However, the camp will come under new ownership this year. Dan Neal and his wife Andrea will be taking over from Dan’s mother, Jane Neal as well as his aunt, Judy Kirtly.
The camp was founded in 1971 by Neal’s grandparents, Carter and Trudy Lester.
“They cashed out all their retirement, bought a 128-acre cotton farm in Round Rock, Texas, off of Gattis School Road and began Camp Doublecreek,” Neal said.
Camp Doublecreek is a day camp that offers horseback riding, camp games, archery, miniature golf and a low ropes challenge course.
“Camp is thriving,” Neal said. “And what I mean by that is our enrollment is up and doing well. We did have a successful year last year, even despite COVID, we were able to run 10 weeks with no confirmed cases. And we feel like our legacy is to continue to serve our camp families for the next hopefully 50 years.”
The third generation of family ownership is matched by a second and third generation of campers. Many of the parents of children attending the camp this were preceded by their own parents and in some cases even their grandparents, according to Neal.
“[The camp] started off with approximately 36 kids that first week,” Neal said. “Now we run an average of about 300 kids a week. We're still ages 4 to 14 and very happy to have that legacy, for all those years to have had all those memories and traditions and impact on families.”