Summer Camp in Our Own Backyard
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As Upshur County's premier summer camp site, Camp Gilmont has been delivering the summer camp experience for 67 years, serving thousands of children and youth, from the East Texas area, Dallas metroplex, and extending to Austin. Gilmont has strong desire to enrich the lives of young people from the Gilmer and Upshur county area, offering a wide range of fun and inspiring activities.

The camp, nestled in the Barnwell Mountains northeast of Gilmer, offers a traditional camp experience for ages 7 to 14 the weeks of June 23-29, June 30-July 26, July 7-13, and July 14-20. Service and Leadership Training, or S.A.L.T., is offered for 15-16 year olds with a desire to be a leader, the weeks of June 23-29 and July 7-13.

Additionally, Gilmont is offering an annual Music and Drama, or MAD camp for those 12-16 year olds interested in these arts, the week of June 30-July 6. For 8-12 year-olds interested in preservation and sustainability of the ecology, Eco Camp is offered July 14-20. For those 6-8 year olds who are new at being away at camp, a 3 day Mini-Camp from June 26-29 is the perfect option. Each camp includes a one-night campout experience.

Finally, for adventurous 12-16 year olds, Gilmont offers Adventure Camp July 7-13, where youth will have the unique opportunity to spend a week living in a treehouse in the wilderness, learning to cook their own meals over a fire.

In the summer, children can be found at Camp Gilmont swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, shooting bows and arrows, crafting pottery, camping, hiking, singing, studying the Bible, or flying down the zip-line.

Gilmont is a special treasure in Upshur County that is enjoyed by many children during summer camp. Scholarships are available. For more information, please call Camp Gilmont at 903-797-6400, email at, or visit

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