This summer is full has been full of some amazing young adults doing great work for the kingdom. We have 3 new Summer Staff members who bring a very special heart to all there work. Breck has always enjoyed working with our Camp Joy (formally known as DD) but it has been amazing to see her pour out that same love to all her other campers. Rachel Thompson is full of energy and excitement. Rachel seeks to spread joy to all she comes in contact with. Matthew is serving as our Wilderness/Oxley RC this summer. Matthew brings a light-hearted approach to counseling. He seeks to genuinely spend time with people and get to know them on a deeper level. All three of these RCs have a great heart for their campers and for this place.
“And so it was that he, having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised.” Hebrews 6:15
Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
High School: Paducah Tilghman High School
College: Delta State University
Major: Special Education (pre-OT)
Dream Job: Ellen Degeneres’s assistant or a Disney princess
Favorite Color: Yellow
Hobbies: Candles, perfume, giraffes, crafting, Kit Kats, star-gazing and quotes.
Interesting Fact: I’m a pro at quoting movies, and a master of Pinterest projects.
Favorite camp food: PIZZA AND CHEESY BREAD
Favorite camp activity: Singing and craft time.
A little about your experience coming to Lakeshore:
Lakeshore has always been a part of my life. I began at Mommy and Me and then I took a few years off and came back in fourth grade and was a camper every year until my junior year. After I got certified and began counseling I stopped going as a camper because I just loved counseling so much. This is my first summer on staff and I can’t wait to get started!
A moment you encountered God or where you see God at camp:
I always experience God the most when I am at DD Camp, I always see God through every single one of those campers. They are such a blessing in my life. I also encounter God in the stars. Astronomy is one of my major interests and I love that at camp they are so clear.
What does this ministry mean to you?
This ministry means more than I can put into words. Being able to come together with people of all ages to worship the most important man in our lives is such an incredible experience. I firmly believe that this ministry speaks to everyone at any stage of their relationship with God and He speaks to all of us in so many different ways when we come here.
Hometown: Germantown, TN
College: University of Tennessee
Dream Job: To star as Luna Lovegood in the future remakes of the Harry
Hobbies: Harry Potter enthusiast, traveling, sun bathing by the window
with my cat
Interesting Fact: I have a life sized cardboard cut out of myself
(which is taller than me) at home
Favorite camp food: French Toast sticks
Favorite camp activity: Creek stomping!
My first summer at Lakeshore was the year after third grade and I have
been coming every year since. I was baptized in the camp lake during
middle school and started volunteer counseling in 2008. This is my
first summer on staff!
I really like funny camper quotes. This past summer during a movie
night the campers voted between The Lion King and How to Train Your
Dragon. When the dean announced that How to Train Your Dragon had
won, a camper in the back of the room got upset and said “I hate my
I see God in the people I meet at Lakeshore. Because I am shy and
since the friends I was a camper with did not counsel with me, it took
me a few years of volunteering before I opened up to the other
counselors and staff. God has shown me so much love through these
people and through my friendships with them. I feel God in the
relationships I have found through camp and that is what makes the
experience of Lakeshore so beautiful for me.
To me the ministry of Lakeshore means there will always be a place
where I can find myself surrounded by the most amazing people and by
the love of God, and that I will always be part of a community where I
feel unconditionally loved and accepted.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Ist Corinthians 13: 4-8
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: White Station High School
College: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Dream Job: Fly Fishing Guide
Favorite Color: Green
Hobbies: Fly Fishing, Duck hunting, being outside!
Interesting Fact: I name all of the toilets at camp…
Favorite camp food: Grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup no question…
Favorite camp activity: Playing wolf in the downstairs sunroom