Meet the Staff

Camp could not happen without a staff of strong women (and a few men) to bring it to life! We are grateful to God for consistently providing a wonderful and nurturing Summer Staff each year, in addition to the few of us who work year-round in Mentone.

Bill Berry

Bill Berry is the Office Administrator at Camp, and he is the voice of Camp DeSoto for anyone who calls the Camp office. Bill was a teacher and Principal at Moon Lake Elementary School for many years before retiring from that position and becoming part of DeSoto’s year-round staff. Bill grew up in Mentone, has traveled to all 50 states and over 100 countries, and knows the artist and year of any popular song you can name!

Nicole Hurt

Nicole Hurt, fondly known as “Coley,” is the director of Camp DeSoto’s Horseback Riding Program. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, and former member of the Clemson Equestrian Team, Nicole has a degree in Animal Science, as well as a life-long love of horses (especially her childhood horse, Johnny.) She married Peter Hurt, Phil and Marsha’s oldest son, in 2010, and after several years living and working in Colorado, they moved back to Alabama in 2016. Coley loves Redbone Coonhounds and her low country South Carolina roots.

Summer Staff

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Camp DeSoto hires approximately 60 college-age young women each summer. These staff members are the strength of Camp DeSoto, and they model love and service to campers each summer. Camp DeSoto Staff are counselors in the truest sense of the word, offering campers their friendship, guidance, and nurturing care.

We also hire around 20 Specialty Staff who are older than college age. These staff members serve as Camp Doctors, Nurses, Head counselors, Resident Artists, or activity specialists. Specialty Staff provide structure, stability, and support, enabling college staff to give themselves fully to campers.

Dig deeper into what we look for in the college girls we hire to be on Camp DeSoto Staff.

My two summers as a DeSoto counselor were the most transformative summers of my life. I had camped for 9 summers, but my staff experience was completely different in the best way possible! At the end of staff training, I received my list of six 7th graders and knew none of their names, but I knew that I was called to love them. And that is what I did for the month! I loved and loved and loved again even on the days when it was hard, and I know that it was the Lord who allowed me to keep on loving.

Former camper, staff member for 2 summers
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