Texas Baptist Men

RA / Challenger EVENTS

Camp Directors’ Meeting – Providing an opportunity for the program leaders of Royal Ambassadors and Challengers camps to meet together, share program ideas and information for camp resources and materials. Scheduled early each year in Dallas so check the calendar for dates.

Campout and Missions Mania – Provides opportunities for missions awareness and missions involvement with several activities and a great place to camp out with your group. Scheduled annually in November at the conclusion of Royal Ambassadors’ Week, check the calendar for dates in November.
The Campout & Missions Mania held in Latham Springs is scheduled for the conclusion of Royal Ambassadors Week. This event will provide opportunities for missions awareness and missions involvement in addition to many activities and a great place to camp out with your group. Mark your calendar and begin praying about attending this event with your group. 
The registration link will be live October 1 - November 1.
For more information, email keith.mack[at]tbmtx.org
Below are links to information concerning the upcoming Campout & Missions Mania. 
ManualScheduleRegistration FormsAgua de Vida Mission ProjectBible VersesMissions Speakout FlyerHelpful Hints

State Race – Provides an opportunity for church groups to gather for a day of friendly competition over individually-built pine wood cars to determine the state champion. This is held in Belton, so check the calendar for dates in April.

Leadership Training Camp – A wilderness camp designed to increase knowledge and skills under the leadership of Christ that empowers them be a witness in the world. This camp uses a progressive method of learning the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of campcraft and activity skills to live outdoors safely and comfortably. Males 7th-grade and beyond are eligible to attend. This annual event is held in early June and event-specific information can be found in this event listing, so check the calendar for dates in June.

Summer Camps – Great adventures for boys and young men that provide life-changing opportunities to grow in their relationship with Christ. Summer Campers will learn new skills and spend time with others who share what it means to be a man of God.
Resources for Summer Camps:

Summer Camp InformationCamp Director Report FormLeadership Training CampHeroes of Faith (Bible study), Unashamed (Leaders' guide), Unashamed (Campers' book), The Main Event (Bible study), The Main Event (Devotionals), Kingdom Men (Bible study), Kingdom Warrior (Bible study), Kingdom Builders (Bible study), Man Up (Bible study), Man Up (logo), God's Country (Bible study), God's Country (Devotionals), Ultimate Hunt (Leaders' guide), Ultimate Hunt (Bible study), Ultimate Hunt (Logo), The King's Men (Leaders' guide), The King's Men (Camper book), The Lone Savior (Leaders' guide), Built God Tough (Leaders' guide), Built God Tough (Student pack), Built God Tough (Cabin devotionals), God's Heroes (Leaders' pack), God's Heroes (Student pack)

State Basketball Tournament – Held in early March, the annual Basketball Tournament takes place in Belton and is open to young men grades 6-12. There is also a YAMMS (Young Adult Men's Ministry) division. To register and get more information, check the calendar for dates in March.

WILD Camp – Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development Camp is held annually in March and provides outdoor skill training and Christian development for young men. To register and get more information, check the calendar for dates in March.

Outdoor Adventures – Each summer, TBM offers two exciting Outdoor Adventures for Challengers who are 14 and over or have completed the 8th grade and their leaders. 
River Canoe Trip
Journey down the San Marcos river and learn the fundamentals of river canoeing. This trip will emphasize river canoeing skills that include basic trip preparation, understanding of river systems, portaging skills, river canoeing techniques, classification of rapids, river rescue skills, in addition to Christian growth and applications.
All food and equipment will be provided for the trip. A personal equipment list will be provided after registration. Participants will meet in San Marcos by 6:00 p.m. on the first day. Trained instructors and instructor trainees will lead this trip. For more information or to register, contact Jim Mason; 817.233.0008; theriveradventure[at]juno.com.
Wilderness Backpacking Trip
Explore the wilderness and marvel at God’s creation. This trip is a four-day backpacking trip in a remote wilderness location. Physical conditioning is highly advised in addition to some experience in backpacking and wilderness camping. This trip will emphasize the basics of backpacking including logistics, health and safety, risk management, land/water hazards, accidents, ecology, navigation, trail behavior, in addition to Christian growth and applications. A specialized equipment list for this trip will be provided after registration and each participant will need to secure the minimal required equipment listed. Trained instructors and instructor trainees will lead this trip. For more information or to register, contact Rooster Smith; 979.481.3153.

Winter Backpacking Trip – Join a group of high schoolers and men to experience a wilderness winter backpacking trip. The trip is open to the first twelve people who are willing to head to the back country during the winter season. Age restrictions for young men is 14 or above (or 9th grade). This adventure is also open to men who are still willing to head up the trail for a shared adventure. Please note that this will be a strenuous adventure and some physical conditioning is advised before attempting this trip. Contacts are Dwight Bridges, 214.460.3666 or friarleon[at]gmail.com and Stan Smith, 940.627.9871 or stan[at]sajsmith.comCheck the calendar for dates.

Spring Backpacking Trip – The spring expedition takes us to the Big Bend National Park to spend several days exploring various parts of the park. General information is listed here and specifics on dates and cost can be found by checking the calendar for dates in March over Spring Break.