This morning at the Timbers, we were given the opportunity to interview our town runner and counselor, Madison “Walk with a Porpoise” Smith. We were excited to hear about her time here at camp and learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes!

What brought you to Pine Cove?

I have been a camper at Pine Cove since I was in 2nd grade. I love the ministry that is here, and I wanted to be apart of it. I was a Baby Ruth two years ago, a counselor last year, and this year a town runner first half of the summer and counselor second half.


How is your job role this summer different from last summer?

Being a town runner and a part of program staff is a lot less in the center of camp but more behind the scenes. As a town runner, my job is to go on trips into town to pick up things that we need here at the Timbers to run camp. I get the opportunity to help with work crew where we set up and help with meals. I also get to help out in the office, and it’s great!

What is your favorite part about working at Pine Cove? 

The big thing is the relationships that I get to build here at the Timbers. Being a returner, I have the opportunity to continue developing those relationships here at camp on a deeper level.

What has God been teaching you lately here at camp?

Being a returner and being involved in work crew and behind the scenes, it’s been really cool to see how the Lord has used me to lead in that environment. He has challenged me and shown me how to lead by example but with humility and grace. I have learned patience while working alongside others.

Is there a verse or book of the bible that you are studying right now that applies to your time here at camp?

I have loved the theme over the past couple of weeks here at the Timbers. We have been learning about being slow to speak and quick to listen. James 1:19 is the verse that probably applies the most to my time here. I have learned about being loving with your words towards others and quick to be forgiving. Since I was on work crew last year as well, its easy for me to become confident and comfortable in that. There are a lot of people this year new to work crew and don’t understand how it works. When people have mistakes or mess up I have learned patience and understanding towards others.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
James 1:19-20

We love Madison, and we’re thankful for her here at the Timbers!

-Unlucky Charms
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