Camp Crossroads has been an integral part of my life ever since I first set foot on the grounds at the age of 5 in 1985. A place to explore creativity, learn about my place in this world, and pursue Christ, Camp shaped me in more ways than I know how to describe. As a camper I have wonderful memories of making friends, playing games, and learning how to be independent. I also remember some challenging experiences that helped me learn how to problem solve and not always rely on others to help me out of situations.
As a staff member I felt the greatest impact. The first year after I had aged out of being a youth week camper I came back to be a volunteer staff for the summer. It was incredible. Spending so many weeks in row up at camp, learning from those a few years ahead of me, and exploring independence in my life and faith. I fell in love with Camp Crossroads’ ministry that summer and returned for 6 more full summers, eventually being on Summer Team for 2 years and then continuing to return as a one-week volunteer in future years.
One of the amazing things that happened during more than a decade of summer ministry at Camp was that I was able to be a cabin leader for a specific camper during their Kids Week experience and then again in their Youth Week experience 10 years later. Seeing them grow up at camp from an 8 year old to an 18 year old was amazing. We continue to stay connected to this day. The longevity and legacy that Camp has in people’s lives is truly incredible.