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Meet the Directors

As camp directors, we understand the power of camp. Days are filled with fun and personal growth. You are trusting us with your child, and it is our mission to provide our campers with the best experiences possible!

We’re On a Mission!

We get up in the morning because we know that our work matters. You are trusting us with your child, and we want to bless your child — through PHUN!, relationships, and the real spiritual impact that comes from heartfelt encouragement.

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Christine Baskin

Owner & Director
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Christine and her three children (Katie, Annabelle and Mac) continue the legacy of this family-run Camp that, since its 1993 inception, has provided a blend of activities that are both educational and fun. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and Ursuline Academy in Dallas, Christine is actively involved in every facet of Camp.

Christine helps with counselor recruitment from colleges and universities in addition to adding her energy and talents to all activity and event programming at Camp Balcones Springs. Further, she helps to plan camper recruiting events throughout Texas and beyond. Christine also owns and operates The Retreat at Balcones Springs, which utilizes Camp’s facilities in the off-season and makes possible some of Camp’s most desirable features, like air-conditioned cabins. Christine’s vision is to create an experience for campers that they simply cannot find anywhere else.

Please email Christine for any questions about sending your children to camp:

Christine, your passion for what you do at CBS and for CBS is reflected in our children. I’m sure there must be times that you doubt what you are doing but I hope you will continue on. CBS is a special little place and has so much to offer children… especially these days. I can’t thank you and your staff enough for the gifts and values you have given our precious children. I hope that CBS continues to grow and is successful. We will always be there to help make that happen in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

Claire P.
Camp Parent

Helen Duncum

Girls Camp Director

Helen joined the Camp Balcones Springs family in 2020! Helen started working in camping in 2009, transitioning from counselor to leadership to full-time staff. Helen spent four years on full-time staff at Camp Lonehollow in the Texas Hill Country before moving to Lubbock, TX where she spent three years in the non-profit sector, working for a youth arts organization. What started as a fun summer job blossomed into a lifelong passion for youth development and fostering connections with campers and counselors alike. Helen is originally from Cypress, TX and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Youth & Community Studies. Helen has the incredible ability to meet campers and staff where they are, encourage them, and inspire them to grow.

Her vast knowledge of working with campers and counselors makes her the perfect person to talk to about the Camp Balcones Springs experience.

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Jacob Groves

Boys Camp Director

Jacob joined our counselor staff in 2010. After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2013, he worked for Disney Cruise Lines in their Family Activities department. He and his wife, who also worked for Disney Cruise Lines, met on the Disney Dream. They have a son that was born in 2019 named Salvador “Chava” Groves. In October 2019, Jacob and Marisol returned to Camp Balcones Springs. Jacob enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. His passion for Christian camp and getting away from technology are the reasons why he loves Camp Balcones Springs.

To find out more about camp and your son’s experience, feel free to reach out to Jacob!

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Marietta Johnson

Founding Director

Marietta is an educator, parent, grandparent, devoted Christian, and avid lover of smiles and laughter. She has the rare ability to find exactly what makes every youngster special. Her commitment to Christian camping began over 30 years ago, and her love for children is undeniable. Marietta, a graduate from Stanford University, has been teaching at St. Marks School of Dallas since 1973, and at Camp Balcones Springs since the beginning!