Our summer staff have been hard at work for the last two weeks preparing for campers to arrive at Camp Lutherwood Oregon!
Many of our summer staff traveled to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in order to get to camp, coming from places like Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, California and even Tanzania!
This year we have a staff of about 40, and around 13 of those are return staff. New counselor Quinn Johnston said she feels like the staff really came together as a whole during staff training and are ready to work together when campers come.
“It doesn’t matter who you came with or who you knew before, said Quinn. “We all feel like we have all known each other for so long, and we all have gotten along really well.”
The leadership team of Steven McCarthy, Jordyn Kleinberg, Nathan Tew and David LaFore arrived a week before the summer staff and planned a fun-filled two weeks of learning how to lead songs and games, teach bible lessons and understand camp policies!
“Our goal at the end of staff training is for every staff member whether they are the life guard, site support, counselor or leadership team to feel confident and comfortable and have the skills necessary to do their job once campers come across the bridge on Sunday,” said Nathan.
We also had a variety of outside speakers come to camp to talk about important topics like diversity, conflict resolution and adaptive games for all campers. New counselor Josiah McAllister especially enjoyed Dr. Johnny Lake’s talk on diversity and individuality at camp.
“You are going to get all sorts of people who come to camp even people you haven’t really experienced before,” Josiah said. “So you have to really be ready for that and be able to handle the conflicts or issues that might arise.”
With the start of camp just around the corner, summer staffers are anxious to begin their roles. Lifeguard Kasey Kallevig can hardly contain her excitement.
“I can’t wait for when campers get here to just see everything in action,” she said. “I’m excited to see all the kids with their counselors and just be able to teach them about the love of Christ.”
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