A longtime summer camp for kids, Camp Champions near Marble Falls hosts retreats and classes for adults in the offseason.

Champions Retreat is a summer camp experience in the offseason

At Champions Retreat near Marble Falls, enjoy a custom-designed group outing on the shores of Lake LBJ while participating in a seemingly endless array of land and water activities. Young people can experience one of Texas’ premier summer camps in the offseason. Grownups can relive their own summer camp days.

Champions Retreat is part of the popular Camp Champions, founded in 1967 by Texas Longhorns coach Darrell Royal, All-American swimmer and “Mayor” of Luckenbach Hondo Crouch, Major League Baseball player Pete Runnels, and longtime Southwest Conference football official Horton Nesrsta. Initially a boys-only encampment, it later went co-ed and began hosting offseason retreats and educational programs.

Look around the property of this Burnet County lodging and you might conclude that this is not your parents’ or grandparents’ summer camp. Champions Retreat packs in more recreational amenities than you’ll find in many four-star resorts. 

Visitors can ascend a climbing wall, slither down a waterslide, play beach volleyball, tennis, or disc golf, go waterskiing or kayaking on Lake LBJ, hike a nature trail, and gather around a campfire — among other fun activities.

Long accustomed to feeding hungry crowds, Camp Champions’ dining venue, The Fillin’ Station, can seat 500 at a time. Lunch and dinner typically feature an entrée plus a salad bar and sandwich station. The culinary staff is also happy to color outside the lines and help you plan an outdoor barbecue or a themed menu.

Offseason visitors sleep in the same overnight digs as summer campers. The lakefront cabins each come with six sets of bunkbeds, and there are central restrooms and showers.  

Champions Retreat hosts Scouting, school, and church groups as well as corporate events. The facility has assembly and breakout rooms and outdoor meeting spaces.

Camp Champions offers another offseason program: The Outdoor School, which is geared toward children in grades 4-12 and their teachers. The school offers one- to four-night stays and features daytime classes along with nighttime activities. A diverse curriculum includes art, writing, nature study, and outdoor skills.

With these out-of-season offerings, Camp Champions has expanded the camp experience beyond summer and made it more accessible to kids and adults.

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Camp Champions, Champions Retreat, and The Outdoor School are located at 775 Camp Road, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Call 830-598-2571 or email info@campchampions.com.

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