July 10, 2013 Edition

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Camp is tradition

Gretchen Hunt

The United Methodist Wesley Foundation at Arkansas State University will host its annual Delta Pride summer youth camp this week.

I served as a counselor during the early years of the camp and have many cherished memories of the worship services, Bible studies, workshops and activities.

I continued to serve as a workshop leader, helping put together a yearbook for the camp, for several years after I graduated from ASU.

I am still in contact with many of the students who were campers while I was a counselor, several of whom are Lawrence County residents.

This year, I had the privilege of helping to send eight members of our youth group at Brookland United Methodist Church to the camp.

We raised scholarship money through cotton candy and bake sales, rib and Boston butt sales and general donations. I felt very blessed that we were able to pay all their fees.

I cannot wait to hear about the memories and new friends they will make at the camp.

While I will not be there with them, my sister, Megan, is serving as a counselor for her fifth year. The camp has become somewhat of a family tradition with both of my younger brothers also serving as counselors during their time at ASU.

Next on the horizon will be when my eldest son is eligible to attend as a camper in two years. He is already looking forward to it.

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