Ora Johnson established Waldemar in 1926. Her vision was to build the finest girls' camp in the nation. Aunt Ora's niece, Doris Johnson, carried on that dream during her 47 years as the camp director. These two remarkable women created Camp Waldemar that is today one of America's finest girls' camps.

Ora Johnson

Founder Ora Johnso

Founder & Director

From 1926-1931

Doris Johnson

Director Doris Johnson


From 1931-1978

Their dream was continued and enhanced by Marsha English Elmore who directed the camp from 1979 to 1998. Her daughter, Meg Elmore Clark, took over as director in the summer of 1999 through summer 2008. In Fall of 2008 Meg and her family moved on to pursue additional camping endeavors and her mother Marsha gladly assumed the responsibilities of director again in the summer of 2009. She now co-directs long terms with her daughter-in-law, George Anne Elmore. The Elmore family strive every day to continue the traditions that have made Waldemar a staple in the camping community since 1926.

Marsha & Dale Elmore

Meg Clark

Owners Marsha & Dale

Owners & Directors

From 1979-1999 & 2008-Present


From 1999-2008

George Anne Elmore

George Anne Elmore

Short Term Director &

Co-Director Long Term

From 2009-present

Waldemar's program that builds character, refinement, and self-esteem in young women, along with the exceptional beauty of the camp location sets this camp apart. Today, the styles may have changed, but the Elmore family continues to run Waldemar by preserving the camp legacy.

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"I believe in the girls of today. In this age of transition they have already accomplished much, but with greater possibilities opening every day for physical, mental, and moral growth, there is almost no limit to their achievements. Camp Waldemar was founded to create opportunities for developing the best in every girl. Encouraged by the unusual success of the past seasons, it has become my ambition with the aid of my counselors and girls to build in Texas one of the best camps in the United States."

- Ora Johnson, 1926