Camp Fern | A Residential Summer Camp For Boys and Girls

Fall 2015 Newsletter!!
December 11, 2015, 11:38 am
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The Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available on our blog! We apologize for the delay in our blog posts, and are working to re-initiate our presence in this area. We hope everyone is having a great week and is enjoying this holiday season!


Newsletter – Fall 2015


The April newsletter is live!
April 22, 2013, 11:43 am
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The Camp Fern April newsletter has hit the stands. Visit our website to view the newest Ferny newsletter .

Camp is quickly approaching as we move into the end of April. Soon our staff will be arriving to begin staff training and preparing for the upcoming summer.  We are preparing the grounds and our office  for the coming rush of campers. The lake is coming alive with baby birds, rambling racoons, and soaring Eagles! We can’t wait to see everyone on opening day. Don’t forget this summer’s theme is TEXAS, make sure to wear your boots.


Summer is coming!


Half off your campers tuition?!! Find out how.
February 15, 2013, 12:21 pm
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Greetings from Camp Fern,

The winter newsletter is now available on the Camp Fern website.

Happy reading!

Make sure to check the website for monthly Fern-nouncements!

Learn how to get up to 50% off your Campers tuition this summer!

Camp Fern’s first open house is approaching. Reserve your spot now.

Details here –

The fall newsletter is live!
October 29, 2012, 12:17 pm
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Greetings from Camp Fern,

The fall newsletter is now available on the Camp Fern website.

We hope you enjoy the new format and welcome your comments and feedback.

While you’re visiting the website make sure to send us any of your updated information. If you have a new mailing address, phone number, or email, we want to know it. Did I mention we want your updated emails?  As Camp Fern continues our transition into predominantly digital communication, having current email addresses for our families,alumni ,and prospects is of the utmost importance. If you do not want to miss out on the latest Camp Fern news make sure to get us your email addresses ASAP.  You can send information updates to us at

Fall recruiting dates and locations

Cody and Charlie will be on the road this fall looking for talented young men and women to join the 2013 Camp Fern Staff. Below is a list of the Colleges and Universities we will be visiting in November.

Mary Hardin Baylor  November ,12 from 10am-2pm in the Mabee sub

Baylor November 13 from 11am-3pm in the SUB-first floor lobby

Sam Houston State University November, 14 from  10:30am-2pm in the Student union

Steven F. Austin November, 15 from  10am-2pm in the student union

ETBU November, 16 from10:30am-1:30am in the Ornelas student center

South Eastern Louisiana University November, 26 from 11am-2pm in the student union

ULL November, 28 from 11am-2pm n the student union

Come out and see us!

The Spring Newsletter is HERE!!!!
April 3, 2012, 10:11 am
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Howdy yall,

Margaret, Charlie, and I have been prepping the spring newsletter and can’t wait for you to read it. As many of you know, Camp Fern is moving to a more digital platform for our communication. Our Spring newsletter will be published on our website in a PDF format. You can print a hard copy if you like to hold it in your hand or just read it straight off your computer. We have been utilizing Charlie’s web skills in developing the online version of our newsletter. We have included some new articles for our parents and alumni along with our usual articles and Ferny Fun. We hope you enjoy our new newsletter format and can embrace Camp Ferns move into the digital age. Happy reading!


Spring Newsletter Link!

Camp Fern Road Trip!
February 13, 2012, 11:15 am
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 Howdy Yall!


Camp Fern puts safety first again!

For our 7th consecutive year Camp Fern has received the Markel Safety First Award. The award is given to camps that excel in putting safety first in their activities and planning. Camp Fern is one of only ten camps in the nation who have received this award for more than 6 years! Thanks to the Camp Fern staff for making sure that our camper’s safety is always priority number one!!

Camp Fern is hitting the road! During the months of February, March, and April we will be on the road for our Camper winter parties as well as recruiting new, awesome, counselors for the summer of 2012. Below is a list of our winter party and College recruiting dates and locations. We will be sending invitations to our current campers with the details about your cities party.

Winter Parties


Longview, Texas

 Sunday February, 12th 2-3pm

Dallas, Texas

Sunday February, 19th 2-3pm

Austin, Texas

Sunday February 26 2-3pm

New Orleans, Louisiana

Saturday March 10th from 2-3pm

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sunday March 11th from 2-3pm

College recruiting Days


UNT February, 15th 11am- 1pm


LA TECH March, 8th 10am- 2pm


LSU!!!!!!!!! March, 22nd 10am- 2pm


ETBU April, 3rd   12pm-3pm


University of Houston

April, 4th 1pm-4pm


We can’t wait to see everyone at our winter parties and College recruiting days! Make sure you wear your Camp Fern shirts and bring a friend no matter which event you attend.

20 Questions with super stable hand and counselor of the month Sam Kilpatrick!

  1. What is the coolest thing you have done with a horse while at Camp Fern?

Watched the stars with a few of ’em one night.

2. Who are your best amigos at camp? pick one horse and one human.

My best human amigo at camp was Herm, and my best horse amigo was Doc

3. Why them?

Well, Herm wrote me some nice checks every week, and Doc had a kind face

4. If you could have one super power what would it be?

I wish I could breathe underwater.

5. How many Musical instruments can you play?

If it makes a noise, I can play it (but probably not well).

6. Why are you so musically talented?

It’s not in my nature to be mysterious, but I just can’t talk about it.

7. When you’re working at the stables what band do the horses like to jam to the most?

Al Green

8. Do you have any siblings?

I have 2, in fact. Kevin, ex-ropes course extraordinaire, and Sydney, camper from way back when.

9. Who are your biggest stable hand and musically influences

My biggest stable hand influence was most definitely Raul. He was incredible with a shovel. My biggest musical influence is James Brown. That fella’s got soul.

10. What is the coolest, most awesomely, spectacular, music concert you have ever been to?

I saw Primus at Lollapalooza in ’05. If I remember right, it was pretty spectacular.

11. Would it have been more awesome if you were riding a horse while at the concert? Why?

I don’t know if it would have been more awesome, but I would have definitely been at the front row.

12. Is it true that Wild Willy is powered by pure sugar and that is why he is always bouncing off the walls?

It’s that pure cane sugar from west Texas. It’ll make a man antsy in his pantsy, for sure.

13. If you had to eat one thing for the rest of time what would it be?

Bread, duh.

14. What is your favorite book?

Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed

15. If you could take one horse to college with you who would it be ?

Probably Lil’ Bit, because I know she would never get up to run away.

16. Remember those super powers I asked about? Who would be your super sidekick and what would their power be?

I work alone.

17. Do unicorns exist?

Only in my heart.

18. How much do you like bread?

Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really Really

19. How does the riding staff survive wearing jeans all summer?

We’re a different kind of breed. Get over it.

20. Water front or riding staff?

I love them all.

The winner of our January contest is Ellen Lacey Hollis, here is her story.


   I went to Camp Fern beginning in 1950 through 1960.  My three children, daughter-in-law, and my grandson have attended camp during the past 62 years with a total of 59 years experience.  This story is about Camp Fern in the 50’s and some of the ways Fern has changed within those 62 years.

     My first year, 1950, Uncle Vernon and Aunt Mag were both at camp.  Uncle Vern was like my sweet granddad, and Aunt Mag was the friendly always smiling grandmother.  In the 50’s camp was for 5 weeks and no one was ready to leave at the end.  One Sunday the parents could come for a visit.  They brought food, your pet and news from home.  Also, one Sunday we had the canoe pageant, where canoes were transformed into lavish floats made with chicken wire and stuffed with crepe paper.  We worked days on our cabin’s canoe.

     On Sunday we wore white with a large green scarf.  The scarf was also put on the Catholics’ bunk post so they could be awaken to go into town for Mass. (The others got to sleep late.)  We also always had fish on Fridays.

     The showers only had cold water.  We never complained either because that was just the way it was.  The johns, i.e. greenies, were simply “outhouses.”  No flush toilets for the 50’s.

     Overnight horseback rides included cooking your food, cleaning the pans with dirt, and sleeping on  the ground.  When it rained we all crowded into the shed that held the mats.  The formal horse show at the end of camp was certainly a highlight of camp.  Parents came to watch the show.  The riders wore riding pants or jodhpurs with the white dress shirts and ties.  The ring had been whitewashed, the horses bathed and the Camp Fern Horse show sign hung above the gate.  The “grand champion” winner had a wreath made with chicken wire and live greenery hung over her horse’s neck and was given a trophy cup that was traditional used to drink tea out of during lunch.

     NOLA night was always the highlight of your Nola year.  it was fun picking out the dress and heels to wear into town while packing for camp.  Nola night consisted of a movie, going to “The Gables” to eat and finishing the evening with their famous lemon icebox pie.  You also knew that when you returned to camp, you were met with the cabin being toilet papered, powder put on the fans and beds short-sheeted.

     Of course, I cannot finish the story without mentioning Doris and Daris, the camp’s right-hand helpers during the 50’s and Miss Rita, Director of Fern for many years.  Daris was known for being able to pick up a canoe single handed and load it onto the truck.  Miss Rita loved camp and the campers.  She directed camp with a stern hand, but we always there giving encouragement and helping you adjust to all camp experiences.

     Even though some things have changed, the memories and friendships made at Camp Fern have not.  What a wonderful family tradition that has been given to our children and grandchildren and may Camp Fern live forever in our lives and our hearts.

Ellen Lacey Hollis

Thanks for helping us remember the great history of Camp Fern Ellen!

Ferny Reminders

There will be no contest for the month of February. Stay tuned for March!

Don’t forget to visit the Camp Fern online Store@

Spots are filling up fast for 2012!

Send in your camper applications and $200 deposit to reserve your spot today.

We can’t wait to see you on the road.


Happy New Year!
January 5, 2012, 11:31 am
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I hope everyone had a good holiday season filled with an abundance of laughter, food, and fellowship. I have been on vacation pretending to be a snow ski instructor, and spending quality time with my family watching the American Pickers marathon on the history channel (we are different). I hope your holiday season was just as enjoyable.
With the start of a new year Camp Fern is gearing up for its 78th summer of fun, friendship, competition and growth. We are planning our quickly approaching Winter parties and look forward to seeing all of our campers and counselors who are able to attend. We are currently scheduling dates and locations and will have that information out to everyone as soon as possible.

Congratulations to our New Prospect Contest winners and Christmas photo Contest Winners.
The Results for our New Prospect Contest are, drum roll please.

Grand Champion: Amy VanDenburg

Silver Level: Dauphin Ducayet, Kevin Hanchey, and Brandi Godair.

Bronze Level: Traci Hollis, Nancy McWhorter, Sondra Maxfield, Gina Thomas, and Johanna Braud

Who is the Christmas Photo Contest winner?
Lauren Holcomb!

Thanks for your Great Christmas pictures!

We will be sending out prizes to our contest winners this week. Keep an eye on your mail box, and thanks to everyone for participating!

Camp Fern’s January Contest.
Our January contest is …… Tell us a story! We want to hear a story about why Camp Fern is special to you. You can talk about tribes, friends, experiences, winning, losing, and anything in between. We want to hear what memories make Camp Fern a special place for you.

This contest is open to everyone! Campers, counselors, alumni, parents, and grandparents.
Write us a story, essay, anecdote, tall tale, or fishing story in 500 words or less about an experience that has made Camp Fern memorable for you.
Stories can be sent to, please put your name and” January contest” in the subject line.

Prize: The winner will receive a secret grab bag of assorted Camp Fern items!

10 Things I learned at Camp Fern in 2011

1. Any temperature over 99 degrees for more then 4 days in a row is WARM.

2. If you are living in these temperatures, regular snow cone breaks along with large amounts of water and Gatorade can make you feel like a champ.

3. How to make a paracord bracelet.

4. Girls’ Camp realllllly likes to sing! Way more than Boys’ Camp at least.

5. Many of the former campers I have worked with at Fern have grown up to be exceptional Men and Women. (yes I am talking about you)

6. I have yet to find another job where I can wear Jorts every day if I want to.

7. Free coffee is awesome! Camp Directors would not survive without it.

8. Horses smell like poo, but they listen really well if you need someone to talk with.

9. Campers really like getting letters (Parents, they really like letters! They are always like, “MAIL”!!!! Whenever it arrives. Send your child a happy letter and they will thank you when they are my age.)

10. 2012 is going to be even more awesome!!!