Meet the Staff

Camp could not happen without a staff of strong women (and a few good 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.

Year-Round Staff

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!

Kelsie (Fennell) Tribble

Kelsie is the Assistant Director at Camp. She came to DeSoto for the first time as a counselor in 2010, and has continued to share her gifts with Camp over the years. She has been the Head of Horseback for several summers, as well as an Assistant Head Counselor. She worked in Greenwood, Mississippi as a speech pathologist before coming to work at Camp full time. Kelsie is married to Martin and they have two children, Louis (2) and Jane Heflin (1).

Kelsie handles all kinds of camp details, from Special Events and the summer program to interviewing and hiring staff. Her favorite camp sounds are the gravel crunching under girls’ feet as they walk quietly to Morning Watch and the last round of “Love the Lord your God” in the Dining Hall on Sundays.

Martin Tribble

Martin is the Business and Facilities Manager at Camp. He learned about DeSoto from his better half, Kelsie, and he even worked on staff at Family Camp when he was in college! Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, Martin is a proud Mississippi State Bulldog. He brings a background in finance to his new role at Camp, as well as an appreciation for the mission of Camp DeSoto and an eagerness to care for this special place so many girls call their second home.

Martin helps us keep things in order around Camp, from the buildings to the budget. He can’t wait to learn the assembly line dances, and his favorite Camp song (so far) is Jubilate Deo (he hasn’t heard them all yet!)

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Martin, Louis (2), Jane Heflin (1), and Kelsie Tribble

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.

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We also hire around 10 Adult Staff members each term. These staff members serve as Camp Doctors, Nurses, Head counselors, Resident Artists, or activity specialists.

Adult Staff provide structure, stability, and support, enabling college staff to give themselves fully to campers.

DeSoto counselors are the heart of the Camp experience.

Explore the "Staff" section of our website to learn more about what we look for in the college girls we hire.

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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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