FAQs

Church Leaders & Organizations
Why is Camp Fusion Tuesday through Saturday this year instead of Monday through Friday?
How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need?
Our church has a camper with financial special need. Can you help?
If a camper is over 18, could he/she still attend Camp Fusion?
Can college students attend Camp Fusion?
Can adults over 21 attend Camp Fusion?
If campers or adult sponsors are only able to attend part of the week, can they still come?
Can the church pay by credit card?
May the registration forms be filled by hand?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Where is the Camp Fusion Website?

Parents & Guardians
What is Camp Fusion all about? What makes Camp Fusion unique?
Will my child be safe?
Why should my child go to camp?
How will adults be involved?
How much does camp cost? Why is it so “expensive”?
What happens if my child gets sick or hurt?
Where will my child sleep?
What is the camp food like?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Where is the Camp Fusion Website?

Campers
What will recreation time (rec) be like?
What will evening fellowship be like?
How does morning quiet time and church group time work?
What is the camp food like?
What are the rules for camp?
What happens if I break the rules?

For Church Leaders & Organizers


Why is Camp Fusion Tuesday through Saturday this year instead of Monday through Friday?

In previous years, the Latham Springs only had the first week of June available for our camp. This made it difficult for students whose school year extended into June, or for high school or college students that had graduation during camp days. We were able to get days later in June this year so everyone can go to camp.  Many have commented that Tuesday through Saturday is much better format because it is one less day an adult sponsor will have to take off work.


How many adult sponsors does Camp Fusion need?

The ratio is 1 adult to 10 students by gender.  So if you have 11 boys then you need 2 adult male sponsors.  If you only have 1 girl then you will still need 1 adult female sponsor. If getting sponsors is a problem for you please let us know!


Our church has a camper with financial special need.  Can you help?

Yes, if you have campers in need of financial assistance, please fill out this form and return it to Mark Heavener. You can also contact Mark directly by email or phone below.

We are no longer able to continue first time camper discounts. We can only help off set cost of camp for those families in financial need.


If a camper is over 18, could he/she still attend Camp Fusion?

If you are a graduating high senior, then you may come to camp as a camper. However, keep in mind Texas State Law requires camp organizers do a background check on anyone over 18.  We will need all adult students’ full given name and complete birth date.  They must complete the Sex Offender Training video and take the test and bring it to camp.


Can college students attend Camp Fusion?  

College students and young adults can attend camp as a Counselor Volunteer (CFC). As a CFC you will give back by leading small groups and assisting camp staff. You will also be assigned to a dorm to help supervise and enforce cabin rules.


Can adults over 21 attend Camp Fusion?

Adults over 21 may come to Camp Fusion as an Adult Sponsor for their church. Adult sponsors’ primary function will be to supervise and care for their church group’s campers, encourage student fellowship, and to build meaningful relationships with their campers. Adult sponsors will also be assigned to small groups and are expected to assist college volunteers (CFCs) with small groups (facilitate group discussion, team building, connect with campers, etc.)


If campers or adult sponsors are only able to attend part of the week, can they still come?

Yes!  If any campers can only attend part of the week, camp fees will be pro-rated. Please notify us if anyone is not able to attend for the entire week. Contact us at any of the emails or phone numbers below for more information.

ADULTS –

If a church chaperone cannot stay for the whole week, please arrange to have a replacement sponsor from your church for the remainder of the week. Your church will not have to pay for two sponsors who are replacing one another. The cost will remain the same as if you had one sponsor provided they are dining or staying in camp housing at the same time. Again, please let us know if this is the case as special arrangements will have to be made.


Can the church pay by credit card?

Yes. Churches can pay by Credit Card or Check for both the initial deposit and the final payment. Please follow the below links for payment.

2014 Deposit Only
2014 Post Deposit
2014 Full Payment


May the registration forms be filled by hand?

Yes.  Forms may be filled out by hand or electronically.  Forms can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to us at any of the addresses below. However, we prefer electronic copies of all paperwork.


CONTACT INFORMATION
For all general inquiries, form submissions, and registration, please contact us at:
bgctcampfusion@gmail.com
Fax: 281-835-6422
Camp Director
Mark Heavener
Cell: 281-728-8585
mark.heavener@texasbaptists.org


Official Camp Website: www.texasbaptists.org/campfusion

For Parents & Guardians


What is Camp Fusion all about? What makes Camp Fusion unique?

Camp Fusion is a week of spiritual and physical challenge of growth in a culturally relevant camping experience for all our Intercultural Texas Baptist youth who have completed 6-12 grades. Camp Fusion aims to intersect students at this crucial time in their faith journey. Camp Fusion is a week of worship, teaching, recreational activities, topic specific workshops, and evening fellowship.

What makes Camp Fusion unique is that it connects second generation youth from different ethnic backgrounds and brings them to one place where they can worship and praise our Lord.


Will my child be safe?

Camp Fusion will have a security team monitoring the camp grounds and dorm rooms both during the daytime and at night. Roll call is taken every night to account for campers before Lights Out.

Latham Springs will close the gates after registration.  Anyone entering the camp grounds after registration will have to sign in at the Latham Springs Camp Office. Day visitors will have to surrender their driver’s license to the Latham Springs office during their visit. Chaperones that are coming as a church sponsor will need to check in with the Camp Director or Assistant Director. Visitors will also need to sign in with a Camp Fusion Security staff member.


Why should my child go to camp?

Your child will have the opportunity to fellowship with other junior high and high school students from different intercultural Texas churches affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  They will be interacting with youth from all different ethnic groups including Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Kenyan, Nigerian, and others.  It’s what makes this experience like no other!

Students will also have the opportunity to take advantage of fun activities at the Latham Springs campsite.  Campers can try a ropes challenge course, waterfront paddle boating, swimming, or even a paintball.  All these activities are supervised by trained Camp Latham staff members.

More information on the activities available at Latham Springs can be found on their website:  http://lathamsprings.com/recreation.html


How will adults be involved?

An adult sponsors’ primary function will be to supervise and care for their church group’s campers at night and during meals, and to build meaningful relationships with campers. Adult sponsors will also be assigned to small groups to assist college volunteers (COVOs) with small group discussion.  Each church should bring the appropriate number of adults to supervise the students they bring.


How much does camp cost? Why is it so “expensive”?

The camp fee is $185 for 5 days and 4 nights. The cost covers housing, meals from Tuesday evening through breakfast on Saturday (11 meals total), and use of the entire Latham Springs campsite. Camp Fusion staff are volunteers so the camp fee is used directly to pay for use of the campsite, the speaker, the band, and camp materials.  Camp Fusion is subsidized through the Mary Hill Davis State Mission offering.  Non-BGCT camps held at Latham Springs can cost upwards of $300 per student. The value of Camp Fusion and its impact on your child’s spiritual well-being cannot really be measured in terms of money.


What happens if my child gets sick or hurt?

A Nurse is on duty 24 hours a day and the nurse’s station is fully equipped to provide emergency medical care.  If the injury requires a visit to the hospital, a BGCT staff member along with the most senior adult sponsor from your church will attend with your child.  We will call you and your pastor and keep you informed on the status of child.


Where will my child sleep?

Campers will be separated by gender into different dorms.  They will be housed in the same area with their adult sponsors.  No boys will be allowed in the girls’ dorms and vice versa.  Each night, attendance will be taken after curfew to ensure all campers are accounted for.  Camp security members will keep watch and patrol each night to ensure the campers are safe in their assigned dorms.


What is the camp food like?

All meals are prepared and cooked by Camp Latham.  The meals are served buffet style so all campers are allowed to eat as much as they need!  The menu items are typically American cuisine.  Some of the breakfast items offered in the past include waffles, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, biscuits and gravy,  sausages, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, and of course cold cereal.  Some of the lunch and dinner items offered in the past include nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, rice & stir fry, burritos, fried chicken, taco salad, and spaghetti.


CONTACT INFORMATION
For all general inquiries, form submissions, and registration, please contact us at:
bgctcampfusion@gmail.com
Fax: 214-828-5261
Camp Director
Mark Heavener
Cell: 281-728-8585
mark.heavener@texasbaptists.org


Official Camp Website: www.texasbaptists.org/campfusion

For Campers


What will recreation time (rec) be like?

Rec time is specifically designed for campers to have physical fun outdoors in a competitive but friendly, supervised environment. Campers will have a chance to bond with their small groups through competition with other teams. There are water stations and frequent water breaks so that students do not become dehydrated in the heat.


What will evening fellowship be like?

Every evening there will have some kind of fellowship activity. Evening fellowship serves as a low key way for campers to unwind and have fun with each other while giving them a chance to meet other campers (does not involve as much physical activity as rec).


How does morning quiet time and church group time work?

Each camper will receive a camp booklet that will have daily devotionals in it when they arrive at camp. Before breakfast, campers should find a quiet place to do their devotional either with their church group or by themselves. It is up to the discretion of their church leader(s).

Church group time at night is similar to small group time except church groups meet instead of small groups. This is a time for church groups to have group discussion and bond with one another following the evening sermon. This also gives church leaders an opportunity to develop deeper relationships with their youth and help process the spiritual reaction to the evening sermon.


What is the camp food like?

All meals are prepared and cooked by Camp Latham.  The meals are served buffet style so all campers are allowed to eat as much as they need!  The menu items are typically American cuisine.  Some of the breakfast items offered in the past include waffles, pancakes, hash browns, bacon, biscuits and gravy,  sausages, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, and of course cold cereal.  Some of the lunch and dinner items offered in the past include nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, rice & stir fry, burritos, fried chicken, taco salad, and spaghetti.


What are the rules for camp?

Camp rules can be found in the registration packet each Group Leader or Pastor will receive after registering.


What happens if I break the rules?

Breaking of the rules will not be tolerated.  If you break the rules, you will answer to your adult sponsors from your church and the Camp Fusion Director.  Between them, they will decide the disciplinary method to employ.