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June 19, 2020 | Written by Ashton Quattlebaum

Lessons Learned at Camp are Timeless by Brittney Wainwright

Driving from Athens to Augusta, Georgia last Sunday I thought I had an idea of what I was in store for during my week at the VeryVera Cooking Camp. I had only met Vera once, but her passion, drive, and enthusiasm immediately captured my attention and I knew I had to squeeze in a week…

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May 12, 2020 | Written by Ashton Quattlebaum

Lessons on Entrepreneurship

The VeryVera School of Home Economics has always incorporated entrepreneurship into their program. Vera‘s story is shared at the beginning of every cooking class with the campers to give them a background of the company, and of course, to inspire them! At camp, students learn the importance of presentation and packaging by decorating each food…

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April 14, 2020 | Written by Ashton Quattlebaum

Ansley Madison Designs: Inspiration and Entrepreneurship in the Wake of COVID-19

We are living in uncertain times. The Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the globe and, to protect ourselves and others, we are socially distancing ourselves and staying home. Staying away from friends and extended family members is hard, but I know it is for the better. I believe we all take for granted all the…

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March 9, 2020 | Written by Ashton Quattlebaum

VeryVera Camp’s Heart and Sole

The month of February was was filled with love at VeryVera! The Cottage was decorated from its heart to its soles in all things Valentine’s! Heart-filled garlands lined our white picket fence, sprouted from the ground, and hung from our Cottage porch. But it gets better – on the first two Saturdays of February, just…

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February 3, 2020 | Written by Ashton Quattlebaum

Giving from the Heart

Here at VeryVera Camp, we are proud of the many bright young people we get to work with. One of which is Michele J. Lundy. Michele is a junior counselor at VeryVera Camp and has a special connection to this month’s camp, Heart and Sole.    Heart and Sole, Inc is a nonprofit that benefits…

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November 15, 2019 | Written by Vera Stewart

Continuing the Tradition of Mentorship

When I think back on my days at the University of Georgia studying Home Economics Education, my attention at the time was directed toward getting my degree and getting a job. It’s now years later that I understand the impact that my high school senior year homeroom teacher, Mrs. Catherine DuPree, made on my decision…

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October 16, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Ghost Meringues

It’s spooky season! You’ve done the popcorn gloves and Oreo spiders—now it’s time to step up your Halloween treat game! Try these ghost meringues with your little one and make it your new Halloween tradition!

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July 30, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Our 16th year has come to an end…

  Our 16th year has come to a close and a lot more than my hair color has changed over these wonderful years with amazing young people! As I recall the necessity to create an income flow in the summer and having a reason for my Event Planner and my best high school helper to…

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June 27, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Celebrating 16 Years!

This Summer at VeryVera Camp has been a Summer to remember! With record breaking sign ups and a waiting list growing by the minute, camp this year is off to a great start! If you did not have the opportunity to join in on the fun this Summer, let me catch you up on what’s…

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May 24, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Getting Ready for Camp!

Hello friends, my name is Anna Schermerhorn and I’m the Very Vera Cooking Camp summer intern. I am happy to be sharing what we’ve been working on to get cooking camp ready; but first, let me further introduce myself. I am a rising junior at the University of Georgia where I study Family and Consumer…

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May 17, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

The Elizabeth Pipkin Scholarship

My name is Elizabeth Pipkin, and I attended VeryVera Cooking Camp from 2008 to 2011. Cooking has always been a way I have connected with my family members. Whether it be preparing shrimp and grits with my coastal grandparents, grilling doves with my dad after a hunting trip, or making sausage and beans with my…

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March 14, 2019 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Our newest franchise location, Beaufort Academy!

As I have watched the VeryVera Cooking Camp grow from it’s humble beginning in 2004, there is one common denominator:  LOVE. Equipped with a Home Economics degree from the University of Georgia in 1974, I headed straight to a high school classroom where I stayed for the next four years. Just recently I had the privilege of welcoming…

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