With Christmas right around the corner, the spirit of giving is in the air all across Texas, and northwest of San Antonio the great people at the Texas Catholic Boys Camp (Tecaboca) are giving youth and their families one of the greatest gifts of all — a stronger spiritual connection to God, family and Church. We managed to catch up with Executive Director Kay Tally-Foos for a quick Q&A to get a better idea of what all Tecaboca has to offer.
In your own words, how would you describe Tecaboca?
Tecaboca is a year round retreat center and youth and family camp located northwest of San Antonio in Mountain Home, a ministry of the Marianist Province of the U.S. It is 100 acres of Texas Hill Country with Johnson Creek running through it. Many people call Tecaboca a holy place, a sacred place, or simply “home” because of the unique experiences they have had at Tecaboca. It is not fancy, but comfortable, with heated, but not air conditioned, housing for over 100 people.
What sort of fundraiser are you holding? And how can people help?
Tecaboca has been offered a donation of $20,000 by Chris and Ruth Avery (Chris is CEO/President of James Avery Jewelry) if we can raise $20,000 from other individuals. People can donate to the challenge by going to our website or sending a check to Tecaboca, 5045 Junction Highway, Mountain Home, TX 78058.
Does Tecaboca have any upcoming events that you’re particularly excited about?
Family Advent Retreat, December 11-13 and 18-20, for families to take a break from the hectic Christmas season, and take a moment to remember the journey of Advent.
Are there any new additions to Tecaboca in the works?
We are launching an Environmental Science program for 4-8 graders this February.
What are your favorite elements of Tecaboca?
The peacefulness is my favorite thing; but I am always impressed with how God speaks to different people in different ways here — the outdoor spaces, the laughter and the camp activities. So many things are offered here that God is able to reach folks that might not have ever known they were seeking Him.
What are some things that visitors should know before visiting?
It is in a rural area, without city conveniences nearby. When you enter the gates, you get to the main part of the facility by crossing the river over a road that runs just below a dam that has water rushing over it. It looks a little scary, but it safe, and has been for 65 years!
In your opinion, what is Tecaboca’s best feature?
The river with the cliffs as the backdrop.
If you could describe Tecaboca in one word, what would it be?