What made you decide to volunteer at Camp Hendon and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering since 1995. I began as host camp staff when Camp Hendon came to Camp Crooked Creek. I taught youth archery, rifle and shotgun shooting. I followed Camp Hendon and volunteered with them since then. I like the mission and purpose of Camp Hendon, that is why I volunteer.
What is your role at camp?
I am a camp counselor and also a den leader. I have been on the coyote den staff all the way up to the eagle den staff. I followed a group of wonderful youth from coyote to eagle. Six years together now, friends forever.
Why do you come back year after year? What do you get from camp or how has it impacted your life?
I come back for the fun of camp and the energy of the youth. If they are jacked, I’m jacked. I try to match their energy.
What is your favorite activity at camp and why?
I like several things at camp. I like swimming (dunking on all that want to get jammed on). I like zip lining at night and an occasional pizza pool party. Things to look forward to when in older dens.
What are some things you have learned or taken away from camp?
I have learned to educate others on the basics of diabetes. The experience has helped since I have recently been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. That’s right, I’m part of the club (I drank the water).
What do you do in your real life when you’re not giving your time to Camp Hendon?
I enjoy entertaining my nieces and nephews. I work for a teen center that has a gym, game room, dance floor among other things. I get paid to play and I’m honored to be able to entertain military youth to help relieve stress.
Do you have any skills or talents that many may not know about you?
I am a non-swimmer but I love water. I have gone whitewater rafting several times in class 4 & 5 rapids. I am a decent frisbee golfer. I love going to live sporting events.
I am honored to be spot lighted. I hope you learned more about me.