OK WorldSong fam, we are so close to meeting the entire 2017 admin team. Today I have the pleasure to introduce, not one, but TWO team members. Last summer our CIT numbers TRIPPLED and we are on track right now to DOUBLE the number of CITs from last summer! What’s a CIT you ask? CIT stands for Cabin Leader in Training. A CIT is a high school aged camper who has dreams of one day becoming a Cabin Leader. CIT spend their week doing Cabin Leader training, teambuilding, shadowing, Bible study, and so much more.
With the growing number of CITs we knew that we were going to need TWO awesome CIT Coordinators this summer. Which means that we had to find the perfect team for the job… Can you guess who they are?
Give me a Drum Roll Please!
MISS JAILEY AND MISS MERT!
Miss Jailey started her WorldSong story in 2014 as a Cabin Leader and Dance Coach for two summers. She is often found belaying campers and climbing trees at Adventure Rec. Last summer she returned as our CIT coordinator and had the opportunity to mentor our incredible CITs.
“WorldSong is such a gem, a place so near and dear to my heart. I went in to my first summer not really knowing what to expect, I had never worked a “summer camp” ever. When I walked out of that summer my whole perspective on my relationship with others and Christ was changed. I was pushed beyond measures and learned so much about myself and about the Father. WorldSong put a fire in my heart for children and missions and has propelled me to travel across the World doing life with the forgotten peoples.”
” My favorite spot at camp is the table beside Dogwood at the top of the stairs, you can see the sun set and rise on the mountain. My favorite song is Hagdelena Magdelena and my favorite camp food is ANY breakfast meal!! Through all it my favorite part of camp is the lifelong relationships built in those woods.”
“My career in Social Work and ministry has been propelled by WorldSong it was there that God reaffirmed my call to change the lives of children. Working on this camp ground taught me so many practical skills that I take into my teaching profession now everyday. I am blessed to work at a Christian School so I am able to share the Gospel with my students.”
Miss Mert hardly needs an introduction. If you have EVER been to WorldSong you have probably met her and only the select few have had the privilege of hearing the story of how she got her name (which can only be told around a campfire!). She has served as a Cabin Leader, CIT Coordinator and Unit Leader!
“I first heard of WorldSong when I was eight years old. My church WMU leader got a flyer about WorldSong. My mom surprised me with a Mom and Me camp and I LOVED IT!!!! Needless to say I was HOOKED! Since that mom & me I have spent 8 years as a camper, 6 years as a cabin leader, 1 year as a Unit leader and this will be my 2nd year serving as CIT Coordinator. WorldSong is in my blood!”
“Favorite Camp Song: Pruny!!! It’s an original camp song that was around when I was a camper and I bring it back each summer. Oh and FLEA… Who doesn’t love singing gibberish???”
“Favorite Camp Spot: In the past my answer would have been Vespers because it’s such a beautiful and peaceful spot at camp, but I’ve changed my answer. I think my new favorite spot is… The 2nd Cross aka the top of the mountain (I can see the shock on Miss Kaley’s face as she reads this). I honestly never believed that I would ever say that but last summer me and that mountain formed a whole new relationship. I led a group of campers each week to the top of the mountain. It is definitely one of the hardest and most physically demanding activities at camp. Just being able to watch each camper and cabin leader make it to the top, overcome their fears and obstacles, whether it be heights, or a bird that won’t stop harassing you, is one of the greatest feelings ever. Not to mention the view is absolutely amazing!!!”
“Message to Campers, I LOVE YOU!!! I’m sad that I won’t be at camp all summer long but I am excited to serve Him in different ways this summer. One of the most important things you can learn at camp is that when you take the time to talk with God, LISTEN to what He is saying, and be willing to serve Him, He will use you in ways that you would never imagine.”
“Message to Parents, sending your child to camp is one of the BEST things you could ever do for them!!! Camp changes people’s lives and your child will be no different. If you are nervous about sending your child, just know that your child will be loved unconditionally by their cabin leaders, unit leaders and everyone in between. Thank you for trusting us. We love your children and we love you!!!”