Camp
Fort
Worth
Camp Fort Worth History
​​In 1997, after a diocesan youth softball tournament, Jeff Crumly asked me if I would be interested in getting together with some other youth ministers to talk about starting a Catholic camp for the youth of our diocese. I thought, “Sure, I’ll go to a meeting!”
 
As the days went on I got to thinking about an experience I had the summer before my senior year of high school. I spent a week at a place called The Farm in Vanceburg Kentucky. This is one of the many arms of Glenmary Home Missions. I 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 I took a group of youth on a mission trip to Canton Mississippi. During the day we did service work and in the evenings we would sing worship songs and share about our days.
 
These two experienced kept swarming around in my mind and a plan began to take shape. So I 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. We 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 we needed to make this happen. I asked, “Who is going to be in charge?” Everyone looked at me. I 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 I should be one of the leaders and lucky for me Eric Gray stepped up and agreed to be one of the founders.
 
Together, with me as the vision and Eric and the planner we started camp in 1998. The first camp was held at St. Thomas the Apostle in Fort Worth and we had 50 people attend. Over the years we have held camp at 10 different parishes all over the Diocese of Fort Worth and have had around 3000 people attend.

​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 High School, Fort Worth - July 13-18
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Wichita Falls - July 27-Aug 1
2009
Nolan 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 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