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05/11/2014 08:00 AM Posted by: Camp O

PRESS RELEASE

Independent Researcher of Education Degree Programs Publishes the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S.

TRINITY, Texas – Camp Olympia, a premier Texas summer camp for boys, girls and teens ages 6 to 16 located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, was recently published on the Top Education Degrees blog as the number 1 and only Texas Summer Camp and 17th of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S. Read more here.

"It is such an honor for Camp Olympia to be listed among the most amazing summer camps in the United States. The article did a great job highlighting what makes Camp Olympia special: our fabulous founders Corby Robertson, Jr. and Chris Gilbert, both noted as All-American football stars; our open lakeside location on beautiful Lake Livingston; our water sports, horseback riding, arts program, and Junior Golf Academy”, said Tommy Ferguson, co-director of Camp Olympia.

Camp Olympia offers four camp sessions a year. For 2014, the following camp terms are offered:

  • Term 1 (two weeks) – June 8 to June 21, 2014
  • Term 2 (three weeks) – June 22 to July 12, 2014
  • Term 3 (three weeks) – July 13 to August 2, 2014
  • Term 4 (two weeks) – August 3 to August 16, 2014

Camp Olympia has added many new and exciting features, such as a 2-person zip line and mini golf course, for the 2014 summer to celebrate is theme of "Destination FUN!” Also for the first time, the camp’s Term 2: June 22 to July 12, 2014 will be celebrating the Fourth of July with an all new Color the Fourth festivities including games, parade and fireworks.

Due to a high return rate of campers, Camp Olympia’s summer sessions book quickly. Interested campers and parents can schedule a camp tour by visiting the Camp Olympia website at www.campolympia.com/touror to talk to a Camp Olympia staff member call toll-free at +1 (800) 735-6190. Online registration is also available by visiting the website at www.campolympia.com.

About Camp Olympia

Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is an overnight Texas summer camp for boys and girls located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas; conveniently located just 100 miles north of Houston and close for families living in Sugar Land, Kingwood, Beaumont, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas or those flying into Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Camp Olympia campers choose from over 40 camp activities, ranging from waterskiing to golf to horseback riding, so they participate in activities that interest them. Accredited by the American Camping Association, Camp Olympia focuses on building character and values by teaching responsibility and cooperation. The veteran full-time camp leaders, with over 30 years of experience, and a dynamic group of college counselors serve as positive role models for campers. Camp Olympia is dedicated to having fun together, helping people grow in body, mind and spirit.

Press Inquiries Contact:
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936.594.2541




 
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07/18/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Camp Olympia Summer Camp

At a national camp conference that I attended a while back, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Michael Thompson, Ph. D. Michael has written several books, one of which is called Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Community, Friendship, Social Power and Bullying in Childhood and Adolescence. In his book, Michael explains that there are two different things going on in the lives of children every moment: friendship and popularity. Do you know the number one reason children go to school? Friendships! Children understand friendship at an early age and define it as: loyalty, caring, trust, a bond of “love”, shared interests, fun, and “someone who likes the inside of you and doesn’t care about the outside.” These are powerful, observant statements from school age children.

Michael goes on to explain in his book that the typical elementary school classroom breaks down as follows:

  • Very popular (15%)
  • Accepted (45%)
  • Average or Unclassifiable (20%)
  • Neglected or Overlooked (5%)
  • Controversial (5%)
  • Rejected (10%) (rejected aggressive & rejected submissive)

This means that 80% of children (Very popular, Accepted and Average or Unclassifiable) are “friend-eligible” and will experience normal social pain, but they are not usually at risk of not having friendships. But, this also means that 20% of children struggle to find friendships!

If your child has friends or is popular, help him/her to be a model of friendship and to possess those characteristics by which children define as a true friend. Moral leadership is so critical for school-age children (as well as parents) and popular children have a greater opportunity to set a good example of how to include others and be kind to others. What a great age to learn to bridge gaps to others!

As for the 20% at risk of not having friendships, it is critical for these children to know their uniqueness... the qualities that God gives each of us to make us special. Parents can help identify, build on and encourage this God-given uniqueness.

Camp is a place where children often find what is unique or special within them. They also see and appreciate what is special in others. Campers learn how to cooperate with and respect others, improve social skills and effective communication, discover more about moral values and their self-worth from their camp experience. Camp Olympia is the place for long-lasting friendships that follow the rules of kindness and inclusion.

We are so grateful for the time spent with your children this summer and look forward to seeing those that will be arriving for Term 4! God Bless!

 
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05/09/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Camp Olympia Summer Camp“What makes us special is the signature of God on our lives.” Max Lucado

Another year is underway and as I start my 41st summer with Camp Olympia it is a blessing to know that Camp Olympia has been a part of so many young lives. Over 40,000 young men and women have passed through our gates since our first year in 1968. Through the years, I have seen many changes in our young people, fads, haircuts, and of course, the internet has changed our world. There is one thing that has never changed though and that is a child’s heart.

Warren Bennis, a pioneer in Business and Leadership Studies, said, “No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely – all of your skills, gifts, and energies – in order to make your vision manifest.”

That is what I absolutely love about Camp Olympia is that we see youth find out who they are. They begin to see the unique design that God has placed in them. They live in a community in which they form values of what is right and wrong. They learn to see the beauty in each of their cabin mates. They get to wakeup every morning surrounded by natural beauty and see the sun rise as well as see the awesome sunsets as the day ends. Campers find talents they did not know they had. They learn they can give grace, love, respect, and encouragement to others. They learn that even in discipline that there is unconditional love.

Our theme this summer is “Dream Big.” You’re invited to “Dream Big” with us and start the ground work of what God’s signature will be on your life. God Bless! Keep Him Close By!

 
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04/11/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Choosing the Best Summer CampWith summer approaching, parents look ahead with eagerness to select just the right summer camp and summer activities for their kids. With so many options available, how do parents decide what will give their kids the best summer camp experience?

Camp Olympiabelieves in the positive impact a residential camp has on children. After all, summer camp is a key part of a well-rounded education as children learn responsibility and cooperation while gaining independence and self-esteem.

At Camp Olympia, we believe the key to choosing a summer camp is not to focus solely on the fun-factor (which is important), but to dig deeper to learn how staff members are hired and trained, about the camp’s safety record and camp accreditation standards, and an experience overview of the camp’s leadership team. You should also feel welcomed to tour the camp and/or visit with staff members at a local camp event, prior to the summer.

Staff Hiring and Training

Each camp has its own procedures and standards, which are not all equal, for hiring and training staff members – from camp counselors to the camp nurse. That is why it is very important to evaluate the camp’s hiring and training process.

Here are the top 5 things to think about when evaluating the camp’s hiring and training process.

  1. How does the camp recruit their camp counselors?
  2. Does the hiring process include interviews, background checks and reference checks?
  3. Does the camp provide real-life situational training such as an onsite counselor training clinic, in addition to the camp’s policy and procedures manual?
  4. What is the ratio of staff members to campers?
  5. What type of alcohol policy is in place for the staff members?

Keep in mind that the camp’s staff will be taking care of your children, while at camp. You should be invited to ask questions, so you are comfortable with who will be interacting with your children, during summer camp.

Safety Record and Accreditation Standards

In order for camps to obtain their yearly operating license, they must meet safety standards set by the state, in Camp Olympia’s case, this is the State of Texas. Many camps find it sufficient to meet state requirements only. Other camps choose to go above and beyond state requirements and voluntarily obtain accreditation through the American Camp Association (ACA). In order to become an ACA accredited camp, the camp must meet up to 300 health and safety standards. ACA Accreditation is one of the best guarantees of professionalism in camping, and it lets you know that the camp has taken the time to insure their program and site meets the strictest codes of safety and excellence for your kids.

Camp Leadership

Camp Directors are the heartbeat of any camp, so you should become familiar with their camp leadership background and experience. So, ask:

  1. What type of experiences do the Camp Directors have in camping?
  2. What type of experience and training do the Camp Directors have in working with children?
  3. What turnover of leadership has the camp experienced?

Often times a more experienced leadership staff translates into a better summer camp experience.

Visit the Camp

Due to distance, not everyone has an opportunity to tour camp facilities, however try to schedule a tour or receive an online tour of the facilities, prior to registration. If distance does not allow for an onsite tour of the camp, ask when the photos and video of the camp facilities were taken to ensure that it properly reflects the facilities. Touring the camp allows you and your child to familiarize yourself with where your child will be sleeping, the various activity areas, and an overall layout of the land. Plus, it will allow you to meet staff members and get answers to any questions you may have.

Check out www.campolympia.com to learn more about why Camp Olympia is the premier overnight Texas summer camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 16!


 
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