(BTS) Behind the Scenes

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Sophia  mowing crewCooking : Video : Photos : Dishes : Program Support : Mowing : Flowers : Program Setup : Cleaning : Lumberjacking : Town runs : and lots more …..





Camp is for Play



“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.”

-Charles Schaefer

“Whoever wants to understand much must play much.”

-Gottfried Benn

Hike Day

Hike day- we all headed in to the Four Mile area- and had  groups hike up the Anderson trail, others to lower 4-mile lake, one group summited Cherry Cairn (12,580′). A good day!

Anderson Trail group  Cherry Cairn  snowman

Volunteers Make The World (and Sonlight) Go Around







So many volunteers! Sonlight wouldn’t be Sonlight without each one of them, and saying a big enough ‘thanks’ is hard. Our 2014 summer volunteers (excluding speakers – wait for that in a different post!)

Charlie Mozisek: A volunteer for most summers for 19 years, Charlie’s impact is all over Sonlight. For 3 weeks he joined us in June, and as always built new things, fixed what was broken and freely gave to staff.

Rydell Stottlemeyer: Giving a week of her time behind the scenes- so appreciated since our behind the scenes staff was so thin Adventure Camp in June.

Rachel Livrett: Camp RN’s are always appreciated, and Rachel even more so because she “gets” all things camp.

Jan Cardelli: Two full weeks she was here. Her time with the flowers, store organization and dish finesse are much appreciated.

Veronica Higgins: A 2013 Service Crew gal, she jumped right in and made significant impact in all things behind the scenes. Organized and hard working, how we appreciated her!

Lindsey Higgins: Joining us for Junior Camp, A joy to have Lindsey at Sonlight for a bit this summer.

Mark Roberts: Three full weeks he gave, lending a hand with all things behind the scenes, as well as maintenance tasks.

Kelsey McLean: Not only a speaker, but stayed to support program and lend a hand with tasks all over camp.

Kent Stottlemeyer: A camper Dad, he got a new perspective on Sonlight, and what goes on behind the scenes. Thanks Kent!

Carol Pierce: A regular volunteer for many summers, Carol’s RN skills are the best. Staff celebrate when she comes, because  joy and willing spirit are infectious.

Matt and Sarah Charles: With little Sydney along they were a great addition to camp for a few days. So glad they made the time to come and be onsite Doctor and PA for part of a week.

Leah Wesselman: A speaker with Kelsey, and also arrived early and stayed a few days after camp as well.

Mike Coltrin: So grateful every time Mike comes to help out. Cheerfully will do anything, and a bonus to have him on the hike to do some geocaching.

Caroline Schramm: Appreciate the willing hands and gentle spirit- we appreciate Caroline giving 10days of her time in July.

Allison Coss: So good to have Allison at camp, returning staff are the greatest.

Megan Kober: Looking forward to her being here in August!

Hannah Robertson: Looking forward to having Hannah here in August also.

10Day High School Camp : July Session

high school 10daySo glad to have HighSchool 10Day here! A great group of kids, returning campers and new campers as well. 10Day camps are becoming our favorite, as we have more time for some new activities, and we can shake up the schedule a bit. Heidi TeBrink is the speaker this week, as ever, one of our very popular speakers. She is working through the book of John, and her wisdom for the day: You don’t have to fit into the mold the world puts out there. The world doesn’t tell you the truth, and you won’t fit where the world tries to put you- God has plans for us so much bigger.

Adventure Camp: July Session

Cassie and Kyle  Cassie and KyleThanks Cassie and Kyle! Our speakers for Adventure Camp (July) were amazing. They are gifted communicators, with a heart for sharing the love of God with kids.

All around great week, and though it is in the history books, it won’t be forgotten. Highlights of the week: a rainy hike : camp packed to overflowing : Cassie and Kyle : Medieval Times : great skits (thank Bryce and Doug) : GaGa : Digglers : messy games in the rain and counselors who we love. Want more Cassie and Kyle? Follow Cassie on Twitter: or follow her Blog.

GetToKnow The 2014 Staff

staff142014 Summer Staff- what a crew!

Erin Burr: Returning for her second summer on counseling staff, Erin has a long Sonlight history as a camper. Hometown Los Alamos. Student at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Best part of camp: “Watching Winston cut watermelon, then eating watermelon.”

Douglas Reed: His second summer at Sonlight, he returns as worship leader and counselor. Home state Florida. Recent graduate of an Internship in worship leading at The Dwelling Place in Virginia. Best part about camp: “small groups.”

Bryce Baca: A long time camper, this is Bryce’s first year as  counseling staff. Hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Student at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. Favorite part of the week: Messy games. Favorite lunch: Gyros.

Johnathon Cannon: First year on staff as a counselor. A long time camper, and 2013 Service Crew member. Hometown, Mancos, Colorado. Student at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Johnathon finds his inner peace at the top of the meat grinder.

Lydia Linton: New to Sonlight in 2014, joining Sonlight staff as a counselor. Hometown Oxford, Ohio. Student at Miami University in Ohio. Best part of each week: Messy games and raft day.

Sarah Osborn: Long time Sonlight kid, her 3rd year on staff as a counselor.  Hometown: El Paso, Texas. Student at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Favorite part of camp: “getting caught in the rain.”

Haley White: Haley’s second summer as a staff member, counseling this summer.  Hometown: Los Alamos. Student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff Arizona. “I live for snow cone syrup.”

Lauren Hutchings: Her first summer at Sonlight, Lauren is on counseling staff. Lauren recently did an extended 6 month stay in Thailand in the mission field. Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan. Student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Favorite thing about camp: “One on one conversations with kids.”

Amanda Klish: Joining us from far away Australia as a counselor. Hometown: Sydney. A graduate of the University of Western Sydney, will return to her teaching position in Australia in the fall.  Amanda says: “I came to be a blessing, but have been abundantly blessed.”

Kelly Collins: We’re so glad to have Kelly join us on staff for her 2nd summer as a counselor. Hometown Janesville, Wisconsin. A student at UW-LaCrosse. Best part about camp: Unlimited green apples.

Henry Stam: Long time camper, Henry is counseling for his second summer at Sonlight. Hometown Los Alamos, NM. A spring 2014 graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Henry says: “My hopes and dreams are all fulfilled in a blueberry scone with lemon glaze.”

Tyler Vance:  New to Sonlight this summer, we are grateful he is on counseling staff! Hometown: Tucson, Arizona. Student at the University of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Tyler’s comment: “I like to diggle.”

Heather McKessen: First year on Sonlight staff, she brings many gifts to her split position of office assistant and health care assistant. Hometown: Silverdale, Washington. A graduate of the Masters Program in Adventure Leadership, Wheaton College. What she says about camp: “Messy games are the best.”

Drew Bremer: Summer 2014 videographer, his first summer at Sonlight. Hometown: Howell, Michigan. Studies film at Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Favorite napping spot: the purple hammock that is partially hidden.

Joslyn Ross: Returning for her second summer as a cook, Joslyn is a second generation Sonlight staff member. Her mom Vicki Ross was on Sonlight staff in 1983 and 1984. Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Student at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.  And what she says about camp: “TACO NIGHT.”

Molly Black: Her first year as a Sonlight cook, Molly is a long time camper, and did her senior year high school internship at Sonlight in 2013. Hometown: Durango, Colorado. Student at Colorado Christian University, Denver, Colorado. Highlight of the summer “Roaming around in the meadow watching the stars.”

Sophia Montiel: A camper since 3rd grade, Sophia is a graduate of Arizona State University in Tucson. Hometown: Tucson. Sophia returns to Sonlight this summer as lead cook. Best part of camp: “clean air.”

Andrew Loyd: Long time staff member, we’re so glad to have Andrew at Sonlight for his 7th summer as staff. In a role as Assistant Camp Director, Andrew supports Winston in ‘all things behind the scenes’, as well as leading the two week Service Crew program. Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico. His “other” job is with Albuquerque Public Schools. Favorite part of camp: star gazing.

Chelsea Poest: Her 4th summer on Sonlight Staff, Chelsea is Program Assistant. A May graduate of Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Hometown: Holland, Michigan. Favorite snack: cheese cubes.

Heather Quandt: New to Sonlight as a counselor in 2007, Heather is setting records for longevity as Sonlight staff. Heather is Program Leader, employed year round to do all the work of summer program, as well as coordinating communication and details of Sonlight fundraising. Hometown: Walled Lake, Michigan. Graduate of Grand Valley State University. Heather says: “The crafty bus is my happy place.”

Sara Tyler: The Sonlight Registrar. Sara works remotely from her home in New York, managing all the Sonlight registrations and parent communications. She also contributes to the work of the Sonlight website, and handles some of the payroll and book keeping.

Winston Marugg: His 35th year at Sonlight, he solves a bewildering array of problems every day. Home is Sonlight Camp. There is nothing he can’t fix and he loves to hear the laughter of kids in the meadow. His comment: “Ice cream sundaes.”

Mary Marugg: Home is Sonlight Camp. Summer # 35 at Sonlight, she finds herself in a double role this summer as part time lead cook, and filling in as RN when needed. Other things that fill each day are keeping up the website, book keeping and related business administrative tasks. Favorite part of camp: Friday night campfires and rainy afternoons.


Hike Day : Alberta Peak

Alberta Peak

July Fun At Sonlight

High school week

Hard to believe it’s mid-summer and we’re past the 4th of July. So glad to have the 7-day High School camp here this week,  friends new and old. Thanks to all our volunteers this week – Mike Coltrin, Matt and Sarah Charles, Carol Pierce and our speaker Tim Gjefle.  Andrew has started with Service Crew this week, Cameron, Mikayla and Grace. Great BTS (behind the scenes) support! We’ve started getting some afternoon rains, much needed as June was quite dry.

Teams Course today- a good day to get to know new folks, practice communication skills and build some resilience. Hike day on Tuesday: here we come Treasure and Alberta peaks!

Junior Camp and A Backpack Trip

Junior Camp

We loved having 30 new kids at Junior camp last week, lots of boys and a few girls! A great introduction to camp. Lots of new friends made, and lots of joy in the little ones.




Pagosa Peak : 12,640'



Some of the gals on the Womens Backpack trip clmbed Pagosa Peak (12,640) after hiking in to Upper Four Mile Lake. A beautiful day to be on a peak.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

 - John Muir