Baylor to Begin 'Baylor You' Christian Camps

May 13, 1997

WACO, Texas - Baylor University has hired Dr. Don Mattingly, founder of the well-known Centrifuge summer youth camps, to begin the university's own summer youth program titled BAYLOR YOU.

Mattingly started Centrifuge in 1979, and the program now draws more than 35,000 people each summer, far beyond any youth program of its kind. Beginning May 31, 1998, Baylor's camp, for grades 7-12, will be led by Baylor students and faculty. BAYLOR YOU will feature a variety of classes including gymnastics, drama, sports, computer skills, sign language, art and witnessing, along with small group meetings, numerous recreational activities and worship services.

The university will host the five-day events for seven straight weeks, and any youth group, regardless of denomination or location, may attend. Each BAYLOR YOU camp will accommodate approximately 500 students and adult sponsors for $198 per person. Mattingly said the camp expresses Baylor's academic and Christian mission.

"We want to show people that Baylor is interested in young people and their churches," Mattingly said. "We want to provide a creative youth camp experience and to help them to make life-changing decisions and grow as Christians."

A graduate of Baylor, Mattingly earned master's and doctoral degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as minister of education at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene for the last five years. Mattingly established Centrifuge during a 17-year career with the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information, contact Mattingly at (817) 755-3827.

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