Summer camp director shares more than campfire stories

In 1976, Raleigh’s Jerry Barker was the first summer camp director for Camp Oak Hill in Granville County; his own children grew up attending the camp. Now he has gathered decades of camp tales in his new book, “Camp Oak Hill: More Than a Week at Camp” (CreateSpace).

“As camp prepared to celebrate the 40th anniversary, I felt it very important to capture the history of growth from 46 campers in the first summer to over 1,000 during some recent summers,” Barker said. “The history is enhanced with reflections from over 100 past and present campers, counselors and board members. The counselors share both behind-the-scenes hilarity and stories of campers growing in their Christian faith.”

One story he tells is of two counselors, Jeff Greene and Rob Rogers, who in 1983 rode unicycles for 30 miles to raise funds to help pay for a new dining hall.

Barker dedicated the book to J. Gregory Poole Jr., who donated the initial property for the camp.

New titles

Just in time for Halloween, Cary author Rysa Walker debuts a new series with “The Delphi Effect” (Skyscape), the first book in “The Delphi Trilogy.” Revolving around Anna Morgan, a psychic teen who has the ability to speak to spirits, this eerie story thrusts readers into a world of supernaturally gifted people and a government conspiracy that endangers Anna’s life and those she loves.

William Finger’s memoir, “The Crane Dance” (JourneyCake Spirit), focuses on a period from 1988 when he lost his job through 1999 when he began to study social work. He recounts how he drew on the energies of the men’s movement, the power of the expressive arts and meditation, along with antidepressants and therapy to discover a new way of living. The Raleigh author will be at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, and at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.


Set mostly in the Wilmington area, “Foul Shot” (Amazon) by local author D.L. Coleman involves the murder of a superstar athlete. Private investigator Wray Larrick follows the trail from the Crystal Coast to Louisiana to Philadelphia and back again. “Foul Shot” is the first in a series of private eye stories.

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