My name is Jayden, and this is my second year serving God at Camp Carlo! I grew up in rural, central WV, and I am entering my junior year at Fairmont State University studying mechanical engineering. I strive to be a deeply caring, strong, self-sacrificing man for all those around me, just as my patron saint, St. Christopher.
As for my job outside of camp, God has given me the absolute blessing to serve at a non-profit organization named the Disability Action Center (DAC) in Fairmont. We work to provide individuals who have mental disabilities with a community full of friends, programs, support, and love. I specifically spend a lot of my time there working one on one to provide the best quality of life and help them grow in their independence. This role of service and friendship often feels similar to life at Camp Carlo.
Last year at camp was wildly profound, I cannot express the fulness of how clearly God poured his graces onto all of us, and it was truly life changing for all of us staff, with campers expressing the same. It is a refuge for all, built on a true foundation of love and service, so that campers can be provided the most fertile ground possible to grow in the Faith. They can ask questions that maybe they have never felt the opportunity to ask, be guided by young adults who exemplify a life on fire for the Lord, and thrive in an unwavering Catholic culture. Although it may only be a week for them, it is such a unique experience to be held up by so many others who will only your salvation, it is a gift I hope all souls can experience. This has such an effect on the campers, they express a desire to often come back year after year and become counselors when the time comes! I know, I myself, will keep coming back for more!