Campers arrive Sunday, July 8, and depart Sunday, July 15. A fun-filled week of activities and social time awaits campers—all in a godly environment. Last year, 111 campers and 45 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 again this year. However, due to the decreasing space made available to us at this facility, we are decreasing our maximum number of campers to 96. Order of acceptance will be determined according to several criteria: date of application received, ministerial recommendation and camper age..
Activities are varied, ranging from many indoor activities (Christian Living, foods class, dance and strength training) to active outdoor activities (basketball, gaga ball, archery, speedaway, disc golf, swimming and volleyball). Carter offers riflery and a brand-new archery range. In addition, everyone enjoys the ropes course (high and low elements) and a half-day lakefront activity on nearby Eagle Mountain Lake. The afternoon of water-skiing, tubing, swimming, beach volleyball and lounging on the shore or under a pavilion with their brother or sister dorm is a popular activity.
“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 and “camper/staff mixer” sporting activities. Also, campers may choose to seek proficiency awards throughout the week in basketball, pamper pole, climbing wall, archery, riflery biathlon, strength/fitness, one-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 Carter 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. As far as meals go, 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 sing in the choir during Sabbath services.
All of this takes place in Fort Worth, Texas, on a beautiful 300-plus-acre country property amid the rolling North Texas hills. Large oaks and sycamore trees provide lots of shade, which is nice to have, even though we schedule most of the active outdoor activities in the morning and the indoor and water activities in the afternoon
Dates and times for transportation arrival and departure
Camper arrival by private vehicle: If you are traveling by private vehicle, plan to arrive between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, and depart at or shortly before 10 a.m. on July 15. Please note: We will not be able to accept campers over the weekend and before 3 p.m. on July 8, since we need the time on both Saturday night and Sunday to finish our staff training 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 12 noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. 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 to 5 p.m. Schedule departure flights for between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15.
Staff arrival: Precamp staff training is an important factor in making sure we serve the campers effectively at our youth camps, so we’re asking all staff members to arrive in time for afternoon services (3 p.m.) in Fort Worth on the Sabbath of July 7. The Fort Worth brethren have been wonderful in providing a meal for us each year, after which we’ll move into the facility and undergo training sessions Saturday night after sunset and Sunday morning and afternoon before campers arrive.
Andy Burnett, Camp Carter
203 Applewood Ct
McKinney, TX 75071-3429
12 to 19
Campers: $310 ($300 if paid by June 1)
Staff: No charge
July 8-15, 2018
(staff arrives July 7)
June 1, 2018 (Staff deadline is May 15, 2018)