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How It All Started

Brochure: Seven Keys To Transformed Kids 


The organization that would become Character Camp held its first retreat in 1986 to intervene in the lives of inner city youth. Volunteer work within the public school system began in 2000 to provide mentoring, school supplies, school uniforms and winter coats to students and encouragement to teachers. Because there was a consistent theme among teachers that ‘we have bright kids, but much of the academic time is wasted on discipline’, our in-school character education was launched in 2004. The name “Character Camp” was dubbed in 2005 since a strategic portion of the character education takes place in youth retreat settings. As our work in the public schools became popularized, co-founder, Arthur Davidson, was honored as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2006 for the 27 schools in the Houston ISD south district. At the urging of BP’s Vice President of Global Operations, Pat King, Character Camp became a registered non-profit corporation with the State of Texas in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Today, Character Camp is reaching thousands of students in southeast Texas through on-campus character training, afterschool tutoring, summer academic refreshers, youth social activities, mentor programs, S.T.E.M. programs, youth leadership retreats, parent retreats, father/daughter and father/son events.