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Read the top 10 reasons to come to Huawni. Find out if this is the camp for you.
Every day is special at Camp Huawni. Every morning you’ll wake up busting at the seams ready to participate in Huawni’s special events and night activities. Thank goodness we’re a sleepaway camp – some of your favorite activities are at night. Here’s a snapshot of the adventures that are a waiting for you this summer!
Laugh your face off as your zany counselors take the stage to present to you this year’s new Opening Night Show – a mixture of improv, skits, and extra summer fun. Be sure and raise your hand high – you might get to participate!
Tag your friends, save your cabinmates from jail, or just bob and weave your way to the flag circle! Warning – your counselors have been known to dress up pretty silly, so watch out! And yes…dancing is encouraged :)
Ever want to do a triathlon? Whether you’re a pro or just want to get your feet wet, the Huawni camper/kids triathlon (or “Tyathlon” as we call it) is maybe the most rewarding event both to be in and watch. Swim the length of the Critter Pond, bike 2 miles up and down the private camp road, and trot one-mile through the Pineywoods…you have what it takes!
One of our most popular, evening summer camp activities, fishing on a Tuesday night is more than your average cane pole fishing. Kissing a fish, canoeing, roasting a marshmallow, laughing at your counselors competing in Chubby Bunny, and Sing Song around the campfire are all part of this chill and fun-filled event.
Just think, you wake up, like every morning, headed to Flag Pole Hill to start your day at Camp. Then, all of a sudden, you hear this funky 70’s music…some song called “Chicken Train,” and all of the sudden your best friend gets snatched up by a counselor and tossed in the pool! This is only the beginning of Playday. Girls Camp, you’ll spend your morning tossing pies in your counselors’ face, chasing minnows in the swimming pool, and mercilessly pouring ice water on your counselors’ back. Boys Camp – break out your camo paint for the famous Huawni Uprising, a giant capture the flag game in Pineywoods where open pine cones serve as your ammo.
Want to do Critter all day? Go for it. Connect lets you do whatever activity you want with your best friends and counselors. No wonder Connect is one of the most anticipated summer camp activities at Huawni!
Bring your costumes, jokes, dance moves, and microphone. No crowd will ever yell louder for you than at Camp Huawni!
Put on your swimsuit, and let’s head to the creek. You get to jump into a mud fight, eat (and throw…that’s right) watermelon, or carve your name in a towering beech tree next to a camper’s carving from 1968! This old-school hike is what makes Huawni one of the most sought after adventure camps in Texas.
Tribal competition is quite simply the one tradition you’ll never want to miss. It begins with Indian paint and a ginormous fire as you find out which tribe will be yours forever – the Caddo or the Tejas. Tribe members compete for the coveted Golden Pine Cone, and the winning tribe’s flag is raised on Flag Pole Hill until the tribes meet again next summer.
Stretch out your blanket and lawn chair and come karaoke with your friends – it’s time for Cookout! After scarfing down a famous Huawni Hot Dog and listening to Mr. Mike tell the story of the Blue Wolf, take a front-row seat for an old fashion trailer ride through the mystical Pineywoods. And if you’re lucky – you might see the Wild Woman! PS – no feeding the wild woman.
On Sunday you’ll get to head down to the Little Red Church, quite possibly the most peaceful spot on earth. The Little Red Church is a wonderful safe haven where you’ll get to hang out with God, sing to your heart’s delight, and see what grace is really all about. All of your troubles seem to fade away on Sunday mornings, and it’s an awesome time to just get away and “be.”
S.O.J. stands for spiritual orange juice. SOJ is a devotional time in the mornings led by your counselors where you get to talk about the big questions in life and about who God created you to be. SOJ is optional, although many of your friends look forward to this peaceful and rich time together.
They say, “Only the cool kids go on Sunday Hike.” Whether it’s a trek to the Indian Mounds, Turtle Rock, or Joe Shield’s old barn, Sunday Hike may soon make you a cool kid too. Put on your holy jeans, rubber boots, and bring your walkin’ stick…it’s time for summer fun at it’s finest – Sunday Hike!
Girl campers – this is for you! Miss Huawni is the pageant of all pageants, where each cabin and tribal competition team elects a Miss Huawni representative to compete in this long-standing Camp Huawni tradition. Girls and their cabins are celebrated not just for outward beauty, but more importantly, for their intellect, love for others, and inner beauty.
Whether you’re lead singer of the band or a swaying tree in the background, there’s a significant role for you to play as you join your cabinmates in this smile-filled tradition. And here’s the cool part – WHEN your cabin wins skit night, you win the coveted Huawni Spirit Stick! Another perk to coming to a sleepaway camp is that you get to compete with your cabin well into the evening – Skit Night is one of many high energy, summer camp night activities.
Pull out the giant tarp and liquid soap – it’s time for you to glide down Flagpole Hill! A snow cone to top it off when you’re done makes for your perfect day.
Think you’re walking into the Dining Hall?? Think again! Counselors transform the Dining Hall into a new, magical world every year as you’ll get to play carnival games, learn to two-step, and celebrate an unforgettable session with your best friends. Christmas in July, Nerds In Outer Space, and Under The Sea are just a few of the recent themes packed with summer fun. What will the theme be this year?? Only one way to find out!
For the first time, maybe ever, you’ll get to tell your brother, sister, or best friend how much you love ‘em. Summer Tree is an unforgettable camp tradition where you’ll gather with all of Camp around the famous Summer Tree as your heart speaks out. Only truth can be told under the Tree, and the smiles and tears you’ll share are a plenty!
We always say “simple fun is the most fun” at Camp Huawni, but it really doesn’t get any better than you chunking water balloons at your favorite counselor. Parents – don’t worry. We’ll keep your kiddos safe by keeping it out of their eyes, and we’ve got plenty of water hoses to wash them off. This night is simply “CRAZY SUMMER FUN”…we’ll see you at this epic battle!
Get out the tents, bring your fishing rod, and gather the firewood – it’s time for a real campout! While the girls are doing their thing with Miss Huawni, you’ll get to head to the iPond for a good ole’ Campout underneath the wide screen viewing of the East Texas stars. Oh the beauty of being at sleepaway camp! When the sun rises the next morning, you’ll hear the crackling of fresh bacon and eggs as you pop out of your tent for a cowboy breakfast!
One of the COOLEST things about two-weeks at Camp Huawni is that you’ll get to dive head first into your cabin tradition. Each year, as you move up a cabin, you get to experience a new cabin tradition. For you girls, it could be a Princess Ball party after lights out, a late movie showing of Finding Nemo in the pool, a secret Sing Song getaway with your favorite counselors and Dr. Pepper, or the most famous of all – Last Year Campout! For boys, you might take a late night fishing trip, get assigned a special forces mission after lights out, go star tripping, go frog gigging, go on a private, special-edition hike, or journey through the woods to the ultimate Last Year Campout. One thing’s for sure – you will be spinning like a boomerang, excited to come back to experience your next cabin tradition summer after summer.
Picture your tribal competition counselors lined up with mud oozing between their toes. A ginormous mud pit separates both teams as the rope stretches tightly across it. Ready…set…TUG-O-WAR! Just when you thought Huawni couldn’t get any more awesome, you get to tug that rope! Yell for your tribe as you use every muscle in your body to win Tug-O-War points for Tribal Competition. And yes – one team will go flying in the mud pit…it’s mud milk after dinner!
You’ll never want to spend the 4th away from Camp after you experience the joy that is the 4th at Huawni. Get your red, white, and blue get up on, break out the glow sticks, and watch the famous Huawni Fireworks Show sponsored by TNT Fireworks!
Initiation is the climax of Camp, as 1st year campers get to be initiated into the Tribe of Huawni. As you continue to come back each summer you’ll get to move up to a new tribal fire AND you’ll get a new piece of James Avery Huawni jewelry, only worn by campers who’ve come to Camp for so many years. Initiation is the highlight of your Camp!
Pull out the six string and mandolin, gaze up a the stars, work up your best howl, and join in with all of Camp as you’ll get to dance and sing the day to a close. Sing Song is the harmony of Huawni Tradition and takes summer fun and memories to a whole new level.
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