I want to share an amazing story with you today. It’s about a little girl who has been to LUM Camp 17 times! Marlena Edmondson first came to camp in 1997 when she was 8 years old. If you could only have seen the joy on her face as she experience LUM Camp with her brand new friends. Marlena eagerly returned to LUM Camp each summer until she reached age 11 and was too old to attend. She then returned at age 16 junior camp counselor. When she turned 18, Marlena returned to LUM Camp as one of our staff of 24 senior camp counselors.
Marlena credits LUM Camp as the reason she chose to study social work in college and to go on to earn her Master’s Degree. She gives back for all the ways her family was helped during difficult times. It is why she now works full-time with at-risk children as a school social worker in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. And it is why she has returned each July to spend the entire week with our LUM Campers.
Marlena Edmondson first attended LUM Camp because someone, like YOU, cared enough to share a campership. Through the years she has nurtured and turned that gift into a brighter future, and has shared it with countless other children. And this year, I am happy to report that Marlena has been named Assistant Director of LUM Camp and will play an even greater role in impacting the lives of our campers!