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Celebrations, Flashbacks, Retreating, That's a First

That’s a First: What’s Mr. Paint Pig Got to do with It?

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


God willing and the creek don’t rise (as we say in the South) many more moms will come to Camp Stevens over the next 60 years to experience cold water for a thirsty soul.

About Ashley

Marketing Manager / Dishwasher at Camp Stevens. CT '99!

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