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January 15, 2018 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

A Journey Through Cooking Camp

Hi, my name is Reece Whatley. I am in the ninth grade at Evans High School, and I have always enjoyed cooking. Even before discovering VeryVera Cooking Camp, I loved to help my mom and grandmother in the kitchen with whatever they might be cooking.   I began my journey with VeryVera when I was seven…

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December 20, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

‘Tis the Season

Our Christmas Saturday Camps are in the books! We had so much fun these past two weekends cooking and crafting with our friends! I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so I’ll start with our Arctic Affair Saturday Camp, held December 9th. In the kitchen, we made chocolate cookies that we decorated to…

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December 18, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Life’s Little Blessings

I enjoy motivational speaking. Generally, the topics I approach would revolve around female entrepreneurship, “Recipes for Success,” or professional etiquette. I’ve found myself recently managing to incorporate my passion for VeryVera Cooking Camp into any talk that I am asked to deliver. Why is that? Fifteen years ago, my accountant suggested a need to find…

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December 4, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Returning to Camp

Hello! My name is Tyra Matthews. I am a Junior at Augusta University. Summer of 2017 was my first year working for Mrs. Vera as a counselor, and it was an amazing experience! VeryVera Cooking camp has been a part of my life since I was about 8 or 9 years old. My family has…

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November 8, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

A Passion for Giving Back

Growing up, I attended a lot of summer camps. I did everything from volleyball camps to comic book camps and made friends and memories I’ll never forget. My time at VeryVera Cooking Camp, however, was really special. Cooking Camp was the only camp I went back to again and again; as I grew older and…

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October 23, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

A Lifelong Journey

Hello, my name is Gigi Miller! I currently work at VeryVera part-time as an office assistant while I take classes at Augusta Univeristy. Due to my history with VeryVera, I am very grateful to have this opportunity! For as long as I can remember, VeryVera has been a part of my family for holidays, birthdays, and some…

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October 16, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Doing it Fright Saturday Camp

Just like that, our first Holiday Saturday Camp of the season is over and done! We had so much fun meeting new friends and creating all kinds of goodies.       A quick vote showed that most of the campers’ favorite activity was making a really cool Pumpkin Play Clay that combined canned pumpkin,…

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September 28, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Manners Still Matter

You’ve heard it before: manners matter! Recently, Jones and I had plans to take our grandson, McCord, and two of his friends to our house in Beaufort, SC for the weekend. Unfortunately, Irma reared her head that weekend and we were forced to relocate our plans to our home in Augusta.  Believe it or not, my…

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August 8, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Where Roots Run Deep

Hi! My name is Sanford Satcher. I served as a junior counselor for VeryVera this summer. I’m an upcoming senior at Wardlaw Academy in Johnston, South Carolina. I have had the great pleasure of being shaped and molded through my formative years by the wonderful Miss Vera. My grandmother gave me a week of Cooking…

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August 4, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Camp 2017 Reflections

As I reflect back on Summer 2017 Cooking Camp, I am truly reminded of all of the reasons that Camp was created in the first place back in 2004. As I remember so vividly my early days in the kitchen myself, those are some of my fondest childhood experiences and certainly skills, recipes and antidotes that…

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July 12, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Happy Camper, Happy Counselor!

Hello! My name is Maddie Miller, and I am the Director of Education for VeryVera Cooking Camp 2017. This is my sixth year working for VeryVera camps. I began as a camper twelve years ago when I was 8 years old. I went through each level of camp, learning more and more every year. When…

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July 1, 2017 | Written by VeryVera Cooking Camp

Family Tradition

Our camp director, Jamie Lough, shared her family’s recipe for baked beans with our campers and they were a hit! This is the perfect recipe for your summer barbecue, and we know your family will love it as much as we do.    4-5 slices of bacon, cut in small pieces 1/4 cup of onion,…

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