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What is Owl Camp?

Owl Camp is a fun and memorable overnight orientation that introduces boys to one another while serving as a stepping-stone into seventh grade.

Since seventh graders matriculate to MUS from about 25 schools, we provide activities that help orient them to one another and to their new school. We call it Owl Camp. As the centerpiece of this process, we head for the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region for an overnight stay at Camp Bear Track in Drasco, AR.

An unparalleled opportunity for team-building and familiarization, the overnight experience offers time away from things familiar and a setting where boys learn to rely upon one another in a safe, dynamic environment. We sleep in open-air cabins, and we eat and drink a lot all day long. It’s a lot of fun!

The top-notch Camp Bear Track staff is caring and professional. In addition, faculty and administration members are present along with a minimum of 16 MUS upperclassmen. The older students serve as mentors for the seventh graders, under our direct supervision.
We expect the boys to treat one another with respect and to be on their best behavior while riding on the bus and during our stay. If a discipline issue should arise, parents of involved students would be required to pick up their children.

Follow These Steps

List of 3 items.

  • Prior to Owl Camp

    Prior to Owl Camp, please do the following:
    1. The packing list is HERE.
    2. Download, print out, and fill out the Camp Bear Track liability form located HERE; please bring the completed form to Parent Camp on Monday, August 9 (see below).
    3. Follow THIS link to enter necessary medical information for your son for Owl Camp. We will keep his information in the strictest confidence. 
  • Owl Camp Trip Begins

    Tuesday, August 10, 7:30 a.m.: Meet in front of Hull Lower School. Students should eat breakfast beforehand. We will pack the boys’ stuff onto the buses, assemble in Dunavant Lecture Hall for last-minute announcements, and then depart. We will send an email to parents upon our arrival to allow you to rest easily.

    As a precautionary COVID measure, in a fashion similar to air travel across the country, masks will be required on the bus traveling to and from Camp Bear Track. Upon arrival, the boys are outdoors (and in open-air cabins), so masks will be optional.
  • Owl Camp Trip Ends

    Owl Camp Trip Ends Wednesday, August 11, around 10 p.m. Pick students up in front of Hull Lower School.  Expect to receive an email between 6 and 7 p.m. estimating our arrival, but, given the state of traffic in West Memphis, please recognize that we might be delayed.

See You Soon!

We also look forward to seeing you at the following:

Grade 7 Book Sale – Monday, August 9, 1-3 p.m. in Ross Lynn Arena, Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center

Grade 7 Parent Camp – Monday, August 9, 5:30 p.m. in the Lower School’s Dunavant Lecture Hall; for 7th-grade parents only (Please bring the filled out Bear Track liability form and any necessary medicines.)

If you need further clarification, please email Principal Loyal Murphy.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Loyal Murphy

    Loyal Murphy 

    Principal Lower School, Math Instructor
    (901) 260-1383
  • Photo of Joseph Tyler

    Joe Tyler 

    Asst. Principal Lower School, Math Instructor, Cross Country Head Coach, Basketball/Track Coach
    (901) 260-1362
  • Photo of Amy Poag

    Amy Poag 

    Counselor Lower School
    (901) 260-1326
  • Photo of Edward Fockler

    Ted Fockler 

    History Instructor, Summer Prgms. Dir., Theater Asst. Dir., Soccer Coach
    (901) 260-1427

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