January 2015 Newsletter

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

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


Summer Camp 2015 registrations are in full swing with several Camp for Christmas gifts plus those that registered right after their Summer camp session -- Camp sessions are filling up! Which camp session do you want your son to attend? 

  • Woodsman Camps, ages:  7-12 (4 sessions)
  • Father & Son Camp, 11 years or older (1 session)
  • Ranger Camps, ages: 13-17 (2 sessions)

Camp session dates, camp descriptions & registration are presented at:  www.wildernessridge.com/summer

Who else should be coming to Camp Wilderness Ridge (CWR)?

Friends of your son(s) you can encourage, a single parent’s son(s), class or team mates?

You don’t have any son(s) or your son(s) are grown…is there a neighbor/friend’s boy or young man, nephew, etc. that you can encourage his family to attend?  

Maybe you, your small group or church can help financially to send deserving guys to camp. Thirty-six percent of last year’s campers came on a partial scholarship. Over 20% (51 campers) received a scholarship of $200 to $400. Right now we have about 1/3 of the money to meet that same demand. Please help either pay for those you know that need to be here this summer or donate to our scholarship fund. Donations can be made at our website: www.wildernessridge.com or mail us a check with the form below Scholarship checked or write Scholarship in the memo line on your check.

Gents, we have a variety of summer staff service opportunities for you as follows:

Servant-Leaders: 18 – 99 years old

Cabin Counselor, Program Director, Photographer/Videographer, SALT Director, Nurse, Chaplain, Worship Leader

SALT (Servant And Leadership Trainee) Program: 13-17 years old

Participate: Activities Crew, Operations Crew, Junior Counselors, Lifeguards (Note: CWR may reimburse cost of certification)

Application, Descriptions & Compensation for each position is available at: www.wildernessridge.com/jobs

Reserve the dates: April 24-26, 2015 - CWR brings

“Fishers of Men” Retreat Weekend


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


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

Fly Fishing Guides:

Chris Johnson, Co-owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing and experienced anglers as instructors

Step-by-step instructions and on-the-water training sessions on fly-tying, rigging, casting
Price includes all flies, soft tackle (Leaders, tippet, & indicators), rods, & reels.

Experienced anglers as instructors – maximum of 8 people per instructor


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

  • Praise for Rain!!!
  • Praise for God’s Provision of the Financial and In-Kind donations for Pavilion Project – 100% of Goal
  • Meet financial needs of CWR staff… we appreciate & need staff ministry partners.
  • Full retreats calendar, and that each group will have a great turnout…to gather, encounter and change.
  • Hammer family protection and provisions
  • Turner family with 2 month old daughter Becca
  • Healing for Bryan Turner’s surgery.
  • 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 scheduled for January 31st.


Spring Break Day Camps for Bastrop County

Again, CWR is providing Day Camps, March 16-20, 2015 for boys and girls (6-12 years old).  Grace Covenant Church, Youth are joining us to provide a great experience each day through Bible stories, outdoor games and activities such as:  archery, riflery, canoeing, GaGa Ball, Pickleball, low ropes and high ropes (Commando Bridge, climbing wall and zip-lines plus “The Screamer”. 



Spring 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: Jeremy Thomasson at jeremy@wildernessridge.com or (214) 718-2618.   Also visit: wildernessridge.com/retreats


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:  www.wildernessridge.com/retreats   


CWR Needs List

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

Marksmanship Ranges Enhancements - $1,000

Three Horseshoe Pits - $240

Washer Toss (3) - $30 each

Gator Utility Vehicle (used) - $3-4,000 each


Work projects!   A small or large group to come perform one or more of the following:

  • Tarp replacements for cabins
  • Paint cabins and bunk beds
  • Complete installation of smooth galvanized wire fencing around camp perimeter
  • Slope dirt around new Pickleball Court



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