Ken Chestnut Recreation Building

Looking for something fun to do? Our Rec Room can take care of that! We have 3 ping pong tables, 2 pool tables, 2 foosball tables, and 2 air hockey tables. If you are looking to test your skills, hop up on the bucking bull! You can even play some of your favorite tunes with our juke box.


Also available is the Camp Store! We have all of your favorite snacks and drinks. Campers can also purchase Purley Gates shirts, sunglasses and frisbees!


This building is equipped with two bathrooms, as well as a first aid station. The Ken Chestnut "Rec Room" is available year round and is great for all of your group events!

Texas Luge Pool

One of our most popular attractions, the Texas Luge Pool has kids lined up day after day. The slide is over 400 feet long and runs into our 40'x50' pool! The luge provides some competition for campers as well as, relief from the heat. Mats are provided next to the pool.


The Texas Luge Pool has a set schedule and certified lifeguards are on duty at all swimming hours. All swimmers, including adults, must take a short swim test before testing out the slide or playing in the pool.


We will work with your group to ensure all campers have plenty of time to enjoy the Texas Luge. Come check it out!

Lake Leo

Our very own private lake covers 30 acres and is one of the most beautiful spots on campus! Our lake is stocked with plenty of catfish, crappie and bass, perfect for a great day of fishing! During the summer months, guests also have the option to cruise around the lake in paddle boats or test their courage by jumping onto the giant Blob!


Lake Leo is tucked away towards the back of Purley Gates and makes for a great walk. Certified lifeguards are on duty during all lake hours and life jackets are required. You may bring your own or use some that we provide.


Let's find out who the best driver in your group is! Our go-karts prove to be fun for all ages. With the choice of red, white, or blue, campers take their go-karts lap after lap on our custom cement track.


The go-karts have space for a passenger in case the younger kiddos want to go for a ride. Come on out and let's race!

Ropes Course

Our ropes course is one of our newest additions to Purley Gates Retreat. We offer a zip-line going over a beautiful wooded area, a climbing wall with two sides and a giant swing that is sure to take your breath away! The ropes course is a blast for all ages and encourages campers to get a little out of their comfort zones.


To guarantee safety, all equipment is inspected every year and our staff is re-certified every year. We provide all harnesses and helmets, so come on out and enjoy a day on the ropes!


Our beautifully designed course offers just the right amount of difficulty and fun. Each hole takes a different strategy to navigate. Play a round on our 9 hole course, and see how you compare to the golf greats! Whether you're watching birdies, or sinking them, our putt-putt course is a blast!


Golf balls and putters are provided. Just ask one of our staffers and they can get you set to go!

...and MORE!

In case all of those other activities didn't sound like enough, we have more options! Our guests also have a covered basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, tether-ball and horseshoes that are available. You can also make your way to our baseball field, or Ga-Ga pit. Mud pits for tug-of-war are available upon request!


If you would like to check out any of our activities before bringing your group out, give us a call and we can set up a tour! We would love to show you around.