Faith, Fitness and Fun

The Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund


When Terrance Oxner, 11, returned from a week at Camp Walter Johnson in Denton last summer, he told his mom he had done “everything.”

“He had a ball; he was so excited,” said his mom, Vanessa Hines.

The way she tells it, Terrance – who will return to camp again this summer thanks to a Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund scholarship – was practically breathless as he recounted swimming, hiking and the all-encompassing “everything.” (That includes a rock wall, ropes course, nature hikes and a putt-putt course.)

He’d never been hiking and discovered he loved it. In fact, he had never spent the night away from home until last summer.

“He’s mostly outgoing but can sometimes be bashful,” she said. “But he loved meeting new people. And people love Terrance."

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