The “Huawni” name originates from a small Cherokee tribe, the Huawni Indians, who called what is now camp their home as late as 1832. The Old Huawni Tribe was a peaceful, family-oriented tribe that resided in Shelby County, nestled between the Davy Crockett, Angelina, and Sabine National Forests.
During the early 20th century, Asia Jones was the caretaker of what is now our campus. Asia is considered the master architect of Flagpole Hill, which he terraced with a mule and a scoop to farm sugar cane.
In 1965, Daddy Earl and Mimi Adams had a dream to create a place where children could truly be themselves. So, they purchased the land from Mr. Jones, cut some logs, built a few cabins, dug a huge hole for a swimming pool…and Camp Huawni was born.
Since then, thousands of kids from all over the world have experienced the “Huawni magic”, including those who have grown up to become National Football League coaches, songwriters, college athletes, business people, and even actors (like Matthew McConaughey).
Today, the memory of the Huawni Indians and Mr. Jones lives on today. We hike to two original Huawni Indian mounds located near Turtle Rock, and Mr. Jones’ terraced land provides a pristine view overlooking the Piney Woods.
And Huawni continues to celebrate Daddy Earl and Mimi’s vision to positively impact youth and to give them the best summer experience of their lives.
Founding Families: Mike & Pat Adams (left), Pat & Linda Adams (right)