Since 1929 Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp, located on 88 acres near Ferndale, has provided a free summer residential camp program for 9 to 14 year olds. Approximately 15 miles from downtown Little Rock and 10 minutes from Pinnacle Mountain State Park, camp is still close to the city but far enough to enjoy the outdoors. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on the cabins that campers and counselors live in to this very day.
A common bath house provides ample shower, lavatory and toilet facilities. Although there are other facilities on the property, the bath house is the primary place for personal hygiene.
The dining hall/kitchen combination provides a certified restaurant-type food facility. Hot, well-balanced meals for campers and staff are provided by a cook with the help of other staff members. Meals are based on current food pyramid requirements and the recommendations of the National School Lunch program. In addition, food is provided for the cook-out events that take place every week.
The swimming pool is certified by the Arkansas Department of Health. It is the oldest operating private pool in the state. Campers have the pleasure of a swim between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A Red Cross certified lifeguard is on duty any time the pool is open.
A two acre ball field for playing baseball and other group games allows plenty of space for several groups. There is also a full-size basketball court. Athletic equipment is available for a variety of activities to encourage campers to be physically active.
The areas of the campground that are more natural provide beautiful camp sites with views of the surrounding landscape, the Little Maumelle River and the camp itself. Numerous hiking trails add a special touch to activities for campers. When hiking, campers learn many things about nature from the identification of flora and fauna to the ecological care of the area.
This rustic rock and log open-air pavilion, equipped with fireplace and facilities provides a perfect place for activities while maintaining the feeling of being outdoors. Many events make use of this facility from barbeques to arts and crafts.
This small river is great for fishing or beginner canoeing. The lucky and quiet nature lover may see deer, ducks, turkeys, beaver, and other wildlife. Campers may also see special plants growing along the edge, find places for solitude and watching the sunsets.
James L. Tinkle Pavilion
Recently constructed in front of the office building, this lovely wooden pavilion was dedicated in honor of long-time friend and supporter of camp James L. Tinkle on May 21, 2016.
Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp