In 1498 he was made principal of Magdalen Hall, and in 1505 vice-president of Magdalen College.
Other institutions were added to these, including a lunatic asylum, a Magdalen refuge, and hospitals for men and women.
He was elected to a fellowship at Magdalen in 1840.
Young Camden received his early education at Christ's Hospital and St Paul's school, and in 1566 went to Magdalen College, Oxford, probably as a servitor or chorister.
Failing to obtain a demyship at Magdalen he removed to Broadgates Hall, afterwards Pembroke College, and later to Christ Church, where he was supported by his friend, Dr Thomas Thornton, canon of Christ Church.