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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.

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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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!

Caroline Colley is one of our Program Interns. A recent college graduate, Caroline grew up in Athens, Georgia and studied Elementary Education at Auburn University. She has been a DeSoto girl for many years, first as a camper and more recently as a counselor. This summer, Caroline will be the Head of Special Events, and we’re excited that she brings her heart for children and her fun-loving spirit to our full-time staff!

Wrenn Parish is also a Program Intern. She grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and recently graduated from Mississippi State University. Wrenn has been a camper, a counselor, the Head of Ropes & Climbing, and this summer she will be the Head of Activities & Trips. Wrenn creates a party wherever she goes and always makes sure others feel included! She is just the person to bring the camp program to life this summer, and we are so grateful she’s joined the team.

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.

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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