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


FWISD 5th Grade Field Trips

Every year, the 5th grade students from Fort Worth ISD’s over 80 elementary schools, attend an extended day of Outdoor Education at YMCA Camp Carter. The dates for 2016-17 have been set. Check the list below for your school and their date.

Each school will set their classes from a menu of choices and will communicate with parents and students the schedule, dress for the day and other details like lunch and departure and return times.

If there are any questions about the trip, please contact your school’s 5th grade Science Chair.

School Name

Trip Date

Bonnie Brae Monday, September 12, 2016
Alice Carlson Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Charles Nash Tuesday, September 13, 2016
M.M. Walton Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I.M. Terrell Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Daggett Montessori Thursday, September 15, 2016
DeZavala Thursday, September 15, 2016
George C. Clarke Friday, September 16, 2016
Cesar Chavez Monday, September 19, 2016
Mitchell Boulevard Friday, September 23, 2016
Como Montessori Friday, September 23, 2016
Maude Logan Monday, September 26, 2016
J.T. Stevens Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Washington Heights Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Harlean Beal Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Como Tuesday, October 11, 2016
E.J. Briscoe Wednesday, October 12, 2016
North Hi Mount Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Van Zandt-Guinn Tuesday, November 01, 2016
C.C. Moss Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Sunrise-McMillan Monday, November 14, 2016
A.M. Pate Monday, November 14, 2016
Western Hills Tuesday, November 15, 2016 & Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Worth Heights Friday, November 18, 2016
South Hills Monday, November 28, 2016 & Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Natha Howell Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Clifford Davis Thursday, December 01, 2016 & Friday, December 02, 2016
Rufino Mendoza Monday, December 05, 2016
Waverly Park Tuesday, December 06, 2016 & Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Eastern Hills Monday, December 12, 2016
Riverside ALC Tuesday, December 13, 2016
W.M. Green Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Seminary Hills Thursday, December 15, 2016
Glen Park Friday, December 16, 2016
Burton Hill Monday, December 19, 2016
D.K. Sellars Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Manuel Jara Monday, January 16, 2017
Morningside Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Alice Contreras Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Sam Rosen Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lowery Rd. Friday, January 20, 2017
H.V. Helbing Monday, January 23, 2017
Sagamore Hill Tuesday, January 24, 2017
M.L. Phillips Wednesday, January 25, 2017
T.A. Sims Thursday, January 26, 2017
Springdale Friday, January 27, 2017
Daggett Monday, January 30, 2017
Woodway Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Atwood McDonald Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Carroll Peak Thursday, February 02, 2017
Oaklawn Monday, February 06, 2017
Luella Merrett Sunday, February 07, 2016
Versia Williams Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Hubbard Heights Thursday, February 09, 2017
South Hi Mount Friday, February 10, 2017
Bruce Shulkey Monday, February 13, 2017
Westcreek Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Meadowbrook Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Kirkpatrick Thursday, February 16, 2017
Hazel Harvey Peace Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Rosemont Monday, February 27, 2017
East Handley Tuesday, February 28, 2017
M.H. Moore Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Diamond Hill Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Westpark Thursday, March 03, 2016
Richard Wilson Monday, March 06, 2017
Carter Park Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Lily B. Clayton Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Westcliff Friday, March 10, 2017
Bill Elliott Thursday, March 30, 2017
Greenbriar Friday, March 31, 2017
D. McRae Monday, April 03, 2017
W.J. Turner Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Oakhurst Wednesday, April 05, 2017
S.S. Dillow Friday, April 14, 2017
Benbrook Monday, April 17, 2017
Ridglea Hills Tuesday, April 18, 2017
John T. White Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Dolores Huerta Monday, May 15, 2017
West Handley Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Tanglewood Wednesday, May 17, 2017



Now Hiring Retreat Coordinator

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Retreats Coordinator (Full-time Year Round) – Apply online or send a resume to us at or call 817-738-9241. Position starts at $300 per week plus meals and housing. This Full-time position has YMCA of Fort Worth Full-time benefits including health insurance, Paid Holidays and PTO and 12% retirement (upon meeting eligibility) Application deadline is September 1st.


The Camp Carter Retreats Coordinator is a year round Full time position that will work under the Director of Education and Retreats to ensure that all visitors to YMCA Camp Carter have an exceptional experience. Work schedule will vary from week to week and season to season based on the size and number of groups that are in.


College degree or experience in camping, recreation, resort or hospitality management required. Spanish fluency is a plus. Experience with high ropes courses also a plus.

Now Hiring Cooks

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Cook (Fall and Year Round positions) – Apply online or for more details contact us at or call 817-738-9241. Position is part time and starts at $8.00 per hour. Fall season work begins as soon as August 15th.


Both morning and afternoon/evening shifts are available and can include some weekends as well. Our cooks will primarily assist the lead kitchen staff in preparing meals, cleaning up after meals, washing dishes and doing basic custodial duties.


All kitchen staff must possess a Texas approved Food Handler certification and will need non-slip shoes. Basic Culinary training will be provided.


Must be 18 years or older to operate kitchen machines.