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She started volunteering at TCBC in 2019! Get to know her more by reading through the Q & A below ...
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Q & A
How old are you?
Did you go to TCBC as a camper? If so, how many years?
I did! I was a camper for 5 years!
How did you hear about TCBC?
How did you decide on your camp name?
I liked Sanka from the movie “Cool Runnings.” He’s super funny but also has a serious side that is very confident and has good morals. That’s why I chose it!
Do you ever wish people called you by your camp name outside of camp?
Honestly yeah. I like being called Sanka; it’s a cool name.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher, but now I plan to go to beauty school after high school.
If you were stranded on an island and had to pick 3 TCBC staff members to rescue you, who would it be and why?
I would want Snapple because she wouldn’t make me panic anymore and provide comic relief. Marvel because she would help me get off the island, and Canada because she’s creative and would find some way to help me out.
What are some of your favorite things about TCBC?
I love the atmosphere.
The moment you walk in, you can tell something special is in the air, and it’s beautiful. You walk in and know the Holy Spirit is at work. I also love the connection between all the staff. They’re all so kind and welcoming and down for a good adventure.
What's your favorite activity at camp?
I love the pool. It’s so nice to go and cool down on a hot day. (I’m slightly biased being that I was a lifeguard in 2019, but it’s ok)
What is one of your favorite camp songs?
My favorite camp song is “Fill Up My Cup.” No matter where or when we sing it, it always makes me happy
What is your favorite camp skit?
My favorite is the “sin box skit” because it’s fun and has a really good message behind it.
What is your favorite camp meal?
My favorite is orange chicken and rice.
What is your favorite game we play at camp?
My favorite is Wells Fargo. You can never play too hard.
Share with us a God-moment camper story that you have seen or been a part of:
I got to help one of my campers while she was sick in the nurse’s cabin. Even though I spent most of the day there, I had fun spending time & connecting with her.
After camp, I got a message from her mom asking to babysit. I felt like I had connected with that camper, and God sent me to camp to help her and her mom.
Share with us a God-moment for you personally while you were at camp ... (how He showed up for you, how He provided, etc.)
I struggled during my first summer at camp, and I sat down with my dean to talk about what was going on. After we talked for a while, she prayed over me, and instantly I felt a sense of peace. I knew that it was God telling me I’m doing the right thing.
How has your life been impacted or transformed during or after working at camp?
When I was eight, I was on a soccer team; my best friend & teammate asked me if I wanted to go o camp with her. I didn’t want to at first, but my mom signed me up anyway. I went and had the best week of my life. I kept coming every summer after that. It was so much fun for me. I knew that after my first week, I wanted to come work at camp.
God used that time on my soccer team when I was eight years old to come to camp, and now I’m on staff!
How has your life been transformed by working at camp?
I found who I am and my worth in Christ. I was struggling with my walk with God before I worked at camp. I met amazing people who have encouraged me and helped me. I’ve watched the older staff and see how close they are with God, which made me want to do the same.
What has God been teaching you lately?
That it’s ok to need help,
I’ve always been independent and don’t like to ask people for help. At the end of December 2020, I had ACL reconstruction surgery. For two weeks after, I could barely do anything on my own. For a girl who’s been independent, it’s hard to let people do things for you. And I learned from it that I could ask for help with anything. I can turn to God, friends, family, and many more people who would help me.
What has God been saying to you lately?
That I need to have blind faith, I need to work on trusting that He has a hold of the reigns, and I can give them fully to Him.
What is a Bible verse that you keep going back to lately? What is it teaching you?
Isaiah 33:2. It says, “O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”
I think of what we are living in now as a time of distress. I use this verse as a reminder that I need to turn to God when I’m struggling, whether it’s a personal issue or a global one.
What spiritual truths have you been learning about lately?
I’ve been working through Acts right now, and I’m learning how much of a struggle it can be following God. Being a follower of God is a lot harder than most people think. And it was more challenging for the disciples than it is now. They were the first to share the Gospel, and it never got easier. But we gain more brothers and sisters to share our walk with, and we help each other.
What is one embarrassing camp moment that you've experienced?
During my first summer as a Lifeguard, I met the staff and got to know the other LIfeguard, Squeegee. One day during the first week of camp, I totally forgot her camp name and real name and was trying to get her attention from the other pool! I felt so bad!
What is one of your fondest memories from working on staff?
I think the first time I really connected with Jamba.
It was the last night of ICT 2020, and we were sitting having a porch talk for too long and our dean, Tropicana walks out and asks why we were still up, then we laughed and headed to bed. it was super funny but one of my favorite memories from last summer
What is your favorite place at TCBC? Why?
I have so many good memories there with tons of people. it’s always going to have a special spot in my heart
What staff member has had the biggest impact on you at TCBC?
Probably Jamba. We became super close this last summer and offseason. She’s now one of my best friends, and I don’t think I would have the passion for God if she weren’t an example in my life.
How would you explain working at TCBC to people who have never done it before?
Living in the outdoors, disconnected from the world, goofing around all summer with your best friends. An experience you won’t have anywhere else.
What are some of the weirdest or funniest things a camper has said or done to you?
Some of my campers didn’t believe my real name when I told them, so they made me show them my mail with my real name on it!
What jobs have you had at camp?
Lifeguard in 2019 and CIT in 2020!
What is the hardest part of your job?
Being serious and having to be stern when giving directions.
What did you love about your job?
I love being able to be silly and mess around with my girls while praising the Lord at the same time.
What makes working at camp so fun?
I get to be myself & hang out with people who want to be there. I’m hanging out with a bunch of cool campers all week and my best friends at the same time.
Would you recommend working at camp to someone? Why?
For sure! It’s one of the best experiences. Your faith is stretched, and you grow in maturity and come home a new person. My parents told me they could barely recognize the actions of mine when I got home. It changes you in every way for the better.