Dec 17Summer Camp Staff Stories – Will Hancock

Summer Camp Counselors

Look Up Lodge Summer Camp Staffers 2013

Not Your Normal Summer Job…

Hello there,

As we mentioned last week, we are currently taking applications for our 2014 Summer Camp Staff. We are incredi-mazing-fully excited about this because we get to watch God, in His perfect provision and wisdom, assemble the team that He will use to impact the lives of thousands of students here at Look Up Lodge in 2014 and beyond!

I feel like I need to take a break after that last sentence…It was quite a mouthful and I invented a new word.

Ok. We’re back.

Working as a Summer Staffer at Look Up Lodge is not your normal summer job. Summer Staffers wear a lot of hats throughout the course of a typical day at camp. They are counselors, teachers, actors, musicians, dishwashers, leaders, sticky-stuff-under-bed-cleaner-uppers, etc., etc., etc… They are silly, serious, caring, brave, tired, confused, thankful, joyous, and that’s all just before lunch.

Being a Summer Staffer is an incredible amount of difficult work that produces insane amounts of personal growth as well as fruit for the Kingdom. It is not easy, but it is worth it.

To help you understand a little bit of what it is like to be a Look Up Lodge Summer Camp Staffer, we have been asking some folks that have served in the past to write a paragraph or two about their experiences.

Last week, you heard from Christabeth Vaughn about her time on Summer Staff in 2012 and 2013, and this week, you will hear from Mr. Will Hancock, who worked his first summer this past year.

Look Up Lodge Summer Camp Mud Course

Will (left) with fellow Summer Staffers Danielle and Kawan after taking their campers up the Look Up Lodge Mud Hill

Here is what he had to say:

Being a summer staffer at Look Up is a very unique experience and difficult to describe, so I will try to sum it up with one word, that word is hard. It is hard to leave your friends and family for 3 months. It is hard to work 15 hour work days with only a few days off. It is hard to do skits and teach lessons every night. It is hard to take care of 40 campers each week. It is hard to face your flaws in an attempt to better reflect God to your campers. However, it is hard to leave the fulltime staff and your fellow staffers who have become your family. It is hard to stop having fun and tell your campers goodnight when you are hitting hour 15. It is hard to keep a straight face during your skits and it is hard not to get wrapped up in your lessons because you understand their importance. It is hard to tell your campers goodbye after spending a week with them. Finally, it is hard to not grow exponentially as a man/woman of God. Being a summer staffer was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was also the greatest.

-Will Hancock

If you or someone you know wants to apply to join our 2014 Summer Staff team, you can find more information and a link to the application here. If you want more information, feel free to email our Staff Director, Walter Howard, at or give us a call at 864.836.6392.

Stay tuned for more from former Summer Staffers!

Nathan Heffington
Creative/Ministry Development Coordinator