Last year I had the pleasure of attending the St. Elizabeth's talent show, during which a camper got up to sing a song. It was probably a top 40 radio hit at the time, but I can't remember. What I do remember is a group of counselors freaking out around me. As it turns out, the camper was largely non-verbal, and had said very little in the years that he attended camp. For those who knew him, this was huge. St. Elizabeth's has that kind of power and unfortunately it's one that I have yet to really experience first hand. I wasn't able to be on the mountain to capture audio for this episode of the camp cast, that was done graciously by St. Elizabeth's Program Director, Scott Waters. Here are some of Scott's thoughts on working for St. Elizabeth's camp and guest producing a portion of the penultimate episode of The Shrine Mont Camp Cast's first season (PS: Scott, when you read this, "Scott's Thoughts" would be a good name for a blog):
I started working at St. Elizabeth’s as a counselor buddy in 2010. Last year I was the Sports Director and this year I was honored to be the Program Director. The Holy Spirit joins us every year at St. Elizabeth’s and changes the lives of all the people who are blessed to be a part of camp. Campers with special needs have the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities and we counselors get to be part of this experience and get to meet and form relationships with these awesome kids. Over the course of a week together, barriers are broken, stereotypes are disproved and God’s love is seen in action. I was so honored when Kevin asked me to help bring St. Elizabeth’s to a greater community through this podcast. I hope you enjoy listening to staff from St. Elizabeth’s share their heart-felt experiences.