John Knox Ranch believes that the best experiences in life are ones that are shared with others. Over the years, we have collaborated with a number of organizations and groups whose mission and goals complement ours. The work we accomplish together is greater than anything we might do alone. We welcome new partners and future “long-time friends,” so if you are interested in exploring the possibility partnering with us, please call us at (830) 935-4568 or email Chris Holmes, Executive Director. Our current partners and friends are:
John Knox Ranch is a camp, conference, and retreat center related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
We relate to and serve the 170+ congregations of Mission Presbytery, a regional geographic gathering of Presbyterian Churches in Central and South Texas.
As a leading national authority in youth development, the ACA works to preserve, promote, and improve the camp experience. John Knox Ranch is accredited by the ACA, and thus commited to association is committed to providing:
The mission of PCCCA is to equip leaders for ministries of discipleship, community building and the care of Creation. It seeks to provide a common voice and shared vision for Presbyterian camp and conference ministry. The association offers many educational and connectional events. PCCCA also provides a quarterly e-newsletter, a directory of camp and conference centers, representation on national committees, consulting services, an online repository of resources, job listings, special discounts on products/services and a network of collegial support.
The USFWS embraces the mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. John Knox Ranch has partnered with them to improve the environment of our site by 1) planting native Texas hardwood trees, 2) reintroducing native grass species to our grassland, 3) managing ash juniper (cedar) growth, and 4) educating guests about the nature and importance of this work.
Children who are grieving can experience a sense of isolation as they struggle with deep and complicated feelings. Often, these children know no one else who has suffered a similar loss. Camp Brave Heart, staffed by counselors experienced in child and adolescent grief support, helps campers ages 6 to 17 discover that they are not alone. Swimming, hiking, campfires, hayrides, sing-a-longs, crafts and a low-level ropes course are just a few of the activities that campers enjoy. Over the course of three days packed with recreational and therapeutic activities, campers hear each other’s stories, explore their grief in a safe and understanding environment, and learn ways to help them cope with their loss.
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