About Us

Why Choose Kiowa?

  • Our Activities…Extraordinarily Fun, Unique and Enriching
  • Our Team…Authentic Servant Leaders
  • Our Intention…To Encourage Ultimate Potential
  • Our Experience…Well-Rounded and Tremendously Vast


Have fun! Live intentionally! Value one another! Live more abundantly!
Just a few of the reasons Kiowa is right for you!

Our Mission & 5 Guiding Pillars

We Encourage the Discovery of Unlimited Authentic Joy!

Extraordinary happiness found in so many ways…

  • An arrow that finally hits the bulls-eye.
  • The robot that gets programmed perfectly.
  • The cheers from our friends after the song so brilliantly sang.

Our Goals for Each Camper:

  • Make 2 new friends
  • Try 2 new things
  • Learn 2 new attributes (about you)
  • Recognize opportunity
  • Be Confident following through
  • Enjoy the process 

Our Guiding Pillars

LOVE  (It’s our Intention)

Battling a world of false hope and insecure love, our campers learn genuine methods to share this attribute. Through age appropriate, group conversations, we give them the tools to understand the value in giving and receiving authentic love.

FAITH (It’s our Foundation)

Faith is that feeling when you KNOW there is direction in your life.

We spend our lives acting on Faith. Faith is the right words, the right job, the right friends, the right school. Brian and his team provide camp as a response to THEIR OWN FAITH. When we take action around our Faith, life works out. More opportunity. More fulfillment.

Our goal is to encourage campers to confidently follow their increasing levels of personal Faith.

INTEGRITY (Doing the right thing…when with others…and when not)

Decisions, thoughts and actions based on VALUES…not on personal gain. It’s ALWAYS the best decision. Our campers will find comfort in that truth. No hiding. No trying to be someone you’re not.

RESPECT (Everyone and Everything)

Respect has to be practiced in every situation. Our campers understand the benefit of letting others “go first,” helping their cabin mates clean a friend’s space and complimenting others.

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 RESPONSIBILITY (Your Action – You Own It)

Teaching responsibility isn’t done with a “do this” mentality. It starts with a LEADERSHIP EXAMPLE. Our campers learn how to take “respectful control” of their own belongings, space and time.

Brian and His Family

Following 18 years on a Kansas farm with his parents and 5 siblings, Brian earned a bachelor’s degree and went on to receive his Masters Degree from the University of Kansas.

Nearing the end of graduate school, Brian relocated to the state of Maine where he spent his first 3 years at summer camp.

In 2001, he opted to broaden his camp experience in the Texas Hill Country. In 2004 he married Jennifer (a registered nurse) and shortly afterward purchased Camp Kiowa.

Originating on the college campus at Texas Woman’s University, Brian saw the potential to focus on individual campers’ gifts through an extraordinarily fun overnight camp experience.

Confidence, relational abilities, communication, problem solving & social skills are developed through safe challenges. Kiowa fosters extremely positive results.

Kiowa helps discover the rare joy that leads to personal  professional success and extraordinary influence.

By 2009, the purchase of the 81 acre Lone Oak Ranch property had been made and plans to provide the Kiowa experience, as well as retreats, weddings, family, corporate and church events came to fruition.

Brian and Jennifer, along with their 4 children (Joseph, Claire, Luke and Eli), live outside of Lindsay, Texas and only 15 minutes from Camp Kiowa.

Our CORE Team

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Kristin Hillestad

Camp Director

Kristin was born and raised in Bryan/College Station, Texas. She played tennis for North Central Texas College then went on to transfer to Texas A&M University (WHOOP!).  She is a Senior majoring in Human Resource Development with a minor in Business. She has been a member of the Kiowa family since Summer of 2017, starting out as a Counselor & Lifeguard, teaching Camping + Survival classes, before becoming Director! She is so grateful for every opportunity and is excited to “give back” and create more beautiful, crazy, fun memories with her tribe at Kiowa!

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Lisa Savage

Facilities Manager

Lisa was raised in Fort Worth and attended Southwest High School and Texas Wesleyan University where she earned a B. BA in Business Education. The Summer of 2017, She was the Horsemanship instructor for Camp Kiowa teaching campers how to properly ride and work with horses. Lisa and her husband of 20 years, Lee, have 5 dogs – Mena, Lana, Krista, Nikki (all Rottweilers) and Polly (the pound puppy).

Laura Wyrick


Laura was born and raised in Gainesville, Texas where grew up with 6 sibling on their 87 acre family farm. She currently attends North Central Texas College studying Animal Science planning to attend Tarleton State University. She has been a member of the Kiowa family since Summer of 2016. She cannot wait to meet our new campers and reunite with our returning tribe! She’s looking forward to making more crazy, fun filled memories with her Kiowa family!

Our Location

“1 hour from Dallas…a million miles from the city.”

Only 60 minutes north of DFW airport, Camp Kiowa is located on 81, private acres in the wooded, rolling hills of North Texas.

Just off a quiet, paved country road and only 1 right turn off of Interstate 35, Kiowa’s privacy is protected by only 2 entrance gates to camp.

From Dallas/Fort Worth:
North on I-35
Exit #483 (Lone Oak Rd)
Veer right off I-35
Stay on Lone Oak Rd for 11 miles to 4 way stop sign
Go through 4 way stop sign and travel 4 miles
We’re on your right.

From Oklahoma City:
South on I-35 to Gainesville
Exit Highway 82 (turn left/east) – approx. 2.5 miles
Exit Grande Ave/372 – turn right on Grande Ave
Go through Gainesville to a dead end (stop sign).
Turn left 3/4 mile following 372
Curve right at dead end and follow for 7 miles
We’re on your left.