One of the requirements of the new 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.
A fun-filled week of activities and social time awaits you, all in a godly environment. Last year 96 campers and 53 staff from around the country gathered to make new friends and be reunited with teens from previous years’ camps, and we’re anticipating a high turnout again this year.
We are excited to announce that we have secured a brand-new location for our teen camp in Texas: Camp Lone Star (not to be confused with our preteen camp northwest of Houston, which shares the same name). This camp, managed by the Seventh-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 brand-new 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, a staff lounge, a large kitchen and a dining hall. CYC has exclusive use of the entire facility throughout the duration of camp.
Activities are varied, ranging from many indoor activities (Christian Living, foods class, dance and metal working) to active outdoor activities (archery, speedaway, disc golf and swimming). At present, we are exploring potential water activities (water polo at the pool and waterskiing/tubing at nearby Lake Athens). In addition, we are considering offering “pickleball,” a paddle sport that is growing in popularity across the country.
We offer “Open Activities” 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, waterskiing, and “camper/staff mixer” sporting activities. Also, throughout the week campers may choose to seek proficiency awards in basketball, archery, 1-mile swim, volleyball, waterskiing, and the Bible Proficiency Award (naming the books of the Bible in order, reciting the 10 Commandments in order in short form, and listing the holy days and their meanings in order).
Texas Teen Camp offers many opportunities to visit with fellow campers at meals, joint swimming sessions, 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.
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.
All lunches and dinners include a full salad bar. And on Saturday night, the camp enjoys a special dinner. New this year, CYC staff members will run the kitchen and all food preparation. We are very excited about this change!
A note to volunteer staff: All kitchen staff must hold, at minimum, a current food handler’s license. We are very much in need of lifeguards; we need at least two lifeguards who hold an “open water” certification.
Campers should arrive between 3 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, and depart no later than 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.
Pre-camp 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 in Dallas on the Sabbath of July 27th. We will provide all staff members with a meal and housing Saturday evening, after which we’ll move into the facility early Sunday morning and prep the camp.
Camper Arrival by Private Vehicle: If you are traveling by private vehicle, plan to arrive between 3 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, and depart at or shortly before 10 a.m. on Aug. 4. Please note we will not be able to accept campers over the weekend and before 3 p.m. on July 28, 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 a well-trained staff 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 either DFW or Dallas Love Field (DAL) will be provided free of charge. Please schedule your flight’s arrival between noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. This will allow us to schedule our airport runs so we can bring your teen to camp near the beginning of check-in, which runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Schedule your teen’s return flight to depart between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.
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 in Dallas on the Sabbath of July 27. We will provide the staff with a meal and housing Saturday evening, after which we’ll move into the facility early Sunday morning and prep the camp.
Andy Burnett, Texas Teen Camp
203 Applewood Court
McKinney, TX 75071
12 to 19
Campers: $300 ($310 after June 1)
Teen staff: $150
Adult staff: no charge
July 28 - Aug. 4, 2019
Staff Arrives July 27
June 1, 2019 (Staff deadline May 15)