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Cocoa with the Clauses

Register by calling 817-738-9241

Friday, December 15 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Cost $3 per person in advance / $5 at the door


Some of best things about Christmas are cookies, cocoa and the Clauses. Join Mrs. Claus and some of Santa’s elves for an evening for fun, food and reading. Maybe if the group is being good, Santa himself will make an appearance to pass out some gifts.


Our evening of fun will begin at 6:30 PM with Mrs. Claus reading stories to the children while the elves play fun Christmas themed games. We will then settle in and decorate our own special sugar cookies while the elves serve everyone a wonderful mug of hot cocoa. Finally if we sing really loud, Santa might just ride up to spend some time with the kids and give out gifts before they head home.

Family Craft Night

Create and make memories as a family!

Come join us for Family Craft Night at YMCA Camp Carter. Each session will have a FREE themed craft project as well as the opportunity to create a ceramics project at an additional cost. Ceramic projects start as low as $5 and make great gifts. The Camp Carter Craft Center is located in the Rec Hall and will be open from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.


Feel free to bring your dinner along with the kids.


Tuesday October 24 – Halloween Themed Craft

Tuesday November 14 – Thanksgiving Themed Craft

Tuesday December 19 – Christmas Themed Craft


YMCA Camp Carter

Rec Hall

6200 Sand Springs Road

Fort Worth, TX  76114



For the Love of Horses

We don’t need to tell you how special horses are. You already know that. You already demonstrate a love of horses by the amount of time to spend grooming, riding and, of course, learning about and from horses.

We all remember that one thing that got us sold on the power and beauty of horses. Maybe it was a pony ride, maybe it was seeing a horse in a pasture along the roadside, maybe it was visiting a farm, or maybe it was your first riding lesson. No matter what it was that triggered your love, it was an important event for you.

Each year the YMCA Camp Carter Equestrian Center provides the first experience for lots of children and adults. It could be an introductory program for kids from an Eastside pre-school, a pony ride at a community celebration, a riding lesson for a child on the autism spectrum or a troop of Girl Scouts visiting the barn to earn a badge. Everyone deserves to have a positive first experience with a horse.

Every year, YMCA Camp Carter provides subsidies and scholarships to make sure that these equine interactions can happen. Please consider a pledge to our 2017 Annual Campaign to make sure that we can continue to provide that access. Every dollar raised goes directly to providing program access to those that cannot afford it or that need it the most and is fully tax-deductible. Please click or call 817-738-9241 for more information or to make a pledge.

  • A donation of $50 per month will help provide a week of summer Horse Camp for the children of a deployed solider
  • A donation of $25 per month will fund a pre-school classroom to come to the barn for program that exposes them to horses and riding
  • A donation of $12.50 per month will provide four riding lessons for a foster care child who was removed from an abusive home
  • A donation of $5 per month will provide a month of Parent/Child lessons for a child with a speech delay or autism

We hope this request is possible and that the next generation of equestrians will also have that first great memory and a lifelong love of horses.

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Board Member Nomination

The YMCA Camp Carter Board of Managers is looking to add members to the Board in 2017. Please fill out the form below to submit a nominee to the Board Development Committee.


The Committee is made up of…

Craig Gossard, Board Chair

Cheryl West, Annual Campaign Chair

Andy Hockenbrock, Executive Director

Miguel Garcia, Board Member

Tis the Season

Tis the Season to plan your holiday party at YMCA Camp Carter. You can choose the package below or call us and customize your event. It can be as simple as a room rental where you supply all the decorations and activities or you can step back and let the Camp Carter staff do all the work. The best part of your parties at Camp Carter is that the gratuity goes to our annual scholarship fund to help keep Camp Carter affordable to those in need. Contact us at or 817-738-9241


Our professional Team Building staff can lead your group though everything from large games of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” to initiatives that will challenge their creativity and problem solving skills. Contact us at for more details.

EQ Center Fall Fling

Come join the horses, instructors and wranglers at the YMCA Camp Carter Equestrian Center for a great night of fall fun. There will be pumpkin crafts, horse treats, stall decorating contests and prizes. Participants will also “dress” up our herd for Halloween.


Date: Friday evening October 28th from 6 – 9 PM

Evening includes a pizza and salad dinner and each participant will go home with a pumpkin.

YMCA appropriate costumes are encourage and closed toed shoes are required.


Cost – $10 for members and current lesson students, $15 for non-members

Ages – 6 to 15


Register by calling us at 817-738-9241 or by email at


Cowtown Treasure Hunters

FREE Entry into the Cowtown Treasure Hunter’s Fall Hunt for kids ages 5-12

The Cowtown Treasure Hunter’s are a group of hobbyists who not only enjoying searching electronically for lost or buried objects in the earth, but also enjoy the great outdoors. They meet each month at YMCA Camp Carter and each year stage a hunt at Camp Carter. For the Fall 2016 hunt, they have a FREE Youth division.

Prizes include a Garrett metal detector and a week of Day Camp at Camp Carter.

Pony Express is back

Make a new 4-legged friend!

Pony Express is for children ages 4-8 and their parent. This a 4-week long Parent-Child program is designed to get a child acquainted with and accustomed to horses. Each week the student and their parent will work on skills together.

Sessions will included both ground lessons and some mounted activities where the parent helps lead the horse around our covered arena.

For more details contact the Camp Carter Equestrian Center at 817-626-0902 or

The Camp Carter EQ Center is located at 5800 Meandering Road, behind the Castleberry Baseball Complex.




Free SAT Practice

YMCA of the USA and The College Board have provided this great resource for college bound students to effectivly practice for taking the SAT’s. Head over to