Spending time as a counselor at Camp DeWolfe this past summer has been a truly wonderful experience. I enjoyed the area, the natural setting and most importantly the people and the spiritual formation. I came to Camp DeWolfe unsure of whether travelling to the USA to work at a camp once again was a good idea, but I am perfectly candid when I say it was thoroughly worth it.
I had hoped to work at a Christian camp, as I did so last year and immensely enjoyed it. I was brought up in a Christian home and was greatly looking forward to learning more about sharing my faith with others. Throughout the summer, I witnessed God working in and around Camp DeWolfe: they got very involved with our morning and evening Christian Formation while belting out the praise songs from the bottom of their hearts and they would come to me looking for answers that only God would know. We, the counselors, also performed ‘The Everything Skit’ by Lifehouse nearer the end of the summer and found it to be very powerful in relation to the kids and their faith. I saw God working in all of the children’s hearts as well as the staff; I know that I have become closer to God after camp and am hugely thankful to Camp DeWolfe for that.
As the archery instructor for 2013, I found it truly encouraging when I saw the kids progress from just hitting air to shooting the arrow for a perfect bullseye; they learned something new and managed to develop the skills over the course of one or two weeks, which made me absolutely delighted. Of course, I will not forget how amazing the summer staff were! The kitchen staff were unbelievably generous, the senior staff continued to be incredibly supportive and encouraging, Ray would fix anything and Nurse Carolyn was extremely kind. But I have to say I loved my co-counselors! They were wonderful friends throughout and made the hard things light and fun. We encouraged each other in our faith and our struggles and for that I thank them greatly. I had a truly fantastic summer here at Camp DeWolfe and I hope to see everyone again soon!
-By Hannah Donald
Archery Instructor and Camp Counselor