"God moves in this place," says Megan Beddow of Naples who spent four years as a camper, followed by five years as a counselor. "When we come here, we allow ourselves to stop and to make God our first priority."
Beddow, who was a middle school team leader during the 2010 camping season, says that "we are trying to teach the kids to make God their first priority through prayer, study and acts of kindness."
"We teach them that camp is a place where you can be joyful and laugh for a whole week, without 'cheap humor,'" she added. "We don't need to laugh at others' expense."
Beddow graduated this spring from Florida Southern College and has joined AmeriCorps. This fall she is working with at-risk kids at the Branches ministries in South Florida.
"The renovation of Barnett Lodge will strengthen our ability to grow community," she said. "We can do more programming. We can expand our horizons. We can nurture our family.
According to Beddow, "community means family." "It is incredible how we are able to make such strong bonds in just one week of camp."