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The Friends of Camp Helen State Park is a Citizens Support Organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining, and improving this park through volunteer projects, community events and fundraising. Some of our most recent projects include: The Americana Concert series, Movies & More, Fall Festival, Pumpkin Patch, International Coastal Clean-up, and park improvements.

As our community grows it becomes more and more important to protect this treasure. Please consider joining the Friends, volunteering, or making a donation.

Welcome from Lex Wahl, president of Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

The Friends of Camp Helen is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving, maintaining and improving our State Park. Camp Helen was dedicated as a state park in 1997 by the State of Florida and the Friends came into existence in 2004. As a Citizen Support Organization (CSO), we are celebrating our fifteenth year as a successful partner to one of the premier state parks in Florida. To date, our biggest accomplishment could be construed as being selected CSO of the year in 2016 by the Florida Park Service. Being blessed with an active board of directors and a Friends membership of numerous active participants from all walks of life have contributed to this success. I moved to Bay County permanently in 2006 and have been involved with Camp Helen since 2012. I recall residents of Bay County telling me they have never heard of Camp Helen. I don’t hear that today. If you have not visited Camp Helen, you are missing a “diamond” in Bay County. While you are here, check out the “Friends” and come join us.

Welcome from Wesley Myers, park manager Camp Helen State Park.

I would like to welcome you to Camp Helen State Park! Come out and enjoy one of our relaxing trails, learn about the history of the property, or take a swim in the beautiful waters of the gulf. This hidden gem is home to many important natural resources such as sea turtles, shore birds and an array of native plants/animals. My favorite area of the park to visit is the north trail near sunset as it tends to be very quiet and serene at that time of the day. The Friends of Camp Helen do a tremendous job of supporting the park and I would encourage you to become involved if you haven’t already done so. It can be a very rewarding experience as there are a variety of opportunities to contribute. Thanks for visiting this site and come see us at the park!



  • Executive Director: Courtney Harper
  • Emeritus: Lynn Cherry
  • Immediate Past President: Lex Wahl
  • President: Patrick Hodges
  • Vice President: Ryan Kirk
  • Secretary: Christi Ferry
  • Treasurer: Pete Barton
  • Barrie Ainslie
  • Lisa Barker
  • Kelly Baron
  • Ryan Canavan
  • Mary Doyle
  • George Garcia
  • Howard Houk
  • Maggie McKinney
  • Kelly Stobaugh
  • Ted Turnbough
  • Lex Wahl