Camp Impact: Mr. Jacob Schniepp
I attended Camp for the first time the summer after my dad passed away. I was 11 years old, and my sister had been going for years so I always knew of camp but never actually got to experience it.
I loved this place from the very first day. I just felt at home. The counselors made me feel welcomed and that they really did care about me and about everyone who came. The JCs seemed like the really cool older siblings you would see on TV who actually wanted to be there for the younger kids. I still remember every JC and counselor who made me feel like I was special and loved. I could never wait till my next week to be a camper or just to come to camp, I was always so excited I would start packing a week in advance! My mom used to say her car knew the way to camp by itself and honestly it probably did.
Camp just has this different feeling from any other place I have been. It is so peaceful, yet loud and crazy. You never know what to expect when you are there. The camp experience helped shape who I am today. I graduated from little kid camper to JC to Counselor and loved each stage. Every time I see a camper smile, it makes me feel fantastic. I can see God’s love just shining from them.
Making people happy and showing that through God’s love wonderous things can happen is what camp is about. Camp showed me that I can do this for others the same way it was done for me when I was growing up. I really would not be who I am today without all the love and support camp offered and I am so grateful for it.