This summer, Tye Edwards, one of our college-age interns, worked as the Camper Registrar. Tye is from Greensboro and grew up coming to Sawyerville Day Camp as a camper. She eventually become a high school staff member and then an intern.
Tye wrote a beautiful letter that was shared with all of the staff this summer as one of the Prayer Partner letters they received. This letter came at the end of the week, and it sums up why being on staff can be challenging and why it can be so very rewarding.
Congratulations, you found your way through the week of camp!!! I know it has been a long, hard fought journey of chaos, but it was all worth it.
I would like to first thank you all for ALL the hard work, dedication, energy, and love that you have shown around and/or to camp and this community. This has been a week to remember; one of those memories that will last with you and others forever. Although it may seem like you have not given it your full potential, it will be the littlest things that mean the world to these kids. I am here to let you know that you are appreciated because I was one of those kids, and I can testify that this project impacted me in ways I did not know it could.
As I recall, growing up in Greensboro was not so bad UNTIL we had to make summer plans. I thanked God annually for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama because in 1993, Sawyerville Day Camp was born (not me, of course). I attended camp when I was around the age of seven, and I have been going ever since, faithfully. I staffed for four years, and now I am an intern as the camper registrar. Traveling down this journey, I have met some of the most outstanding and supportive people in my life. Some of you have watched and helped mold me into the person I am today, and I am so grateful for you. Without this opportunity, I would be still lost, trying to find my way, but because of this, I have learned that “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” It may not mean anything to you right now, but take a minute to reflect on all the smiles you created, friendships you built, and for most, stepping out of your comfort zone. Because of you, this community is united by love and others can see that from afar.
So, I think I speak for my community of Hale County when I say thank you. You gave us hope for a fun, fulfilling summer. Thank you for lighting up our world, but most importantly, thank you for letting your light shine for others.
With love and peace,
Ty’Nedra Edwards 🙂