I only spent one summer in the Canyon, the summer of 1991. I worked at Singing Hills as the water front director and a counselor. I learned about LLYC from Frog Sullivan who had come to our Young Life Summer College the previous year. I applied and y’all accepted this girl from Pennsylvania. It was quite the adventure.
I now work for the US Army as a civilian program management engineer. I have been here for the past 18 years. I am once again living in PA after some time in both TN and NJ. I am very active in my church, Calvary Bible, where I sing in choir, co-lead the DivorceCare ministry, and volunteer with the middlers (3rd & 4th grade) at Vacation Bible School (VBS). I still enjoy sports such as softball and volleyball but due to multiple injuries over the year I am limited in what I can do in both of those. The orthopedic suggested taking up golf which I have and I love it!
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What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
Being able to not only teach the children about Jesus and our salvation, but to live that out for them.
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
When I first arrived at LLYC, I was homesick. It seemed like everyone else had some connection with LLYC and here I was, the outsider and a Yankee to boot. But God used that to help me connect with some of the campers who were also homesick. Eventually, some of the other counselors began to open up to me and I’m very thankful to Amy, Paul, Kris, Elizabeth, Shirla, Ginger, and Scott for really making me a part of the LLYC family. That experience has helped me reach out to others who may be feeling left out whether that be at church, the office, or just in the neighborhood.
The skills I learned about being a counselor has helped me at VBS and with missions. In 2012, I was part of a group that supported our missionary in Brazil. For one week, I was able to be a camp counselor again for English camp. My campers may no longer be children, but young adults but the time at LLYC helped me make the connections with those young folks and encourage them in their faith.