Summer camps are a great way to make friends, play games, learn something new and just have fun. Christian camps are a wonderful opportunity for your child to build relationships with other Christians, learn more about the Bible and Jesus, and just create lots of fun memories. There are several Christian camps in the Texas area. Here are a few to choose from.
Christian Summer Camp in Texas #1: Camp Bandina
Camp Bandina is a fantastic Christian summer camp located near San Antonio. It is located near Bandera and Medina, which is how it got its name as “Bandina” – a combination of the two towns. Each camp session is one week long, beginning on Sunday afternoon and ending Saturday afternoon. In addition to Bible classes and devotionals, each camp offers swimming, sports, arts and crafts, funny skits and much more. For more details on Camp Bandina, check out this website here or this website here. It is for ages nine and up.
Christian Summer Camp in Texas #2: White River Youth Camp
A second fabulous Christian camp in Texas is White River Youth Camp. On their website it states, “White River Youth Camp is a place where today’s youth can go to escape for a week or two with friends, enjoy the summer and get closer to God.” Each session is about a week long. The overnight camp sessions are for ages 4th grade and above. They also have a one-week day camp for ages Kindergarten – 4th Grade. It is located about an hour east of Lubbock. Activities include arts and crafts, nature walks, swimming, sports, games, and of course learning more about Christ. Visit the website here for full details on White River Youth Camp.
Christian Summer Camp in Texas #3: Camp Champion
Camp Champion is a camp for Junior High students (6th-8th grade) held for one week every year at Lubbock Christian University. On the website, it says Camp Champion is “tailored specifically to nurture a growing faith and address struggles unique to this age.” It also says that the camp “emphasizes spiritual values and self-esteem through interactive classes, devotionals and active learning.” It offers lots of fun activities in a (mostly) air conditioned, non out-in-the-boonies atmosphere. If you think you’d like to send your junior high student to Camp Champion, read more about it on the website here.
Christian Summer Camp in Texas #4: Encounter
Encounter is another summer camp for teens held on the LCU campus. It is for ninth graders and up. If you visit the website here, you’ll read that “Encounter was created to encourage and support teenagers as they explore and express their faith in an unfailing God.Interactive classes combined with vibrant devotionals, up-lifting evenings of worship and powerful keynote speakers create a camp experience unlike any other.” It’s definitely a popular event among many Christian teens in the West TX area. Many of the counselors are students at Lubbock Christian University.
Christian Summer Camp in Texas #5: Kadesh
A fifth outstanding summer camp in Texas is Kadesh. It is held on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene. It offers a week for high school students to “experience faith with their heads and their heart.” Campers participate in discussion groups, community service projects, worship time, and much more. ACU also offers Impulse, a similar camp for junior high students. You can read more about them on the website here.
These are just five excellent summertime opportunities for your son or daughter. There are many advantages of summer camps. Remember to register early, as enrollment fills up quickly. Also be sure that your child knows and follows the rules. (And, don’t forget to mail your child something while they’re there!) Happy Camping!