Hortense Camp

in the Wesleyan tradition

100 Years Celebration: 1904 - 2004

Audrey Rowell

(Daughter of Sheldon and Dell Rowell)

For as far back as I can remember, Hortense Camp has always been a part of my life.  When I was little, I could not wait to be old enough to stay in the girl's dorm.  As time went by, I cam to love camp very much.  There was always an activity going to keep us busy.

The memories I have of Hortense Camp are numerous.  I remember shaving cream fights, talent shows, catching frogs and letting them loose on the platform under the tabernacle.  I remember once that the youth got to walk around the block and Michael Batten let me ride on his shoulders.

But my most vivid memories of Hortense Camp are the ones of everyone gathering around the altar at night to pray.  So many people got help at that altar.  I thank God for my mama and daddy for taking me to church and to camp.  If it had not been for their guidance and support, I would not be where I am today.  My wish is for my children to remember camp like I do.  I want them to experience camp like I did.  But most of all, I want God to do a work in them and through them so that their testimony will shine in everything they do.  Hortense Camp can help achieve that.

Happy 100th Anniversary!