Hortense Camp

in the Wesleyan tradition

100 Years Celebration: 1904 - 2004

Sheldon Rowell, Jr.

(Held various jobs at the camp)

My earliest memory of the camp is staying at camp as a kid in 1977 and winning a trophy for "Best All Around Camper".  I stayed at the camp every year until 1986 or 1987.  Then I was talked into being the boys' counselor for a couple years.  That was an experience!

I remember lots of great preachers and many friends made at camp.  I also remember sitting under the tabernacle on a hot afternoon talking to Mr. Alvin Batten or Mr. Bobby Day.  They were always willing to talk an hour or two (Ha!).

I have experienced so many memories at the camp.  I was a grooms-man when Michael and Jeannie Batten got married at the camp, and I remember what it felt like to wear a tux outside when the temperature was 105 degrees.  It was at the camp in 1991 that I was saved.  During the camp of 1992 God showed me that Misty Strickland was the woman that I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.

It has only been in the last few years that I have realized what a privilege it has been to live next door to the camp since I was three years old.  The camp has meant so much to my family and me all these years.

The saddest day of the whole year is always the Monday after camp ends and we go to put the things away and lock up the rooms.  The camp looks so empty, and I always dread that day because it seems like 12 months is a long time to wait for camp to start again.