I first met Dee Edgerton (now Brosnan) when she was a counselor at Singing Hills. She had just transferred from Colorado to UT. Dee was an amazing counselor who always treated campers equally. And she has a smile you cannot forget!
Dee started coming to LLYC at age 17. She met her husband there and still returns each summer with her family as a camp nurse. Oh, and she’s 9+ months pregnant!
What are you up to these days?
I live in Austin with my husband, Tim, and two daughters, soon to be three. I work at Dell Children’s Medical Center part-time and hang with two, soon to be three little people the rest of the week.
You have been able to return to LLYC in the summer to work as Camp Nurse. What has it been like to come back to camp as an “adult” with a husband and children?
Remarkably normal. We typically spend a session each summer out there. Aside from the fact that Tim and I occasionally have to share a twin bed, our family has fit in so comfortably at camp. I am 15 years older than much of the staff, but there is something about working together at camp that allows an 18 year old and 33 year old to connect in a sincere and organic way. I can sneak into the kitchen after Sugar Shack and share a bowl of cereal with a recent high school grad and laugh as hard as I would have when I was at her place in life. And watching my kids fall in love with the canyon and the people that have been so significant to me is unbelievably precious. I didn’t think that at this point in life I would know the lyrics to Justin Beiber and Carly Rae Jepsen songs, but I just consider that a fringe benefit.
What do you miss most about your summers at LLYC?
Being able to stay up past 11 o’clock without feeling nauseous. And my friends, but, in reality, most of those old camp friends are still my closest friends to this day.
You met your husband in the Canyon, but how else does camp still impact your life today?
As I alluded to, my life, as it is, would be impossible to imagine without the influence of Laity Lodge. From my understanding of Jesus and community to the friends that I call when I need to talk, EVERYTHING would be different if I hadn’t spent my college summers at camp. I learned to be comfortable in my own skin at camp. I learned to throw out my pride and dance like a carefree 7 year old. I learned how to French braid a little lady’s hair in 20 seconds flat. I learned how to partner with people I might not have a ton in common with. I learned that you should put conditioner in your hair before you let 120 children pelt you with shaving cream. Each of these things in one way or another has shaped me into the person I am today.