Position: Executive Director
Years on staff: 25 Summers (Began May 1, 1992)
Favorite Canteen Combo (drink and snack combo): YooHoo and a PayDay
Where have you seen God at camp: Literally, EVERYWHERE!
I have seen God in the way the summer staff gives themselves to the campers in their charge, their gut-wrenching commitment to the least, the last and the lost, and the gifts that are theirs for leading young people. I have seen God in the environment, watching the sun rise over the lake, sitting under a beech tree near the creek and in ever-growing facilities that invite persons to come apart for rest. This is Sacred Ground.
Why Is Camp Important: Although God is in every place, the sacred ground that is camp and retreats serves to bring a camper/guest peace, allow them to let down one’s guard, toss aside the masks that “real” life requires and boldly risk the grace of God’s presence. In these ways, God’s grace lifts the importance of love and justice as each guest grows in their discipleship. They discover that the Kingdom of God is one big family and learn that they are called to go forth to be about the family business in every facet of their lives. It is in this setting that young people become leaders with confidence and experience and often hear God’s call to make a difference in the world around them. Frankly, Camps and Retreats are means of grace where one can more readily encounter life, love and the God of Grace.
Position: Office Manager
Years on Staff: 22
Connection to Lakeshore: Married to executive director, Gary Lawson
Former Staff Position: None
Favorite Canteen Combo: Diet Dr. Pepper and Milky Way
Where have you seen God at camp?: I see God’s hand in the community that always builds during any group’s time at camp. Upon arrival, there is a separation evident within any group, whether it be summer campers or retreat guests. However, just after a few short days of being in a supportive & loving community, the way the group changes is amazing – they are more free to be open with each other, accept their differences, love each other easily, dance & sing with enthusiasm, and hate to leave each other. This is the kind of community that God wants for us everywhere but it is so very evident at camp.
Why is Camp Important?: See my answer above. To learn to be in true community with others (especially those that are different from you) is one of the valuable lessons you learn at camp. Exposure to nature and being “unplugged” is another reason camp is so very necessary to our society today.
Position: Director of Communications and Development
Time at Camp: Summer 2016
Lakeshore Connection: I first came to Lakeshore on a retreat with my youth group and quickly became a Wilderness camper.
Summer Staff Positions: Resident Counselor for two years, Ropes Director and Wilderness Director between 2006-2009.
Favorite Canteen Combo: A & W Root Beer and Milky Way Caramel
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: This place is Holy Ground. His presence is everywhere, and it is easy to feel Him when you leave all the distractions at home.
Why Is Camp Important?: Camp is a place people can be enveloped in His love through creation, through relationships and through praising His name.
Position: Marketing and Communications Associate
Time at Camp: Four summers (started back in 2015)
Lakeshore Connection: I came here as a camper
Summer Staff Positions:
2015 – Resident Counselor
2016 – Lifeguard
2017 – Adventure Director: Nature/Archery
2018 – Lead Lifeguard
Favorite Canteen Combo: Mello Yello & M&M ice cream
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: I’ve seen God in a lot of places and experienced Him in many moments at camp. But I see him the most in the one-on-one conversations I have had with campers, staff and volunteers. It is in the moments when we have conversations and openness with one another that we’ve allowed room for His spirit to flow through.
Why is Camp Important?: Camp is important because it gives us a place to break away from the outside world and be around fellow believers. It is a place that we are truly ourselves and feel welcomed despite our flaws. Camp was the place where I finally accepted God into my life and wanted Him to use my life. It is also the place I have witnessed a change in a person’s life, a moment of pure worship, a reconnection with God and it has provided whatever a person needed at that moment.
Time at Camp: 2010
Lakeshore Connection: Friends
Summer Staff Positions: N/A
Favorite Canteen Combo: Coke & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: You can look around camp and pretty much see God everywhere. I mostly see God work in both our Retreat Groups and through our counselors when they are with the kids during summer camp.
Why is Camp Important?: It is very important during summer camp because there are so many children that come to camp that do not really know God, but when they leave here they have a relationship with him and they also make some lifetime friends. It is also important during retreat season because it gives a place for people to come with their group to reconnect with each other and with God.
Position: Associate Registrar
Time at Camp: 2013
Lakeshore Connection: Through Friends and Family
Favorite Canteen Combo: Reese’s & Mountain Dew
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: Every time I see the counselors with the kids I can see God working!
Why is Camp Important?: Lakeshore teaches children the importance of their relationship with God, the value of life long friendships made while here and they are taught how to work as a team to accomplish goals. Being at camp is like being with your second family for our returning campers.
Position: Maintenance Supervisor
Time at Camp: Since 1989
Lakeshore Connection: My mother worked in the kitchen for thirteen years.
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: Every time I see a smile on a guest.
Why Is Camp Important?: We change so many lives!
Time at Camp: Since 2011
Lakeshore Connection: I grew up in Camden and remember as kids my friends going to camp and always wanted to be a part of a camp that helps kids.
Favorite Canteen Combo: Mountain Dew and Mixed Kellogg’s Fruit Chews
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: Through the kids at the special needs camps. How happy the kids are with the simple things. Also through the amazing people that volunteer their time.
Why Is Camp Important?: I think camp is important because it might give people, kids the chance to let god into their lives and experience things and activities they might not otherwise get to.
Position: Kitchen Supervisor
Time at Camp: Since 2011
Lakeshore Connection: I had coworkers in the school system that introduced me to this place.
Where Have You Seen God at Camp?: In the joy I see on faces whenever they are here! In the beauty of the area we are located.
Why Is Camp Important?: It provides a place so kids, as well as adults, can see and find God in every day things!