Campers on Mission (COM) is a national fellowship of Christian campers started by the Southern Baptist Convention and in turn partnered with the Missions Equipping Center of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention. National COM was organized in 1972. There are 28 Chapters (30 states) of which Texas is one chapter. The Texas Chapter was organized in November of 1977. Membership is non-denominational and is open to all Christian believers seeking to serve Christ as campers. There are no membership fees. The Texas Chapter now has about 350 family units for a total membership of about 700 individuals. Texas COM is divided into four regions. A Regional Coordinator, who arranges and coordinates the projects within the assigned region, heads each region. Region 1 covers the largest area and includes the panhandle and Big Bend areas. Region 2 covers the smallest area and includes north central and northeast Texas. Region 3 is the second largest and covers south Texas and part of central Texas. Region 4 is the third largest and covers part of east Texas and part of central Texas. Most of the Texas COM projects are short term, lasting two weeks or less, and are done at 32 Baptist encampments throughout the state including one in New Mexico. COM strives to meet the needs of the encampment in every way our time and skills will permit. COM does most everything imaginable: office work; making beds; helping out in the kitchen; mowing grass; routine maintenance; painting buildings; modifying and/or renovating buildings; and the list goes on from there. There are many other volunteer opportunities including: assisting small churches in renovation and modification projects; hosting at national and state campgrounds; assisting at the Seaman’s Center (Freeport); sewing quilts for use in Mexico; knitting seaman’s caps; and making craft items to be sold in the gift shops at the encampments. Texas COMers contribute more than 54,000 volunteer hours annually. It can truly be said that there is something to do for every willing body regardless of skill or physical ability. COMers come in all ages, many are retired, in their 60’s and older, have RVs (not necessarily a requirement), and all are dedicated to serving the Lord. The motto of COM is “Sharing Christ as We Go.”

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