2012 marks the 60th year of Camp Stevens. Over the next two months – leading up to our September 2nd Open House celebration – we’ll be sharing people’s reflections on their first times at Camp Stevens. Share your story by emailing ashleyATcampstevensDOTorg. Here’s a story from Cindy Shamel, proud mother of two grown sons, Co-Chair of Camp Stevens Board of Advisors, and Member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Escondido.
Camp isn’t just for kids. I first came to Camp Stevens as an adult, stay-at-home mom with two preschool boys and a traveling husband. Friends at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church encouraged me to attend the women’s retreat at Camp. As it says in Proverbs 25:25, “Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” I needed this time away much more than I knew.
Here’s what Camp Stevens gave to me that weekend:
- Awesome meals that I didn’t have to plan, shop for, cook, or clean up after
- Adult conversations unrelated to teething, Sesame Street, or Mr. Paint Pig
- Amazing scenery, wide open spaces, and joyful hiking
- The gift of time and a chance to reconnect with another side of myself