Camp founded by Kinky Friedman’s parents not reopening in 2014

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A summer ranch camp founded on 400 acres in Texas by Kinky Friedman’s parents will not be reopening next summer.

Echo Hill Ranch was founded in 1952 by Dr. S. Thomas Friedman and Minnie Samet Friedman as a noncompetitive, child-centered ranch camp for boys and girls ages 6–14. Ownership was passed onto the Friedmans three children, country singer Kinky, Roger and Marcie. The camp was run by Roger and his wife Roz.

A letter on the camp’s website has details of the decision to not reopen:

Our dream, ten years ago when Roz and I began running the camp, was to create a wholesome, caring
community where your kids were free to play, learn about themselves and others, come to love the natural
world, and develop skills and friendships that would last them a life time. We want to thank you, the
wonderful parents, who have entrusted your children with us over these years, and given us the opportunity
to live our dream.

Now with a heavy heart we need to let you know that throughout the past year we’ve been involved in
lengthy discussions as well as family business mediation regarding the future of the camp with our business
partners, Kinky and Marcie Friedman. Though the camp has been successful in the areas that matter most
to us, our business partners do not share our desire to continue the camp. Their viewpoint, combined with
the increasing effort that it takes, at our age, to maintain an excellent, small private camp, has led us in the
past few weeks to the painful decision to not re-open Echo Hill in 2014.

Kinky, a country musician and self-styled modern day Mark Twain or Will Rogers who is also known for his work as a novelist, humorist and politician, lives on the grounds of the camp and is the founder of the nearby Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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