About Us

Camp of the Hills is a ministry dedicated to revealing and glorifying Jesus Christ by providing life-changing experiences to deserving children from low-income communities.

Core Values

LOVE WELL – We will show and share God’s love with everyone involved with CotH.

GOD IS GOOD – We believe God is always present; leading and sustaining His work through CotH

PURSUE EXCELLENCE – We value doing the best we can with what God has given us.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP – We value, recognize and embrace the opportunities others have to be involved in God’s work through CotH

Our History

Camp began in the summer of 1990 when two men of faith brought eight inner city kids from Houston’s 5th Ward to the shores of Lake Travis for a few days of camping, swimming and fishing. The kids had never experienced the outdoors and had been asked to leave another summer camp for behavior reasons. They camped and cooked under the stars on land owned by Nelson Lewis, a contractor and rancher who lived nearby in the small community of Smithwick. There were no facilities or infrastructure. Over time, camp acquired a 105-acre site and, with primarily volunteer labor, constructed a main building, seven boy’s and girl’s cabins, two bath houses, a laundry room, eight sponsor cabins, water and wastewater systems and a concrete swimming hole. Camp of the Hills operates on an extremely lean annual operating budget and with a handful of paid staff. Approximately 80% of operating funds are comprised of charitable gifts. Camp leverages this budget of annual donations with thousands of volunteer hours. Since 1990, over 14,000 children have been introduced to the love of Christ through this ministry.



Michael Thames

Executive Director

Michael joined the staff in June 2011 as Development Director. He was a former camp counselor in 1998 & 1999, where he met, fell in love with and got engaged to Cara, the camp nurse. Michael and Cara worked full-time in inner- city ministry for over 10 years and brought children to Camp of the Hills every summer. They have three children, Tristan, Brendan, and Eden. Michael and Cara have a passion for at-risk children and seeing them come to know and be transformed by Jesus.

drewbowenDrew Bowen

Program Director

Drew has a long history with Camp of the Hills, serving as a volunteer, Camp Assistant, Counselor, and Camp Director before being hired as Program Director. He and his wife, Amanda, fell in love at camp and their wedding was the first event in our new dining hall. Despite run-ins with errant rocks to the head and almost-dead rattlesnakes over the years, there’s nowhere on Earth that Drew feels more at home. His passion for recruiting new counselors and staff stems from a love of sharing what God is doing at camp, and imagining ways for others’ talents and passions to join in that good work.

Vicki Davis

Office Manager

Vicki moved into the Marble Falls area in 2006 and began volunteering at CotH in the off season. In 2010, when the Camp hired a full time office manager, Vicki filled the position. She and her husband James have 2 adult sons, Alex and Mason. Vicki is passionate about Jesus and the study of His Word. Her hobbies include jewelry making and salt-water fishing.

Hannah Strand

Retreat/Volunteer Coordinator

Hannah joined Camp of the Hills in July of 2017 as the Retreat/Volunteer Coordinator. She has a history of working in a variety of positions within camp ministry. Hannah has a passion for the outdoors and how the gospel can be shared through exploring and adventuring in creation. Hannah loves nature, cheese, reading, painting while listening to folk music, learning about people, and seeking a genuine relationship with Jesus.

Board of Directors

Camp of the Hills is a non-profit organization that relies on our Board of Directors for leadership and guidance. The Board meets throughout the year to guide the ministry of COTH and bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus.

2017 Camp of the Hills Board of Directors

Donnie & Rayne Barfield

Greg & Sue Barnhill

Ronnie & Judy Brooks

Danny & Kathy Davis

Lacy Haney

Kent Leighton

Hank & Janet Lewis

Ken & Diane Martin

Dick Rantzow