I first met Lisa when I was a camper in Cabin C. I think she was in D or E, but I will never forget her striking beauty. In fact, we called her Snow White on account of her dark hair and piercing blue eyes. Lisa and I were never in the same cabin as campers, but we spent half a summer on work crew together at Singing Hills. Bottom line: I like this girl, so I caught up with her.
How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?
I started out at LLYC as a camper at Singing Hills and was in Cabin 1, my first year there. I then skipped a few summers (I think I was a little too homesick my first year!) and then went back to Echo Valley where I spent 6 more years as a camper, so a total of 7 years as a camper. I always went to session 2 and it was the best! Then I was on work crew at Singing Hills for a summer and then a counselor in Cabin 1 (Angels) at Singing Hills for one summer. So that makes a total of 9 summers in the Canyon!
What are you up to these days?
I am married to Brad who also spent a few summers at Laity Lodge when he was very young (before he became a traitor and switched over to Camp Longhorn 😉 and we have a 3 year old son named Field. We are expecting our second child, a girl, who is due in January. I work part-time as a licensed counselor for a local pediatric neurologist. We live in San Antonio and are very blessed with all of our wonderful families in town and a great group of friends. We are active in a Presbyterian church and both involved in bible studies that challenge and help us to grow in our faith. Our son, Field, is a very active 3-year-old boy so he keeps us busy and keeps us on our toes!
Do you have a favorite camp memory?
I have SO many! But most involve Sabra Dunnam Boone who was my counselor for two years and then the Director at Singing Hills the year I was on work crew. She was such a fun and loving counselor and we are still good friends! Other favorites are Cabin I, Sugar Shack raids, sneak outs, rodeo, and Blue Hole. And can we just talk about the food? It was always SO good! I LOVED my summer on work crew. We had such a fun group and our bosses were awesome along with the most fun cooks ever (Charlie Welch and Michelle McConn). It sounds strange, but hanging out in the kitchen washing dishes and preparing meals was truly a BLAST! Some of my favorite camp memories are from that summer on work crew. Another favorite is Emily Jones singing, “My name is Emily Ruth Jones, I am so funny, f-u-n-n-y!” and also “I don’t know about you, but I like the hole that’s blue!” Ha! Does anyone else remember those songs?
What do you miss most about your summers at camp?
I miss the fellowship and fun with friends, campers, and counselors. I LOVED the time I spent getting to know others and the lifelong relationships I built through camp. I also miss Round-Up. Round-Up was my very favorite part of camp. I still sing LLYC songs to my son before bed each night. He loves them and sings them with me too!
How does LLYC still impact your life today?
Laity Lodge was where I accepted Christ as my Savior and began to live my life as a Christian. My summers at LLYC have impacted my life tremendously as they created a Christian foundation for my faith and a passion for Him. I grew up in a Christian home, but LLYC is where I truly learned what it means to be saved. I clearly remember the day I accepted Jesus into my heart with one of my counselors, sitting on a bench out in front of our cabin at Singing Hills. Then I got to pray with sweet little ones when I was a counselor at Singing Hills and help them accept Christ into their hearts. Those are the sweetest memories and I praise God (and my awesome parents for sending me to camp!) for those experiences!