If you’ve spent any time at Echo Valley over the last four years, you know Nicole Votolato—though you may only know her by her camp-given nickname “Nico.” After hearing lots of Camp stories from her cousin’s camp-famous husband and former LLYC Intern Steven Wallace, Nico applied to LLYC the spring semester of her freshman year.

Canyon Club quickly stole Nico’s heart as she served her first two LLYC summers loving and caring for the full-time staff families’ kids. She formed very close relationships to the LLYC staff families, which allowed her a peek behind the scenes into the real work of the Foundation and also awakened her love of working with young children.

Over the next two summers, Nico got a broader experience of Camp when she took on the job of EV Crew Boss and EV Assistant Girls’ Director. With this variety of experience, Nico gained wonderful insight into all things LLYC.

Nico graduated in May from the University of North Texas with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and Certification in Early Childhood - 6th Grade ESL. While she cannot wait to get back in the classroom to teach, she knows that the Lord opened the door to the amazing LLYC internship opportunity this year. Nico is hitting the ground running with staff recruiting and attending the Ponder Retreat in Round Top with LLYC Director, Karla Heath. Nico shared that she is especially excited about the retreat content—learning about a deeper study of Scripture— as she will help Karla next summer in leading the Echo Valley girls’ staff preparation for Rooted, the girls’ bible study.