Youth camp launches fundraising drive

A Presbyterian youth camp along the Blanco River that was damaged in the floods of 2015 has launched a fundraising drive inspired by a pledge from an anonymous donor to match all donations up to $400,000 that come in by the end of next year.

“Light the Match,” as the campaign is being called, would fund the rebuilding of cabins, bathrooms and other facilities at John Knox Ranch Camp in Fischer that were destroyed by the floods, as well as replenish the camp’s scholarship fund and invest in “strategic planning and youth leadership.”

The donor is a former camper motivated by memories of their time at the camp, as well as the impact it had on their life.

John Knox Ranch is located on 300 acres which encompasses the headwaters of Carpers Creek, grass Savannahs and hardwood forests. In addition to youth camp, the site houses year round cabin rentals, team-building activities, retreat hosting, church officer training, family reunions and weddings.

Each summer, camp is held for students entering grades 2-12 as well as a day camp for kids aged 4 to 8. Activities include swimming, archery, rappelling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, nature discovery, ropes challenge course, Bible study and spiritual formation, canoeing and more.

Donations are accepted through the website,, and at John Knox Ranch, 1661 John Knox Road, Fischer, TX, 78623.

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