Campers: A golden weekend by Buck Griffith and Chyrece Campbell

SAN ANTONIO – When something is golden, it is of a high degree of excellence or radiantly youthful and vigorous according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. All of these rang true on the weekend of Sept. 14-18 at the 37th Annual Golden Agers Session at Camp Bandina.

“Despite having people cancel due to Hurricane Harvey, we had a great turn out,” said Sandra Biehl, a member of Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood. As evening fell on the first day, 82 campers settled into air-conditioned cabins for the night. More came in during the next day.

The theme this year was “Grace Inside Out.” The keynote speaker was Jim Hayes of Southern Hills Church of Christ in Buda.

“Everything was great. The food, the cooks, the volunteers, the singing were all outstanding,” added Biehl. Tournaments of 42, horseshoe, Wii bowling, a crazy hat contest, a Mexican Parade and Mexican Fiesta Dinner were just a few of the other events that took place over the weekend.

Echoing this year’s theme, the campers sang, “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Amazing Grace” several times. Campers worshipped with the Bandina Church of Christ on Sunday.

“Bandina Church of Christ was full and overflowing and the singing was like heaven,” said Biehl. Sunday night had its fair share of laughs and fun when people did poetry, songs and skits during the annual talent show.

The campers thanked the Austin Ave. church for sponsoring the week and Director Jerry Biehl for his leadership.

On Monday everyone packed their bags and headed home. “Looking forward to next year!” posted one person on social media.

The Golden Agers Camp is for people 55 and over, but according to a spokesperson close to the director, exceptions may be made for those who are 54½ come next September.


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