Lantern Review of Camp Huawni

Shouldn’t the summer be a time to just play? Shouldn’t it be a time to hang out with your friends? To jump in the creek or explore down that path? Camp Huawni thinks so, and this Texas camp loves camp families for jumping right into the summer with them.

A wide-range of personalities are attracted to Camp Huawni, but perhaps the tie that binds is their desire to get out and play, to leave devices behind and instead connect face-to-face. No doubt that idea can be a tough sell in some homes, but Huawni recognizes that even the constant connection to devices reveals an inherent desire to connect with each other. What Huawni does so well is to offer a program that promotes those connections.

The camper program is largely pre-selected for the campers by the camp staff. This format is an intentional structure to make the process of activity selection an effortless one for the campers. Instead of focusing on which activity you will participate in, you can focus on who you’ll be participating with. This reinforces a priority in developing relationships at camp. It’s as much about who you’re with as it is about what you are doing.

Many traditional camp activities are offered here, and each is carefully crafted through a child development lens. That is to say that the staff is encouraged to teach activities in a way that is most likely to spark interest among the group. If it’s a younger age, try making it more fun and less rigid. For the older campers, how can you create a meaningful challenge within the activity? This approach fosters a lively program that engages the campers.

You’ll find a spirited pride among the different camper tribes at Camp Huawni. Yes it’s competitive, but that fiery competitive spirit is more about succeeding as a team and supporting those who finish next. Coupled with the focus on play and connection, the tribes simply create a vibrant unity among the campers and staff at Huawni.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • Brother/Sister
  • 150 Campers per Session
  • 2-weeks, 4-weeks
  • Founded in 1965
  • $$

Director's Message

Greetings from the piney woods! We know that with so many options as parents, it can be hard to brush away the clutter of life and trust that what we're doing for our children is the best thing for them, including choosing a summer camp. We all wonder: What is best for our children? Where should they go to school? What about their friends? As you read, you’ll begin to see exactly how and why camp matters for your child, and the valuable ways in which we at Camp Huawni can partner with your family this summer to help your child reach his or her fullest potential and give him or her the most fun week of their whole year.

Program Highlights

  • 16 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Forest
  • Rural
  • Remote

Top 5 Activities

  • Critter
  • Trolley
  • Slide
  • Archery
  • Swim

Travel Information

plane: East Texas Regional Airport in Longview, TX; Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, LA; international airport George Bush Intercontinen bus: Greyhound into Nacogdoches, TX; Amtrak into Nacogdoches, TX',


Camp Huawni

(512) 415-8577

(936) 657-1982

Rachel Marek