The History of Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children
Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children was established in 1984 in memory of Charles Schreiner V, son of Mary Helen and Charlie Schreiner IV and grandson of Daurice and Jim Bowmer. Charles Schreiner V (also known as Baby Charlie) was born with a congenital heart defect, and after a courageous battle for almost a year, he passed away at the age of eleven months. Baby Charlie spent nearly all of his eleven months of life in the hospital and his grandparents wanted to create a place where children could get away from the hospital with their families for a few days and just be a part of nature. The Bowmers started Baby Charlie’s Fishing Camp and they, along with Mary Helen and Charlie, brought children and their parents from nearby Scott & White Hospital to fish on the Lampasas River.
The fishing camp grew, and the Bowmer family expanded and started what is now Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children on 120 acres adjacent to the Lampasas River. The retreat serves over 5,000 children with chronic illnesses and special needs each year. The children participate in three programs at the retreat: Summer Camp Program, Weekend Program or Environmental Education Program.
Camps at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom
Peaceable Kingdom holds different types of programs, that fit perfectly with your Camp needs. Please see brief descriptions below and contact us about having your camp at our Retreat!
Environmental Education Program
Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children Environmental Education Program (EEP) currently serves 15+ school districts in the central Texas area. This program is designed to work alongside the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Individualized Education Plans (IEP) curriculum required for students in the state of Texas. Our EEP staff, work directly with teachers and campus staff to customize each visit to maximize the student’s education experience at the retreat. Students may participate in our many activities such as the 2.5 miles of nature trails, science, language arts, mathematics and social studies activities designed around our unique location and surrounding natural habitats, swimming, historic log cabin, dinosaur tracks, movie theater, drama & music area, arts and crafts, fishing, animal experiences, and ropes/challenge course.
Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children is the place for you to hold your weekend retreat! Our weekend retreats are made up of mission-focused groups and non-mission groups. These weekend retreats can be as relaxed or active as you desire them to be. Laura Nickel, our Program Director works with each group to customize their retreats.
Contact Laura today to schedule a retreat for your group!