Sentinel Peak Preserve is a Non-Profit organization created to 


the land in the Texas Hill Country known as The Devil's Backbone on Hwy 32.  These magnificent 2,382 acres which includes the Blanco River have been host to the Boy Scout Camp called El Rancho Cima for over 63 years.  

Join us and help raise $24.5 Million to purchase and preserve this beautiful land.

The Sam Houston Area Council  (SHAC) is selling this camp which falls in both Hays County and Comal Counties and we are asking for public and private donations to purchase and preserve this land.

Our mission is to preserve the camp for future use for generations and protect our natural resources. 

Our vision is to continue to host campers, girls and boys and families teaching outdoor skills, aquatics, land stewardship, water conservation and life skills taught in Scouting programs.




Support the efforts of this community of people who want to see this beautiful land shared with kids and families for camping, hiking, archery, cooking, aquatics, canoeing and learning about land stewardship and water conservation.


We are now accepting donations via this web site or by mail. 

(Look for the green box "Donate Now"  with the PayPal icon below.)

Mail checks payable to: 

Sentinel  Peak Preserve

13501 Ranch Road 12 

Suite 103

Wimberley, Texas 78676

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Is Sentinel Peak Preserve a registered non-profit?

YES. SPP is a newly formed non-profit organization registered with the State of Texas and awaiting the 501c3 designation from the IRS.

Is my donation Tax deductible?

YES. When we have our 501C3 designation, we will share the tax information with all donors.

What does SPP do with the funds raised?

SPP is a group of volunteers raising money to purchase the 2,382 acres of land formerly known as El Rancho Cima Boy Scout Camp. Currently, all money raised is put into a bank account for the purpose of the land purchase. Administrative costs such as marketing , T-shirts, legal fees and filing fees have all been paid for by the volunteers of SPP. The balance of the funds donated will be donated or returned after any transactions fees, postage and marketing materials are deducted.

What happens to the funds raised if someone else purchases the land?

Under $1,000 will be donated to an organization with similar goals of preserving land and rivers.

Over $1,000 donation by an individual or entity will be returned to the individual or entity unless otherwise directed.

Who will run the camp if SPP purchases this land?

WE WILL. The SPP Board of Directors are all current or former Boy Scouts and either camped here or were on Staff and all are currently involved in Scouting. Our goal is to own and operate this camp and invite the community, youth groups, families, church groups and corporations for events and retreats.

How can I donate?

We take donations via Pay Pal on this website. 

We accept checks and pledges at:


13501 RR 12

Suite 103

Wimberley, Texas 78676


Carmie McCallum

 Dr. Carmalita (Carmie} McCallum President

Education: B. S. Texas State University 1978; 

M.S. Sam Houston State University 1987; 

PhD Texas A&M University 2000 

Work Experience: 34 years in Public Education, Teacher, Elementary Principal, Assistant Middle School Principal, High School Alternative Principal, Pre K-8th grade District Curriculum Supervisor, College Lecturer for Senior Methods, Reading, Director of Student Teaching at Texas A&M.

Camp Experience: Worked on camp staff 12 years. 

She was an Aquatic Director at El Rancho Cima’s Cockrell River Camp and Horseshoe Bend, Camp Strake, and Buffalo Gap Scout Reservation for a total of eight years.  She was Head Wrangler at Horseshoe Bend for two summers. Carmie was a year round Camp Director at Bovay Scout Ranch for two years.

Other: She currently resides in the Bryan/College Station Area and runs a cow calf operation. She is an Assistant Scoutmaster, Mother of four children and has been married to David for 39 years. 

Dallas Oldham


Dallas Oldham


Education: B.S. Texas Tech University International Economics; M.S. University of Texas Austin Economics.


Work Experience

Dallas has worked in international tax as a transfer pricing specialist since 1998.

 He is currently the transfer pricing economist at Fluor Corporation.


Camp Experience

Summer camp staff at El Rancho Cima from 1979-1986 Dallas worked at both camps; Cockrell River and Horseshoe Bend.

 Other: Dallas grew up in San Marcos, not Houston. His first relationship with this land began not as a camper but, like most folks from the Hill Country, with the view of Sentinel Peak from Ranch Road 32. In his case it was the early 70’s and the view was from the back seat of the car most weekends because it was on the way to his grandparent’s house. A few years later through a combination of luck and fate, he was privileged to be able to be a part of the summer camp staff.  

Dallas lives in Denton, Texas with his wife Carla.  

Robert Wise


Colin Parish

 Colin T. Parrish

Education:Cy-Fair High School - Houston, Texas; Creighton University - Omaha, Nebraska. 

Colin is a founding partner at Statehouse Consultants, former Governor's Adviser for Budget, Policy and Planning under Texas Governor Rick Perry and former adviser for the Texas Transportation Commission. Former Chief of Staff at Texas House of Representatives. 

Camp Experience: Worked as camp staff at El Rancho Cima’s Horseshoe Bend in 1987, as an In Training Counselor in the Nature Area, Commissary, and Horse Program. 1988-1993 as a Wrangler in the Horse Program and Boots and Saddles. 

Other: Colin is an Eagle Scout, serves as a Board Member at Capitol Credit Union, and serves on the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Advisory Committee.  Colin lives in Austin, Texas, where he resides with his wife Anneliese and their two sons Colin and Miles, both future campers at El Rancho Cima. 

SPP Board of Directors

David McCallum


David  McCallum

Education: B. A. Texas State University 2002

Work Experience: Camp Ranger at Bovay Scout Ranch, Camp Strake, El Rancho Cima, and Bear Creek Scout Reservation for 23 years total. Served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Ranch Manager for a Registered Brangus herd. Equine consultant

Camp Experience: Worked on summer camp staff for 35 years . El Rancho Cima’s Cockrell

River Camp he worked in the Skills Area, Field Sports Director, and Camp Director. Horseshoe Bend, Program Director, Camp Director, and Head Wrangler. 

Other: Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow.  Currently resides in the 

Bryan/College Station Area and runs a cow/calf operation. Presently an Assistant Scoutmaster, 

father of five children, and married to Carmalita for 39 years.

Ben Halpern


Benjamin D. Halpern

Education:  B. A. University of Texas 1995; 

M.B.A. Texas Tech University Graduate School of 

Business 1998; 

J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law 1998

Work Experience: 19 years experience in commercial real estate, business enterprises and 

commercial finance law.

Camp Experience: Worked as camp staff at El Rancho Cima’s Cockrell River Camp between 

1987-1994 in such capacities as Skills staff, Skills Director and Commissioner 

Other: Ben is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member and Founder’s Award recipient.  He was a 

member of the Order of the Arrow’s national champion Pre-Ordeal Ceremonial Team in 1990 

and 1992 and Brotherhood Ceremonial Team in 1992.  Ben currently serves as an Assistant 

Scoutmaster in Plano, Texas, where he resides with his wife and four children. 

Tom Rhodes


Thomas (Tom) Frank Rhodes

Education:  B. S. Degree University of Texas 1964; M.Ed. North Texas State University 1972

Work Experience: 42 years in Public Education. Teacher, Curriculum Consultant, Elementary 

Principal, Assistant Middle School Principal.

Camp Experience: Worked 6 years including Wrangler, Aquatics, Aquatics Director

Other: Currently resides in Pert, Texas and runs a cattle ranch.

Woody Woodruff

Robert “Woody” Woodruff

Education: Attended Southwest Texas State & Western Oregon State 1984– 1989.

Work Experience: Safety, Emergency, & Risk Management for educational settings. Owner of a

training consulting business, Protective Interventions, specializing in training behavioral 

interventions to staff who work with persons who have intellectual disabilities and are served by 

a Texas Home & Community Based Service Program.

Camp Experience: Scout camper in Strake and El Rancho Cima. Camp Staff at Cima, River 

Camp from 1977-1981.

Other: Eagle Scout, OA Brotherhood Member, Lifetime Girl Scout, father of four daughters, two 

of whom worked as camps staff at Cockrell River Camp

Steve Payne


Mr. Payne has over 25 years of Governmental Affairs, Public Relations and Energy Consulting experience. He has provided government affairs representation to the countries of Pakistan, Azerbaijan and the UAE as well as corporations such as JP Morgan, SAP Software, Continental Airlines, Boeing & Lockheed Martin. 

Camp Experience: From 1979 to 1986, Payne served on the campstaff of El Rancho Cima at both Horseshoe Bend and River Camp. He more recently served on the Board of Directors of the Sam Houston Area Council from 2006 to 2010, Mr. Payne later served on the Sam Houston Area Council Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017. At the BSA national level, Payne served on the National Fund Development Committee from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Payne is also a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. 

As an expert in the energy industry, Mr. Payne chaired a NATO Future Leaders Forum comprised of leaders from thirty-five NATO member and partner countries.

Mr. Payne also served as a Senior Presidential Advance Representative of The White House. In this role, he traveled with President Bush to Jordan for the Red Sea Summit in June 2003, with Vice President Cheney to the Middle East in 2002 & 2005, Kazakhstan in 2006, and Afghanistan for the historic inauguration of Afghan President Karzai. Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Payne served in several capacities during President Bush’s campaigns as well as roles in Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s office, and at the Texas State Capitol. Mr. Payne has served as a Board Member of the National Defense University Foundation, was Deputy Director and Congressional Liaison of the 2001 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and served on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Jim Sylvester


We must raise $24.5 Million to purchase, protect and preserve this beautiful land in the Texas Hill Country called The Devil's Backbone. Hays County and Comal County share this land and we are asking for public and private donations to preserve this land.




13501 Ranch Road 12, Suite 103 Wimberley, Texas 78676




Your support and contributions will enable us to purchase this land and be good stewards. Your generous donation will allow this camp to continue teaching our children valuable skills while protecting our natural resources. A portion of this land will become a wildlife preserve for both Hays and Comal Counties if we are successful in this purchase.    JOIN SENTINEL PEAK PRESERVE ON FACEBOOK.

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