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Meet the Directors

Justin and Diane Hawkins

Justin, Owner/Director
Diane, Registrar/Store Manager

Hey there! I’m Justin Hawkins and I’ve been the Director/Owner here at Vista Camps since 2004. I’ve had the privilege of living at camp my entire life, with the exception of being in Lubbock, TX while attending college… Wreck’Em Tech!!! While there I earned my degree in Business Management and always knew I’d end up back here at camp — my favorite place on Earth!

Being here all my life, I am the guy involved in all aspects of camp. From the business side, to the dining hall, to handing out ice cream at snack, I am here making sure we have the best program for all the boys and girls we are blessed to know each and every summer.

My wife Diane and I get to work together. She’s our Camp Registrar and Store Manager while also overseeing the Infirmary. She’s the BEST hugger around! Diane is happiest when she’s helping others and having heart to heart conversations.

We have three beautiful children, Taylor, Hayes, and Ruth, along with our two dogs, Rio (he’s famous), and Sugar, and our cat June Bug Jones (she rules the roost). Taylor lives for camp and when she’s not in the cabin you can find her at the stables helping with horseback. Hayes is the sweetheart of our house and loves to give hugs just like his momma. Ruth is our youngest but, definitely the wild child of the bunch, and Hayes’ shadow — where he goes, she goes.

Being a third-generation camp owner I’ve had the privilege of seeing first-hand what camp does for kids and it’s amazing to watch how lives are changed and friendships are made here at camp.

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John and Kathy Hawkins

Owners

John wears many hats at camp, taking care of the grounds and keeping it beautiful is his true love. His expertise is evident in our beautiful, well maintained facilities and in the dining hall where delicious, nutritious, hot meals are served six times a day.

He is active with the stock show association, and currently serves on the Kerr County Emergency Services Board for District #1. He also served on the Ingram School Board for many years and as president of C.A.M.P. (Camping Association for Mutual Progress). Kathy is a University of Texas-Austin graduate and a registered nurse who has many years of experience as a youth camper. She has worked in the camp office and the infirmary and recently retired from the hospital in Kerrville. They have three children who have all worked at camp. Their oldest son, Justin, now works at camp full-time.

Beth Rumbo

Camp Sierra Vista Director

Hi! My name is Beth Rumbo and I am incredibly blessed to be the Director of Sierra Vista for girls. I believe in the power of camp and the community of compassion it creates. I consider my job a calling to support the next generation of women. At camp, girls can flourish. They discover what makes them unique, they build character and they are fully known and loved for who they are.

Originally from a large family in Michigan, I received a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology from Central Michigan University. After college, I moved to Texas and met my husband Justin working at a camp for kid’s with learning differences. I started my career in the mental health field and worked as a Recreational Therapist at a local hospital.

I made a career shift back to camping in 2012 when we moved to Vista Camps. We have two wonderfully kind daughters, Makenna, and Lily. Makenna is our sweet social butterfly. She greets everyone with a hug and has a heart filled with compassion. Lily is our spunky ray of sunshine who enjoys telling jokes, laughing as much as possible and friendly competition. For fun, I enjoy basketball, hiking, running, volunteering for our local schools, and coaching youth volleyball and basketball.

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Jacob Groves

Camp Rio Vista Director

Hey everyone! I am Jacob Groves and I am the Boys Camp Director. I grew up going to many different types of summer camps, mission trips and lots of travel with family. My childhood felt like a summer camp because I grew up in a household of 9 people! I love working in the summer camp industry because of the difference it made in my life when I was young. I learned how to break out of my comfort zone and tap into my creative side thanks to camping.

I studied Communications at Abilene Christian University. During my summers, I was a counselor at another Texas summer camp. After I graduated in 2013, I worked for Disney Cruise Lines in the family entertainment department. I met my wife, Marisol, and we worked on the ships for 3 years. We traveled to amazing destinations such as Alaska, British Isles, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and many more islands! Marisol also worked at a summer camp during college and she loves being a camp mom!

During our first three years of marriage, I went back to school for my MBA while I recruited high school students for Abilene Christian University. We have two boys, Chava and Santi. God blessed Marisol and I because they are the sweetest kids in the world (I may be biased!). In 2019, we made the shift back into summer camps and I have been living the dream life since then! I believe that summer camp is a great opportunity for campers to develop into exceptional people. As a camp director, my favorite thing is seeing the progression of a first time camper during the term. I love helping kids make camp their second home!

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