Mission Statement
To empower each person through the richness of the Catholic faith, to live joyfully, and to confidently build the Kingdom of God.

Vision Statement
Empowering individuals to lead a passionate Christ-centered life.


We are 25 Years Old!
The Pines Catholic Camp was established in 1988. For six years prior to the founding of the non-profit organization, it operated as an outdoor youth ministry of several Dallas parishes under the direction of founding Executive Director, Bonni Castellaw Brophy. Camp Natowa, a Campfire Girls and Boys property in East Texas, was purchased and in June of 1989 the first group of campers entered the gates. The 446 campers that first summer came from thirty-seven parishes in four dioceses. The Pines serves several thousand campers year round for a variety of programs. The campsite is located in the town of Big Sandy, just two hours east of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Pines Summer Camp 2013 program had more than 1,750 campers in attendance.

We are Catholic…
At The Pines, we take our identity as being a Catholic camp sincerely. We believe that through the experience of grace through the Sacraments, small Christian communities and the majesty of God’s creation at the Pines, young people will grow in their relationship with Jesus. At camp, our goal is to give youth the confidence and the strength they need to continue their faith journey and to help them foster healthy vocations. As a result of an experience at The Pines, our campers come home with a desire to live joyfully and to confidently build the kingdom of God. We are excited to share the teachings of the Catholic Church with all who come and experience The Pines in a refreshing and welcoming way in the beautiful outdoors!