We live for this! Our year round staff are dedicated to upholding the traditions, values and programs that have made Camp La Junta one of the premier summer camps in Texas for over 90 years.
Larry first attended Camp La Junta in 1948 while his father, Luther Graham, was running the camps’ ranch services. Upon receiving an appointment to attend the Naval Academy, where he played varsity football and pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, he left camping for ten years. After serving with the Navy Seals in active duty, and living three years in the Amazon River Basin designing and building jungle hospitals, Larry returned home in 1968 to take over for his father as Camp Director.
Always an adventurous spirit, Larry is responsible for many of the unique activity aspects of the current program as well as the philosophy of the Camp La Junta program.
His goal became the expansion of each boy’s self-confidence through the exposure to and mastery of new and challenging activities. Through his innovative Advanced Camper program, he was able to bring the La Junta program to a conclusion that took an enhanced self-image and added self-reliance.
Blake joined the staff in 1982 as a Junior at San Antonio’s Trinity University. After two summers as a Senior Counselor, Blake became a full-time Program Director in 1984. He is also very involved in the community, having served as president of Texas’ Camping Association for Mutual Progress (C.A.M.P.), Hunt School Board Member, Church Elder, Sunday School Teacher, UGRA Board Member, Board Member at Our Lady of the Hills High School and OLH Golf Coach.
Cheryl joined the La Junta family in 1985 as a Senior Counselor and Riding Instructor. After completing her degree at Trinity University she moved to Hunt and began to assume the daily operations of the office. She has been involved in Junior Service Guild, First Presbyterian Church Choir, school volunteer and booster clubs and teaches yoga on the side.
They have two grown sons, Josh and Ben, who both attended UT Austin.
Together Blake and Cheryl have expanded the summer program and facilities through the years. They are pioneers in the camping industry for their open and thorough parent communications as well as their ability to weave the camp philosophy throughout every aspect of the La Junta program.
Scott moved to Hunt to become part of the La Junta family at Christmas 2006. Originally from Dallas, Scott grew up attending camp, worked his way through college at camp and even spent his four years at Baylor attaining his degree in Recreation Management so he could go back to camp. After a brief stint Pine Cove, Scott spent 6 years as the Camp Director at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, a special needs camp in central Texas. Scott brings a diverse perspective to Camp La Junta. Scott is key to the operations, programming, staffing and training at camp. He is a past President of C.A.M.P. , a member of Young Men’s Business League, the founders of La Junta’s DreamKamp, a Sunday school teacher, youth sports coach and a school mentor.
Katie, his wife and fellow Baylor Alumni, joined the La Junta year ’round staff nine years ago to coordinate special projects. Her key involvement centers around the Camp Store, Food Service, Infirmary, Parent Relations and Marketing.
They have two sons who grew up as CLJ Campers and are now counselors. Caleb is 19 and is a Freshman at Middlebury College in Vermont; Asher is 17 and is a Senior at Tivy High School.
A former La Junta All Around Cowboy, David’s La Junta Experience began as an eight-year-old camper in 1968. An experienced horseman and outdoorsman from Lake Charles, La., David has missed but one summer making the progression from camper to counselor to head of riding to assistant director in the process. His major responsibilities include our string of horses, ranch and physical plant. Locally Dave is involved as a Church Elder, youth leader, community volunteer and fill in school bus driver!
Dave’s wife, Autumn, is a Christian educator in Kerrville. They have three grown children, Zachary, Halie, and Luke. They also have two grandchildren, Anna and Griffin Maxwell.
David is not only responsible for keeping things running smoothly throughout the year, but he brings an important perspective of tradition to the program, staff and campers. His life and career have embodied the ideals of camp and the success of personal camping experiences as well.
Email: David firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp La Junta welcomed Cindy Zastrow to the Registrar’s chair in September of 2015. A Kerrville native and a Hunt School mom, Cindy mans registration and the phones each day to get you organized and ready for camp.
Cindy attended college at Southeast Missouri State on a basketball scholarship. She and her family live here in Hunt where her husband is a Ranch Manager. Together, they have three children, Noah, Micah (both CLJ Campers) and Aaralynn.
Email: Cindy email@example.com
Colton joined the Camp La Junta family immediately after his graduation from Baylor University in May of 2016. A Kerrville native, Colton studied Recreation and Sports Management in Waco before deciding that a career in Summer Camp was his calling. A multi-sport athlete in High School, Colton worked with the athletic program for four years in college.
Colton and his wife Klare live onsite with their daughter, Adaline. Both are involved with Young Life and Colton helps coach a local high school golf team.
Email: Colton firstname.lastname@example.org
Handpicked role models. Energetic. Engaging. Supportive.
Each summer, our team expands by more than 70 staff members. Counselors and support staff are carefully selected based on their character, commitment, and ability to serve as positive role models.
We seek to hire the very best people we can find at Camp La Junta, and our thorough hiring process reflects this. Each new applicant is interviewed and screened before contracted to work in the summer. The process includes a complete application, an in-depth interview, background check and references.
Our summer team is a healthy balance of return staff, fresh new staff and a valuable complement of counselors who grew up at camp, themselves.
After selection, our staff participates in an extensive staff training which covers the total camp experience from camper/staff interaction policies to dealing with homesickness to teaching a fun and safe activity class. In addition to safety, it is our intention that our college aged staff excel at providing admirable role models. We expect staff to be committed to putting their talent and energy into all aspects of each boy’s camp experience, from cabin life to class and play time. Training assures our staff are well-equipped to handle the days’ challenges and make an enthusiastic, nurturing team for our campers.