Camp Tamarack Staff

Associate Regional Minister – Camping: Rev. Carolyn Dugan



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



Meet the 2019 Summer Staff:

Prior to the season starting, the group was asked the following questions:

What is your life verse and/or quote that you always come back to?

What are you looking forward to this summer?

What does “Connectedness” mean to you?

Linda Jolly – Head Cook:

My life verse is “I strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. “ Philippians 4:13

I am looking forward to kayaking, spending time with my camp family, and mowing the ball field. The thing I am most looking forward to is seeing the kids as they come in to eat and see Christ through their eyes.

What connectedness means to me is that I am connect to Christ through people who have the same beliefs that I do. Being at camp helps me to reconnect with God. I never got disconnected, but I feel a little unconnected. I need to get rid of some of the distractions of life and go back to the basics of life and time at camp helps me do that.


Sam Krieg – Assistant Cook:

This summer I’m looking forward to baking, paddle boarding, reading and being relaxed in nature. 

The quote I tend to say the most is ” There is always tomorrow” from the 1939 movie Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. It always makes me feel better after I failed or did bad at something. I feel like I have a new day and new shot.

The first thing that came to my mind with Connectedness is how we are so dependent on our phones and electronics to feel safe and up to date.

Alyssa Krieg – Head Lifeguard:

I feel that working at Camp Tamarack allows me to be a human. I often tell people that you can lose yourself there, which isn’t a bad thing, because you just might find yourself along the way. I find my soul in the trees, serenity along the lake and happiness in the sunshine. Camp allows me to be in nature without a care and camp allows me to find Jesus in my own time. Perhaps this is what connectedness means to me. Everything and everyone is connected. Sometimes in life we cannot see past our own eyes to see that we as humans were holding hands the entire time. Our differences are what connect us in ways we do not know and even though that is hard to remember sometimes I use this saying to help me remember that both I, and life, can be beautiful even in the hardest of moments. “And even though you feel so small, you have and are the means to rise above it all.”

Derek Olson – Assistant Lifeguard:

Luke 9:23 “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’”

Working with this years staff to help make camp run smoothly so the campers can have the chance to find Jesus.

To me connectedness relates to what Christ did for us on the cross. He took up our sins so that we may live again through Him. This allowed us to be connected to Christ and each other. We are all sinners, but we are saved through Christ!

Emma Delikowski – Waterfront support:

Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (ESV)

Working with campers and giving back to those who first gave to me.

Connectedness means building relationships with others especially at camp through God. I met my best friend in kindergarten but when we went to camp we built a stronger relationship through Christ that surpasses most of my other friendships. (My best friend is Aly)

Aly Jones – Canteen/Craft Barn:

“In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind” -John 1:4

This summer I am looking forward to helping people of all ages enjoy God’s creation. I am also really looking forward to spending time outdoors as I love to hammock, hike and worship outdoors.

Connectedness to me means making personal relationships with others that glorify the Lord. This summer my goal is to connect with campers, staff members and continue to connect personally in my relationship with Christ.

McKenzie Brophey – Floater Sr. High week:

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.(NIV)

This summer I am looking forward to having the opportunity to spend some time at camp and connect with the campers there. 

To me, to be connected is to be linked together in a way that may or may not be tangible. It isn’t necessarily always something seen, but something that is felt by those experiencing it. And by being connected to Christ, we can develop even deeper, more meaningful connections with those surrounding us.

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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