By: Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Each summer, TMU sophomore Lauren Flowers spends her summer working as a counselor at Camp Kaleo, a Georgia Baptist camp in Forsyth, Georgia. This summer, the music education major found her time to be one she would never forget.

Camp Kaleo, which provides a retreat setting for children, youth, college students and adults, offers recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, canoeing, hiking trails, a low ropes course and a climbing tower.

“I have been working there for six summers,” said Flowers. “My dad is the Camp Director, so I’ve actually lived on the camp going on 16 years.”

Throughout the summer, Flowers connected with female campers who were in her charge by leading them in devotions and other group activities. One of her favorite things about the camp was the comradery between the staff, including fellow TMU students. “We all worked so well together. We grew together spiritually, and we helped grow our campers together. There is nothing else like it.”

For Flowers, even though she has spent many years at Camp Kaleo, this year, she served for the first time as a counselor for overnight campers. This increased responsibility allowed her the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the campers, while helping them grow in their relationship with Christ.

“Girls are eager to learn about Christ,” she explained, “and you can’t assume that the ones coming with the church actually know the gospel.”

Many of them did not have a relationship with God before attending the camp, but by the end of the week, seven girls in Flowers’ group stood up and devoted their lives to Christ.

With the excitement from this year’s salvations still fresh on her mind, Flowers looks forward to serving with fellow counselors next summer at Camp Kaleo to see what God has in store for her and the campers.


Jenny Gregory is the Content Manager for Truett McConnell University.

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