Camp Athens


Campers arrive Sunday, August 1, and depart Sunday, August 8. A fun-filled week of activities and social time awaits you, all in a godly environment. In 2019, eighty-nine campers and fifty-six staff gathered from around the country to make new friends and be reunited with teens from previous years’ camps, and we’re anticipating a high turnout this year, so get your application submitted early.

We are excited to announce that we have the same location we used in 2019:  Camp Lone Star (not to be confused with the preteen camp northwest of Houston which shares the same name).  This camp, managed by the 7th Day Adventist Church, is situated in the piney woods and partially bordered by a small lake a few miles outside of Athens, Texas, and is approximately an hour’s drive southeast of downtown Dallas.  The camp offers many amenities:  plenty of dorm space for our campers; staff housing including private housing for married couples; an indoor air-conditioned gym for basketball and volleyball; a newly built swimming pool; plenty of air-conditioned meeting rooms for indoor activities; a small lake for water activities; fields for outdoor activities and sports, an archery range; staff lounge; a large kitchen and dining hall.  CYC has exclusive use of the entire facility throughout the duration of camp.

Activities are varied, ranging from many indoor activities including Christian Living and Dance to active outdoor activities (archery, speedaway, disc golf, and swimming).  At present, we are planning water activities again (water polo at the pool; water skiing/tubing at nearby Lake Athens) as well as continuing to offer pickleball, a paddle sport that was popular in 2019 with the teens.  Our Foods instructor is returning to camp this year, so we are excited to be able to offer this class once again after a year’s hiatus.

“Open Activities” are offered three nights of camp.  Many of the daily activities are offered at this time, but other specialty activities are offered on some nights including capture the flag, kickball, table games, water skiing, and “camper/staff mixer” sporting activities. Also, campers may choose to seek proficiency awards throughout the week in archery, basketball, 1-mile swim, volleyball, water skiing, and the Bible Proficiency award (books of the Bible in order, recite the 10 Commandments in order in short form, and list the Holy Days and their meanings in order).

Camp Athens offers many opportunities to visit with fellow campers at meals, joint swimming sessions and dance classes, the lakefront activity, evening activities (including dorm team-building games on some nights) and snack time, as well as on the Sabbath and during our two all-camp dances—one early in the week and the other the final night. On Friday night, the camp enjoys a special dinner for the camp. Meal-wise, all lunches and dinners include a full salad bar.

Christian living classes, daily compass checks, Bible Q & A sessions, and group Bible games and activities—facilitated by the ministerial staff—help give a solid base of biblical instruction as well as discussion of the yearly camp theme. Additionally, campers and staff are given the opportunity to be a part of the camp choir which will sing during the Sabbath service.  Also, they can audition to potentially offer special music during the service as well.

A note to volunteer staff:  All kitchen staff must hold, at minimum, a current food handler’s license.  We are always in need of lifeguards; we need at least two lifeguards who hold, in addition, at least one lifeguard with an “open water” certification.

Camper Arrival

Campers should arrive between the hours of 3-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 and depart no later than 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 8.

Staff Arrival

Staff should arrive for training at Camp Athens on Sabbath, July 31 at 3:00 p.m., the time of our Sabbath Service for staff that afternoon.  We will train Saturday night and spend the night on site.

Travel Information

Camper Arrival by Private Vehicle: If you are traveling by private vehicle, plan to arrive between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, and depart at or shortly before 10:00 a.m. on August 8. Please note we will not be able to accept campers over the weekend and before 3:00 p.m. on August 1, since we need the time on both Saturday night and Sunday to finish our staff training and activity preparation before campers arrive. We want to provide the best quality staff team to care for our campers, so thank you in advance for your cooperation in this regard.

Camper Arrival by Air: If you plan to fly to camp, transportation to and from DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field will be provided free of charge. Please schedule your flight’s arrival between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, if you are able. This will allow us time to schedule our airport runs, so we can bring your child to camp near the beginning of check-in which runs from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.. Schedule your child’s airport departure between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 8.

Special Notice for Staff

One of the requirements of the facility we are using is that each camp staff member must pass a state-approved course on child abuse protection. We have established an account with a company that offers a short online course with a test. Its certificate of completion is valid for two years, and the camp program will cover the cost. When you are officially accepted as a staff member, you will be sent an invitation to take the course. Be sure you take care of that quickly so there are no glitches in getting you approved to serve at camp.

Camp Director

Andy Burnett, Camp Athens
203 Applewood Court
McKinney, TX 75071

Age Range

12 to 19


Campers: $300 ($310 after June 1)
Teen staff: $150
Adult staff: no charge


Aug. 1-8, 2021
Staff Arrives July 31


June 1, 2021 (Staff deadline May 15)

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