Camp Quarterman, named for the first Bishop of Northwest Texas, the Rt. Reverend George Quarterman, is always a favorite summertime activity for Episcopal youth who have completed grades 2-11. Before September of 2014, camps were always held at Bishop Quarterman Camp and Conference Center, later known as Quarterman Ranch, located on the northern outskirts of Amarillo, TX. Hundreds of campers passed through the camp entrance and were drawn closer to God through the activities, fellowship and worship at the camp. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit, located on the campus of Quarterman Ranch, was the center of worship at camp every morning. On the final day of camp the counselors and campers gathered around the cross situated in the middle of the labyrinth just adjacent to the chapel.
Sadly, in September of 2014, Quarterman Ranch was closed, leaving our Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Renee Haney, to re-imagine how the diocese should continue the camping experience in other locations. Due to the diligent and thorough research of Renee and her husband, the Rev. James Haney V, and with the approval of the Bishop of Northwest Texas, the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, a decision was made to offer two camps in remote locations. Camp Quarterman Sr., for youth going into grades 7-12, would be held in the mountains of Colorado, at Cathedral Ridge Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, located just outside of Woodland Park, Colorado. Camp Quarterman Jr., for children going into grades 3-5 would be held closer to home at Ceta Glen, part of Ceta Canyon Christian Camp, located outside of Happy, TX., in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon. Sixth graders are given the opportunity to choose they camp they will attend.
(Photo on the left - Ceta Glen Christian Camp. Photo on the right -Cathedral Ridge Episcopal Camp and Conference Center)
Camp programs and curriculum are designed to draw the campers closer in their relationship to God and nature through activities inside and outside, group worship held every morning, fellowship, and FUN! Favorite activities at both locations include hiking, outoor activities, crafts, Human Clue, and talent shows.
With the conclusion of Camp Quarterman 2016, the diocese has experienced two highly successful camping seasons in both locations, due largely to the dedication and love of camp volunteers, counselors, and of course, Renee and Fr. Jim Haney.
To register for the 2017 summer camps, follow this link to the youth registration page.
For questions about camp or other youth activities in Northwest Texas, please contact the Youth Coordinator, Renee Haney, at email@example.com.
Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2017 is an international youth event convened by The Episcopal Church, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, so “the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.”
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will be held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma from July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. It is intended for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year. Each diocese of the Episcopal Church is allowed to send up to 24 students, with one chaperone for every 4-6 students. All adult chaperones must be up to date in Prevention of Sexual Misconduct training, and must also have undergone a background check in the past five years.
Bishop Scott Mayer has commented, “Of all the events in The Episcopal Church that I have attended, the Episcopal Youth Event is one I never want to miss,” he said. “It is eye-opening how much they do and and how well they do it. It is transformative, informative, and just plain fun.” Bishop Mayer plans to accompany the groups from Northwest Texas, and the Diocese of Ft. Worth, to the Event.
The cost for the event is $350 per participant, whether youth or adult. This includes 11 meals, lodging during the event, transportation to and from the Oklahoma City airport, all EYE17 workshops and plenary sessions, and any other regularly planned activities during EYE17. It does not include transportation to and from Oklahoma City or any pre-or post-EYE17 activities. A deposit will be required at the time of registration, with the remainder due later that spring.
One of the best things about EYE, Bishop Mayer said, is that it lets young people from parts of the country where Episcopalians are in a distinct minority meet hundreds of other young Episcopalians. It allows them to get some sense of the breadth of their church.
“I hope we can fill every one of the 24 slots each diocese is allocated. And please don’t let cost alone be a barrier. We will find a way to get anyone who wants to go to Oklahoma,”he said.
YOUTH MINISTRY in NORTHWEST TEXAS
The Diocese of Northwest Texas has an active and vibrant youth program, including summer camps for children from grades 3-12, youth mission trips, and youth retreats during the school year. All the programs are designed to help children and youth develop a closer relationship with God through meaningful and FUN activities, and to understand the traditions and liturgy of the Episcopal Church through prayer and practice.
The youth in Northwest Texas are fortunate to have a leader with energy, a sense of purpose, and a true love for youth ministry. Renee Haney, Diocesan Youth Coordinator, leads all programs, often with the assistance of her husband, the Rev. James Haney V, who also has incredible talent and a love for youth ministry. Both Renee and Fr. Jim grew up in Lubbock, and attended summer camp at Bishop Quarterman Conference Center during their youth and teen years. Their son, Jimmy, and their daughter, Lisa, also attended camps in the summer months, and now play an integral role in youth ministry as counselors and assistants during youth events. You might say youth ministry and summer church camp are a Haney family tradition. Since their arrival back in Lubbock, where Fr. Jim is rector of St. Paul's on the Plains Episcopal Church, youth ministry has blossomed due to their involvement. The Haneys are native Lubbockites, and were thrilled for the opportunity to serve God in their home diocese again.
With summer camp completed for 2016, youth in the diocese can look forward to several times of retreat and spiritual growth during each school year. Below is a list of opportunities for children and youth to grow in their relationship with God during the 2016-2017 school year.
October 14-16, 2016 Fall Retreat Middle School and High School - Place TBD
November 4-6, 2016 Primary Retreat - Youth in Grades 2-5 - Place TBD
January 13-15, 2017 Midwinter Retreat - High School Only Retreat - Place TBD
March 24-26, 2017 Spring Fling - Middle School and High School - Place TBD
July 10-14, 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (E.Y.E.) - Oklahoma City, OK
The 2016-2017 Youth Council / Youth Exec Committee and retreat schedule has been released by the diocesan Youth Coordinator, Renee Haney.
Lubbock Planning Meeting - Youth Council / Youth Exec Committee
(Our thanks to First Methodist Church of Paris, TX, for the use of their youth banner.)
"Jesus - Tell me a Story!" is this year's theme for the 2017 NWT Diocesan Youth Summer Camp Program. Register your student today for Camp Quarterman June 4-10, for completed grades 6-12, and Camp Quarterman Jr., June 25- July 1, for completed grades 2-6. Please note - students who have completed grade 6 may choose the camp they prefer to attend.
Registration packets are available NOW! Scholarships and Financial Aid are available. No one will be turned away from attending camp because of financial burden.
Download Registration packets here:
Camp Quarterman - June 4-10 - Cathedral Ridge, CO
Camp Quarterman Jr. - June 25 - July 1 - Ceta Glen, Happy, TX
Please contact the Diocesan Youth Coordinator for more information:
Renee Haney - firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 806-445-3667.