Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center

Ferncliff Camp and Conference: Camp with a Conscience

Mission: To make a positive impact on the world by opening eyes, minds and hearts to God's transforming love.

We're always excited for Sunday night field games, but last night we were extra excited because our first overnight campers arrived! 🎉


We always enjoy attending Presbytery meetings and seeing familiar faces, but today’s meeting was particularly special as we got to see and support two of our summer staff participating in the meeting!

Julianna Whitson, our Summer Chaplain and longtime camper and summer staffer, moved from inquirer to candidate in her process of ordination; and Alice Wilson, our Overnight Camp Director, helped lead music.

Staff training 2019 has come to an end! After a busy two weeks, our staff gathered for a celebratory meal at the home of David and Vicki Gill. A little rain may have brought us inside, but this group put their rainy day flexibility training to the test and continued the festivities on the porch over tea.

We are so thankful for each and every one of these young adults and can’t wait to see them serve our campers this summer!


How You Can Help with Flooding Relief

We are praying for the safety and peace of those affected by flooding in Arkansas and neighboring states. Our Disaster Assistance Center is gearing up to respond if needed; check out this article to learn how you can help us help our neighbors during this time of need.


ferncliff.org Help us help our neighbors. We have been getting many calls asking for ways that people can assist those affected by flooding in Arkansas and neighboring states. Here’s how Ferncliff is responding and how you can help too. Having a disaster assistance center onsite gives us a way to directly respo...

At Nature Preschool we're usually out and about looking for neat things in nature, but this summer we're looking for something extra special: teachers!

We are excited to share two job opportunities at our nature preschool: Lead Teacher and Teaching Assistant. We are looking to fill these positions with educators who are passionate about nature and working with kids. Know someone who would be a great fit? Please help us spread the word!

For more information and how to apply: https://ferncliff.org/jobs/

It’s been a busy (and wonderful) Monday at Ferncliff!

Today we welcomed our first campers of 2019! We are excited to have Day Camp and Nature Preschool Day Camp in session this week while we continue staff training in the evenings.

On the other side of camp, we welcomed our very first summer mission team! We are grateful for their time and energy in the DAC and garden and look forward to having them here with us this week.

There’s a lot going on around here and for that we give thanks — as that means more children (and adults!) are connecting with nature, each other, and God in a place so special to so many.


Things are getting cooler around here! 😎 The shady sails are going up over the new slab just in time to keep our campers cool this summer!

Yesterday was the first day of all-staff training. After months of searching, interviewing, and planning, it’s so exciting to finally have everyone here!

The next two weeks will be spent getting to know one another, growing as a community of faith, and learning the ropes of all things Ferncliff. We look forward to getting to know this group and watching them group grow into amazing counselors this summer.

There's something about Family Camp that makes it feel like summer is finally here! Our annual Memorial Day weekend family camp wrapped up on Sunday and we had such a wonderful time enjoying camp at a relaxed pace with a great group of families. Thanks to all who joined us and made this weekend so great! And an extra special thanks to those who helped break in our new dunk booth ;)

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Over-and-Out Camp!

Over the bridge and out in the Outback! This is a week of low ropes, hiking, archery, canoeing, arts & crafts, nature study, and swimming – what could be better? All campers will spend two nights in our rustic outback cabins in order to connect with nature and their family group. Enjoy God’s creation surrounded by friends and fun!

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/about-camp/summer-programs/overnight-camp/ages-11-14/


Today is the last day of school for most kids in the greater Little Rock area. The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year will also mark the beginning of the newest addition to Ferncliff’s nature school — our Nature-Based Afterschool program! We are excited to see these spots filling and encourage any K-5th grader to join us for some outdoor learning and fun this fall.

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/nature-school/nature-based-afterschool-program/

Prior to all-staff training, we have a special week of training for our leadership staff. We have sessions about everything from effective leadership and communication skills to how to drive the golf carts. This group also helps plan and coordinate our theme camps for the summer. We are so excited about this team and the gifts and talents they’ll bring to camp this summer!

Beat the heat and rent the Ferncliff pool this summer!

Our family-friendly pool has a beach entry for young swimmers, a large pavilion, a kitchenette, and unique play features like a mushroom waterfall, basketball hoop, shallow water bubblers, and a splash pad.

The pool is available for rentals on Saturdays beginning June 1st for children's birthday parties.

For more information and how to reserve: https://ferncliff.org/rentals/pool-rental/

At Ferncliff we think the grass is greener on both sides. Minnie Pearl disagrees.

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Games and Sports!

On your mark, get set… it’s G&S! If you’re sporty, active, and up for a challenge, this camp is for you.
You’ll have a ball as you participate in new and classic activities each day – field games, international
sports, camp games, and more. Work as a team, learn sportsmanship, and have fun – that’s what it’s all about! You’ll have plenty of time for regular camp activities such as swimming, fishing, and hiking as well.

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/about-camp/summer-programs/overnight-camp/ages-11-14/


It’s not everyday we get to roll out the red carpet! But today it made an appearance for the arrival of our first 2019 summer staff!

New for summer 2019: Corcls!

We are excited to add these fun-sized boats to our Belden Pond waterfront area. They can be paddled in any direction, spun in circles, chained together, and used for water games. They can also be paddled while standing up, sitting down, or kneeling — making them fun for all ages.

Thanks to Abel, Margie, and Cotten for performing a quality control assessment on our new Corcls. They gave them two thumbs up and we know this summer’s campers will too!

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Pathfinders Camp!

Become a pathfinder and experience all the fun Ferncliff has to offer! Choose from traditional camp
activities such as: boating, fishing, hiking, archery, and more! Learn ways to be environmentally friendly
in our Eco-center and spend a week with new friends in a community centered on faith as you explore
the beauty of God’s creation.

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/about-camp/summer-programs/overnight-camp/ages-8-10/


FAQ Friday: Pool Safety

This week's #FAQFriday videos explains the safety precautions we take to keep campers safe in the pool.

Have a question you'd like us to answer? Comment below!

A few weeks ago we welcomed a new goat, Chuckie, into the Ferncliff farm fold! He is so excited to be at Ferncliff that he’s already practicing for our December living nativity event. Thankfully we have six months to find a way to tell him that he can’t be baby Jesus...

Calling all nurses and doctors! Do you want to come hang out with us at Ferncliff? We need a nurse for a few upcoming weeks of camp. Housing and meals provided, plus up to two scholarships for your kids or grandkids to come to camp. Tag your medical professional friends in the comments, or email Emily at [email protected] if you are interested. Thanks!

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Congratulations to Maxx Rathman, the winner of our drawing to win a free week of camp! 🎉 You can see Maxx talking about why he loves camp 5 seconds into this video:

Summer camp is the heart and soul of Ferncliff. We loved putting this video together because it provides a little glimpe into a ministry we care so much about. We're excited to share it and hope to see you at camp in 2019!


2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Nature Preschool Day Camp!

Not quite old enough for summer camp at Ferncliff? Think again! Nature Preschool Day Camp is a unique blend of two things Ferncliff does well: Nature Preschool and Summer Day Camp! Campers who are 4 or 5 years old will enjoy all kinds of fun camp activities as well as nature-based play and hands-on learning from 9:00am-4:00pm each day. Led by our exceptional Nature Preschool and summer staff members, your child will be in safe hands while they hike, fish, make arts & crafts, and explore the beautiful creation of camp.

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/about-camp/summer-programs/nature-preschool-day-camp/


FAQ Friday: Diet & Allergy Food Information

This week's #FAQFriday video explains how we accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions/preferences during camp.

Have a question you'd like us to answer? Comment below!

Looking for an excuse to register for camp? 👀 If you register your child for camp before Wednesday, May 1 at 11:59 PM, you'll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free *additional* week of camp! Even if you've already registered, you'll still be entered in the drawing and can apply the free week to register a sibling or gift it to a friend.

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/about-camp/summer-programs/

These kids hiked over 50 miles today!!! The most hiked by one kiddo was 5.6 miles! Thank you to all who have supported and for all who volunteered!!

39 miles today for all these little legs! The most hiked by one kiddo was 2.7 miles. They did awesome!

Thank you to all who have supported so far! Check back tomorrow for their grand total! And keep those pledges coming!


And.....They’re off! 🎉 The 2019 Nature Preschool Hike-a-Thon has begun! It’s a beautiful day for hiking at Ferncliff. Join the hike virtually by checking for updates or by making a pledge!


2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Farm Camp!

Ready, set, grow! Spend time in Ferncliff’s farm and garden as you learn about growing produce and plants, making compost, caring for chickens and goats, and more. When you’re not getting your hands dirty at the farm, you can try your favorite camp activities like arts & crafts, archery, and boating.

For more information and how to register:


FAQ Friday: Financial Aid

This week's #FAQFriday video explains financial aid options to help offset the cost of camp.

We never want a financial need to stand in the way of a camp experience. This year we are projected to grant more scholarships than ever before! You can help sustain these funds and make a camp a reality for more children by contributing to our scholarship fund here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E150623&id=1


Ferncliff Nature Preschool Hike a Thon

This time next week, our nature preschoolers will be hiking the Luke Trail for their annual Hike-a-thon! With adults stationed along the trail, students will be hiking as many 1/10th of a mile sections as they can to raise funds to sustain their school. If you would like to support the youngest hikers at Ferncliff, check out the link below.

But be careful what you pledge, because last year they hiked a combined total of 90 miles in two days! ;)

For live updates and how to donate: https://anython.com/ferncliffnps-hike-a-thon?fbclid=IwAR3ucZ8i0Vrywbnqy-KMCTJBy9iCUvC7rh-fzXAW6BUBrn8DeoLUOrj3UAc

anython.com Our school had small beginnings as the state's first Forest Kindergarten and has now grown to serve almost 50 families around Central Arkansas!  As we have grown, we have ensured that our staff have received only the best training and have worked to provide only the best care and nature connection ...

Our second annual Ferncliff Family Day is in the books! We had a wonderful time welcoming about 275 old and new friends to Ferncliff for a day of springtime fun. Thanks to all who joined us and made this event so great!

Our second annual Ferncliff Family Day is in the books! We had a wonderful time welcoming about 275 old and new friends to Ferncliff for a day of springtime fun. Thanks to all who joined us and made this event so great!

Happy Easter, friends! 🐰 It is a beautiful day and there is much to celebrate!

And in case anyone was wondering where we got the 3,000 Easter eggs that we hid for yesterday's family day event, now you know ;)

FAQ Friday: Camper Friend Requests

This week's #FAQFriday video talks about friend requests during the camp registration process.

Have a question you'd like us to answer? Comment below!

We are excited to be filling spots for our nature-based afterschool program! 🌱 To accommodate more families, we have added a third school pick-up at Don Roberts Elementary PTA!

Register your child for the year by May 1st and receive the month of August free!

For more information and how to register: https://ferncliff.org/nature-school/nature-based-afterschool-program/

Need an excuse to make an online purchase ;)? You can now benefit Ferncliff when you make purchases through amazon by participating in Amazon Smile! Visit amazon.com, search for Ferncliff Camp, select our organization as the one you would like to benefit and then we will receive .5% for every purchase you make! It may sound like a little but it will definitely add up and help support the ministries of Ferncliff. It takes 3 minutes to start helping Ferncliff today! https://www.amazon.com

It’s been neat having Angel One and Angel Two from Arkansas Children's on site the past two weeks for their Safety Training days!

Join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Rebecca Roetzel! She will be serving as our new Associate Program Director and YAV Site Coordinator and we are thrilled to have her on board! She is the one on the left ;)

A native of Western Kansas, Rebecca moved to Arkansas after college to volunteer at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville. She quickly fell in love with Arkansas and spent the next few years working for non-profits including Our House, Women & Children First and Heifer International. Rebecca was a co-founder of The Root Cafe and is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of LR. She spent the last six years in management roles at Heifer Ranch, most recently overseeing the year-round experiential education programs and facilities.
Rebecca has a BA in Art Education and 12 years of experience writing and implementing experiential curriculum for summer camps and youth programs. In her free time, she enjoys singing in the church choir, feeding people, and traveling to visit family. She lives in the country near Perryville with her husband (Mike), two-year old son (Luke), and a three-month old daughter (Katy).

2019 Summer Camp Spotlight: Camp Hangout!

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily schedule! This camp is perfect for teens who want to spend a laid-back week at Ferncliff! With free choice blocks and favorite camp activities, a relaxed schedule, and plenty of quality time with friends, Camp Hangout is a fun opportunity for campers to experience Ferncliff exactly how they want to. (Bringing your own hammock is recommended).

For more information and how to register:


FAQ Friday: Day Camp Extended Care Options

This week's #FAQFriday video explains the extended care options we offer for our day camp programs.

Have a question you'd like us to answer? Comment below!

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FAQ Friday: Pool Safety
FAQ Friday: Diet & Allergy Food Information
FAQ Friday: Financial Aid
FAQ Friday: Camper Friend Requests
FAQ Friday: Day Camp Extended Care Options
FAQ Friday: How do we train our summer staff?
FAQ Friday: What is Tiered Pricing?
Making Joel Pay on #GivingTuesday
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1720 Ferncliff Rd
Little Rock, AR

General information

Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center is a summer camp, nature preschool, outreach center, and retreat center located 10 miles west of Little Rock. This is the official page for Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center. Ferncliff is a Presbyterian-related camp and conference center located 10 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas. With over 1,200 acres of forestland, two lakes and miles of hiking trail, Ferncliff is one of the largest camps in the nation. Our aim is to make a positive impact on the world by opening eyes, minds and hearts to God's transforming love.
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