From left to right: Austin, Pam, Mike, Mandi & Travis. The Adams family is still running camp 48 years later since Daddy Earl dreamed it up in 1965.
Ok, so here’s the thing…our directors are just as cool as our counselors and cannot wait to hang out with you. In fact, they’re already doing extra cartwheels to make sure your upcoming summer camp is a dream come true. Being called director at Huawni is a big deal, mostly because we’ve been blessed with so many amazing leaders, like the famous David McGinnis, Fred Jackson, Chris Watlington, and Rob Payne. We like to say “we’re standing on the shoulders of those who’ve come before us,” meaning that our job is to serve you and serve our counselors until we’re blue in the face.
Our family has been running Camp Huawni since Daddy Earl turned his dream into reality in 1965. We take great pride in making sure your Camp Huawni experience continues to get better and better every summer. Meet our A-Team!
Travis carries the torch that his grandfather, Earl Adams, lit in 1965. Travis will be the one singing about Mimi’s cornbread at your Sing Songs, pulling you on the tractor for truck rides, instigating watermelon fights on the Sunday Hike, and talking with you about life on Flag Pole Hill after supper. Travis is married to the love of his life, Mandi Adams, and they are expecting their first child very soon! Travis graduated from Texas Christian University in 2003 and received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in 2009. Travis’s passion is impacting youth, just like you, in a profound, positive, and truthful way. “Love the kids” is more than Camp’s mission to Travis, it’s his calling. Whether it’s implementing a way for you to grade your counselors or creating new cabin traditions, Travis is constantly looking at ways to improve your Huawni experience. This will be Travis’s 33rd summer at Camp Huawni and yes, just like you, he’s still a kid at heart.
Camp Huawni was established in 1965 and is still owned and operated by the founding Adams family.
Mike’s role is to make camp work, and he’s spent a lifetime becoming an expert in camp operations. Mike worked 7.5 years for Sky Ranch Camps, serving as the Retreat Coordinator, Outdoor Education Teacher, Summer Camp Manager, and Activities Manager. Mike has his Level 2 High Ropes certification, American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification, CPO (Certified Pool Operator) Certification, and NRA Range Master Certification. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Texas A&M University. Mike is happily married to his wife Tamara, and they too have a new addition, Campbell Brock McGuire.
Rachel is maybe one of the most free and fun people we know. Rachel served as a cabin counselor and photographer in the summer of 2013. Rachel loves the outdoors and has spent five summers doing kids camp. Rachel graduated from the University of Texas in May of 2013 and is excited to get to know our new and current camp families.
Ashley joined the Camp Huawni team in 2011 and finds joy in seeing you thrive in life. She constantly serves our team and Camp Huawni families and is ridiculously excited about coming back down the Camp Road for her 2nd summer at Huawni. Parents – Ashley is your voice to the inside world of Huawni during summer camp, and her job is to serve you like a Ritz-Carlton butler. Ashley graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006 and can’t wait to join you campers in a Pinson Creek mud fight!
Miss Ada might soon be your favorite person at Camp. Ada’s favorite ingredient is “love,” and we’re still trying to figure out how she serves it to you with every summer meal. She has a servant’s heart and is such a blessing to all of Camp. If there’s just one reason for you to go to Camp, it’s to eat Miss Ada’s famous, famous, most famous fried chicken served the first evening at Camp. Your friends who already go to Camp crave it year round! We only get it once a session, but it sure is hard to forget.
Michael Anne, granddaughter of Earl and Retha Adams, grew up at Camp Huawni and serves diligently as camp’s attorney and alumni association advisor. Michael Anne has an amazing servant’s heart, and you’ll see her helping out many times on opening and closing day. Michael Anne is happily married to Price Pritchard and they have a future camper, Parks, who is quite popular at Camp. Michael Anne graduated from Texas Christian University in 2001 and received her law degree from Baylor Law School.
Pam is your official Camp mom. Pam Adams fell in love at Camp and married owner Mike Adams back in 1976. Pam sets the pace for what it means to serve and literally does it all – cooking your birthday cakes, running errands, and pouring her wisdom into the Huawni Staff on a regular basis. She’s fun loving, loves Huawni tradition and kids’ camping, and makes sure you get the BEST selection of healthy-fresh foods during meals. You can find Pam taking jogs down the camp road and often listening intently to you about how your day went. Pam epitomizes Mark 9:35, which says, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” This will be Pam’s 40th summer at Camp Huawni, and she’s still in love with the husband and Camp she fell in love with so many years ago. She’ll soon be your summer camp mom too!
Mike is the one person at Camp you hope to have a conversation with. He’s the veteran on campus, and leading Sing Songs, Truck Rides, and Sunday Hike are just a few of his favorite past times. Mike has been an integral part of making Huawni the special safe haven summer camp that it is today, and he’s a huge servant and advocate for the entire Huawni family. Mike is hoping to see you this summer so he can meet the one and only you!
Pat and Linda Adams have invested their lives into Camp Huawni, and over the years, have carried on the legacy that is Camp Huawni. Pat was a director for over 25 years and Linda played a huge role in serving camp over that same time period. Pat and Linda continue to support Huawni in various way, and Pat is a member of the 50th Anniversary Pow Wow Committee. Pat is most famously known for his gainers off the diving board, driving the jeep during parasailing, and his life-giving laughter. Pat and Linda have three beautiful daughters— Kara, Dana, and Lesa, all of whom were campers and directors. Kara married Matt Gregory, and both served as directors in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Kara and Matt now have two soon-to-be boy campers, Grant and Ty. Dana married her TCU football sweetheart, Sean Stilley, and both are actively supporters of the Camp Huawni Alumni Association (CHAA). Dana and Sean have two future campers as well, Chase and Logan. Lesa married Steve Abney, who she met at Huawni. Lesa and Steve have a daughter, Evan Kaye, and both Steve and Lesa continue to valiantly support Huawni through the CHAA.
Heard enough about the directors? So have we. Want to check out how they all got to Camp?