Camp
Fort
Worth
Camp Fort Worth History
In 1997, after a diocesan youth softball tournament, Jeff Crumly asked Jeff Hedglen if he would be interested in getting together with some other youth ministers to talk about starting a Catholic camp for the youth of our diocese. He thought, “Sure, I’ll go to a meeting!”
 
As the days went on Jeff got to thinking about an experience he had the summer before his senior year of high school. Jeff spent a week at a place called The Farm in Vanceburg Kentucky. This is one of the many arms of Glenmary Home Missions. He spent the week with other teens rotating to different work sites every day and singing songs by campfire at night.
 
Years later as a parish Youth Minister he took a group of youth on a mission trip to Canton Mississippi. During the day they did service work and in the evenings they would sing worship songs and share about their days.
 
These two experienced kept swarming around in his mind and a plan began to take shape. So he send an email to a group of youth ministers with this idea: A camp where the youth would rotate through 5 different kinds of service, go to mass every day, and do retreat kinds of things like praise and worship, skits, small groups, and prayer experiences in the evenings. They would sleep on the floor and have a mission trip experience, at home.
 
Everyone liked the idea, so we got together to talk about it. After some ironing out of details everyone agreed they needed to make this happen. Jeff asked, “Who is going to be in charge?” Everyone looked at him. He was a bit taken aback and said, “Hey, I’m just the idea guy, I have no idea how to run a summer camp!!” Everyone agreed that he should be one of the leaders and lucky for him Eric Gray stepped up and agreed to be one of the founders.
 
Together, with Jeff as the vision and Eric and the planner they started camp in 1998. The first camp was held at St. Thomas the Apostle in Fort Worth and 50 people attend. Over the years CFW has beeb held at 10 different parishes and schools all over the Diocese of Fort Worth and there have around 3000 people attend.

Jeff and Eric ran the camp for the next ten years but as life and circumstances changed Eric moved on to other areas of ministry and family life. Over the years Greg Brown became the main "partner in crime" for making the twice yearly sessions come to life.

In 2018 after 20 years Jeff Hedglen retired from leading CFW. The Diocesan office of Youth Ministry is taking over the summer service camp program and things look great with renewed energy to take the concept to new heights.

Here is a list of when and where CFW has happened. 

1998
St. Thomas, Fort Worth - July 19-24
1999
St. Rita, Fort Worth - July 11-16
2000
St. Vincent de Paul, - June 18-23 Phase II
St. Rita, Fort Worth - July 23-28
2001
Catholic Renewal Center, Fort Worth - June 17-20 Phase II
St. Rita, Fort Worth - July 22-27
2002
Sacred Heart, Wichita Falls - June 16-21
St. Rita, Fort Worth - July 21-16
2003
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - June 22-27,
St. Rita, Fort Worth - July 27 - Aug 1,
2004
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - June 27-July 2
St. Matthew, Arlington - July 25-July 30
2005
St. Matthew, Arlington - June 18-June 23
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 17- 21
2006
St. Matthew, Arlington - June 26-July 1
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 17- 22
2007
St. Catherine, Carrollton - June 28-July 1 Phase II
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 15 - 20,
St. Peter, Lindsay - August 5 - 10,
2008
St. Catherine, Carrollton - May 29-June 1 Phase II
Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth - July 13-18
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 27-Aug 1
2009
Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth – June 21-26
Notre Dame, Wichita Falls - July 26-31
2010
St. Vincent de Paul, Arlington – June 27-July 2
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 18-23
2011
Nolan Catholic High School, Fort Worth - June 19-24
St. Vincent de Paul, Arlington – July 17-22
2012
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - June 17-22
Holy Family, Fort Worth - July 22-27
St. Vincent de Paul, Arlington – August 5-10
2013
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - June 16-21
St. Catherine, Carrollton - July 21-26
St. Vincent de Paul, Arlington – August 11-16
2014
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - June 15-20
St. Joseph, Arlington – July 20-25
2015
St. Mary in Gainesville - June 21-26
St. Vincent de Paul in Arlington - July 19-24
2016
St. Mary in Gainesville - June 26-July 1
St. Joseph in Arlington - July 17-22
2017
St. Frances Cabrini in Granbury - July 9-14
Nolan Catholic High School - July 23-28
2018
Nolan Catholic High School - July 8-13
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 22-27