ACU Leadership Camps

ACU Leadership Camps ACU Leadership Camps operates Kadesh, MPulse and Learning to Lead on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. ACU Leadership Camps operates Kadesh, MPulse, Learning to Lead and KidQuest on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
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In addition, Cross Training, our newest week-long camp is held in the mountains of Sipapu, New Mexico. The University provides excellent facilities for residence, food services, and learning centers in addition to attractive landscaping within the West Texas environment. KidQuest Day Camp emphasizes discovery active learning and expressive play for kids entering 1st through 3rd grade in the fall. Learning to Lead provides an active learning adventure for youth preparing to enter 4th through 6th grade. MPulse offers a community-building experience for adolescents in a transition period preparing to enter 7th through 9th grade. Kadesh Life Camp maximizes challenges to high school students through its innovation and intense focus of week-long events. Cross Training, for students entering 8th grade through college freshman, stretches campers physically and spiritually in an adventure-packed one week session in the mountains of Sipapu, New Mexico. Whether campers attend one year only or return every year for every camp, they experience a uniquely focused camp program calling them to respond to God with their heart, mind and life.

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What time is it?!? SUMMER TIME!!!Jk we wish...but LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT!!! We had our first staff training since 20...
03/26/2021

What time is it?!? SUMMER TIME!!!
Jk we wish...but LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT!!! We had our first staff training since 2019!!! Praise the Lord for progress through this pandemic and praise the Lord for this AMAZING STAFF!!! Be on the lookout for our staff highlights coming at ya next week!😎

p.s. can you guess who’s tuft of hair is at the bottom of the pic👀

What time is it?!? SUMMER TIME!!!
Jk we wish...but LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT!!! We had our first staff training since 2019!!! Praise the Lord for progress through this pandemic and praise the Lord for this AMAZING STAFF!!! Be on the lookout for our staff highlights coming at ya next week!😎

p.s. can you guess who’s tuft of hair is at the bottom of the pic👀

03/15/2021

You heard it here! Volunteer applications are now up and running! Apply to be a volunteer this summer on our website!

That’s right!!! Time to apply to be on our 2021 staff!!! Applications open Monday, November 23rd!!! acucamps.com
11/19/2020

That’s right!!! Time to apply to be on our 2021 staff!!! Applications open Monday, November 23rd!!! acucamps.com

REGISTRATION FOR CAMPS 2021 IS OPEN!!!To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway😉•Register online at www.acucamps.com by 11/6 ...
11/02/2020

REGISTRATION FOR CAMPS 2021 IS OPEN!!!
To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway😉
•Register online at www.acucamps.com by 11/6 to be entered in a drawing to win a camp swag bag!!!
•Once you have registered, tag us in your FAVORITE camp photo and let us know how excited you are for CAMPS 2021!!!!

GUESS WHAT!!! We got your 2021 LEADERSHIP TEAM HERE!!!Learn more about them in our story today!!!
10/08/2020

GUESS WHAT!!! We got your 2021 LEADERSHIP TEAM HERE!!!
Learn more about them in our story today!!!

08/03/2020

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Hey friends! My name is Ethan Strand, and I’m from Round Rock TX!I’m a freshman nursing major at ACU, and I will be one ...
04/07/2020

Hey friends! My name is Ethan Strand, and I’m from Round Rock TX!
I’m a freshman nursing major at ACU, and I will be one of your medical team members this year!
This will be my 7th summer being a part of camps and I’m stoked to be working with so many awesome people.
A fun fact about me is that I have way too many hobbies, like playing 6 instruments, having a great time with my friends in the snow, and feeding cows!
See y’all soon!

Hey guys, my name is Caleb Crisp and I am a graphic design major from Abilene, Texas. I have been coming to camps since ...
04/06/2020

Hey guys, my name is Caleb Crisp and I am a graphic design major from Abilene, Texas. I have been coming to camps since I was in kid quest and have been a counselor for one year. My fun fact is that I got to be a host for Sing Song this year! I'm super pumped for camps and can't wait to see all of you again!!!

hey guys!! my name is spencer kasselman! i’m a biblical text major from right here in good ole abilene texas! this is my...
04/05/2020

hey guys!! my name is spencer kasselman! i’m a biblical text major from right here in good ole abilene texas! this is my first year as a counselor for leadership camps but i’ve been coming to camps since KidsQuest (rip)! fun fact about me, i once watched space jam 9 times in one week, and
don’t regret a single minute. can’t wait to spend the time with you all!

Hi there !!! My name is Sierra Dittmar and I’m beyond excited to get to help out at ACU leadership camps this summer:) I...
04/03/2020

Hi there !!! My name is Sierra Dittmar and I’m beyond excited to get to help out at ACU leadership camps this summer:) I am a freshman math major ACU and I love being outside and having fun ! This will be my first year getting to work camps at ACU and I can’t wait to capture the sweet and joyful moments of the Lord working in the lives of so many people !!

Fun/Interesting facts: My favorite thing to drink has been and always will be milk
AND
One time I dressed up as Rapunzel for a little girls birthday party :)

What's up everyone!! My name is Dulce Holtzclaw, and I’m from San Antonio (the stories are true, San Antonians eat tacos...
04/02/2020

What's up everyone!! My name is Dulce Holtzclaw, and I’m from San Antonio (the stories are true, San Antonians eat tacos for all 3 meals). My major is speech-language pathology.
Now onto the good stuff!! :-)
I am SO excited for ACU Leadership Camps this summer, where I will work as an office assistant! I love serving the Lord and working alongside fellow believers, so I just can’t wait to get started. This ministry genuinely cares for every person attending camps-- including camp staff! I believe it will impact lives positively this summer.
By the way, here are fun facts about me!
I love to laugh, and I do it LOUDLY. Legend has it that my laugh was heard on the first floor of Gardner, when I was all the way up on the 3rd floor. Spooky.
I probably share a lot of hobbies with your grandma, I am a big ‘plant lady’, and I love cooking (Puerto Rican rice-- YUM).
After laughing, hugs are my second favorite thing in the world. After social distancing is over, don't be shy and just bring it in.
That's all, thanks for reading!
See you this summer! :-)

Major: EnglishHometown: Fort worthThis is my fourth year working campsFun fact: my favorite color is green, but im color...
04/01/2020

Major: English
Hometown: Fort worth
This is my fourth year working camps
Fun fact: my favorite color is green, but im colorblind so it doesnt make sense to me. Lol

What’s up you guys, my name is Grant Parker, I am a psychology major from the beautiful Abilene, Texas. This will be my ...
03/31/2020

What’s up you guys, my name is Grant Parker, I am a psychology major from the beautiful Abilene, Texas. This will be my second year working camps, but my 15th year coming to them.
Fun fact about me, I recently participated in a quarantine prom with my family and since I was homeschooled it was my first one ever. It was amazing.

Hello everyone my name is Andrew Elliott and I’m an engineering major from Keller, TX. I am beyond excited for camps thi...
03/28/2020

Hello everyone my name is Andrew Elliott and I’m an engineering major from Keller, TX. I am beyond excited for camps this year because I grew up going to them and now I can lead others to love it too! A fun fact about me (which I’m sure will come out eventually so I might as well say it now...) yes, I am tik tok famous.

Hey y’all! My name is Kate McMillan, & I’m a sophomore nursing major from Plano, TX. Camps were a big part of my life gr...
03/27/2020

Hey y’all! My name is Kate McMillan, & I’m a sophomore nursing major from Plano, TX. Camps were a big part of my life growing up, and I’m so excited to experience camp as a counselor this year! A fun fact about me is that my favorite movie is Ratatouille, & I brought Remy (as pictured) around the world with me this semester on study abroad! I can’t wait to see you guys this summer!!

What’s up y’all!! My name is Anna Fry, and I’m from Fort Worth, TX 🙂I’m a Nursing major at the wonderful Samford Univers...
03/26/2020

What’s up y’all!! My name is Anna Fry, and I’m from Fort Worth, TX 🙂
I’m a Nursing major at the wonderful Samford University in Birmingham, AL.
I went to ACU camps from 4th grade to college! I’ll be one of the camp first aid members this summer! Come to me for all ya Advil needs 🙂
Fun Fact: I can rap every word to Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas

Hey guys my name is Adelynn Vasquez and I am a sophmore from Wichita Falls, Texas who is studying political science at A...
03/24/2020

Hey guys my name is Adelynn Vasquez and I am a sophmore from Wichita Falls, Texas who is studying political science at ACU with intentions on going to law school. My fun fact is that I have been to 8 countries in the last year and loved each one more than the last because God’s earth is just so stinkin’ cool, guys. I’ve been looking forward to camps since they ended last year and can’t wait to be reunited with all my old campers and get to know all my sweet new ones!!! This summer is gonna rock!

Hi!! I’m Kaylee Wiginton and I am a sophomore Marketing and Management major from Round Rock, Texas. I grew up going to ...
03/23/2020

Hi!! I’m Kaylee Wiginton and I am a sophomore Marketing and Management major from Round Rock, Texas. I grew up going to ACU camps (with my cousins Rebecca and Anna who are also counselors! Whatttt!) and this is my second year as a counselor. I’m so excited for this summer!! A fun fact about me is that I lived in Leipzig, Germany this past fall semester!! It was so amazing and I made so many great friends and great memories, as you can see by some of these fantastic pictures :).

What’s up you guys!!! My name is Rebecca Carrizal and I am a junior special education major from Burleson, Tx! This is m...
03/19/2020

What’s up you guys!!! My name is Rebecca Carrizal and I am a junior special education major from Burleson, Tx! This is my third year as a camp counselor and my 16th year of leadership camps (woah)!! Our God does awesome things during camps and I cannot wait to see what he does this summer! If you can’t tell from these pictures, I loveeee all things Christmas and snow. Absolutely the best time of the year (besides camp time)!!

Hey! My name’s Amelia Little and I’m from Fort Worth, Texas! I’m a freshman Psychology major with a minor in Bible. I am...
03/17/2020

Hey! My name’s Amelia Little and I’m from Fort Worth, Texas! I’m a freshman Psychology major with a minor in Bible. I am quite an enthusiast, so I love music, movies, art, poetry, and anything that involves creativity. ACU Leadership Camps greatly influenced my faith last summer, and I’m stoked to be a part of this team!

My name is Anna Carrizal! I’m from Burleson, Texas and I’m majoring in communications with minors in english and mission...
03/16/2020

My name is Anna Carrizal! I’m from Burleson, Texas and I’m majoring in communications with minors in english and missions! ACU camps have played an incredibly influential role in my walk as a Christian and I can’t wait to take on this summer as a counselor for the first time! As you can see, my passions include: f***y packs, hugging stuffed animals, flying (see 5th picture), my photogenic family, and ben platt!

Hi! I’m Cassie Christian and I’m a junior Social Work major from Round Rock, Texas! I love to read and play the piano in...
03/15/2020

Hi! I’m Cassie Christian and I’m a junior Social Work major from Round Rock, Texas! I love to read and play the piano in my free time, and a fun fact about myself is that I directed my club’s Sing Song act this past year! I’ve loved camps for the past 10 years and I’m so excited to spend another summer as a counselor!

Hey y'all! My name is Brooklyn Bailey, and I'm a Social Work Major from Anson, TX. I love to play the guitar, spend time...
03/12/2020

Hey y'all! My name is Brooklyn Bailey, and I'm a Social Work Major from Anson, TX. I love to play the guitar, spend time with my friends & family, and travel! Fun fact about me... I'm so clumsy. I always have been. I actually got hurt before camps and had to use crutches for a week. Oops, haha. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be returning as a counselor for my second year and share the Gospel with our campers this summer!
"Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you." Colossians 1:9

Hi! My name is Cassie Mwema. I’m from DALLAS Dallas, Texas. I’m a sophomore double majoring in psychology and social wor...
03/11/2020

Hi! My name is Cassie Mwema. I’m from DALLAS Dallas, Texas. I’m a sophomore double majoring in psychology and social work. My fun facts are that I have six siblings and that I play the French Horn. This is my second year as a counselor and I’m so excited to start camps and meet all the campers!! I’ve seen what happens and camp and I’m ready to help guide these campers to feel what camps is all about!!

Hey guys! My name is Kelci Campbell I’m a double major in History and Bible. I’m Abilene born & raised! I’ve been coming...
03/10/2020

Hey guys! My name is Kelci Campbell I’m a double major in History and Bible.
I’m Abilene born & raised!
I’ve been coming to ACU camps for years and they’re a huge part of who I am today so I am SO pumped for this summer.
fun fact: I’ve been to Brazil twice and I’m going back for my third time in May! It is probably my favorite place on earth. I also love art, tea, and making Spotify playlists.

Hi, my name is Katie Perryman & I’m an Elementary Education major from Dallas, TX! I grew up going to ACU camps & loved ...
03/09/2020

Hi, my name is Katie Perryman & I’m an Elementary Education major from Dallas, TX! I grew up going to ACU camps & loved every minute of it, so I can’t wait to see what it’s like on the other side! A fun fact about me is that I looove the ocean. The Lord moves in pretty cool ways wherever I am, but the ocean feels like a little slice of Heaven to me :)

Hi my name is Emily Perryman from Smithville, Texas.  I am a freshman and I am majoring in graphic design/ advertising. ...
03/08/2020

Hi my name is Emily Perryman from Smithville, Texas. I am a freshman and I am majoring in graphic design/ advertising.
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Just a few months ago, I learned about ACU leadership camps and how it impacted so many people in such a positive, beautiful way! I can’t wait for this summer! I’m eager to see how God will use me and how He will work through the campers and through the staff members too!
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Fun fact: I played soccer and I was a state qualifier for tennis
An interesting fact: I have a split uvula :)

My name is David Mitchell, and I'm a junior psychology major from Irving, Texas. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I'm also ...
03/06/2020

My name is David Mitchell, and I'm a junior psychology major from Irving, Texas. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I'm also a staff photographer for ACU's school newspaper the Optimist. I have always had a passion for photography and videography, and enjoy sharing my perspectives with others. This will be my ninth year participating in Leadership Camps and my second year working on staff as a part of the media team. I'm looking forward to giving campers the ability to relive their experiences through photos and videos, as well as seeing how God works through their lives this summer.

Hi, I’m Raegan Palacio!•I’m a Secondary Math Education Major with a Coaching minor.•I’m from Mason, Texas (go punchers!)...
03/05/2020

Hi, I’m Raegan Palacio!

I’m a Secondary Math Education Major with a Coaching minor.

I’m from Mason, Texas (go punchers!)

A fun fact about me is that I did Study Abroad in Oxford, England last semester and I LOVED every second of it! Sadly, I do not have a British accent, but I did get to experience some awesome things with some awesome people!!

Hey my name is Lindsay!!! I’m from Pearland, Texas and I’m majoring in speech pathology with a minor in psychology!•I lo...
03/04/2020

Hey my name is Lindsay!!! I’m from Pearland, Texas and I’m majoring in speech pathology with a minor in psychology!

I loved coming to camps and I am so excited to finally be a counselor!

A fun fact about me is that I can say the whole alphabet backwards in under three seconds! :)

•Calvin Williams•Business management major•From Mount Pleasant, Texas • Fun fact I can hold my breath for 3+ minutes
03/03/2020

•Calvin Williams
•Business management major
•From Mount Pleasant, Texas
• Fun fact I can hold my breath for 3+ minutes

My name is Cecily Powell, and I’m a freshman journalism major from Nashville, TN. I’m SO excited to be working at camps ...
03/02/2020

My name is Cecily Powell, and I’m a freshman journalism major from Nashville, TN. I’m SO excited to be working at camps this summer!! ACU leadership camps were my favorite part of every summer growing up, and I wouldn’t be who I am without them. I can’t wait for hundreds of more kids to be touched the same way that I was each year.
A little about me as shown in these pics: I love my family, singing, dancing, France (I’m partially fluent in French), and Cool Whip (but I discovered shortly after this photo was taken that eating a whole tub for dinner WILL lead to a stomachache and headache).

Name: Alex Nguyen (sometimes go by Moriarti)•Major: Digital Entertainment Technology Cinematography (switching to Psycho...
03/02/2020

Name: Alex Nguyen (sometimes go by Moriarti)

Major: Digital Entertainment Technology Cinematography (switching to Psychology)

Hometown: Seattle, Washington (I now live in Mart, Texas)

Fun Fact: 2x Football State Champion and 2x Regional Finalist in UIL Mathematics and Number Sense.

A VERY FUN (and very interesting) STAFF RETREAT DAY!!!Leadership camps, we’re ready for you.
02/29/2020

A VERY FUN (and very interesting) STAFF RETREAT DAY!!!
Leadership camps, we’re ready for you.

Address

ACU Box 28108
Abilene, TX
79699

General information

Leadership Camps began in 1982 with a vision to meet a growing concern for leadership training among young believers. Kadesh Life Camp offered this opportunity for high school students, and Learning to Lead was introduced in 1985 to offer an age-appropriate experience for upper-elementary and middle school students. In the past ten years, the vision has been refocused toward an emphasis on servant leadership, community service, and personal spiritual growth. In 1997, MPulse was introduced to provide a unique challenge for middle schoolers seeking to find their place in Christian community. Our facilities on the campus of Abilene Christian University provide a unique “camping” experience . . . comfortable two-person residence hall rooms for campers and outstanding meeting facilities. In addition, campers experience ACU’s friendly “family” atmosphere, eat their meals in “The World Famous Bean,” and relax and play in the McGlothlin Campus Center’s recreation facilities. Nightly devotionals are experienced together in the outdoor Beauchamp Amphitheater as the sun sets in the West Texas sky.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+13256742407

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Say it with me...Camp relationships don't work out...so don't even try!
Any campers from Mpulse last week happen to make it home by accident with a Mckinney Lions navy blue and gold cinch bag that contained red Nike slides, a Smile Moore brand baseball cap, a royal blue/orange bible carrying case and a bottle of medicine? Our son left it by accident in the Mabee Hall Lobby on one of the bar height chairs. The only item found so far was his Bible (no sign so far of the carrying case) 😕 Thank you for looking.