Jonathan Worbington, a former Singing Hills and Echo Valley camper, shares his story and why he funds camper scholarships today.
How many summers were you in the Canyon?
I spent three sessions at LLYC; one at Singing Hills and two at Echo Valley.
What are you up to these days?
I am currently practicing law with the law firm of Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Houston, TX. Aside from work, I stay busy by traveling on weekends to see family and friends, attending Texas Longhorn football games, or for the occasional hunting or fishing trip. I also participate with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Breeder Greeter Committee), Houston Chapter of the Texas Exes, Central Houston Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, as well as other work and non-work related charitable organizations.
What do you miss most about your summers at LLYC?
I miss spending time in the Texas Hill Country, having the opportunity to experience new adventures and meet new people, but most of all I miss the faith and fellowship that I learned when I was there.
Do you have a favorite LLYC memory?
I have several:
- Learning to repel and having the chance to conquer Battleship
- Swimming in Blue Hole
- Endless capture the flag games
- Riding a calf in the Rodeo…only to be bucked off and then watch one of the counselors ride the same calf backwards
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
LLYC definitely still has an impact on my life today. Unfortunately I was only able to attend the camp for a few sessions, but as I have grown older and met new friends, I’ve always had a better connection with those who also attended LLYC, although I didn’t know them during my time there. If I could go back, I would have tried harder to spend more time at LLYC and become more involved. The friends I have met later in life, who attended LLYC, have strong, lasting relationships with those friends they spent each summer with at camp. As mentioned above, the faith, fellowship and friendships I learned and made during and after my time at LLYC have made me into the person I am today.
You have funded a few camp scholarships. What motivates you to help other kids experience LLYC?
I have really been blessed with an amazing family and career that provides me with the opportunity to help fund and assist with some camp scholarships. Most would be too embarrassed to admit it, but I attended a session on a camp scholarship. Like many parents out there, my parents always worked hard to provide the best for my two sisters and me, sometimes to the point that they struggled. So, when it came time to register for my summer session, the only way I could attend that summer was to receive a camp scholarship. That memory always remained with me, that without the help of the scholarship I would not have been able to attend LLYC or experience all of the great things LLYC had to offer. So, I made a promise to myself that as soon as I was able to, I would return the generosity I received and help fund a scholarship so that other kids in similar situations would have the chance to experience LLYC and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did. So I guess in summary, my motivation for helping fund a camp scholarship is to:
- Give back to LLYC
- Honor my parents for their hard work in raising three great kids and teaching us how to become caring/responsible/loving/respectable/hard-working adults
- Give other kids the opportunity to experience LLYC
- Help spread the faith, fellowship and friendship I learned at LLYC
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