Have you ever wondered where Singing Hills Cabin 3 got its nickname, Tri-Love? Well, back in the early ’90s, a Singing Hills counselor named Kara Bateman, along with her co-counselors, gave their Cabin 3 that nickname as a way of poking fun at Tri-Delts. It wasn’t until she brought her son back almost two decades later as a Singing Hills camper that she learned their little moniker stuck! She was shocked!
We caught up with Kara Bateman McDuffie to see what she’s up to these days.
How many summers were you in the Canyon?
I was a camper at Singing Hills for five years and I was a camper at Echo Valley for three years. During college, I worked as a counselor at Singing Hills for four of the best summers of my life. It was so much fun!
What are you up to these days?
I live in Houston with my husband and two sons, who are 10 and 7. Our two boys love all things sports-related and keep us very busy with their activities. I also work part-time as a CPA, staying the busiest during tax season. We are also active in our church.
What has it been like to visit the Canyon as an adult?
It has been so much fun to come back and visit the Canyon as an adult. It is truly one of the most special places in the world to me. Each trip back feels like a homecoming. I had the opportunity to come back for a long weekend at the Lodge one summer while my sister, Robyn Driskill, was a speaker. We had a blast that weekend and enjoyed exploring camp and seeing how things have changed and stayed the same too. For the last three years, I have had the pleasure of bringing my oldest son to camp at Singing Hills. Even though camper drop-off and pick-up only lasts a short time, it is still so much fun to be out at camp. It brings back such memories every time we make the turn off 83 to the Foundation Camp. My boys get a kick out of the fact that I was a counselor at LLYC.
What do you miss most about your summers at LLYC?
I think one of the things I miss most about LLYC is just spending time in the Canyon. It is such a special, blessed place and one of the prettiest spots in Texas.
Do you have a favorite LLYC memory?
Wow…there are so many favorite memories from being both a camper and a counselor; things like group games, the rodeo, girls camp out, Blue Hole, July 4th celebrations, Tri-Love, Tim Hanners popping out of the hatch in the clinic like a cuckoo clock, days off with friends, and more all come to mind. The summers I worked as a counselor were some of the most fun I have ever had. We just had a total blast every summer. And I made so many great friends who I still keep up with today.
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
Well, now that my son is a camper at LLYC, it is becoming somewhat of a tradition in our family. My youngest son cannot wait until he is old enough to be a camper too. Also, like I mentioned earlier, I still keep in touch with many of the great friends that I met at Laity Lodge. It is so fun to have those lasting friendships. But I think the way that LLYC impacts me the most today is through my relationship with Christ. LLYC played such an important role in shaping and nurturing my Christian walk, both as a camper and as a counselor. My time at LLYC played an enormous role in who I am today.
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