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HPU’s summer staff completes another successful season of camps

Summer Staff 2018 2BROWNWOOD – July 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s summer camp staff was hard at work as the university hosted a variety of camps and events this summer. During the months of June and July, a total of nine overnight camps and day camps were held on the HPU campus, with 1,200 overnight campers in attendance. Nine HPU sports camps were also held on and off campus.

HPU’s summer staff, led by Debbie Childs, director of university events, and Kathy James, events and university calendar coordinator, ensured that all camps at HPU ran safely and smoothly. The summer staff was comprised of HPU students who provided logistical support for the multiple camps taking place on campus.

This year’s summer staff included Titus Brown, senior business administration major from White Castle, Louisiana; Josh Dykes, May 2018 HPU graduate from Mount Pleasant who earned a degree in youth ministry and public policy in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy as well as a minor in Spanish; Justin Hughes, junior engineering science major from San Antonio; Lindsey Krueger, senior music education major from Howe; Jake Lehrer, sophomore double major in social science jurisprudence and public policy in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy from Snyder; Jessica Meeks, senior family studies major and Christian education minor from Paradise; Suzanne Schad, junior music education major from Briggs and Gruver; Spencer Wolverton, senior communication studies major and psychology minor from Desoto; and Scott Wright, junior psychology major and Spanish minor from Richardson. Taylor Edwards, senior social studies composite major from Paradise, is working with HPU University Services during the summer as a student worker.

“As part of the summer staff, I think the way we best express to students what HPU is about is through community with each other and by giving our all in whatever we do,” said Wolverton, who has worked on HPU’s summer staff for three summers.

During the week of June 4-9, more than 500 leaders and cadets from approximately 50 high schools in Texas and Oklahoma attended the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp and Cadet Leadership Course Camp. In the week following JROTC camp, HPU hosted Band Camp, attended by nearly 400 students and staff from more than 50 high schools across the state. HPU also hosted 376 students and staff during the Baptist General Convention of Texas’s Super Summer camp in June. Summer and Young Scholars day camp for students in first- through sixth-grade was held July 16-20 and was staffed by area teachers and HPU faculty.

“We love having the opportunity to showcase HPU to campers from across the state during the summer,” said Childs. “We hope after a week of camp, HPU and Brownwood feel like home to them.”

To learn more about summer camps hosted at HPU, contact University Services at 325-649-8054.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: HPU summer staff worked this summer to extend hospitality to seven overnight and day camps with 1,200 overnight campers in attendance. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Josh Dykes, Suzanne Schad, Justin Hughes, Jessica Meeks, Jake Lehrer and Titus Brown. On the front row are Debbie Childs, director of university events; Lindsey Krueger; Scott Wright; Spencer Wolverton; and Kathy James, events and university calendar coordinator. Not pictured is Taylor Edwards.