It is my honor to present our next Alum: Elaine “Lanie” Scott. Words do not do her justice. She is – hands down and without effort – the coolest person I have ever met. Our lives intersected at age 17 and mine has been so much sweeter because I know her and call her one of my best friends. Here we go….

How many summers did you spend in the Canyon?

Singing Hills Work Crew 1998 was my first year at camp. I had chosen LLYC Crew over Young Life Crew because I had always wanted to experience this camp that all my friends went to each summer. It was such a pivotal moment when I look back on it. I was a Counselor for four summers in Cabin 1 at SH’s. I spent a summer cooking after graduating college, one of my favorite summers at camp. I helped for several summers afterwards as the Nurse Assistant. Lice check anyone?!?!

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What are you up to these days?

I’ve been teaching as a “Parent Educator” for the Leander school district. I help parents prepare their children for Pre-K/Kindergarten doing home visits with them once or twice a month. Most parents start the program when they find out they are pregnant and stay with us until their youngest child enters school. We’ve built some fabulous relationships with families and watched families change and grow in unimaginable ways!

Do you have a favorite camp memory?

Unapologetically, my favorite camp memory would have to be when we announced to the campers that a huge (and fake) band was coming to perform a concert at camp. We typically called this fictional band something like, “Truth”. The week leading up to the big concert typically involved Shawn Dunn asking each counselor to sing their favorite “Truth” song which put you on the spot to make up a ridiculous song to sing in front of the campers. My favorite part was that campers agreed that “Truth” was their favorite band as well. It reminds me of the Jimmy Kimmel street sketch he does during SXSW when he asks people on the street if they’ve heard of made up bands and they all say they love them.

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What do you miss most about your summers at camp?

An early morning run to Blue Hole followed by worship on the back porch lead by Greg Rich or Michael Jarrett.

How does LLYC still impact your life today?

Most of my strongest friendships that I have today are with relationships built in the canyon.

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