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Senior high camp directors anticipate a fruitful week

Elliott Jensen, who is co-director of Senior High Camp with Mark Cuilla, are looking forward to “deep and meaningful conversations” on the theme, “Fruits of the Spirit,” interspersed with times of play.

Last year, senior high campers engage in a craft with each other. Photo courtesy of Mark Cuilla

Elliott, who is from Richmond Beach Congregational Church at Shoreline, grew up going to youth group and N-Sid-Sen.

“Both church and camp have been impactful experiences for me, so I like to give back by assisting with youth group at my church and returning to N-Sid-Sen as much as I can. I was honored to be invited to co-direct with Mark,” he said.

He looks forward to campers making lifelong friends.

“I believe that camp sparks genuine connections between campers and it’s wonderful to see them begin new friendships and just have a blast,” he said.

Mark responded to the email inquiry to tell something about himself reported that he is getting married June 24.

“I am a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane, but I like to think of myself as a honorary UCC member because everyone has been so kind and welcoming,” he said. “Senior High Camp at N-Sid-Sen is always a special week, not just for the campers, but for the staff and volunteers as well.

“Watching campers experience the freedom to be themselves—the freedom to play and be silly without the pressure to act a certain way—feels like watching magic happen,” Mark commented.

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