Here’s a First Time story from Administration Director John Horton, who’s lived at Camp Stevens since 1974.
In June of 1964, I was awarded a trip to Camp Stevens because I had the highest attendance in our church’s Sunday School. I had never been to a camp before but was excited about the possibilities as I really like playing outdoors. I heard some good stories and some horror stories about Camp Stevens. I heard it was dirty, the food sucked and there were lots of bugs. I also heard that staff was nice, there was a lot of beauty and it was fun. Upon arrival I still remember how great my counselor, both at first impression and throughout the week.
I remember that the program was very structured, but what I really remember most was the time just a few of us went for a hike, and we went out of the fence onto the land next door, and we explored the forest, playing games and discovering many cool places where most of the camp kids and staff never went. I loved it! And yes, while the program was very ridged and unimaginative back then, there were awesome people who were not only fun but inspiring. That is what will keep you coming back.
2012 marks the 60th year of Camp Stevens. Over the next few weeks – 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.