How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?
12 years, I think? Hard to remember when I started, but I went to Singing Hills for a couple of years, then Echo Valley all the way through, then work crew, CIT, counselor, work crew boss, and cook.
What are you up to these days?
I moved back to my hometown, Houston, a little over a year ago from Nashville, TN, and I oversee corporate fundraising at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It’s good to be back in Texas!
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
I have so many incredible memories from camp; it’s hard to think of just one. Just being out there with incredible friends in such a beautiful place – every day spent in the canyon is a memory. I did love the dances, though, and, of course, the rodeo!
What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
Everything! It was so idyllic. I miss all of the people and just being outdoors all summer long. I miss that Frio River!! I should probably pay it a visit soon. In an inner tube.
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
LLYC has impacted my life in so many ways. But, one thing that LLYC taught me has proved to be invaluable as I go through life. At LLYC, you are truly loved for being you and that is something I will always take with me. Each of us is so special, and we should all celebrate our uniqueness not only in ourselves but in others as well. LLYC instills a sense of value and self-worth in every person who comes through the canyon, and that makes a huge difference!
These are two pictures with Kate Kraycirik, who is one of my closest friends. We worked as cooks together one summer (the first pic) and we just recently went to Hawaii (the second pic). Both LLYC Alums and still such great friends!