About Camp Fern

About Us

Set amidst the rolling hills and tall pines, on a private lake in East Texas, Camp Fern is a residential summer camp for children ages 6 to 16.  Founded on Christian beliefs with respect for all faiths, Camp Fern embraces God's gifts, grace, and love and values the importance of putting our faith into practice.  Camp Fern strives to enrich the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social lives of all its campers.  


Children leave computers, cell phones, and video games behind and immerse themselves in a range of fun and challenging daytime and evening activities, such as English horseback riding, skiing, wake and knee boarding, swimming, kayaking, fishing, trampoline, archery, tennis, guitar, drama, dancing, arts and crafts, outdoor cooking and camping, nature, fencing, boxing, ropes course and much, much, more!  They also participate in exciting tribal competitions, hilarious skits, camp carnival night, cabin cookouts, overnight horseback rides, weekly campfires, sing-a-longs, and so much more. Campers are grouped by age into log cabins, with experienced counselors to guide and mentor them throughout their stay. Spirituality is at the core of Camp Fern life – with campers participating in evening Vespers services and Sunday morning services. Camp Fern strives to instill the motto: God first, others second, I am third. 


Camp Fern was founded in 1934 to help the owner's only child, Peggy gain in self-confidence, independence and overcome homesickness.  Today, Camp Fern still strives to turn boys and girls into well-rounded, confident, independent young men and women. Using the beautiful and serene East Texas Piney Woods as a backdrop, children learn, among other things, to appreciate and respect nature; to pursue interests they wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue; to develop skills they never knew they had; to be strong leaders and sportsmanlike competitors; to treat others with kindness and respect; to make lasting, even lifelong friends.  Personal growth is a key element of the Camp Fern experience.


God first; others second; I am third
Don't wait to become a great woman; be a great girl.
Dont wait to become a great man; be a great boy.