Summer Camp






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Summer Camp is for any kids who have graduated from 2nd grade through kids who have graduated from 6th grade.


We love Camp and think it is an important rite of passage that every kid should experience! Camp is an opportunity to disconnect from technology, get outdoors, and experience God’s beautiful creation. We host camp at Brand Christian Youth Camp a 300 acre campground. We have a lake for canoeing and acres of trees and trails to explore. We have been hosting camps for fifteen years in Colorado and North Texas and this will be our third summer of camp here in the RGV. We grew up in the RGV and want kids here to have the opportunity to experience camp. Campfires, S’mores, Canoes, Treasure Hunts, and camp traditions it is what summer is all about!

Activities at camp will include: Archery, Canoes, Gaga Ball, Human Foosball (Human Foosball and Bazooka Ball Video), Paintball Target Course, Bazooka Ball, Field Games, Team Competitions, Water Balloon War, A Treasure Hunt, Campfires, and so much more! Check out our first summer camp video: Summer 2014  and our Winter Camp/ Teen Service Project: Winter Camp


To download and print the "what to bring" list, release form, and medical form CLICK HERE.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who will be directing the camp?
My wife and I (Jonathan and Celeste Barnard). We have been in Children’s Ministry for more than fifteen years and have run different camps for most of those years. My sister Faith Barnard will also be part of our leadership team. She has worked for a large camp in Colorado called Camp Idrahaje and she graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. We will also have volunteers and employees who will work with us when needed (counselors, lifeguard, etc.). We will bring people we trust and make sure to do background checks and provide the proper training and observation.
2. What should my child bring to camp?
Download what to bring list HERE.
An extra bathing suit can also be beneficial. We will have lots of water games since it is summer and hot. It would be helpful to have two bathing suits. One for each of our main activity days.
3. What will you be teaching the kids?
We will teaching the kids survival skills, archery safety and skills, paintball safety and skills, canoe safety and skills, and more. We will also be teaching the kids about God. We have been Children’s Pastors for 15 years and will be teaching them the importance of a relationship with God through Jesus. Also that Jesus is the only way to salvation. We will focus on what unites us as Christians.
4. Where is the camp?
Mission Texas next to Bentsen State Park. The camp is called “Brand Christian Youth Camp”. CLICK HERE for the location and directions.
More questions? You can email me at or Faith at you can call me at 956.204.0069 or Faith at 956.371.4008

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Big Red Ministries
San Benito, TX 78586
(956) 371-4008

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