Emily Marsh

Emily Marsh has worked at Summer Camps for eight years as a staff member, following on from four years as a camper. “From coming as a camper, I absolutely loved it,” she says. “It was so much fun doing the activities, joining in the worships and getting to know heaps of people. The staff were always really cool and I had some good counsellors. That was part of why I wanted to give back and be a staff member! But it’s also because I loved it so much that I wanted to keep coming — I was too old to be a camper, so I became a staff member!”

This year, Emily helped out with activities, but also worked as a counsellor, which she has done almost every year. “I love getting to know all the campers,” she says. Her work as a counsellor involves “bossing my girls around, making sure they’re where they need to be at the right time and that the dorm’s clean. I eat with them and also take worships. It’s sort of like being a mum! The best thing is bonding with everyone.”

She notes that there’s a strong spiritual component to Summer Camps. “I feel like everyone talks about a spiritual high, and it really is a very special spiritual week. Everyone should come to Summer Camps — you won’t regret it!”