January 30, 2018
We’re preparing for the summer!

It’s hard to believe but we are almost to the month of February and that means we are one month closer to camper registration that starts in the middle of March.

Since the final campers left last summer on Aug. 5, we have been hard at work making sure the summer of 2018 is an amazing one. We are excited to continue the traditions of Hermann Sons Life and add some new ideas to Camp for the upcoming summer.

This will be the first of several blog posts leading up to registration and Camp. Today I wanted to take some time and introduce the directors who will be leading our staff and campers this summer. I am very excited to be working with such a great group of directors who truly have a passion for Camp! These individuals always make the campers and their experience their number one priority. Camp will be even better this summer with the ideas and experience this group brings.

Hilltop Camp

Hunter “Papa Bear” Miller will be returning for his fourth summer as Hilltop Camp director and his 12th summer on staff.  This summer Hunter will be assisted by Cole “E-loc” Bendele who will be returning for his fourth summer on staff. This will be his first year as the Hilltop Assistant Camp Director, but Cole has spent the past two summers as a senior counselor.

Hunter works full-time as a third grade math teacher at Tally Elementary in the Kerrville ISD. In addition to his classroom duties, he is the robotics coach for the school.

Cole is a junior at Texas Tech University where he is an agricultural business major. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Cole is also a member of the Meat Judging Team for the Red Raiders. Last year he was a member of the National Western winning Wool Judging Team.

Riverside Camp

Kelly “Knee Slapper” Harris will be serving as Riverside Camp director this year. Kelly has spent the past two summers as a senior counselor and climbing specialist. This will be her sixth summer on staff at Hermann Sons Life Camp.

Kelly is currently a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is majoring in kinesiology with an athletic medicine concentration. Kelly is also active in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, where she served as the membership education vice president in 2017.

Serving as the assistant director at Riverside will be Vicky “Tricky” Chavez. She has previously served as a senior counselor and range specialist at Camp. This will be her fifth summer on staff.

Vicky is currently a junior at Texas A&M University at College Station. She is majoring in civil engineering with a concentration in environmental engineering. Vicky is currently the treasurer for the National Association of Environmental Professionals, is a worship team leader for Treehouse, and is the top ranked female in club racquetball at A&M.

Other Directors

John Sorbel will be returning as the facilities director. This will be his 30th summer at Camp. Food Services Director Jody Zizelman will be returning for his 35th summer on staff. Maintenance Director Clay Haley will be returning for his sixth summer on staff.

I will be returning for my 11th summer at Camp, but it will be my third as executive camp director.


  1. Susan

    February 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    When will the summer camp dates be posted?

  2. Shelly Talamantez

    March 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Hi KELLY,
    Are we able to sign up our camper yet?  If so, can you please send that link. I’m having a hard time finding it.

    • Hermann Sons Life

      March 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Hi, Shelly! Registration information has been mailed to the policy payors of camp-age eligible members. The credentials will need to be entered here: https://www.texashermannsons.org/user. If you have any additional questions, please call us at 800-234-4124. Thank you!

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