Camp Millican

Inspiring youth to learn, play, and grow in the spirit of healthy adventure and fun in nature.

Camp Millican is a week-long day camp for kids ages 4-14 which promotes healthy discovery and outdoor adventures. We are located in south College Station, Texas, and are a program of the Millican Reserve Land Conservancy, whose mission is to maintain, restore, and educate the community about the remarkable landscape of Millican Reserve. As an outdoor summer experience, Camp Millican provides a fun, enriching week aimed at strengthening a child’s sense of well-being and cultivating a bond with nature.

A new adventure awaits!

The Best Summer Ever!

Camp Millican 2023 has come to a close.  Many thanks to our wonderful camp families, counselors, and partners for making this the best summer ever!

We can’t wait to welcome back fun camp songs, nature hikes, creativity and adventure next summer! You can find general camp information below and email us at for information about registering your camper for 2024.

Email us at to secure your camper’s spot for 2024.

Explorers Camp

4-6 year olds



7-10 year olds

Young Rangers Camp

11-14 year olds

Camp Activities

Summer fun for your camper!


Here’s what camp families have to say!


Questions? We have answers!

Explorers Camp

Explorers  Camp is for children 4-6 years old. Explorers camps are 4 day camps that range from 8:30am-12:30pm These sessions are designed specifically for younger campers to provide an enriching outdoor learning experience. These younger campers will have the opportunity to explore nature from the ground up through playful adventures created just for early elementary aged kids.

Pathfinders Camp

Pathfinders Camp: New enrollment guidelines: If your camper is not 7 years old by 1/1/2024, they must enroll in the Explorers Camp. Pathfinders Camps are 5 day camps Monday through Friday and are for children 7-10 years old (8:30am-2:30pm).  These sessions promote healthy discovery and outdoor adventures. As an outdoor program, Pathfinders Camp provides a fun, enriching experience aimed at strengthening a child’s sense of well-being and cultivating a bond with nature.

Young Rangers Camp

Young Rangers Camp: New enrollment guidelines: If your camper turns 10 by 1/1/2024, you have the option to enroll in either our Pathfinders Camp or Young Rangers Camp. Young Rangers Camp are 5 day camps Monday through Friday and are for children 11-14 years old (8:30am-2:30pm). Young Rangers Camp is centered around adventure, leadership, communication, and team building. Young Rangers in their final year (14 years old) may have the opportunity to volunteer at Pathfinders Camp Sessions for no additional charge (limited availability per general camp session). Please email for volunteer application:

Camp Activities

Here are some of the activities you can expect your camper(s) to enjoy:

  • Camp Millican songs and games
  • Canoeing
    • Lifeguards are present and all swimmers wear life jackets
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
    • Lifeguards are present and all swimmers wear life jackets.
  • Discovery hikes
  • Arts and crafts
  • Water fun
  • Tie-dye shirts (All Campers!)
  • Horses (Explorers & Pathfinders only)
  • Paddle boarding (Young Rangers only)

Meet the Staff

Dr. Chad Nelson, PhD.

Chad Nelson, Camp Director

Dr. Chad Nelson received his Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Texas A&M University in 2015. Additionally, he obtained a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Texas A&M University The Bush School of Government and Public Service. He joined the Health and Kinesiology Department as an Instructional Assistant Professor in 2015. In 2019, he received his Ph.D. in Youth Development in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Science (RPTS) from Texas A&M University and joined their faculty. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses that include areas of experience design, youth programming, youth camp management, and leadership. In the fall of 2022, he began working in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication.

He also served (2015-2022) as the Camp Director for a Texas A&M affiliated nonprofit organization, Deerfoot Youth Camp, which focuses on providing disadvantaged youth an opportunity to attend a sports-related camp in the summer for free to improve self-esteem, learn discipline and respect and encourage them to strive for excellence as students. Chad loves hiking with his family and teaching youth of all ages about the outdoors. Last and most proud position he holds is being a father to two lovely children and husband to an amazing bride, Candace.

LeAnne Pollock, Assistant Camp Director

LeAnne Pollock is passionate about youth-in-nature and natural resources. She graduated from Texas A&M University with her Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and has worked in youth programming for over 6 years in both educational and recreational programs. She has travelled with Texas 4-H Natural Resources, providing programming to 4-H groups across the state and is excited to bring some of that programming to Camp Millican.

Email us at to secure your camper’s spot for 2024.


Parent: “My camper was very excited to go to camp every day. She found something new every day that excited her about being outdoors. She made lots of great new friends and enjoyed her camp counselors. We were grateful for the opportunity, for the kind counselors and the safety we felt in going to the camp every day. We will definitely return!”

Parent: My son was so anxious to go, but once he got there, he felt so relieved because of the friendly personalities of the counselors. You could tell they wanted to be there and were happy to be there, and that made all the kids feel at ease!”


Camper: “I made a friend this week.”

Parent: “Both my boys had the time of their lives. It was their third camp of summer and they both said it was their favorite hands down.”

Parents and Campers


The tuition for each of the three camp programs (based on session) is:

Explorer’s Camp (4-6 year olds)     $250     (With early registration: $225)

Pathfinder’s Camp (7-10 year olds)     $295    (With early registration: $265.50)

Young Ranger’s Camp (11- 14 year olds)     $295   (With early registration: $265.50)

Camp Millican happens at Millican Reserve.
Millican Reserve is located at 19851 FM 2154, College Station, TX 77845 (30.479991, -96.248166)

From College Station, head south on FM 2154 (Wellborn Road) towards Millican. Camp Millican is 4.2 miles south of the intersection of Wellborn Road and Greens Prairie Trail. The Camp Millican Staff will


Drop off/ Pick up

Enter Millican Reserve. The Camp Directors will communicate drop off/ pick up locations before camp begins. Below are the two drop off/ pick up locations.

  • The Marketplace wooden structure will be in front on the right
  • The Boathouse is 1 mile from the marketplace on the white rock road

Parking on Day 1 of Camp:

Turn into the open grassy parking area on the left, park in this area and we will meet you for check in!

Campers will stay at the Marketplace structure through drop off with counselors until all campers for the day are present and all vehicles have left


Campers are encouraged to bring:

  • A towel
  • A backpack/bag
  • A change of clothes
  • A swimsuit
  • Closed toed water-shoes for waterfront activities
  • Sunscreen
  • Labeled refillable water bottle
  • Any medication needed – presented to camp staff on arrival
  •  Labeled soft or hard sided lunch box
    • Explorer campers may be picked up at noon if you would prefer your child to not eat lunch at camp
  • Nature appropriate clothing
  • Closed toed shoes



Cancellation Policy

If parents need to cancel a camp session, please inform the Camp Director ( immediately to begin cancellation and refund process, if applicable.



Refund Policy

The refunding of camp fees is as follows:

  • Notification two week prior to camp session qualifies for a full return.
  • Notification one week prior to camp session qualifies for 1/2 return.
  • This return will be noted by the Camp Director, forwarded to the main office and processed through original form of payment.

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Owls can rotate their heads almost 270 degrees! That’s about three-quarters of a complete circle. 🦉 "Who" knew? 

We're big fans these unique Millican Reserve residents and always get a charge when we spot one in the wild.  Our heads may not swivel like theirs, but we're always on the lookout!

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Day at Play is around the corner!  Saturday, November 25 at 9 a.m. Bring your crew and join us for the fun. 👦 🎈 

Free for anyone with a TrailPass, Individual, or Family Membership.  Just $5 for everyone else.  Learn more at link in bio.

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On behalf of the entire team at Millican Reserve, we want to express our gratitude to all our members, sponsors, and volunteers who bring our vision of healthy outdoor community to life. 

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍂 

#Thanksgiving  #MillicanReserve  #MillicanReserveConservancy  #BrazosValley  #Family
This November 24, we hope you'll join us for our morning hike at 9 a.m. This guided walk is suitable for most ability levels; we'll explore the trails while covering approximately 1.5 miles. Bring your binoculars! 🌳 🚶‍♂️ 🦋 🔍

Reserve your spot by visiting the link in the bio. 

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At Millican Reserve, we work to provide a healthy landscape for the entire community. Nature provides the perfect stage to enrich your mind, strengthen your body, and nourish your spirit. Whether you're into cycling through a scenic woodland landscape, running in the great outdoors, or simply taking a leisurely stroll to take in the wildlife, you'll find something for everyone on our private trails. 🌿

Join our community as a member of the Conservancy. Find the link in our bio and get outside today. 

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If you love the outdoors and want to enhance your camping skills, don't miss our Camping Skills class.

This class is appropriate for ages 8 and up.  Join us as we explore campsite selection, Leave No Trace principles, tent setup, and more. 🏕️ 

To learn more and register for this class, simply head to the link in the bio under the calendar section.

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Experience autumn with every stride on our upcoming Saturday trail runs at Millican Reserve. These runs are tailored to your abilities and goals. Make the most of it since Thanksgiving is just around the corner! 😉 🏃‍♂️ 

Visit the link in our bio and our website calendar for more info on running with the Lone Star trail runners at Millican Reserve.

#RunBrazosValley  #MillicanReserveConservancy  #NaturesWonder  #OutdoorAdventures  #BrazosValley  #MillicanReserve
Are you looking to acquire hands-on experience in wilderness survival? Don't miss our upcoming Intro to Wilderness Skills class. Whether you're aiming to sharpen your existing survival skills or acquire new outdoor knowledge, this class is for you. 🏕️

For more information, or to secure your spot, please register today by visiting the link in our bio under the calendar section.

#WildernessSkills  #OutdoorSkills  #OutdoorAdventures  #BrazosValley  #MillicanReserve
Have fun learning in the wild! Join us on November 11 for hands-on teaching from experts about wilderness skills, outdoor resources, and more. 

Check out our calendar or link in bio for more details about this fun, 2-hour morning class. 🔥  You'll learn to build a fire, shelter, and even to source water!

Ready to become a master of practical, open-air cuisine on the trails? Join our Intro to Outdoor Cooking class and learn to prepare delicious meals while hiking. You won’t need to bring a thing; we’ll provide all the culinary equipment. 🍽️ 🍳 

Please let your instructor know about your food allergies upon arrival. Reserve your spot now through the link in the bio and get ready for some outdoor cooking fun! 🌿 

#OutdoorCuisine #CookingAdventure #TexasAdventure #MillicanReserve
Leave the stress behind and join us for our upcoming Sunset Nature Hike on October 26 at 6:30 PM.

This isn't just a hike; it's an experience that rejuvenates the soul and is ideal for enjoying with your family. 🌄 🍁 Secure your spot by visiting the link in our bio. 

#MillicanReserve #TexasSunsets #SunsetAdventure #TheConservancy #BrazosValley #TexasLandscape
Are you ready to take the first step into the world of backpacking? In our Introduction to Backpacking, we'll walk through the secrets to making the most of your outdoor adventures. Discover the essentials for your journey. Already have your own backpacking gear? Bring it along and we’ll have some show and tell! 🎒🥾

Secure your spot now by clicking the link in the bio.

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