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04/14/2015 08:00 AM Posted by: Camp O


PRESS RELEASE

Only Traditional Summer Camp in Texas to be Honored

TRINITY, TX - Camp Olympia has been selected as one of the Top 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids by the Early Childhood Education Zone, the go-to site for early childhood education information.

The 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids

"We are honored to receive this recognition, alongside so many other impactful and amazing summer camps in the United States.” Said Tommy Ferguson, Director of Camp Olympia. He went on to say, "While we place a great focus on providing a fun, safe and engaging atmosphere, we are very proud to receive a status recognizing character and value development.”

With over 40 activity choices offered ranging from wakeboarding to golf to horseback riding, Camp Olympia is the #1 and only traditional Texas summer camp to make this prestigious list. "Our activities are fun and build self-confidence. Campers often try activities that are new to them and discover they have a new talent,” stated Mr. Ferguson.

This is the second "Top 50” award received in the past year, also ranking as the #1 and only Texas Summer Camp on the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S. list, published on Top Education Degrees.

Learn more about the Camp Olympia Experience, activities and programs, or 2015 summer term dates.

About Camp Olympia


Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is an overnight Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-16 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 focus on building character and values by teaching responsibility and cooperation. 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. Camp Olympia is dedicated to having fun together, helping people grow in body, mind and spirit.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Stubblefield
936.594.2541

To see the full press release from Early Childhood Education Zone, please click here.

 
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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:
Tommy Ferguson
936.594.2541




 
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05/08/2014 01:47 PM Posted by: Camp O

Only 18 days until Term 1 Starts on June 8.

That's right, school is almost out and summer is almost here.

Get ready for camp, check out the cool new stuff we have in the Country Store: Spartan and Athenian Shirts, Tanks, Pillowcases, Belts, Caps, and so much more.

You can also pre-order care packages for your camper to be delivered during their term.

Visit the Camp O Country Store

 

 
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05/07/2014 03:23 PM Posted by: Guest Blogger - Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Warming Your Child's Cold Feet


Camps provide comprehensive checklists for all the gear our children need to pack, but it’s also helpful to compile a checklist for preparing them emotionally if they are experiencing some cold feet, dread, or worry.

An Emotion-Prep Checklist for Sleepaway Camp:

1. Name it to Tame it. It’s really unhelpful for parents to dismiss or minimize or ignore a child’s feelings and say, “You’ll be fine. You’ll love it! Don’t worry.” (Has someone telling you “Don’t worry” made you say “Oh, OK. I hadn’t thought of that. I’m not worried anymore.” Not helpful, right?) Instead, if you sense your child is feeling a bit unsure or fearful and she’s not bringing it up, you can begin the conversation by saying something like, “Some kids feel nervous about camp as it gets closer. How are you feeling about it?” And whether or not your child is initiating the discussion herself, it’s important to really listen and validate those feelings instead of trying to talk her out of them or dismiss them. There’s actually a lot of science that shows that naming our feelings calms the reactivity in the brain, so when we “name it” we can “tame it.”

2. Investigate and Problem-Solve. Find out what your child’s specific worries are, and then collaboratively problem-solve with her. Most kids worry about being homesick, but it might surprise you what they are actually concerned about. Kids worry that they won’t like the food, that they won’t be good at the activities, that they will wet the bed, and even that their shoes will get wet. Whatever the worries, it can be helpful to brainstorm together and talk about the “what ifs,” and what she can do in the circumstances she’s thinking about.

3. Normalize the Feelings. Just knowing that many other kids feel unsure or scared, too, and that it’s normal to feel worried about doing something that’s different, can help. Tell your own story about a time you stepped outside your comfort zone and how you felt apprehension at first, how you handled your feelings, and how the experience ended up being great. (Make sure to pick a resilient story—no stories about how it ended up being even worse than you could’ve imagined.)

4. Give Your Child a Strategy or two to help her calm her worries. One thing you can begin now that will give her a tool she can use while she’s at camp is something I use with anxious kids in my private practice. I give them an assignment that each night, once they are peaceful and relaxed and ready to fall asleep, they should place their hand on their chest (pledge-of-allegiance style). After doing this every night for a few weeks, the brain makes a connection between the sensation of the hand on the chest and a feeling of calm relaxation. Then, when the child is feeling worried or upset, she can easily place her hand on his chest wherever she is, and her body will begin to relax and her mind will begin to feel calm.

Another strategy is to teach her that while her feelings might feel really wild and stirred up, if she pauses to take a few deep breaths, the worries will settle, allowing her to see clearly again. The best thing I’ve found to teach this is the “glitter ball” analogy that Susan Kaiser-Greenland created. You can teach this to your kids by having them watch this super-short video with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dMiv5B7I0Y. Then send a glitter ball, or a small snow globe, to camp with your child, explaining that she can shake it up and watch the glitter settle when she’s feeling upset. Or, you can just have her imagine the glitter falling and you don’t have to send the actual ball.

If you do these two things in the weeks before your child leaves for camp, you can build some skills and empower her with some tools she can pull out when she needs them. This allows her to avoid becoming a victim to her feelings, and to be able to use her mind to change how she feels. In fact, you might try some of these tools too, if you are feeling worried about sending your child off!

This moment is a great opportunity to teach kids that while we should pay attention to our feelings, our feelings shouldn’t rule our worlds. If you name, investigate, normalize, and strategize, you will be preparing your children to go to camp with the best chance of overcoming their fears and learning something really important about themselves—that they are braver and stronger than they think. You’ll be helping them flex their emotional muscles to be strong and resilient in the face of challenges. You’ll be doing much more than just prepping them for camp, you’ll be prepping them for life.

 

 

The Whole Child



Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author of the international best-selling, THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD (Random House Delacorte, 2011) and the upcoming book NO DRAMA DISCIPLINE. She is a renowned speaker, has appeared in numerous media programs and columns and is a consultant to schools, camps and child development professionals. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at www.TinaBryson.com, where you can subscribe to her blog and read her articles about kids, camping, and parenting.







 
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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!




 
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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:




 
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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!


 
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08/09/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O

Name: Andrew Ginty

School: Texas A&M

Major: History with Business Minor

Hometown: Houston, TX

Years at camp: 13

Position at camp: Junior Boys Division Head

Favorite camp tradition: Spartan & Athenian Competition

Favorite Camp Activities: Lacrosse

Favorite Camp Food: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Favorite Hobbies: Frisbee, Lacrosse, Listening to Music and Catching Football

Favorite Movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite Costume Day: Major League Monday

Fun Fact: I lived in Hong Kong for two years when I was younger.

 
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07/18/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O

Camp Olympia Counselor Spotlight Emily PluhowskiName: Emily Pluhowski

School: Bayloir University

Major: English, with a double minor in Spanish and Journalism

Hometown: Kingwood, TX

Years at camp: 13

Position at camp: Junior Girl Division Head

Favorite camp tradition: Carnival… it’s really fun to see everyone dressed up and I love being able to hang out with everyone at once.

Favorite Camp Activities: Kayaking, Archery, Wakeboard are all my favorites

Favorite Camp Food: Crispitos

Favorite Hobbies: Being involved in Pi Phi, Photography, Reading, Writing, Running, and Baking 

Favorite Movies: O Brother Where Art Thou?, Pride & Prejudice, Love Actually

Favorite Costume Day: Twinsday Wednesday

Fun Fact: I have one blue eye and one green eye 

 
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06/18/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O

Camp Olympia Counselor Spotlight Parker TennetName: Parker Tennet

School: ACU (Abilene Christian University)

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Houston, TX

Years at camp: 12

Position at camp: Senior 1 Lead Counselor (Athenian Chief)

Favorite camp tradition: Spartan Athenian Rope Burn

Favorite Camp Activity: Wakeboarding

Favorite Camp Food: Crispitos

Favorite Hobbies: Playing Soccer, Lacrosse, Video Games, Snow Boarding, Fishing & Hunting

Favorite Movle: The Hobbit

Favorite Costume Day: Twinsday Wednesday

Fun Fact: Parker can whistle three different way

 
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06/03/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O
Whispering Pines Golf Club, the highly touted philanthropic private club near Trinity, unveiled its new short course on June 1, 2013 to rave reviews.

The new 9-hole short course will be used by the Camp Olympia Jr. Golf Academy campers this summer.

The course is named "The Needler" was designed
for a tournament conducted by Camp Olympia co-founder and Whispering Pines founder Corby Robertson, Jr. 

Chet Williams designed the new 9-hole course at Whispering Pines, as well as the original 18-hole course.  He was Inspired by the par-3 courses at Augusta National and Pine Valley, the course has multiple sets of tees and can be played in any configuration. Holes range in length from 68 to 312 yards. It includes a double green that's almost 100 yards wide and encompasses 28,000 square feet with "plenty of buried elephants."


Whispering Pines 9 Hole Short Course The Needler

The course also yielded its first hole-in-one over the weekend when Randy Collins, who was part of the construction crew, holed out on No. 9.

"I wanted a course that everyone could enjoy," Robertson said. "This course is meant to share good times."

About Whispering Pines Golf Course
Whispering Pines, ranked No. 1 in the state by the Dallas Morning News, is the host course for the biennial Spirit Invitational, which features the best amateur players in the world. This year's event will be Oct. 27-Nov. 3.

About Camp Olympia Jr. Golf Academy
The Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy is much more than just a golf clinic. It is the perfect combination of premier golf and amazing summer camp for children ages 6 -16. It is an experience like no other for the junior golfer. For over 15 years, the academy has provided top quality golf instruction to youth. At the Camp Olympia Junior Golf Academy, junior golfers practice and play at the stunning Whispering Pines Golf Course, rated the #1 golf course in Texas seven years straight by the Dallas Morning News. Tucked away in Trinity, Texas, Camp Olympia and Whispering Pines Golf Club are approximately 90 miles north of Houston. At the academy, golfers will receive PGA instruction at a ratio of 1 instructor to every 6 golfers. All skill levels are welcome. While working on their game, the junior golfers see noticeable improvement, make new friends and have a blast!



 
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04/24/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O


The Camp Olympia 2013 Leadership Team met to discuss plans for the 2013 summer session.  Several played softball, while the rest cheered them on.
 



Here is the lineup:

ACTIVITIES and O'CREW

Point and Waterski
Jordan Dunn, Texas A&M University

Golf
Kyle Byrne, Texas A&M University - Graduate

Pool
Zach Tays, Oklahoma State University - Graduate

Videographer
David Quan, University of North Texas - Graduate

O'Crew
Liz Mark, TCU
Page Soder, Stephen F Austin


BOYS

J-Boys
AD - Eston Klutts, University of the Ozarks
DH - Andrew Ginty, Texas A&M University

I-Boys
AD - Grayson Fair, University of North Texas
DH - Kevin Baxter, Texas A&M University
Lead - Wilson Vier, Texas A&M University

Senior I-Boys
AD1 - John Nickel, Oklahoma State University - Graduate
AD 3, 4 - DJ Skilton, Texas A&M University
DH - Jesse Worsham, Texas A&M University
Lead - Parker Tennet, Abilene Christian University

Senior II-Boys
AD - Nate Miller, University of the Ozarks
DH - Jermery Victor, University of the Ozarks


GIRLS

J-Girls
AD 1 - Emily Schwabenland, University of Texas
DH - Emily Pluhowski, Baylor

I-Girls
AD - Courtney Creed, Stephen F Austin
DH - Haleigh Williams, Millsaps College

Senior I-Girls
AD - Blanche Schwabenland, University of Texas
DH - Jesse Buck, Stephen F Austin

Senior II-Girls
AD - Jordan White, Texas A&M University
DH - Madi Sandifer, Abilene Christian University




 
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04/24/2013 12:00 AM Posted by: Camp O


The Camp Olympia staff have been working hard all year long overseeing improvements to the camp.  Here is a sneak peak:
  • The boy's I-cluster received new paint, new siding, new doors and new windows. 
  • Our Cypress Point Trail has a new entrance and we added some new trails for you to give a try.
  • The Camp O Country Store received some expansion improvements and is fully stocked.




 
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02/20/2013 08:00 AM Posted by: Camp O
Camp Olympia Awarded the Prestigious Markel Safety 1st Award for 2012 - Sixth Year in a Row

Camp Olympia Markel Safety 1st Award 2012

The Camp Olympia leadership staff just received notification that the prestigious Markel Safety 1st Award for 2012 has been given to the camp for the sixth year in a row!

Markel Specialty develops and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs for a variety of niche markets, including kids summer camps.
 
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02/07/2013 10:26 AM Posted by:

Camp Olympia, in Trinity, Texas, is hosting its annual Family Camp Weekend, March 22-24, 2013.  Family Camp Weekend is an exciting weekend where parents, not just campers ages 6-16, get to experience the FUN of this Texas summer camp with their children.  The weekend is a great way to spend quality family time together experiencing the great outdoors!

Families will participate in many fun adventure activities during the day like the giant swing at the challenge course, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, archery and fishing, in addition to the fun programs planned for the evenings. 

Mark your calendars for March 22nd – March 24th and REGISTER NOW for this fun-filled family weekend at Camp Olympia.

Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is a Texas summer camp tradition for boys and girls.  Located on the shores of Lake Livingston in the piney woods of East Texas, Camp Olympia is a private, residential summer camp that offers its campers over 40 different activities, including its premiere Junior Golf Academy and extensive waterfront activities. Camp Olympia is accredited by the American Camping Association.

 
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07/24/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

We are so excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website at http://www.campolympia.com! The site has been redesigned with a fresh new look and new features that make it really easy to get the information you need. Below are some highlights found within the new site, but we encourage you to browse around and see it all!

See How Much Fun Your Camp O Camper is Having. On the bottom right corner of the homepage there is quick access link to the very important Parent Login button (to access all of our camp enrollment forms) and the Photo Gallery button (to take you to the Media page where you will find the familiar Bunk1 link to the day’s photos, bunk mail and Tommy’s daily blog posts).

Learn All About Camp Olympia . Take a peek at the Camp Olympia Experience section, Programs & Activities section, Special Events section, Photos & Videos page and Parent Info section to gather everything you every wanted to know about Camp Olympia. You can also Request Information, Schedule a Tour of Camp Olympia, and explore camp through an Interactive Map found on the homepage. And, if you want to share information about Camp Olympia with a friend, we make that easy too – just go to any web page and click on the Twitter, Facebook, Google + or Email link in the bottom right corner.

Register and Pay Online for Camp Olympia Special Events. Did you know that the fun at Camp Olympia continues after summer? There are many special events planned throughout the year for you and your family to enjoy, like the popular Family Camp Weekend and Mother/Daughter Weekend. This section includes details and a link to register for all of the parties and events that we host throughout the year. We hope you will join us at one or more of our events – we are sure that you will have a great time!

Connect with Camp Olympia All Year Long with Our New Online Camp Community. Get connected with Camp Olympia! The Camp Community is your online meeting place to stay connected with what is going on at Camp Olympia. Get up-to-date news and information about upcoming camp events through the Camp’s Blog, Events Calendar, Facebook, Twitter and the Camp O YouTube Channel. Visit this page regularly so you will be on top of the latest happenings. We also want to hear from you, so join the conversation!

Stay In Touch with Camp Olympia Alumni. Camp Olympia has three generations of campers and counselors! Life-long friendships have been made over the past 45 summers that have helped to create a ton of O-mazing memories! Stay in touch with Camp Olympia through the Alumni page, which will provide you with all of the latest Camp O Alumni news and events and an opportunity to remember the best summers of your life!

Apply to Become a Camp Olympia Counselor at the Counselor Corner. Looking for the best summer job and a rewarding summer experience? Camp Olympia is it! Learn about staff requirements, the hiring process, and required training school, plus online access to the application and reference forms.

While you are visiting the site, feel free to Contact Us or join in the conversation at any of our social media channels on the Camp Community page – we love to hear from our current and future families!


 

 

 
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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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05/25/2012 10:00 AM Posted by: Merit

Camp Olympia Dream BigEvery year, we select a theme for the summer that guides everyone involved with camp, from year-round staff to campers, through all aspects of camp. The theme guides us from the initial camp planning stages all the way through the final closing day and serves as a daily reminder of what to focus on.

The staff members have chosen to ‘Dream Big’ as we celebrate our 45th summer! It is quite fitting that we have chosen to ‘Dream Big’ as Chris Gilbert and Corby Robertson, Jr. established Camp Olympia based on a dream to build the best camp in the world back in 1968. 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.

Camp Olympia challenges you to Dream Big and work hard towards achieving your dreams. As this year’s theme song states, “No dream will ever be too big or small. No dream will ever be too crazy or impossible! Step out, step up and to the next level. Don’t hesitate and don’t ever settle for less than the best!”

The stage has been set for the best summer yet! Dream Big means O-mazing activities, unbelievable programs, and non-stop fun! Join Camp Olympia this summer and create unforgettable memories!

 
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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!

 
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05/18/2012 12:00 PM Posted by: Merit

Maria G.Camp Olympia welcomes Maria Grados to its full-time staff as the Waterfront Director. In her new role, Maria will oversee the extensive Waterfront program, which includes all of the lake-related activities including: wakeboarding, water skiing, paddleboarding, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. She is also leading the volunteer Camp O’Crew program and assisting with camp counselor recruitment.

Maria has been with Camp Olympia for the past three summers and has served as a Senior I Girls Counselor and Senior I Girls Lead. Maria is a recent graduate from Oral Roberts University where she earned a degree in Recreational Administration. While at Oral Roberts, Maria was a member of the Women’s Soccer Team, served as an Athletic Chairman and led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Maria is so excited about this upcoming summer and says she “cannot wait to work with an O-mazing staff and for the opportunity to make kids smile and laugh.” She has been working very hard to ensure that the Camp Olympia Waterfront program is better than ever!

Feel free to email Maria and give her a big Camp O welcome!

 
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Upcoming Camp Events

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

Camp Olympia Father/Son Weekend

December 1-3, 2017
FATHER/SON WEEKEND
Fathers and sons,
experience camp
TOGETHER! Registration
is online now!

 
November 18, 2017
SUMMER REUNION PARTY
Campers, let's celebrate 
our FUNtastic summer at
the biggest party this Fall.
Join us in Houston!


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