February 2015 Newsletter

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

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



CWR Father/Son Camp – June 28th through July 2nd

Dad, are you looking for an experience that will deepen your relationship with your junior high or high school son? Come to our father/son summer camp at Camp Wilderness Ridge (CWR). Spend a week deepening your relationship with your son as he goes through this crucial time in his life. Camp starts Saturday morning and we wrap-up on Wednesday afternoon before July 4th. Check out the video from our previous year at www.wildernessridge.com/summer


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

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.


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



Thirty-six percent (36%) of last year’s campers came on a partial scholarship. Over 20% of those (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 pay for someone you know that wants to come to camp but can’t afford it or donate to our scholarship fund. Maybe you, your small group, Sunday school class, or church can help financially to send deserving guys 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.


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


Please pray with us

for Camp Wilderness Ridge (CWR), as follows:

  • Praise for Rain!!!

  • Meet financial needs of CWR staff… CWR is a faith based ministry.

  • Full retreats calendar, and that each group will have a great turnout…to gather, encounter, and change.

  • Turner family with 3 month old daughter Becca.

  • Jeremy’s wife Lindsey Thomasson’s pregnancy, baby birth due July 28th.

  • CWR Camper Scholarship funds to meet the need.

  • 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 April 11th (March 7th Special Meeting for Long Range Planning).


Spring Break Day Camps for Bastrop County

Again, CWR is providing Day Camps during Bastrop area Spring Break (March 16-20, 2015) for boys and girls (age 6-12 years old). The Junior High youth group of Grace Covenant Church (in Austin) 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, zip-lines, plus “The Screamer”). One day there will be a live animal petting zoo. 


Gents, 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


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


CWR Needs List

 5 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) ~$3,000


Work projects! Come help us!!!

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

Cabin tarp replacements

Paint cabins and bunk beds

Complete installation of smooth galvanized wire fencing around camp perimeter

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