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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! 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!



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!

05/09/2012 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!

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!

04/06/2012 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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