pioneer program

If you are a Pastor, DCE, Youth Leader, or Teacher, you can bring a group of Campers (minimum group of 5) to a regular camp session. Campers will be in cabins with other week-long campers and will participate in the regular camp schedule throughout the week. Daily the Pioneer Leader (group leader from your church) will be given a specific time to meet up with your youth each day to use that time as you see fit. This is a great way to have your youth group bond as a whole and see the ways God is changing their lives throughout the week.

Pioneer reservations are done as a group by the group leader. Individual summer camp registrations are not accepted for the Pioneer program. The cost for Pioneer Campers for Summer 2024 is $646 per camper. Pioneer camp requires a $100 deposit per camper to reserve a spot for camper. Pioneer leader will hold the spots for their group through reservation form available below. 

Available weeks for Pioneer Camp 2024: Weeks 1-4 and 6-9. 

Week One (June 2-7, 2024): Alpha & Omega 

Week Two (June 9-14, 2024): Alpha, Omega & Alliance* 

Week Three (June 16-21, 2024): Alpha, Omega & Night Owl*

Week Four (June 23-28, 2024): Alpha & Omega 

Week Six (July 7-12, 2024): Alpha & Omega

Week Seven ( July 14-19, 2024): Alpha, Omega & Night Owl*

Week Eight (July 21-26, 2024): Alpha, Omega & Alliance*

Week Nine (July 28- Aug 2, 2024): Alpha, Omega & Teen Night Owl* 

* Night Owl, Alliance and Teen Night Owl are specialty programs- please make sure campers are informed of the adventure they will embark on in these programs! 

Below you will find all of the information you need as a Pioneer group leader! Please read through it all carefully, and if you have any questions, please contact us.


Each pioneer group is required to have at least one Pioneer Leader. The maximum leader to camper ratio is 1 leader : 10 campers. The cost per Pioneer Leader is $50. This includes adult lodging, linens, 14 meals and background check cost. 

The Pioneer Leader serves as the liaison for their group as they prepare for their time at Camp Lone Star. Pioneer Leader will need to advertise and promote their selected week at Camp Lone Star, reserve the campers spots using the Pioneer Reservation Form, and guide camper families in the registration process after receiving a code to be used during registration. 

During the camp session, you are required to meet with your Pioneer group for a designated hour at least twice throughout the week (Monday through Thursday). During this time, the camp staff will not be involved with your youth. You may decide to lead a Bible study, take a hike, play a game or use this time as you deem appropriate to connect with your group.

We encourage you to take this week as an opportunity it engage with your students during their daily activities; however, you are also welcome to use this week for personal growth and renewal.

You and other Pioneer Group Leaders will stay in separate quarters with private bathrooms and linen service. Please bring your own towels for swimming and lakefront activities. Campers are not to be in the facility used by Pioneer Leaders. (Private rooms are not guaranteed.)

The youth you bring to Pioneer Camp are integrated into regular cabin groups and supervised by college-aged counselors. The groups consist of no more than ten campers of the same gender and similar ages. Generally, no more than three or four individuals from the same congregation are likely to be placed in the same cabin. Each group generally participates in typical camp activities, such as swimming, Bible study, canoeing, archery, challenge course, and campfire devotions.

The week concludes on Friday with the closing program at 10:45 am. Campers depart after the program.

A church group leader will initiate the registration process by reserving spaces with a deposit. All registration must be complete by May 1, 2024. Upon receiving registration form and deposit, the group leader will receive detailed instructions for completing their groups registration. Camp Lone Star will bill the church for the final payment which is due two weeks before check-in.