For fifty years the fields and gyms at Woodberry have echoed each summer
with the laughter and cheers of sports
campers. And though it’s been a quarter-century since Red and Cathy Caughron
retired from Woodberry and the camp they
founded, the mark they left on the lives of
campers and counselors is ever present.
Even the boys who attend camp this coming
summer, all of whom were born long after
Red and Cathy retired, will be shaped by the
values and ideals of this legendary couple.
Sports Camp has been an annual ritual
for Frazier Stowers ’04 for twenty years.
After attending camp, he graduated from
Woodberry and worked as a counselor for
more than a decade, including serving as co-director during the camp’s fiftieth session.
Today he is the school’s director of admission
and tuition assistance. Frazier says the deep
bonds between campers and counselors are
at the heart of Sports Camp’s impact.
“Those counselors were godlike figures to
me when I was a camper,” he says. “You got
to know them really well.”
His favorite memories as a counselor
all center around special times spent with
campers, including holding a camper’s hand
as he rode his first roller coaster, or watching
an Orioles game from nosebleed seats as
campers loudly cheered for the away team.
“Some days you’re coaching sports you
have no idea how to play, and you’re learning
so much about yourself,” he says. “The job
teaches you patience, and you learn about
problem solving, especially in relationships
. . . and you learn to look at values and what
matters to you differently.”
Taylor Tucker ’ 19 said the camp’s nightly
values meetings stand out as a favorite
“I never knew how valuable and bonding
they could be,” he says. “We would meet as
a team just about every night before bed and
discuss a certain value, such as unselfishness
or discipline. When I got to Woodberry for
early ball my freshman year, these continued.
In hindsight, I can see now the impact these
short, sometimes emotional, meetings had
on my development as a person.”
Woodberry Sports Camp owes its success
to far more than just Red and Cathy
Caughron, of course. Bill and Debbie Davis,
as well as Clint and Elaine Alexander,
BY JACOB GEIGER ’05
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