Camp Tamarack Staff

Associate Regional Minister – Camping: Rev. Carolyn Dugan

Email: carolyn.dugan@abcofwi.org

 

Assistant Minister – Camping Facilities and Guest Services: Rev. Kim Drost

Email: kim.drost@abcofwi.org

 

Meet the 2018 Summer Staff:

Linda Jolly:

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  Head cook – I prepared and served meals with love

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? Kayaking and playing with turtles. Walking the grounds and learning about the different plants during Tamarack Tales.

What surprised you the most about working on staff? Nothing really surprised me about working on staff. Probably this summer when Alyssa became “Lada”.

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? I read two daily devotional books after I get up and I pray before going to bed. I teach adult Sunday School, sing in the choir and play hand bells.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? Go back to work at Edgerton Middle school in the fall. Maybe keep working at the Thirsty Badger Bar & Grill on Saturday mornings.

Sam Krieg:

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  Assistant Cook! I do all the cold stuff: drinks, fruit, salad bar. I also help serve food and help Linda as needed.

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? Going to Scoopers in a canoe. Also going to Burger King and decorating for the Holidays!

What surprised you the most about working on staff? How much I could talk back to Carolyn 😉

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? By loving the Lord and doing the best I can do every day to make my family life better.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? Going home to work at my family bakery and try to grow it!

Alyssa Krieg:

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  My job title is head life guard, and I am responsible for the safety and management of the waterfront. I look after waterfront equipment as well as prepare for any safety emergencies we may encounter. I also help with dishes, cleaning and in rare occasions, cabin leading.

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? There have been too many! I always enjoy seeing the kids and how they may blossom over a week. From making new friends, to learning how to swim, the kids are definitely may favorite!

What surprised you the most about working on staff? The peacefulness and serenity of camp always surprises me. So often in the hustle and bustle of the world, we forget what it is like to be still. I feel like Camp is my “still place”.

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? I know reading the Bible like the latest action novel is not for most people, but I genuinely love flipping a page in awe. I am always wondering what I can learn next.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? I will be returning to the Milwaukee area to continue school. I also work at a bakery in Bayview, as well as returning to my job as lifeguard. I will continue my passion to write; in hopes of eventually publishing.

Derek Olson

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  Assistant Lifeguard, I describe it as a dishwasher that mans the buddy board and boats. Also whatever Carolyn says!

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? Helping lead Jr. High campfire. I just love the energy and joy it brings campers.

What surprised you the most about working on staff? How nice Carolyn actually is!

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? I have a really good support system with my family and friends. More specifically my sister, girlfriend and my really good friends of Calvin and Tyler.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? After camping season, I’ll be hanging out with friends as much as possible until I go off to college at UW-Oshkosh to study either secondary education with a math emphasis or kinesthesiology to become an athletic trainer.

Kim Olson:

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  I was the craft barn and canteen lady this summer. I helped campers make lanyards, learned with them more so. We made octopus crafts, mason jars, boxes, etc. This was a learning year for me. Learning names and new crafts. In the canteen, I helped campers with their food choices and played mix it up games in line.

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? My favorite memory from 2018 camp was getting to see my brother go through his senior year camp. I had the opportunity to go and see him plant his tree and leave his mark at Camp Tamarack in more ways than one. The best thing about camp is bringing family and friends together. That is what my summer was full of.

What surprised you the most about working on staff? The most surprising thing about working at camp is all the behind the scenes stuff I never would have thought about. I knew people kept the camp in great shape, but never paid attention to when or how. Also, the amount of crafts the kids come up with is crazy. They are so creative!

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? I have accountability partners that check up on me and see how I am doing. I learned this past year that I need to really dig in to God’s Word if I want to progress my knowledge. Therefore, I have been reading through the New Testament and asking others questions. I make time in the morning for devotionals before work. I turn to God before any other person.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? I will be starting my Junior year at Winona State University. I am starting my first semester in the education major classes. I will be starting my second year as a small group leader for the campus ministry I am a part of, Chi Alpha. I will be representing the community service chair in my sorority, Phi Theta Chi.

Amber Lewis:

What was your job title this summer? How would you describe what you did?  Floater: I helped with dishes and yard work like everyone else, but I mostly filled in however I could wherever I was needed! That has ranged from one of the lifeguard helpers, to the canteen and craft barn, plus cabin leading!

What was your favorite memory from 2018 so far at camp? As every week has been so different, it’s hard to pick just one, although I have enjoyed working with a new staff team this year, and our canoe/Corcl trip to Scoopers was fun! I also loved cabin leading and we got to play “Everyone’s It Tag” in the rain with shaving cream.

What surprised you the most about working on staff? I was thrilled and surprised that I was able to do so much this year – my job tasks are ever changing and I love seeing different parts of camp and what the campers experience through each job each week.

How do you stay rooted and grounded in your faith? My quiet time and devotions always help keep me rooted, and my family and friends who always support me are wonderful in keeping me grounded in Him.

What will you be doing once the camping season is over? After graduating in May with a degree in social work, I was blessed to get to come back to camp for a fourth year, but after this summer at camp I will be continuing my job search in Child Protection Services (C.P.S.) at a Wisconsin County.


Staff Bio: Rev. Kim Drost

Kim’s official title is Assistant Minister – Camping: Facilities and Guest Services; another way of thinking of the position is Minister of Hospitality. She is the one who supports the programming and usage of the camp by making sure all of its facilities are maintained and in good working order. Kim gets to help people enjoy all that Camp Tamarack has to offer and through it encounter the loving God who created it. It is her heart’s desire to do everything she can do to help more people find and enjoy this place and, more importantly, find Jesus in it.

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Staff Bio – Rev. Carolyn Dugan

In this role, I try to keep the past, present and future of camping in mind as we plan the summer youth camps, winter youth retreats, work with various rental groups and offer retreats. I have been attending, volunteering and working at Camp Tamarack since I was in 5th grade and I realize there is a nostalgia and sense of home when it comes to Camp Tamarack for anyone that has been there. I also realize change is inevitable as we evolve the Camp into what the Region and the campers, leaders and staff need in the 21st Century.  I am reminded…

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