The same girls have been in her cabin since the sixth grade—doing Cabin Time together, dancing during group games, and coming up with their cabin cheer. Knowing they would see the same friends at camp every summer allowed for some fun outfit pre-planning as well.
“Before coming to camp, we will buy matching swimsuits and rave outfits for at night, things like that,” Lulu explained.
The cabin mates often spent their downtimes on the banks of the Frio in their matching swim wear. “We lay out in the grass at the waterfront and just bring books or write letters. We enjoy each other’s company in silence,” said Lulu.
Those times of reflection, whether during Cabin Time or just sitting down by the Frio, led to the personal and spiritual growth Lulu experienced at camp. “Camp has made my relationship with the Lord more of a comfort to me,” she said. “I see God as my friend now … and I can put all my trust in Him.”
She also gave credit to the counselors at LLYC, who not only run the fun games and activities, but help facilitate those spiritual development opportunities. Counselors like Audrey Blair.
“She was my Cabin F counselor and changed my life,” said Lulu. “I was in middle school and didn’t feel very comfortable talking to adults about the stuff I had going on, but Audrey saw that in me and tried to love me. She let me talk to her about things I was struggling with, and I felt really heard.”
Audrey and Lulu formed a sweet bond as camper and counselor that summer. “Lulu had such a mature sense of humor for her age. She would leave me gasping for air with her one-liners and quick wit,” said Audrey. “And she was such a perceptive and observant kid.”
Lulu still remembers observing the way Audrey prayed, as if she was having a normal, everyday conversation with God. “She was the first person I had ever seen pray to God like she was just on a phone call with her friend,” recalled Lulu. “It really allowed me to become more comfortable with talking to God and confiding in Him.”