Balcones Blog

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

Kicking Off Summer 2023 with First Term!

Summer 2023 at Camp Balcones Springs has kicked off with a bang with our first term campers! 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.

Social Media's Impact on Teens

At Camp Balcones Springs, we offer a robust and specialized teen program to our high school students, ensuring they have a camp curriculum that is specifically catered to the needs and preferences of their age group. In addition to unique activities and schedules, our staff also receives specialized training to specifically prepare them to support and counsel teenagers. We attend multiple camp conferences throughout the year overviewing the risks and challenges teenagers face – with a particular emphasis on mental health and how to detect depression and anxiety in teens. This type of training – and summer camp programs that... Read more.

Cabin Hangout, Rodeo Roundup, & the Amazing Race!

Today we will be talking about the closing events of Term 4, including Thursday’s Cabin Hangout, and the stacked term-ending events of Friday, including the Amazing Race, Big Blowout, and Rodeo Roundup – three of our most popular camp events and reasons why we are one of the best camps near Austin, Texas! Thursday, after the last “normal” day of activities at summer camp, boys and girls spent one final dedicated evening with their cabins for our Cabin Hangout activity. Counselors planned special age-appropriate activities for their cabins all over camp. Highlights included the CBS-staple Pamper Night for the Work... Read more.

Summer Camp Pranks, Movie Night, & the 1970's DisGlo Dance!

Today on the Camp Balcones Springs blog, we will be discussing Camp Pranks and Raids, Movie Night, and our glow-in-the-dark seventies-themed dance, DisGlo! At Camp Balcones Springs, each cabin has the opportunity to conduct a prank or raid every term. Pranks began in 1993, the year camp officially began and they have only gotten better and more innovative since! All pranks must be approved by our full-time team and must be creative. A member of our leadership staff, alongside the cabin’s counselors, always accompany boys and girls during the enactment of their prank. It is pretty notorious for girls and... Read more.

Weekend Update: Night Team Comp, Sunday Baseline Service, & the Ted 10,000 Swim & Relay at Summer Camp!

Today on the Camp Balcones Springs blog, we will be talk about the weekend’s exciting events, including Night Team Competition, our Sunday Baseline Service, and the famous Ted 10,1000 swim and relay event – just a few of the many things that make us one of the best sleepaway camps in Austin, Texas! After a day of full of camper-favorite activities – including tubing on the lake, riding horses, and archery target practice, just to name just a few – campers assembled for Saturday night’s main event – Night Team Comp! For Night Team Comp, all campers participate in a... Read more.