OSNV Youth Camp
Welcome to the home of the Texas Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp program. Since 2006, Texas youth from the ages of 10 and12 have participated in a life-changing historical journey by participating in a week of hands-on learning, sharing and fun at historic Fort McKavett. The Coming Up Taller Award winning Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp provides opportunities for children from diverse backgrounds to learn about American Indian, Hispanic, African American and Anglo contributions to the history and culture of Texas.
The program is not being offered in Summer 2016. Please check back in Spring 2017.
Established in 1852, Fort McKavett was built to protect settlers and travelers on the Upper El Paso Road. It is now operated as a historic site by the Texas Historical Commission. Participants are housed in the restored historic barracks building and other structures at the Fort and participate in a full schedule of daily activities including archeological investigations, traditional crafts, archery, canoeing, native plant and animal identification and a variety of other activities.
In addition to educating children about their shared cultural heritage, the Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp is designed to improve the personal confidence of everyone who participates. Physical challenges, team building exercises, and daily responsibilities are included in each day's schedule, along with strong anti-gang, anti-drug, and stay-in-school messages.
The Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Historical Commission, and several community organizations co-sponsor the camp with the generous assistance of private donors.