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01/02/2014 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O
2014 What's New at Camp O
Camp Olympia is making a BIG SPLASH for the Summer of 2014.

We will be posting pictures, as soon as they are available.  You will love the new WATER BALLOON LAUNCH STATIONS and AQUA REVOLUTION with a series of water inflatables an slides.  We are also getting PADDLE BOATS and WATER LOGS.  Lots of ways to cool off this summer.

We are also planning a huge July 4th Bash for Session 2.

Happy New Year from your friends at Camp Olympia!

11/12/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O
The Camp Olympia Boys' Camp Director, Cody Mauldin, hand-delivered a check for $4,011 to Briarwood Elementary Principal and Camp Olympia counselor alumnus, Shelley Jacques-McMillin.

Camp Olympia Campers earn merits for their good deeds, and they can choose to give a portion of those earned merits to the Camp Olympia Philanthropy Club. Each year, the Camp O Philanthropy Club makes a donation to a worthwhile charity for children. Kids helping kids... it is O-mazing! See the video:

10/31/2013 11:27 AM Posted by: Camp O
Camp Olympia Cabins

These cabins are the biggest ever at Camp Olympia, and they are now ready to use! 

The new cabin cluster has four cabins with indoor bathrooms and two meeting rooms. 

The names of the cabins are Lara, Rhea, Callisto and Hestia, with the meeting rooms named Ithaca and Crete.  The new cluster is in the girls’ camp area and overlooks the baseball field and has a great lake view. 

Girls camp will use the new cabin grouping for Summer 2014!

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!

05/24/2012 12:00 PM Posted by: Merit

Camp Olympia HistoryHere’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 Camp Olympia Historycreated 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 HistoryCamp 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!

05/14/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

Summer is around the corner and a big, but super fun task is ahead of you – getting everything packed for summer camp! Packing for camp marks the beginning of an exciting journey for your campers. Get them involved and excited for summer camp by including them in the packing process!

Below are simple guidelines and helpful tips that make packing an enjoyable process.

General Tips:

  • Footlockers - Footlockers and trunks are to be no more than 14 inches tall in order to fit underneath the camper’s bed. If you are looking to purchase a trunk for your camper we recommend going through Kangaroo Cases or C&N Footlockers. If ordering through C&N Footlockers make sure to use this promotional code: play6730L.Summer Camp Trunk
  • Packing List – Click here to access the Camp Olympia Packing List to prepare for camp. This is a recommended minimum needs list. You know your child best. Feel free to pack in a way that meets his/her needs!
  • Start Packing Early – Start packing early to avoid the last minute shopping trips or the stressful hunt to find that favorite t-shirt. Start the packing process by creating an initial inventory of the items you have at home and then fill in the missing items with new purchases. Starting early will allow you to make sure you have packed everything that is needed in plenty of time.
  • Label EVERYTHING – Label EVERYTHING (and we really mean everything) that your camper brings to camp. One look at the daily lost and found bin, and you will see why labeling is so important! Many of our campers have the same initials, so labeling with the First and Last name is often the best way to ensure items return back to your camper (and eventually back home). A permanent marker works well or purchase water-resistant labels with your camper’s name on it from Everything Summer Camp.


  • Dress Code – Pay close attention to the dress code! Policies are in place to ensure that the clothes the kids wear are appropriate for the activity and help them focus on camp and get the best experience possible.
  • Clothing – Focus less on new, stylish clothes and shoes and more on comfort. Having cool and comfortable attire is much more important.
  • Laundry – At Camp Olympia, laundry is done once during a 2-week term and twice during a 3-week term for every camper. Each cabin has a designated laundry day. On the designated day, cabins will sort their laundry according to color and material. The clothes are then picked up, washed, folded and returned to the cabin.


  • Shower Caddie - Pack all items that will be taken in the bathroom in a shower caddie. This will allow your camper an easy way toShower Caddie transport items to and from the bathroom. Shower caddies can be purchased at any major retailer such as Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner – 2-n-1 shampoo provides both shampoo and conditioner in the same bottle, which eliminates one more thing to pack and keep up with and makes shower time faster.


  • Bed Sheets - Pack two sets of sheets. This will ensure that your camper always has an extra set of sheets in the event of an accident or for general changing of the sheets midway through the term.
  • Blanket - Keep in mind that the cabins can get cold in the evenings. You can either bring one thicker blanket, such as a comforter, or two lightweight blankets.
  • Additional Bunk Items - Some campers enjoy having additional bed padding and an additional pillow for extra comfort.Towels - Make sure to pack beach towels for the pool and lake activities, as well as regular bath towels for the shower. One way to do this is designate one towel color for the pool and another color for the shower.

Camp Extras:

  • Stationery and Stamps – Rest hour is a great opportunity for campers to write notes to their family members and friends. An easy way to ensure that everyone receives a handwritten letter is to pack pre-addressed and stamped envelopes along with the Spartan Athenian Tshirtsstationary.
  • Sunscreen - All sunscreen is great, but Camp Olympia recommends spray sunscreen. It is easier for the kids to apply, making them more willing to use it.
  • Notes – As you pack your camper’s items into his/her trunks and bags, hide some fun notes throughout. This is a small surprise that will brighten your camper’s day!
  • Home Away from Home - Campers love to make their bunks feel like home! We encourage pictures, stuffed animals, books, etc.
  • Spartan/Athenian Gear - Spartan/Athenian events are a big deal at Camp Olympia. Campers like to pack lots of red (Spartans) and blue (Athenians) clothing to show camp spirit. Fun items such as bandanas, face paint, and crazy socks are worn at certain Spartan/Athenian events and can be purchased through the Camp Olympia Country Store the first day of camp, during check-in or surprise your camper with a special delivery package.

Final Steps

Once the trunk has been packed and double-checked, make it off limits to your camper until it’s time for camp. The last thing you want is for your camper to rummage through and remove items before camp only to forget to put them back in.

With the trunk packed and ready to go, your camper will be counting down the days until the start of summer camp!

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!

05/07/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

As you drive through the gates of Camp Olympia this summer, you will notice some NEW additions that have taken place across the camp grounds, as well as a couple of FUN additions to the activities!

Camp Ground Additions

Pool Bath HouseThe Pool and Point have very COOL upgrades for Summer 2012, and we mean COOL in more than one way! The Pool’s bathroom has been remodeled with air conditioning, new flooring, and an overall updated look! The Point is getting a new bathroom and will be built for summer. It will be O-mazing! Corral Gate

As you enter the K.O. Corral for a Horseback Class or the Rodeo, a BEAUTIFUL gate will greet you at the entrance! Next time you see Kathy, be sure to tell her how awesome it looks – she worked super hard on the design!

And, previously posted, the back of the O’Dome received a FLASHY makeover with the addition of a new lighting and audio system! Nightly programs at the O’Dome will never be the same!

Activity Additions

Horseback ClassThe EXCITING new sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding has been added to the Sailing activity for the Summer of 2012. Plus, paddleboarding will be available Saturday afternoons during cabin time at The Point. It is an unbelievable water activity that you have to try!

We are also welcoming our new horse, Trixie, with lots of love . . . and carrots. Trixie joins Camp Olympia’s ALL-STAR herd for horseback class and rodeo! Trixie can’t wait to meet all of her new friends at Camp Olympia!

So, Let’s Get the Summer Started! Only Three More Weeks!

All of these O-MAZING additions have us ready for the start of summer, and we can’t wait for you to experience them for yourself!

04/27/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

Camp Olympia Leadership TeamBelieve or not, Camp Olympia summer camp sessions are right around the corner and as many of you are preparing for your final days of school, the leadership team at Camp Olympia is preparing for the summer of your life!

The Camp Olympia Leadership Team consists of returning counselors who have been selected by full-time Camp Olympia staff members to lead and direct various areas of the camp. Being a member of the leadership team is a huge honor for returning counselors and a position they strive to obtain.

With the Camp Olympia Summer 2012 Theme being “Dream Big”, the stage is set for the best summer yet! Dream Big means O-mazing activities, unbelievable programs, and non-stop fun! The Camp Olympia Leadership Team, or should I say Dream Team, is busy working hard behind the scenes to ensure that every detail is in place to make the excitement happen.

Without further ado – get excited for the Dream Team 2012!

 Boys’ Camp Girls’ Camp
 J-Boys Assistant Director (AD): Nate Miller J-Girls AD: Sam Littlepage
 J-Boys Division Head (DH): Billy Emory J-Girls DH: Kayla Worley
I-Boys AD: Ray Myer
I-Girls AD: Courtney Creed
I-Boys DH: Barak Cupp /Grayson Fair
I Girls DH/Lead: Liz Mark/Blanche Schwabenland
Sr. I Boys AD: John Nickel 
Sr. I Girls AD: Colleen Peel
Sr. I Boys DH: Dean Bostwick
Sr. I Girls DH: Katie Warburton
Sr. II Boys AD: Zach Tays
Sr. II Girls AD: Jordan White
Sr. II Boys DH: Eston Klutts/Zach Vankeulen
Sr. II Girls DH Katie Jones
Total Ministries AD: Taylor Midkiff 
O’Crew AD: Carli Hogg
Golf AD: DJ Skilton
Pool Queen: Katy O’Dell
Point AD: Bobby Shunk
Program Team:
Waterski Director: Jordan Dunn
Page Soder
Videographer: David Quan
Al Piazza
Photographer: Ashley Wisnoski
Casey Copus
  Cole Lamaster

The Camp Olympia Dream Team can’t wait to see you this summer!

04/23/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

Will J.Camp Olympia is excited to welcome its newest full-time staff member, Will Jamison, who will be serving as the Program Director. In his new role, Will is responsible for planning super fun programs, assisting with camper recruitment, and designing the newsletter, as well as many other things. He also helps Merit type emails to current and future camper families!

Will is a graduate of John Brown University, where he played tennis and club baseball. His love of the camping industry came about during his internship with Sky Ranch Camps where he gained experience as a member of the Program Team.

When asked what he is most exited about, Will said, “to work in a positive environment and be able to impact kids on a daily basis.” Will has been working very hard to plan O-mazing programs for the summer and has guaranteed that there will be plenty of surprises in store!

Feel free to contact Will at and welcome him to the Camp Olympia Family!

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 to learn more about why Camp Olympia is the premier overnight Texas summer camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 16!

04/10/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

Camp Olympia Paddle BoardingAs if 40+ activities isn’t enough to get you exited about summer camp at Camp Olympia this summer, Camp Olympia has just added another exciting activity for summer 2012…Stand Up Paddleboarding! Paddleboarding will be combined with sailing to create an unbelievable water activity that you have to try!

For those who are less familiar with this fast growing activity, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a water sport in which participants propel themselves across the lake with paddles while standing on a paddle board (it looks a lot like a wide surfboard). In other words, it’s another form of non-wave surfing! Never tried paddle boarding? Don’t worry! Camp is the perfect place to experience something new.

Check it out!

04/09/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

With summertime right around the corner (just 7 weeks away!) everyone is starting to dream SUMMER CAMP!

Camp Olympia opened its gates to more than 100 new and returning campers to its Annual Open House Carnival on Saturday, March 31 to kick off the countdown to summer and to have an O-mazing day of fun, friends and adventure!

Parents and kids had the opportunity to participate in some of the 40+ summer camp activities, meet the camp directors and camp counselors, tour the terrific facilities and enjoy a lakeside picnic lunch.

Here are a few pictures from the beautiful day:

Camp Olympia Open House
Camp Olympia Open House

Bullseye! One new camper tries archery for the first time, with the help from one of Camp Olympia’s camp counselors.

AHHHHH! The Camp Olympia giant swing, one of most popular activities, takes participants on a wild ride in the tree tops!

Camp Olympia Open House
Camp Olympia Open House

The beloved Camp Olympia mascot, Merit, a yellow lab, greets camp’s visitors. He loves to show them around camp!

Many of Camp Olympia’s first-time visitors and campers were excited at the opportunity to ride a horse. Olympia’s trained horseback riding teachers enjoy leading participants on horses through an obstacle course at the Camp Olympia K.O. Corral.

04/06/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

The “Shadow of Leadership” is a phrase often used to help people understand the influence one person has on another. When you think about who has affected you the most in helping you become who you are today, you will often pay tribute to people who are extremely close to you, Mom, Dad, Teacher, etc. But when you really think it about, the traits that you are so thankful for have been passed down over many years through many generations. It is the shadows of the great leaders who have come before you that influence the lives of today.

On Palm Sunday, Christians tell the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. With the story having been told for almost 2000 years, it is obvious to realize the impact Jesus’ leadership shadow has had among our world. When learning about Jesus and how he led his life and others lives, there are 5 shadows that stick out in my mind.

1. Jesus was Authentic. He knew his beliefs and purpose and remained constant and truthful through all situations.

2. Jesus was Vulnerable. He was open and honest to everyone around him and didn’t put up a front to protect himself or a certain image he wanted to portray. Jesus allowed himself to be mocked and ridiculed in order to stay faithful to his purpose.

3. Jesus was Accepting. He embraced all walks of life.

4. Jesus was Present. He was focused on the task at hand and gave every little detail 100% of his focus and attention.

5. Jesus was Helpful. He served and helped anyone and everyone he could with love and purpose and without complaint.

It is very clear that Jesus invested in others and built shadows that have impacted centuries of people. When thinking of the life you have lived and have yet to live be mindful of the shadow that you cast and how far it can reach.

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

Camp Olympia Junior Golf AcademyThe Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy is so much more than just a golf clinic. It is the perfect combination of premier golf and amazing Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16. It is an experience like no other for the junior golfer.

A Day at Camp Olympia Jr. Golf Academy
For over 15 years, the academy has provided top quality golf instruction to kids who love golf. At the Camp O Jr. Golf Academy, golfers receive instruction each morning from Professional Golf Association (PGA) professionals. The instructors create a positive learning environment, using the incredible training facilities atWhispering Pines Golf Club, rated the number 1 golf course in Texas seven years running by the Dallas Morning News. Also, junior golfers have the opportunity to play Whispering Pines Golf Course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. After intense golf instruction in the morning, junior golfers get the opportunity to relax and have fun participating in Camp Olympia’s 40+ activities and awesome nightly programs. As with Camp Olympia’s regular campers, junior golfers select an individualized activity schedule based on their preferences. While working on their golf game, the junior golfers see noticeable improvement, make new friends and have a blast!

Jr. Golf Academy Welcomes All Golf Skill Levels
All golfing skill levels are welcomed at the Jr. Golf Academy. Golfers will be grouped according to ability, with a PGA Instructor and collegiate assistant assigned to each group. With a ratio of 1 PGA Instructor to 6 golfers, each golfer is assured individual attention. The golf instructors have years of experience, as well as the interpersonal skills, that will make the Jr. Golf Academy motivating and fun for junior golfers.

Jr. Golf Academy Partners with the Northern and Southern PGA
Camp Olympia has taken additional steps to provide quality year-round training opportunities by partnering with the Northern Texas PGA and Southern Texas PGA on their Junior Golf Tournaments. The state’s top competitors often play these tournaments at the top courses across Texas, providing a challenging environment for junior golfers to test their skills. For more information regarding these tournaments visit and

Mark Harrison, Director of Operations for Northern Texas PGA said, "If you are considering having your kids attend a camp this summer, look no further than Camp Olympia! It is fantastic! If they want to focus on golf while at camp, the Junior Golf Academy is second to none. In the morning if your kids would enjoy practicing and playing at the best course in Texas, then after lunch perhaps biking, water skiing, playing tennis and much, much, more – Camp Olympia is for them!"

The Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy offers junior golfers the best of both worlds… amazing golf and Texas summer camp fun.
To learn more about the Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy, visit their website at

03/29/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Camp Olympia is proud to announce that we have received the Safety 1st Award from Markel Insurance, insurance provider for Camp Olympia, for the 5th year in a row! In selecting recipients of this award, Markel reviews US Camps for their safety training and facility improvements. The MarkelSafety First Award Director of Safety Education explained that Camp Olympia was selected for this esteemed safety award, "based on your proven safety record, which demonstrates your superior commitment to safety. We're proud of the work you've done to keep the children in your care safe."

Camp Olympia knows that the safety of your child is of the utmost importance and therefore we make safety our number one priority. Camp Olympia provides a supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries to help children grow.

We invest in safety because the children we serve deserve our best!

12/20/2011 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Camp Olympia, a premier Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, today announced that their new Philanthropy Club donated $4,000.00 this holiday season to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. The donation, given by kids to help kids, will be used to pay for up to 800 prescriptions and/or 125 home medical equipment devices (including nebulizers to administer mist inhaled medication into the lungs) for under-resourced families that turn to the Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates’ (TCPA) Ripley House for health care services.

Several Houston-area Camp Olympia campers (Ally Myers, Hunter Runnells, Sam Worsham and Benjamin Allison) were on hand to proudly deliver a check that represented years of earning over 24,000 merits from 570 campers (merits are earned by doing good deeds and can be saved and spent in the Camp Olympia Country Store) to Texas Children’s Hospital representatives, Seema Patel, Texas Children’s Hospital Development Office and Dr. Jackie Ramchatesingh, a TCPA Project Medical Home practice physician.

"We are so proud of our campers,” said Chris Gilbert, co-founder of Camp Olympia. "This donation was truly given from their hearts and minds, a quality that we consistently work to instill in our kids. To see the big smiles on their faces, as they handed the check to TCPA – Ripley House representatives, brought tears to our eyes. This is the first year for the Camp Olympia Philanthropy Club and the kids were so supportive of the program. We are looking forward to the growth of the club in the coming years,” he continued.

About the Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates Project Medical Home - Ripley House

As part of its goal to build a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates (TCPA) Project Medical Home (PMH) provides trusted, high-quality pediatric medical services for children who otherwise would seek care from emergency rooms or possibly go without care or treatment due to low family incomes and/or lack of health insurance. Regardless of the family’s financial situation, PMH provides health care to children from birth to age 18 and offers the opportunity to develop a trusting, long-term relationship with a board certified pediatrician. TCPA is a component of the Texas Children’s Hospital network of health care services.

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; just 100 miles north of Houston. 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. Camp Olympia focuses on building character and values by teaching responsibility and cooperation, and is accredited by the American Camping Association. The veteran full-time camp leaders, with over 40 years of experience, and a dynamic group of college counselors serve as positive role models for campers. Counselor to camper ratio is set at 1:4 per cabin. For more camp registration information, schedule a camp tour, or learn more about Camp Olympia’s 2012 Summer Program, visit the website at

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Upcoming Camp Events

In addition to summer sessions, Camp Olympia hosts many retreats, parties and special events.

Women's Wellness Weekend at Camp Olympia
November 2-4, 2018
Women's Wellness Weekend

Take time for yourself and
enjoy a weekend connecting
with the outdoors. 


November 30 - December 2, 2018

Calling all Fathers and Sons!  
Mark your calendar now for a
BIG weekend of fun in the great
outdoors!  REGISTER TODAY!

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