Alumna returns to recruit for summer camp opportunities

January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015 – Yesterday and today students swarmed the booth set up just outside the dining hall, where alumna Callie Dawkins ’13 was recruiting for Lake Forest Ranch in Macon, Miss.

Callie Dawkins '13Callie has been working as a full-time intern for Lake Forest Ranch since this past summer, when she was brought on as administrative assistant to the executive director. She called working at the camp “a once-in-a-lifetime thing” and noted that “it’s amazing and beautiful how the Lord orchestrated” her working there. Having worked there as a counselor in 2011, Callie was already familiar with the camp, and she found herself in need of a place to go between her May 2013 graduation and her anticipation of beginning graduate school in the fall.

“The Lord just put Lake Forest Ranch on my heart,” Callie said, so she called Camp Director Rich Malone and asked about working as his office assistant. “It was just beautiful.  Jesus paved the way, and it’s been really cool to see that.”

The alumna now works in the camp office, joyfully combining administrative work and ministry. With businesses and nonprofits increasingly switching to digital formats, a large part of Callie’s task has been to make the camp’s forms, paperwork, and databases accessible online. She has also helped start a girls’ Bible study there, by which she is able to show Christ’s love for those around her through consistent fellowship, life investment, and mentoring.

Now gearing up for summer, Lake Forest Ranch is recruiting summer staff. Just over the past two days more than 19 students have demonstrated written interest, with many more coming by to talk about camp ministry opportunities. The Lake Forest Ranch staff on campus conducted 12 separate interviews with students.

Callie highly recommends her fellow Bryan College alumni to return to their alma mater and talk to current students about the career and ministry opportunities they have been privileged to take part in. It is unspeakably important, she noted, that current students hear of God’s continuing faithfulness in the times after graduation, and their fellow Bryan Lions have the chance to do just that.

Anyone interested in setting up an informational booth at Bryan College are encouraged to contact the career services department for more information.

Written by Chloe Ann Nardone ’13, assistant director of marketing, 423.775.7206;