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That’s a First: Fired Up?

Here’s a First Time story from resident summer staff member David Vissers: My first time at Camp Stevens was in 2002. I was 9 years old and I was extremely nervous. The camp had had to be evacuated the week before due to the fires that were going on very close to Julian and raging in … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 31, 2012

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home.” – John Muir What element of “civilization” are you most grateful to have the chance to shed?

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 30, 2012

This year’s Adult/Family Backpacking and Women’s Backpacking Trips have come to a close. In gratitude for camaraderie, challenge, peacefulness and simple joys: “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell

That’s a First: Love at First Bite

Here’s a First Time story from Retreat Center Coordinator Coreen Walsh. Before I arrived at Camp Stevens I had heard of organic gardens, vegetarian meal options and one-of-a-kind yurt cabins; however, my high expectations were far surpassed after only our first meal. I was instantly impressed by the Camp Stevens community’s food philosophy and commitment … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 27, 2012

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” – Frederick Buechner

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 26, 2012

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” – Richard Bach

A Summer Camp Afternoon

What happens after the summer camp morning? It might go something like this: Ah, finally: Free time. I can take a break from all those games and hikes my counselors keep starting and do what I really want: Archery. Or swimming. Maybe both. But today Slim is picking raspberries in the garden. Maybe I should … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 25, 2012

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that.  It lights the whole sky.” – Hafiz of Persia

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 24, 2012

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: July 23, 2012

After a Volcan Mountain sunrise: “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson