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Member Profile – Steve Vargo

Member Profile – Steve Vargo

     “Oh, I didn’t want to go to Nature Camp at all,” laughs Steve Vargo, reminiscing about how he first arrived. “Basically, I was a middle school jerk. I thought Camp was all Garden Club Ladies doing flower arrangements. But my science teacher got me a scholarship, and my parents made me go. They […]

Member Profile – Erin Mckeown

Member Profile – Erin Mckeown

     The first time Erin McKeown went to sleepaway summer camp, she hated it so much she tried to mount an escape. The Fredericksburg native was at a summer academic program run by UVA in Charlottesville, and she was having a terrible time. During an outing at a private school, she told a teacher […]

Member Profile – Remembering Mary Jane Gannaway Layne, One of Camp’s Brightest Sparks (August 1933 to August 2015)

Member Profile – Remembering Mary Jane Gannaway Layne, One of Camp’s Brightest Sparks (August 1933 to August 2015)

     “We were big on characters,” laughed Mary Jane Gannaway Layne as she recounted her experiences at Nature Camp during an oral history interview in 2013. She illustrated that fact by describing some of the most colorful characters she encountered during her days as a camper and counselor. There were many stories. One was […]

Member Profile – Nancy Lowry

Member Profile – Nancy Lowry

Things were different at Nature Camp in Nancy Lowry’s day. When she arrived as a 10-year-old fourth-session camper in 1959, counselors didn’t teach classes—that was the purview of the professors and other experts who stayed a few days at a time to lecture. Everybody slept on straw-stuffed ticking sacks instead of mattresses, an Episcopal priest gave communion […]

Member Profile – Ben McIlwaine

Member Profile – Ben McIlwaine

Honoring the Past and Thinking of Tomorrow: The Nature Camp Foundation Celebrates 25 Years By Katie Hoffman, History Project Director (and VP/Secretary, Nature Camp, Inc.) Who could have known twenty-five years ago that Ben McIlwaine’s fortieth birthday would have such positive consequences for Nature Camp? In pulling together the material for this article, I was once […]

Member Profile – Powell Hutton

Member Profile – Powell Hutton

In mid-August 1992, Joanne and I were driving back to Arlington, Virginia, with our 11-year old daughter, Charlotte, from our second trip to Nature Camp. As we were cruising up I-81 in steady traffi c at comfortably above the speed limit, Charlotte called out from the back seat, “Daddy, Daddy, stop.” “Honey,” I replied, “I […]

Member Profile – Sam Lavender and Charlie Truxell

Member Profile – Sam Lavender and Charlie Truxell

The following is an article written by Nature Camp Director, Philip Coulling, that appeared in the 4th Session Woodland Echos to honor Charlie Truxell, our retiring (and beloved) caretaker as he takes is place in a long history of amazing Caretakers of Nature Camp. One of my great regrets in life is that I never got to […]

Member Profile – Mayor Mark Chilton

Member Profile – Mayor Mark Chilton

In 1991, as a 20 year-old rising Senior at the University of North Carolina, I did the most outlandish and absurd thing I have ever done in my life. Once and for all, here is the story: Though my father was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington, he was in reality what […]

Member Profile – Sarah Francisco

Member Profile – Sarah Francisco

When Sarah Francisco was a young Nature Camper in the mid ’80s, she witnessed something that had a profound impact on the way she saw the forest of her youth.“They were doing a clear cut right up the road from camp, and the logging trucks would come by with all the logs coming out of […]

Member Profile – Annie White

Member Profile – Annie White

Following the Gleam……… As we all know, Nature Camp has an important impact on the attitudes and outlooks of all of us that pass through this place. In this issue we are going to introduce you to a former campers who exemplifies the influence of a summer (or several) at camp and show how that influence can […]

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Spring Service Weekend 2017

The past Spring Service Weekend, which took place the third weekend of May (as it does each year), resulted in the completion of many smaller projects as well as progress on those continuing from weekends prior. Service weekend is an opportunity for those who believe in Camp’s mission to gather there, enjoy the company of […]