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jacob beard

counselor

I can remember how nervous I was to start my first camp as a counselor. My heart sank a little when I found out that I was having Tribe kids as my first cabin. For the most part, the kids that I had in my cabin were very nice and sweet to me. However, a few of my kids were rambunctious and just had a hard time listening to instructions. My patience was wearing thin throughout the week as I had not been used to taking care of a bunch of 7 and 8 year olds. I was tired, frustrated, and slightly coming to the end of myself when I found out that my grandfather had passed away.  The news hit me like a ton of bricks. I had no idea how I was going to have the strength to go back and be there for my campers. Amidst the toughest time in my life, I felt secure.  I was forced to not rely on myself, my accomplishments, and things that I thought I was good at and rely fully on the Lord. I am eternally grateful for the way the staff loved on me and showed me so much grace. Throughout the second half of the summer, I had so many awesome camps that were so rewarding. Words cannot express the love that I have for all the amazing people that the Lord so graciously blessed me with this summer through Lake Forest Ranch.