new Pickleball Court
  • Applying stain to “Ber Kletke” Memorial Gazebo at lake
Sign Up Now!

 Lunch is always provided!

 For additional information and to sign-up for October 11th Workday, go to:



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

A REAL Camp:  “Camp Wilderness Ridge exists to change the world through the leadership of REAL men.”

REAL Life with Jesus Christ

  • Reproduce disciples (Matthew 28:18-20
  • Esteem God above all (Mark 12:30)
  • Announce the Good News (Luke 24:46-47
  • Live for others (Mark 10:45)

REAL Men...

  • Reject passivity
  • Expect God’s greater reward
  • Accept responsibility
  • Lead Courageously


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

“Ranger” Ron Hunt (67),
Executive Director
(512) 554-5074