About Camp Carter

What We Do 

YMCA Camp Carter offers something for everyone. It’s a place where kids can enjoy the outdoors and make new friends, families can spend time together in our heated and air-conditioned cabins, and students can experience classroom lessons in a hands-on natural environment. Camp is an excellent place to host your next gathering, celebrate memorable times, host a corporate meeting or retreat, or just get away for a day or two with your friends. And since the beginning, YMCA Camp Carter has been for all – offering scholarships and assistance to families and groups in need.

History of Camp Carter

As a 10-year-old boy, Amon G. Carter Jr. went to the YMCA Camp Holland near Weatherford, Texas, and had the time of his life. His joyful experience caused his father to hope that someday the Fort Worth YMCA would have a camp of its own. In 1948, YMCA Camp Carter opened its gates to the children of Fort Worth and has impacted the lives of all who have entered for the last 75+ years.

Say What?! Stories from Camp

"If you’re looking to get out and into the woods without driving out too far, this is the place. Fun for everyone that loves the outdoors. . ."
Camp Carter Guest
"Wonderful place to bring your kids for camp or rent a cabin with family or friends."
Outdoor Education School Staff
"Love these stables!"
Camp Carter Equestrian Mom
"The sheer variety of activities (rappelling, rock climbing, swinging, hiking, gaga ball, nature center, etc.), and the opportunity to swim (canoe, paddle board, fish, etc) in the lake and in the pool were highlights to keep {my boys'} interest up on a daily basis."
Camp Carter Day Camp Mom
"I trust the staff! I appreciate the character development. And, of course, the price point."
Camp Carter Day Camp Mom

Support YMCA Camps

Each year, the YMCA receives multiple requests for scholarships and financial support to ensure youth in our community have a safe, enriching and fun summer. Our unique curriculum combines outdoor exploration, physical activity, STEM, arts, and experiential learning delivered by highly engaged staff. As our area’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, lasting impact. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Camp Carter began, like the YMCA, as a program for young men, but evolved to be inclusive of all youth and today welcomes boys and girls alike. 
Yes. The cabins and buildings at Camp Carter are air conditioned to ensure campers have respite from summer temperatures. Cabins are also heated to create a cozy environment during winter camping. 
There is a fully functional and staffed dining hall where meals are prepared. We are a nut-free facility and can accommodate dietary restrictions with a full menu of selections. 
Yes, the camp has high speed Spectrum Wi-Fi to support meetings and corporate retreat needs.