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Mustang Island Conference Center is an Episcopal camp and conference center in the Coastal Bend region of Texas. The conference center's mission is to provide a sacred place for our guests to rest, reflect, and renew their faith, surrounded by God’s coastal creation. It is open year-round and serves all God's children as a ministry of Christian hospitality to religious, educational, and non-profit organizations.

Mustang Island Conference Center is located in Port Aransas and at the center of Mustang Island, a barrier island off the South Coast of Texas, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Corpus Christi Bay. The Conference Center is 10 miles north of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Causeway, 9 miles south of the Port Aransas ferry landing, and about 30 miles from the Corpus Christi International Airport.

Each summer, the conference center hosts many sessions of Family Camp and other year-round retreats. Learn more and register in the Upcoming Events section below.

Facilities

Guest Rooms

Guest room

Reserve one of our 24 beautifully appointed rooms with two double beds and a twin sleeper sofa. Each spacious room is equipped with a full bathroom, as well as a second sink located in the tiled entryway and coffee maker.

Savor the sunrise from the comfort of your personal deck or from the water's edge during an early morning stroll. All rooms have wireless internet service.

Fischer Commons (Main Conference Room)

Fischer commons photo

Mustang Island Conference Center's meeting spaces are designed to accommodate a variety of seating and table configurations. Each space is complemented by relaxing and restorative views. The largest indoor space is Fischer Commons. Audio / visual equipment (DVD/VCR) including a sound system, microphone, and overhead LCD projector with screen are available in Fischer Commons, along with a wireless Internet connection.

Small Meeting Spaces

A small meeting room

Many groups prefer a smaller meeting area; there are three available, overlooking the picturesque dunes and blue water of the Gulf. These small meeting spaces can accommodate up to twelve guests with tables and chairs. More can be accommodated without tables. All rooms have wireless internet connection.

Casa de la Playa

Casa de la Playa is a larger room and is available to members of the Diocese of West Texas congregation for an individual spiritual retreat or a couple's spiritual retreat. It includes the following: king-size bed, kitchen and table, sofa, desk, towels, linens and cassette/CD player. Enjoy your view of sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico from your room or while sitting on your private deck. While on retreat, you prepare your own meals or enjoy dining in Port Aransas. Those staying in Casa de la Playa do not join other guests for meals or activities. Contact Leigh Saunders for more information and available dates.

Outdoor Areas

Casa de la playa photo

Settle into one of the many outdoor sitting areas to visit with friends or to enjoy a good book (Bring that book from your nightstand that you haven't had time to finish or select an excellent title, magazine, or other reading material from our bookshelf.) At day's end, join other guests on the deck to witness the glorious sunset.

The Beach

Casa de la playa beach

Mustang Island Conference Center is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Follow the boardwalk through the natural, barrier island dunes to our quiet, expansive, and well-maintained beach. Staff will set up complimentary beach umbrellas, at your request. Take a nap or read a book as you listen to the ocean and enjoy the fresh breeze.

We offer a campfire area for your enjoyment and will provide everything you need to experience sunset and s'mores on the beach.

Family Camp

Spend meaningful time with your family at the beach! At Mustang Island Family Camp your family has the opportunity to unplug, relax, and reconnect with what is most important – family, faith, community, and God’s glorious creation.

Each family stays in a beautifully furnished room with a private deck and view of the Gulf of Mexico. The program begins on a Thursday afternoon and continues through Sunday morning Eucharist. Enjoy swimming, singing, surfing instruction, arts & crafts, delicious meals, a buried treasure hunt, beach games, worship, building sand chapels and sand castles, fishing, resting under a beach umbrella, a campfire, and more.

Families plan and participate each day in worship with great music and hear a Biblically based teaching. An Episcopal priest serves as chaplain for each session and officiates at the closing worship service.

Rates for 2020 Mustang Island Family Camp

Family of 1 $395                For a Family Larger than 4:
Family of 2 $535                Additional Child $180
Family of 3 $700               Additional Adult $270
Family of 4 $860               Infants 24 months & younger at time of session, no charge

Connect with Mustang Island

Conference Center Staff:

Kevin Spaeth, Director of Operations
Lynn Corby, Office and Registration Manager
Kathy Jansen, Food Services Director
Peggy Gonzalez, Head Housekeeper

Office Contact Information:

Phone: (361) 749-1800
Fax:
(361) 749-1802
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 130; Port Aransas, Tx. 78373
Physical Address:
6981 State Highway 361; Port Aransas, Tx. 78373

Social Media:

www.facebook.com/mustangislandcc
www.instagram.com/mustangisland_cc

Facilities Rental

The Mustang Island Conference Center is an excellent place for religious, educational, and non-profit organizations, and families to gather. Our facility and campus, with their many amenities, are conducive to focusing on any task. Our beautiful facility, natural surroundings, and warm but unobtrusive hospitality offer an excellent place for prayer, reflection, worship, healing, and yes, even work.

Mustang Island Conference Center is located on the Gulf of Mexico and Texas coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Corpus Christi Bay on the other. The center sits about halfway between Corpus Christi and Port Aransas and has several meeting areas around the campus, as well as private beach access by boardwalk.

Mustang Island Conference Center would love to host your conference or retreat. For rates and availability, please contact our Office Manager, Lynn CorbyWray at 361-749-1800 or lynn.corby@dwtx.org. Programmatic planning assistance is also available, at request, for any event.

How to Request Scholarship Assistance

Mustang Island Conference Center is a wonderful and life changing place to learn, deepen and experience God's love. We would never turn a potential family away due to their financial situation. We encourage all parents to talk with the rector of their church about attending Mustang Island Conference Center and explore ways that their church might help. The parents, priest, or youth minister may contact the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas about upcoming camp scholarships.

Step 1: Register family for desired session.

In order to confirm your registration, the site will require a deposit payment. This deposit will count towards the family portion of your registration fee. If you need assistance with this amount, please contact the Office Manager, at lynn.corby@dwtx.org. Registration is not confirmed until the deposit has been taken care of. Even if all registration forms are complete, your family will not show up on the session roster until you speak with an administrator or pay the deposit.

Step 2: Parent fills out the scholarship form.
Step 3: Take your form to priest to approve and sign.

Decide together whether you or the church will submit completed form to the camp office. If you do not attend an Episcopal church or would like to request a different scholarship arrangement, contact the camp office directly.

Step 4: Send completed form to Camp Capers.
  • By mail: Mustang Island Conference Center; Attn: Scholarships; P.O. Box 130, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • By email: lynn.corby@dwtx.org
  • By fax: (361) 749-1802; Attn: Scholarships

Please complete one form for each family. Scholarship applications for other diocesan camping programs should be sent to their respective camp offices.

Questions about scholarship amounts, session remaining balance, or registration status? Contact Lynn Corby at lynn.corby@dwtx.org, call Mustang Island Conference Center at (361) 749-1800, or contact Rob Watson at rob.watson@dwtx.org.

Mustang Island Merch

More information coming soon about t-shirts, towels, and other items to show your love for Mustang Island Conference Center.

Seasonal Camp Staff Positions

Searching for a meaningful, fun, and adventure-filled summer job? Look no further than the summer camp programs at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park. Each camp has a variety of seasonal positions caring for children and youth campers, serving at family camp, leading wilderness adventure trips, and helping the year-round camp staff make 2020 the best summer yet!

  • Click here to complete a job application to serve on Summer Staff 2020 at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and/or Duncan Park. See more detailed instructions below.

For questions about Mustang Island Conference Center job descriptions or application status, the job applicant may contact Kevin Spaeth, at kevin.spaeth@dwtx.org.

Be prepared to complete the online form in one sitting, or save your progress as you go along. The each application has several pages: the 2020 Application, DWTX Camp Staff Expectations, and three Reference Invitation pages. Before you begin the application, choose three references who are not related to you and have their phone numbers and email addresses ready to enter as part of the application process.

All applicants are considered for positions with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and by extension Mustang Island Conference Center without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Camp Scholarship Fund

Camp Capers, Mustang Island Family Camp, and Duncan Park are wonderful and life changing places to learn, deepen faith, and experience God's love. We never want financial need to prevent a camper or family from participating in our programming. Each year one-third of all campers rely on partial or full scholarship assistance to attend. The Camps & Conferences Department believes that no child should miss out on a camp experience because of financial limitations, and our staff are continually humbled and grateful for the faithful support of this diocese and our camp community.

The Camp Scholarship Fund is raised through various donors and fundraising efforts. It allows families needing financial assistance an opportunity to experience the Diocese of West Texas camping programs, and is designed to pay approximately 1/3 of the tuition for its recipient. The expectation is that the camper's home church will pay another third, and the family will pay the remaining balance. Exceptions based on hardship will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage all parents to talk with the priest at their church about attending a camp program and explore ways that their congregation might help.

Click here to donate to the Camp Scholarship Fund.

Mustang Island Policies

2020 Mustang Island Family Camp Guidelines (PDF)
Mustang Island General Policies (DOC)
Cancellation Policy
  • If a family cancels more than 1 month prior to the scheduled session start date, a refund of the amount paid, minus the $50 deposit, will be given.
  • If a family cancels less than two weeks prior to the scheduled session start date, no refund will be given.
  • If a family cancels due to a medical condition or family emergency, a refund of the full amount paid will be given after the Conference Center's Office Manager receives a doctor’s note.
Privacy Policy

Sensitive information such as credit card or checking account information submitted via the website is automatically encrypted. Mustang Island Conference Center personnel are not able to retrieve this information. This information is not shared with any other party. We do everything in our power to protect off-line user information in our offices. Only authorized employees trained to handle information properly are permitted access to personal information. These employees are subject to Diocese of West Texas guidelines in the handling of personal information.

For purposes of camp management, we may disclose general information within the camp community such as the name, phone number, email address, and address of campers. This allows our camp community to remain in contact with one another, continuing the relationships built at camp.

We may be required to disclose information during the investigation of fraud or illegal activity. For example, we may disclose personal information in response to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or other legal process.

Parent Information

Registration

All registrations for Mustang Island Family Camp and other camp programs take place online, through Ultracamp, our registration website. Click here to access your account; if you have lost your registration username or password, click here to retrieve or reset it.

The first time you register your family for a session at Mustang Island Conference Center, or one of the other diocesan camp programs, you will need to create an account and list yourself as the Primary Contact. Conference Center staff will use this information to contact you with pertinent session information or in case of emergency. Contact Lynn Corby, Office Manager, for Ultracamp or registration assistance.

Preparing for Family Camp

Review the "Family Camp Packing List".
Follow Mustang Island Conference Center on social media, @mustangislandcc on Facebook and Instagram.

Camper Photographs - SmugMug

Each Family Camp's session photos will be uploaded after the weekend.

  1. Go to dwtx.smugmug.com/MIFC on any mobile smart device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  2. Enter the password provided during Check-In and click the “Let Me In” button.
  3. Select the session your camper is attending to view and browse photos of camp.
Camp Check-In

On the first day of Family Camp Check-In will begin at 3:00 p.m. If your family will need to arrive after dinner, call the office (361-749-1800) for self check-in instructions.

Lost and Found Items: 

Mustang Island Conference Center will hold lost and found items for 30 days after the final summer session; then all unclaimed items will be donated to a local shelter. The Conference Center is not responsible for items left behind.

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