Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

Abby

Hey guys, I’m Abby. I’m from right here in Efland, North Carolina. This is my 3rd year working as a counselor at Camp Chestnut Ridgr but I was a camper here for 9 years before that! I am a music education major at UNCG and I love to sing, play the saxophone, and play soccer. My favorite camp activities are gaga ball, tree climbing, and capture the flag. I can’t wait to have an awesome summer with y’all!

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Hello!  My name is Anna, and I’m from Wake Forest, NC.  I’m currently earning my Associates in Arts degree at a community college and I’ll transfer to Appalachian State University as a Junior in the fall (I’m majoring in Communications/Advertising)!  A few things I love include Jesus,  reading, writing, animals (especially pandas), dancing, art, pizza,  and spending time outside.  I also love meeting new people and making new friends, so I’m really excited for this summer!  This is my first time at Chestnut Ridge, and I’m looking forward to a great summer with everyone!

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Ally

Hey everyone! My name is Ally Parker, I just graduated from D.H. Conley High school in Greenville, NC. I plan to attend Pitt Community College in the fall semester and later transfer to N.C. State. I was a camper at CCR for 9 years, this will be my first year as a counselor! I’m passionate about Jesus, agriculture, animals, and sports! I hope to share the love and kindness of Christ with kids this summer just like the staff at camp shared with me when I was a camper. Can’t wait to meet y’all this summer!

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Amy

Hi! I'm Amy! I am from Hillsborough, NC and this will be my 14th summer at camp and my 3rd summer as a counselor. Some of my favorite activities at camp include making s'mores, riding horses, and morning worship. I am a rising sophomore at Elon University majoring in statistics and applied math and minoring in dance. I love playing with my cat, reading in my hammock, and going on adventures. I am so excited to share this summer with everyone!

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Amy

Hi everyone, I’m Amy! This will be my 11th summer at camp. I was a camper for 7 years, I took riding lessons at camp and did the after school program. I’ve been extremely lucky to grow up at camp! I spent a summer as a junior counselor and this summer will be my second as a senior counselor. I’m a psychology major with a minor in equine studies at Emory & Henry College. I’m so excited to share my love of horses and camp with all of you this summer!

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Asela

Hey everyone, my name is Asela and I’m so excited to be able to come back to Chestnut Ridge this summer! I’m from Mebane, NC and I am a rising senior at The Hawbridge School, located in the charming town of Saxapahaw. I visited Chestnut Ridge many times as a kid and returned as a camper in the summer of 2017 and a Counselor in Training in the summer of 2018. This summer I’ll finally  be working as a junior counselor and can’t wait!

 

In my spare time, I love traveling with my family to Europe and the coast of North Carolina, where I spend most of the time paddle boarding, surfing and volunteering with the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. I also enjoy backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and playing ultimate frisbee with friends (which I think is hands down the best sport)! My favorite activities at Chestnut Ridge include morning worship, lake toys, ropes courses, and especially four square!

 

I am looking forward to another wonderful summer at Chestnut Ridge and more unforgettable, great memories and fun. See you soon!

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Alex

Hello! I’m Alex and this is my first summer working at camp(though I came here as camper when I was younger). I am a Biology major at Appalachian State University and I just finished up my first year there. I’m a big fan of outdoor activities, especially cycling. I also enjoy listening to music. I’m really looking forward to working at camp this summer!

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Brooklyn

"Hey there! My name is Brooklyn. I live in Holly Hill, South Carolina, but my 12 siblings and I grew up in a small town in Ohio. This will be my first year at Chesnut Ridge and I am so excited! In my spare time I enjoy reading, spending time with family, cuddling my dogs, and playing with my horses. I can't wait to meet everyone! It's gonna be a great summer full of new friends, fun experiences, and unforgettable memories. See you at camp!"

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Caison

Hey y'all, I'm Caison and I'm 18 years old. I'm originally from Bunn, NC and have been living in Charleston, SC for the past 5 years with my family. I went to Camp at Chestnut Ridge twice when I was younger and loved it, so I'm excited to be joining the team this year. I've always loved kids and still act like one sometimes. I've played softball since I can remember and have been wake boarding since I was 3. My favorite Christmas present EVER was from Santa when I was 4, a rock wall in my living room. I was in Montana from June, 2018 - February, 2019 completing a therapeutic horsemanship internship at the Diamond M Ranch. I loved my time out there and learned a lot, but couldn't stand all the snow, so I came home. The South is definitely where I'm meant to be. My favorite food is mashed potatoes and my favorite restaurant is Waffle House. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the kids this summer!

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Caitlyn

Hi, my name is Caitlyn Lloyd and I will be a part of the Junior Staff this year at camp! I am a Senior at Cedar Ridge where I play Basketball, am a part of the DREAM Team, and am in the IB program. I have been going to Camp Chestnut since second grade and I am so excited to get to work there this summer. See you soon!

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Carson

Hi everyone! My name is Carson and I am from Garner, North Carolina. I’m very excited to be a junior counselor after being a camper for 3 years. My favorite things to do at camp are ziplining, gaga ball, and kayaking. I enjoy swimming, playing sports, and generally being outdoors. I look forward to meeting the new campers this summer and sharing new experiences at camp!

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Daniel

My name is Daniel Jones and I am a Senior at Appalachian State University.  I am pursuing a Music Education Degree with a voice primary so I may hopefully be a choir director as a career.  I was born and raised in Durham North Carolina and have been attending summer camps since I was six years old. I have been a counselor at summer camps since I was 16 and have enjoyed working ever since!  I enjoy music, working with children and youth, games and more!

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Davis

Hey Guys! My name is Davis and I'm a rising Freshman at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. I will be a Communications major at Catawba and besides that have strong interests in Sports, Theatre, and Art. This will be my second summer as a Junior Counselor and I couldn't be any more excited! I'm looking forward to being able to once again do things such as Gaga Ball, Capture the Flag, and Pool Party with campers. Not to mention getting able to spend two more weeks in the Morris Center doing dishes!

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Dayna

Hey everyone, my name is Dayna, I'm 18 years old and I'm from New Zealand! This will be my first summer as a counsellor, and I am super excited to be able to spend it at Chestnut Ridge. I love being outdoors, playing sports and trying new things. Super excited for the amazing summer we're going to have!

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Elly

Hey y'all! My name is Elly and I'm from Orrum, NC. This will be my first year working as a counselor and I am beyond excited! I attend Robeson Community College, where I hope to get my associates degree then transfer to UNCW for a degree in marine biology. I am also working towards being an author of children's books. My favorite things to do are writing, kayaking, hiking, and anything competitive. I've attended several camps growing up and I am so ready to be a counselor all summer long at Chestnut Ridge. I can't wait to meet all of y'all!

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Emily

Hi Everyone, My name is Emily and I am a UNCG student majoring in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics.  I love all animals especially dogs and horses.  I enjoy spending time in the barn with horses or just playing with my dogs.  I also love being outside and sitting around the bonfire.  Three of my hobbies would be that I love doing embroidery work, sewing, and baking (especially cakes)!  I can't wait to meet y'all this summer and have fun getting to know you!  

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Emily

Hey y'all! My name is Emily and this will be my second summer as the media specialist. I am a sophomore journalism (photojournalism) and global studies double major with a minor in Hispanic studies. I am really excited to spend my summer outside and capture camp memories for y'all! 

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Emily

Hi everyone! I’m Emily and I am from Durham, NC. I spent several summers at Chestnut Ridge as a camper and am very excited to come back for my second summer as a counselor! I just finished my sophomore year at the University of Richmond, where I am double majoring in cognitive science and public health. I love watching and playing sports (go Duke!), singing, playing piano, and traveling. My favorite camp activities include ziplining, tree climbing, and making s’mores. I can’t wait to meet you and am looking forward to a great summer!

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Emma

Hi everyone! My name is Emma! I just graduated from Broughton High School and I am planning to attend UNC Asheville in the fall and study international relations. I am from Raleigh NC, and love to spend time outside whether I am swimming, biking, or playing soccer. This will be my second summer as a counselor, but I was a camper for 5 years and absolutely loved it! I am so excited to meet you all this summer!

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Gabi

Hey, everyone! My name is Gabi and I am from Poland. I am thrilled to say that this will be my first year as a counsellor at Chestnut Ridge. I enjoy outdoor activities, corny jokes and sports, especially rugby. Hope we can tackle this summer adventure together! 

Hannah J

Hi everyone!! My name is Hannah and I am a rising sophomore at Appalachian State University. I am a psychology major pursuing a career as a substance abuse counselor in the future. I went to CCR as a child and this will be my second summer on staff and I am so excited! love Netflix, Abraham Lincoln, and petting dogs. I enjoy being outdoors whether it’s hiking or just hanging out in my eno. I am looking forward to seeing what this summer holds!

India

Happy summer, friends! My name’s India and I’m from Reidsville, NC, but I go to boarding school in Chatham, VA.  I enjoy doing ceramics, writing, dancing, spending time in nature, and listening to any and all music. I’m super excited to counsel at Camp Chestnut Ridge for the first time and I can’t wait to meet you all!! 

Iza

Hello everyone! My name is Izabela but people usually call me Iza. I am from Poland. This is my first time as a camp counsellor and I am super excited to be the part of this wonderful experience. This year I am graduating high school and I want to study medicine because I aspire to become a doctor in the future. I am a huge animal lover - a fun fact about me is that I am obsessed especially with goats! I am volunteer at the animal shelter where I take care of homeless dogs and cats. I like to spend my free time playing the keyboard, biking, swimming or just simply watching the old movies. I really can't wait to meet you all this summer!

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Jacob

Hey Everyone! My name's Jacob, but you can call Jake, Norm or pretty much whatever you want, just don't call me late for dinner. I am a junior at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where I am majoring in theatre and minoring in psychology. Some little known facts about  me, I am 6'4 (and the weather is great up here), I am a cat dad, and I think jorts (jean shorts) are cool. Some hobbies of mine include volleyball, theatre, and annoying everyone with my bad jokes. This is going to be my third year of camp ministry, but my first year at Chestnut Ridge. I AM SUPER EXCITED!! God is going to do so many great things, I can already tell. 

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Jake

Hey guys, I’m Jake, I will be a first time counselor in the summer of 2019. Im from West Chester, Ohio and am part of the 2019 graduating class at Lakota East High School. I enjoy many outdoor activities including soccer and snowboarding. I also am also involved in The Boy Scouts of America allowing me to attend many summer camps. My summer camps always left me with great memories and I am now taking the chance to return the favor by making other campers summers unforgettable too. I can’t wait to spend the whole summer enjoying the outdoors, see you all there!

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John

 Hello! My name is John Sack and I am from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I just graduated from the University of Michigan and am off to Duke Law school in the fall. This will be my first time counseling at Chestnut Ridge and I am super excited to meet everyone there! During my free time I love playing Ultimate and many different games, so feel free to challenge me to a card game or a fun game of basketball! I have counseled at a different camp very similar to Chestnut Ridge, so I cannot wait to see how this summer will unfold!

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Joseph

Hey guys, my name is Joseph. I’m from Chapel Hill, NC. This will be my first summer working at Camp Chestnut Ridge, but I was a longtime camper. I’m a rising sophomore at UNC-Charlotte pursuing a degree in Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy biking, running, and spending time with friends. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for this summer. I look forward to meeting everyone!

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Kayla

Hey everyone, I’m Kayla! This is going to be my first year working at Camp Chestnut Ridge and I am so excited!! I am from a small town in Florida just about an hour from Disney! I’m attending college at Daytona State majoring in Occupational Therapy. I can not wait to be able to spend my summer at Camp!! I love spending time with my friends and family doing so many different things, like camping, Disney trips, fishing, traveling, the list goes on. I love just being outside, and having fun! I can not wait to be able to grow with you and see the great works God has in store! So excited to meet everyone and make lasting memories!! 

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Kayla

Hey guys, my name is Kayla! This will be my first summer at Chestnut Ridge and I could not be more excited! I am currently a rising sophomore at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, but I grew up in Clinton, North Carolina. I enjoy crafts, all things music, and, of course, praising Jesus! I’m also a very passionate ultimate frisbee lover. I can’t wait to meet everyone and share a summer devoted to the love of Christ!!

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Keelin

Hey there, my name is Keelin and this will be my first summer as a counselor at Chestnut Ridge. I attended CR as a camper for many years and am stoked to be taking on this new role here in the coming months! I am currently a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where I am looking to design my own major incorporating aspects of public health, nutrition, and psychology. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors - hiking, kayaking, building fires, water-falling, climbing, hammocking, and just exploring in general - as well as cooking and playing cards. Can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for us all!

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Layne

Hello! My name is Layne McAuley, I am seventeen years old, and I am from Wake Forest, NC. This will be my first year at Camp Chestnut Ridge and I am so excited to be joining the team as a junior counselor. I enjoy singing, drawing, photography, and being outdoors. I am currently working towards my associates degree in the arts at Vance Granville Community College, and I am hoping to transfer to a four-year university when I graduate high school. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and spending the summer with Camp Chestnut Ridge! 

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Lauren

Hello everyone! My name is Lauren and I’m thrilled to be working at Chesnut Ridge this summer. I love all things outdoors from camping and hiking, to climbing trees and running around. I also love making movies and acting with my friends. I can’t wait to have a fantastic summer! 

Laura

Hey guys! My name is Laura. I am 17 and this is my first year at camp Chestnut Ridge. I grew up in a small town in Iowa and just moved to North Carolina in 2018. I enjoy spending hours outdoors with horses, baseball, and hiking. I am so excited to meet you and spend a great summer exploring God and his creation.

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Lindsey

I’m Lindsey and I’m from Cary, North Carolina. I started going to Camp Chestnut Ridge when I was 8 as a camper. I’m so excited to be back as a junior counselor. I am a dancer and attend a high school for the arts. I also love sushi!

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Madison

Hello! My name is Madison Armstrong. I am a Senior Psychology major at Appalachian State. This will be my second summer at CCR and I am thrilled for what this summer has in store! I love dogs, playing music (catch me in the worship band every morning!), sports, and being silly. I’m excited to be back and cannot wait to have an awesome summer!

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Makena

Hey y’all! My name is Makena and this is my first summer at Chestnut Ridge. I currently live here in Efland. I’m a junior at Appalachian State University and I’m majoring in social work. My biggest passions are traveling and missions. I’m so excited to meet everyone this summer!

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Mary

Hi! My name is Mary and this will be my first summer working at Camp Chestnut Ridge! I am a rising senior at Meredith College in Raleigh and I am majoring in Biology. I enjoy spending my time outdoors, hiking, and camping with friends and I love to travel. This past spring I even had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in the beautiful country of Italy! I also love playing sports in addition to having (almost) no fears. I am a huge NCSU fan and I have lived in the Raleigh/Cary area my entire life. Growing up I spent a week every summer at the sister camp, Camp Don Lee and loved every moment of it and I am super excited to share my love for camp this summer and beyond!

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Mary

My name is Mary Johnson and I am a junior at Cardinal Gibbons High School, and I have enjoyed coming to camp since about the 4th grade. I love horses as well as singing and music. 

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Mateusz

Hi everyone! My name is Mateusz and I am an architecture student from Poland. It will be my first year at Chestnut Ridge and first time in United States, so I am so excited. I love drawing, playing basketball and general spending time actively. I can't wait to meet you all this summer!

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Micaela

Hey guys, I’m Micaela and I am soooo excited to be one of your junior counselors this summer! I was born in California, but I’ve grown up next door to camp in Hillsborough and soon i’ll be graduating from orange high school, upon which I hope to attend the US Naval Academy. I’m super adventurous and enthusiastic, and I love music, sports, and science! I also really love nature, hiking, and traveling, but I don’t get a whole lot of chances to do those things, so I’m always looking for an opportunity to get out and do something exciting and new. This will be my first year camp and I’m more than ready! I am very much a people person and I love children, so I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer then being able to have fun with and to learn alongside you guys! See you all soon!

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Miranda

Hey y’all! I’m Miranda, and I just graduated from the IB program at Cedar Ridge High School. I have grown up in Hillsborough, and I am headed to Virginia Tech next year to major in engineering through the Honors College. This is my first year with Camp Chestnut Ridge and I am super excited! I am a dancer and I love crafts! I look forward to having an amazing summer!

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Morgan

Hi guys, my name is Morgan! This will be my first summer at Chestnut Ridge and I’m so excited! I’m a junior at Bridgewater College where I major in Biochemistry and I’m a captain for the women’s soccer team. I’m also on the leadership team of FCA on my campus. I love sports, animals, and really any activity outdoors! I’m originally from Roanoke, Virginia, but I can’t wait to spend my summer in North Carolina at Chestnut Ridge!

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Nia

Hi everyone, I’m Nia, a rising senior at Chatham Hall. I live in Durham, but go to boarding school in Virginia. I enjoy cooking, reading, and making my own soap. I am the queen of tye-dye and enjoy ceramics. I enjoy practicing yoga and love to dance. I am super excited to be a first-time counselor this summer! 

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Olivia

Hi guys! My name is Olivia Osborne and I am a rising sophmore at UNC studying biomedical engineering and this will be my second summer on the staff. I am from Chapel Hill and have been a camper at Chestnut Ridge since I was in 4th grade and am excited to spend another summer at camp! Some of my favorite camp activities are playing gaga ball, doing arts and crafts, and getting to have fun on the farm! Outside of camp I love to go to basketball games(go heels!), travel, be outside, do yoga, and have fun with my friends. I can't wait to have another amazing summer at Chestnut Ridge!

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Sarah

Hi! I’m Sarah Joy, and I can’t wait to be a junior counselor this summer! I’ve been a camper at Chestnut Ridge for five years, and I love the community here. In my free time, I like to sing, ride my bike, read, hike, play with my cats, explore, and learn. As you might have guessed, I love to do pretty much anything outdoors. I attend a Christian church in Mebane with my family, which I love. I’m a rising Senior at Eno River Academy in Hillsborough; I’m excited to graduate and go to college to become a nurse. I’m excited to meet everyone!

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Quinn

Hi, my names Quinn Carson and I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand. I am 18 years young and one year out of high school. This is my first year as a camp counselor and I’m super excited. I’m passionate about sport and pretty much any physical activity. I’ve represented my region Canterbury in 6 different sports but I mainly play basketball, rugby and athletics. I’ve also played the drums for 9+ years and have played and competed in multiple bands. Can’t wait to meet you all

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Samuel

Hello! My name is Samuel Hood, I am a junior at North Central University majoring in Psychology. At North Carolina Central University I am apart of the Mens Achievement Center, a mentoring program and the German club. I enjoy traveling, reading,  watching documentaries, bible study, international cuisine, and foreign films, and my favorite show is "The Office". I look forward to meeting new people, growing more in God and the great activities with the campers.

Sarah

Happy Summer! My name is Sarah Brown and I will be the Arts and Crafts director this summer! I came to Chestnut Ridge as a camper in '04 and '05, then worked as a volunteer in '06, and then I was on summer staff from '07-'11! Since my time at camp I graduated from Western Carolina University and pursued my dream of becoming an art teacher! I currently teach art to the amazing students at Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary. I wake up every day excited to share my love of art with all of my students and I can't wait to come back to camp this summer to do the same. Get ready to make some awesome memories and art projects! For the art nerds out there, my picture is of me at the North Carolina Art Education Association Annual Conference dressed as a Banksy artwork for a costume contest... I won!

Sean

My name is Sean and I'm 17 and an upcoming senior at Holly Springs High School.  I've been a camper at Camp Chestnut Ridge for the last 8 years and can't wait to be a part of the ministry team.  I enjoy playing video games with friends and I'm on the robotics team at my school. I also enjoy cooking and baking with my family and friends. I love taking care of animals and have two dogs at home.

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Sid

Hi y’all, my name is Sindile (Sid) Vundla. I’m from South Africa and this will be my second year at Chestnut Ridge Camp. I am so excited for the adventure, the laughs and growth to be had this summer. I have just graduated from university and thought it’s time I go back to camp!
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Thomas

Hi guys! My name’s Thomas and this will be my second year at Camp Chestnut Ridge. I’m from a wee country called Northern Ireland. I major in Software Systems Development at UUM. I can’t wait to be back and share Christ’s love with the campers. Some of my favourite camp activities are, gaga ball, zip line, tree climbing and capture the flag.

Meet Our Year-Round Team