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05/24/2012 12:00 PM Posted by: Merit
Here’s a cause for celebration – Camp Olympia is set to open its gates on their 45th summer of camp! That’s a lot of history, a lot of memories and three generations of families that have been impacted.
University of Texas
All-American football players, Chris Gilbert and Corby Robertson, Jr,
established Camp Olympia in 1968 with a dream to build the best camp in the
world. Their commitment to excellence in all that they do reflects directly on
the growth and development of what has become a premier camping facility and
program that is second to none.
In its first year of
operation, Camp Olympia – an all boys camp – shared the summer with 86 boys. The
activity choice list was quite extensive for the time and included: football,
basketball, baseball, swimming, horseback, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing,
archery, photography, riflery, golf, arts & crafts, ecology and tennis. The
facility was much more simple back then, and included 8 cabins, a dining
facility, open air gym, fields and a pool.
In 1970, Camp Olympia underwent many changes including the admission of girls to the summer program. The addition of girl campers created a need for new activities and facility upgrades to accommodate the needs of boys and girls. With these changes, camp began to flourish and become what it is today.
As Camp Olympia continues to establish itself as a summertime tradition for families, we have been able to maintain the favorite traditions of camp while adding new programs and activities to stay relevant to a new generation of campers. Traditional “camp” activities like horseback, canoeing, archery, and arts & crafts, are among the 40+ activities offered to campers, while ‘cutting edge’ activities such as wakeboarding, kayaking, and DVD production have been added to appeal to new generations.
Age-old camp programs such as the always-spirited Spartan/Athenian Competition, the tried and true Camp Olympia Rodeo, and the big top Carnival have solidified their place among the favorites. The traditional Camp Olympia Talent Show is sure to showcase the next star and Blue Dolphin and Little Minnow have continued to make their summer time presence at Water Carnival. New programs such as paint party, themed dances and night games keep campers on their toes and anticipating what will be next.
Camp Olympia has grown to become a global camp with children from all over the world joining Texas kids for an exciting and positive camping experience. There are no other summer camping facilities or programs that can match the diversity and excellence found at Camp Olympia.
Both Chris and Corby are pleased with the history of camp, and they continue to look to the future and are committed to seeing that Camp Olympia remains a place where children can grow in body, mind and spirit.
Join Camp Olympia this summer as we ‘Dream Big’ and celebrate 45 years of fun, friends and memories!