Mt. Hermon Celebrates 70 Years

Published on Nov 18th, 2014 by wpd-office | 0

Here is a big hello from Camp Mt Hermon campers, who attended Family Camp held Sept. 26-28. It was an awesome weekend with as many as 80 plus visitors and campers at any given time. Leslie Kendall, of Topeka, jump started the on line registration for the 70th Anniversary of Camp Mt Hermon. Seventy-four campers preregistered and more came to the special dedication of the new pavilion and 70th celebration.

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CMH 70th cake 2014









The Pavilion

The pavilion was built by Gary Abbott, Johnathan, Misty, Colton and Rylie Oshel and Brian Oshel, Eldred and Charla Kingery, Dale Yoder and their cheer team of Lynnette Abbott and Debi Oshel. And Kevin Lane, who did the dirt work prior to the concrete. It was built in loving memory of Clifford Oshel and his grandson Neil Jauken.

We prayed for Jr. High youth and volunteers. This building came about from a vision of Steve Ward, former manager, and donations of the Clifford and Phyllis Oshel family and Camp Mt Hermon funds. The Camp Mt Hermon Auction was a huge success. Bringing in over $3000.

CMH Pavillion










The Auction 

The t-shirt quilt made of Camp Mt Hermon t-shirts brought almost $2000. The quilt was put together by Dorothy Davidson and friends.










Barry McMillan donated his beautiful framed camp photos in memory of his cousin Daryl Hummer. * In Daryl’s honor we prayed for high school and college young people at the bridge that leads to a special place. Barry raised over $500.00. with his gifts. Phyllis Oshel brought four hand made bears that brought 90.00 each. The 2012 “Hand Prints” of Family campers brought 50.00.

The leadership of campfire and morning watch was inspiring. Thank you to Susan Kendall, Cheryl Mishler, and John Hoffman. Barry McMillan and Joanna Davidson-Smith led us prayer for meals. Talking about meals, our faithful Hazel and Lisa Lauver provided delicious meals. As always! A group of volunteers made homemade noodles for Saturday supper the youngest being Keira McMillan.

Dorothy Davidson, Camp Manager, put together a historical prayer walk remembering those who passed away and those who volunteer. The prayer walk consisted of 25 different stops throughout the grounds. At each stop we prayed a specific prayer: We prayed for camp, staff and leaders, youth at all ages, Heifer International, for peace, and those who need to forgive and be forgiven. We prayed for the camps financers and God creation and gave thanks to those who share their talents at camp. We prayed for all the directors, managers, and thanked God for all those who care. For a copy of the prayer walk contact Dorothy Davidson-785-204-2849.

The Peace Pole is in memory of Mary Catherine Little Strahm “Katie”

CMH Peace poll












The tie quilt will be auctioned off at the 2015 District Conference with monies going to Camp Mt Hermon. At each camp this year campers tied a knot or two.

Tie quilt









The picnic table has burned art and names of those who attended family camp 2014.

picnic table












IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE THE BURKHOLDERS. Trees planted by the manager’s cabin were planted in memory of George and Evelyn Royer (1957-1977). In memory of Jon Burkholder (1985-1994). Jon’s wife, Marj and daughters gave a wonderful tribute at the celebration. We prayed for the Managers.

Memories of walking the lake at midnight, ringing of the dinner bell, washing dishes by hand, going swimming at the Tonganoxie pool, balloon fight, skit night, seeing old friends each year, camp fires, stars in the sky lit up bright in the darkness, great food, singing fun and praise songs, tether ball contests, bible study and remembering the feeling of wanting to come to camp, year after year.

Dalene Ward — “I have always liked the “tunnel of tress” that you drive through to come into camp or leave camp. It feels like a transition between the world we all live in and a very special place that God is easy to find!”

CMH Road












Colossians 3:11-14 Therefore, as Gods’ chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Blessings, your sister- in Christ.

Charla Kingery

Thank you Larry Ditmars for photos taken at camp.

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