I was first introduced to the beautiful Camp Cedar Cliff that’s nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina in August of 2009. I went to camp on my senior retreat, and I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous place. Fast forward almost five years later, and this place has affected and impacted me more than I could have ever dreamed or imagined.
enjoying the view with some high school friends, August 2009
In June of 2010, I once again made my way to Asheville to spend a week at camp. My youth group had their summer camp here, and I enjoyed spending a week in the lovely mountains. This time at camp, I was interested in the staff, and I entertained the idea of applying to work at camp the next summer. Little did I know how much that one thought would change the course of my life.
spending lots of precious time with my sweet Maggie, June 2010
I came up to camp in December of 2010 to interview for a counselor position, and I was hired in January of 2011. I spent that spring gearing up for camp, and I departed for my six weeks of camp in June. Three days into staff training, I slipped, and I broke my ankle. There went my summer at camp!
exploring around camp when I interviewed, December 2010
After breaking my ankle and spending the summer at home, I figured that was my camp experience, and I wouldn’t be back at Camp Cedar Cliff. I spent the summer of 2012 in Australia, but not before being contacted by a staff member about working that summer at camp. I declined, but the seed was planted, and in October of 2012, I applied to be on senior staff. In December, I was hired, and in May of 2013, I set off once again for a summer at camp.
one of my absolute favorite views at camp, July 2013
The Incredible Summer of 2013 blessed me in more ways than one could ever imagine, and I fell in love with camp life. I made some of the most fabulous friends, and God taught me so much about His grace, sovereignty, and mercy. I loved my summer at camp so much that I decided to come back again in 2014!
The Spicy Summah of 2014 was one full of challenges and joy. I claimed it would be a challenging summer, but I didn’t know it would be so full of joy. I ran our camp store, the trading post, and I headed up our ACIT program. I struggled some days, but God was so incredibly faithful. He gave me so many moments of joy and peace that it was so hard for me to leave. Again, I’m grateful for another summer at camp and the relationships that were made and strengthened this summer.