Balcones Blog

All of the lastest news from camp during the summer and beyond.

Term 4, Week 2 Recap: Sunday Baseline, Nights in San Miguel, & Camp Game Day!

On Sunday, girls, boys, and counselors put on their brightest whites and gathered in our lakeside amphitheater for our camp church service known as Baseline. This term’s Baseline speaker was Father Steve, a camp legend since 2010. Father Steve was the priest at St. Austin’s in downtown Austin, Texas, from 2008-2015. He then moved to New York and now resides in California. Father Steve focused his sermon on our camp verse, Philippians 4:4,5,7. In his sermon, he spoke of the difference between happiness and joy. While happiness and joy are both positive feelings, we derive these sensations from very different... Read more.

Woman's/Man's Dinner, Chili Cook-Off, & More!

GIRLS CAMP VERSION OF FRIDAY NIGHT: Girls camp executed an epic prank replacing the MANS Dinner ritual with a hyper-girly twist. Girs camp swapped out the turkey legs and ribs on parchment paper with fuschia table cloths decorated with dainty tiered vessels, pink cupcakes, unicorn petit fours and heart shaped cookies. Glitter explosions marked the boys entrance as they went into the Rio Grande! The boys were first confused, and then ENRAGED as they realized the insidious prank. The prank did not stop there – the boys’ camp director, Joshua, had been captured (handcuffed and blindfolded) and was being taken... Read more.

Welcome Term 4!

Term 4 has kicked off with a whole lotta PHUN! On Sunday night, we began camp with our classic camp tradition – team initiation – where old campers put on their red, green, purple, or blue to welcome rookies into the CBS fold as Texas Rangers, Rough Riders, Silver Spurs, or Texas Rangers. Read more.

That's A Wrap T3! MVAs, Rodeo Round Up & The Amazing Race!

The night started off with VIP door-to-door transportation from campers’ cabins to the Red Carpet so they could keep their looks/outfits pristine. Then,our VIP campers strutted the red carpet as they were bombarded by popperazzi and fans asking for autographs. After cooling off in the Rose Garden over some specialty mocktails, campers made their way to the Live Oak for a formal candlelit dinner where MVAs guests luxuriated in the AC and dined on delicious beef tenderloin. The night was just beginning! After dinner, campers went to the Rio Grande for the opening act. MVAs 2023 hosts were Girls and... Read more.

A Camp Music Festival, Gameday, & Ways We're Staying Cool!

The weekend was jam-packed with exciting events, starting with our annual BCL (Balcones City Limits) music festival! Inspired by the local Austin City Limts, CBS hots its own version of music, feathers, and fun every year in the Balcones Meadow. The line-up was unmatched this year with Austin-based band Motts and former CBS alum Jillie Kerwin. Jillie attended camp for 6 years and now lives in Nashville where she works in advertising by day and music by night. Britain-born and Texas-raised, Jillie has been making a name for herself as a singer/songwriter with her smooth, soulful vocals and country pop... Read more.