How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?

That is a question I really had to think about. I am pretty sure it was 14 summers.

I spent 2 years at SH as a camper and 5 years at EV. I was then on work crew at SH. After that, I spent the next 6 years serving LLYC in several different staff positions. I was a Canyon Club assistant, a Sugar Shack girl, Echo Valley Counselor, Sugar Shack Director, EV Girls Director for a few years, and I was an LLYC/LLFC intern.

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What are you up to these days?

I currently am living in San Antonio and loving life! I work full-time for Lululemon Athletica as a key leader where I get to love on people and workout in the community.  I also am an endurance running coach at Tobin Hill Crossfit where I get to coach runners as well as Crossfit athletes who want to improve their endurance capacity.  Most recently I graduated from UTSA w/ my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  I received my Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern certificate and am praying about how I will be using this degree. I have worked in the university setting at the University of Incarnate Word, the Eating Recovery Center in San Antonio, and the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.  I love kids and adolescents and am planning on working under a dialectical behavior therapist to continue my training as a counselor.  Hoping to start seeing clients again starting in May or June.

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Do you have a favorite camp memory?

Gosh yes, so many. The one that comes to the top was the massive thanksgiving dinner we had at Echo Valley.  All of the EV counselors and campers dressed up as pilgrims and we had a giant, long table set up for dinner.  The SH campers came down the side of the mountain dressed up as Native Americans.  We all ate together reenacting the first thanksgiving. It was epic.

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What do you miss most about your summers at camp?

  1. Sweet moments with girl staff members where I got to just listen and love on them when I was Girls Director.
  2. Watching counselors love on campers and accepting them for who they are.
  3. Early morning or evening runs through the river.
  4. Morning quiet times on the EV back porch.
  5. Evening walks w/ Mallory, Johnna, Katie, Tammy.
  6. Girls-night-in.
  7. Group games – Bounty Hunters for life!
  8. The beauty of the Canyon.
  9. The pearl and the squirrel and the knot that holds us so tight.

I could go on and on.

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How does LLYC still impact your life today?

Some of my best friends are from LLYC. I know that I can call any of them about anything and they will be available to hangout, have an adventure, listen to me, and pray for me or basically whatever I need.

The biggest impact is that I became a Christian out at LLYC when I was a young camper. I didn’t fully understand what that meant until college and have been learning to walk with Jesus ever since.  LLYC has done so much for me I don’t even really know how to put that into words.  The Lord uses that Canyon to touch people’s lives in a really big way.

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