Summer Role: Head Nurse
Lois has rocked it as a Camp Nurse at Charis Camp since 2015!
What does it mean to be a Camp Nurse, Lois?
Emergency preparedness, make sure all supplies stocked, camper calls before camp to ensure medical form information is clear for the best week possible. First Aid and medical care throughout the week... Not to mention lice ministry...
I heard you started an awesome New program at Charis. Tell me about it!
A few years ago we had a decision to make with resourcing those with exceptionalities. I started something called Beyond Boundaries; I stole the concept from another camp. It’s a program to help kids be at camp that need that bit of extra help that our existing structure wasn’t able to provide. We do an extended interview with parents to see how to support their kids, find people who are equipped to be a resource to them and connect them at Charis for the best week possible!
What’s your Camp Story?
I was a camper, fell in love with camp and never went away! I was a cabin leader, then a camp wife and a nurse. My life was changed at camp when I had mentors at that saw potential in me, called me up and out, helped me know how to be a leader and now I am excited to do the same for others. I love seeing kids' lives changed in a week at Charis. I love seeing them find their identity in Jesus. It’s such a unique ministry; there is nothing quite like camp!
What’s a favorite memory at Charis?
I love pranks! Ha ha ha! They are my favorite things in the whole wide world! One that I can confess publicly is that we saran wrapped someone’s car at their house...saran wrapping is awesome! One time we were saran wrapping someone's cabin and one of my accomplices broke her ankle on a saran wrap role. Brian (Lois' husband) says, “nothing says love like being pranked by Lois.” Obviously getting engaged, married and having babies at camp are top memories too:)
If you could tell people anything about Camp what would it be?
Camp is for EVERYONE! It doesn’t look the same for everyone but it is for introverts, extroverts, young and old...it changes everyone’s life! I think that the most common misconception is that camp is just for kids.
Thank You Nurse Lois!
Charis is better because of you! You are an essential part of the team and your camp family adores you!
The Piccioni Family (Left to Right)
Barnaby, Lois, Brian, Jack