Media Intern Maddie Bernard spent summer 2015 capturing and sharing photos, videos, and more at Camp Lutherwood Oregon. Now that she’s back at Pacific Lutheran University, here are a few of her reflections on the experience of sharing camp’s story. (She’s the one in the floppy pink hat.)

Camp staff, including media intern, wearing silly costumes

When I crossed the bridge for the first time and read, “Camp Lutherwood, a Place Set Apart,” I had a sudden realization. Although I had never been to camp, didn’t know anyone there, and had no idea what to expect from summer 2015, I felt this was the exact place I was supposed to be.

For reasons I could not explain at the time, I knew God had called me to camp. Now I know that God brought me to Camp Lutherwood Oregon to grow personally and spiritually, as well as professionally.

My role as summer staff was a little different from the typical camp counselor. I had been hired as the Media Intern, a new position to Camp Lutherwood. My weekly responsibilities included taking pictures, creating videos, posting on Facebook, updating the website, and writing newsletters.

Last spring, I was frantically searching for an internship for the summer to gain some much-needed experience and college credit. One of my professors told me Lutherwood staff were on campus recruiting a summer intern and suggested I talk to them. I spoke to them and decided to apply, even though my idea of a professional internship was not working at a summer camp, and I am incredibly glad I did.

This summer I gained experience taking photos and creating videos. Unlike many other internships, where you are only getting coffee and observing from a distance, I had a large amount of creative control. I was able to grow in my media skills, and also my confidence as I learned to promote an organization and tell the story of camp.

Being a photographer gave me a new perspective. I was able to see and capture the camper’s growth each week from behind the camera. When I compared photos from the first few days of camp to the last there was always a huge difference.

It is amazing how much you can grow from doing something you love while surrounded by such a supportive and encouraging community. Everyone on staff this summer genuinely cared about each other, and I knew I could count on them. Being in a Christ-centered community helped me to grow in my faith, and I connected to God through capturing the joy and growth of others.

It was a huge honor to tell the story of camp and show the world all the incredible things that happen across the bridge. The people who made camp happen and the environment campers created each week helped me grow professionally, spiritually, and personally.

Maddie Bernard, Media Intern Summer 2015

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