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Huawni History

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In 1965, Earl Adams, or “Daddy Earl” as you’ll soon know him, strolled down a school hallway and said to himself, “Hmmm…I wish my students could experience something where they weren’t so tied down - a place where they truly could be themselves.” So, he and Retha (a.k.a. Mimi) cut some logs, built a few cabins, dug a huge hole for a swimming pool…and their kid’s camp, Camp Huawni, was born. We continue to celebrate Mimi and Daddy Earl and their vision of creating a legacy of youth development. Their dream continues to impact youth from all over the world.

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Mike & Pam Adams, Founding Family

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Pat & Linda Adams, Founding Family

It Sure Is A Funky Word For A Kid’s Camp

Here’s a cool fact: the name “Huawni” comes from a small Cherokee Indian tribe that at one time called the camp land their home. In fact, you can even trek through the Piney woods past the Pinson Creek and see two original Huawni Indian ceremonial mounds.

What Is The Huawni Magic?

Over the years, kids just like you have caught the “Huawni magic,” a fancy term for having the summer of your life - so special that it’s nearly impossible to explain.

The Huawni kid’s camp experience provides you with a unique bond – an experience shared by numerous others who have spent summers at Huawni, including National Football League coaches, songwriters, college athletes, business people, and even actors (like Matthew McConaughey).

A Select Few

As a special way to commemorate your time at Huawni, you will be given custom jewelry, personally designed by James Avery, after years 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. Only those in the Huawni Tribe are allowed to wear it. No one else…

James Avery has been exclusively making custom Camp Huawni jewelry since the 1970’s.

As you move up in the tribe your jewelry shows off your dedication.