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Lydia Weidner

Summer Intern

Dear Family & Friends,

I’m excited to share with you that I will be participating in Camp Daniel’s Summer Internship Program this year. Camp Daniel is a Christian camp where people with disabilities are able to experience a week of summer camp and Jesus’ love. Last summer I was a counselor for the first time and had an amazing experience spending time with my camper one-on-one. 

This internship focuses on team building and developing leadership skills. It will provide an opportunity for me to use my God-given gifts and talents to serve the Lord. Which includes; building relationships, leading campers, counselors, and volunteers as well as helping run different activities. Most importantly, it will stretch and strengthen my relationship with Christ and give me a chance to share God’s love with those around me.

I have been blessed to grow up at Camp Daniel. As you may know, my brother Elijah has Down Syndrome. It has been challenging and rewarding growing up with a sibling that has a disability. Through my experiences with Camp Daniel and Elijah, I have come to love the disability community. Growing up at camp has taught me a lot of things, but one that has stuck with me the most is how to love others. Counseling for the first time was nerve-racking and it had its ups and downs, but in the end, looking back on the summer, it was the most extraordinary experience. My dream job is to open a coffee shop and employ people with disabilities, and counseling showed me that this is something I would enjoy doing. This is an enormous dream to chase, but I believe that God will open the right doors at the right time if this is what He wants me to do. I am hoping that this summer will clarify my vision for the future. Seeing how God works through the hearts and lives of people at camp is amazing and I am excited to see Him continue to work.

You’re reading this letter because of the impact you have had on my life, thank you. I ask that you will prayerfully consider being part of my team. Two ways that you can join and support me are: 

–  Pray with me (please I need it a LOT! 😆)

– Through financial support – I need to raise $800 to cover the mission investment of this internship. This will cover the cost of my housing, food, and other program expenses over the 7 weeks I will spend at camp. You can donate to me by clicking the orange ‘Donate to Lydia’ button on the left-hand side of this page. 

Finally, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot express how excited I am to participate in this year’s Camp Daniel Summer Intern Program and I cannot thank you enough for your donations and prayers throughout this new adventure. 

Love,

Lydia

What is a Summer Intern?

The Intern Program is part of Camp Daniel’s Summer Staff Team. This is an opportunity for participants to build their leadership skills. They also play a fundamental role in the operational workings of the summer sessions. Interns help plan the training sessions for counselors and the activities that campers participate in during a week of camp. During camp, Interns help run these programs and will be overall good role models and leaders that promote unity and spiritual, relational and recreational growth among counselors, campers, workers and staff. This program will be used to equip participants with the skills needed to be effective leaders, with a focus on discovering and implementing their unique strengths as leaders.