Welcome Our New Caretaker!

Delanco Camp Board of Directors has hired our next caretaker, Jake Booz. This position is responsible for the oversight of all buildings and grounds as well as facilitation of off season rentals of the camp. Jake and his wife Summer have moved into the Caretaker’s House and are getting acclimated to life at camp.

 

We asked Summer to share a little about them as an introduction:

“Jake and I both grew up in Millville, NJ. Jake was raised in First United Methodist and I went to Pilgrim Holiness Church. I attended Cumberland Christian School, but in 8th grade I transferred to Lakeside Middle School, where Jake and I met and became friends. We began dating during college and got married in October 2015. Jake has worked as a car mechanic, a landscaper, a tow truck driver, and a diesel mechanic. While I also enjoy working with my hands, my passion lies in music and children. I taught Spanish at Cumberland Christian for a year and currently work as a music teacher in Winslow Township. Jake and I have always felt closest to God when helping others–whether by doing construction for J.U.N.E. Project, volunteering as a Delanco Camp leader, helping with an oil change, or babysitting. Delanco is the perfect place to serve!

For the past year, Jake and I have been looking for our first house. During this long search, nothing had felt right-so we continued praying. When Jake found out about the Delanco Caretaker position, we both knew right away that this is where God wanted us to be. We both love being outdoors, and our joined teacher and handyman experiences have been preparing us for this stage of our lives. We look forward to serving Delanco Camp and helping lead others to Christ. We are so blessed to become part of the Delanco family and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!”

Hopefully you get a chance to meet Jake and Summer if you have not yet at Spring Retreat, work days, or camp season this upcoming summer. We look forward to seeing God use them at Delanco!

TUESDAY TESTIMONY | CHLOE SWIFT

We continue our weekly Tuesday Testimony post where we are having campers, staff and parents share their story about how God used Delanco this summer in their lives. If you would like to share your story email dan.ulrich@delanco.org. 

Hello, my name is Chloe Swift. I am fourteen years old and a sophomore at Cumberland County Technical Education Center. I have attended First United Methodist Church in Millville, New Jersey as long as I can remember, and I would not be happy anywhere else. I started attending Delanco Camp in the summer of 2014, and I have not stopped since. The story of how I got to Delanco that summer is a little funny. I have a serious anxiety disorder and that summer my symptoms and panic attacks were worse than normal. My parents and I agreed that sending me away without contact to my family for a week was not a good idea; hence I did not register. My brother, going into fourth grade at the time, somehow broke the age rule, and was signed up for middler camp. I came to Delanco for the first time with my family to drop Parker off and I was instantly called to stay. Mrs. Nina Crain offered to let me go home for the night, pack up, and return in the morning. Somehow, my eleven-year old self agreed, went to a 24 hour Walmart for supplies, and returned the next morning with suitcase in hand. By something I can only call a miracle by God, I did not have one anxiety flare up that entire week, and the things God did in me in that one week have changed my life since.

When I left Delanco, little seventh grade me knew I wanted to pursue a relationship with God for the rest of my life. After that summer, I changed the way I thought about anxiety. I looked for God’s wisdom and guidance when I was having a panic attack, and through something else I can only call a miracle, almost all of my symptoms of my anxiety disorder have ceased, and anxiety no longer controls my life. Anxiety is no longer a curse, it was something given to me to show God’s love and grace for me. I have since attended eight Delanco retreats and camps over the past four years, and God has worked in my life every single time. The counselors, staff, and campers at Delanco have changed my life for the better in ways I cannot express. I cannot wait to be able to help others as a counselor someday in the near future. Thank you for hearing my story, have an amazing day, and may God bless you in every way.

TUESDAY TESTIMONY | JACK BROOMELL

Today we continue our weekly Tuesday Testimony post where we are having campers, staff and parents share their story about how God used Delanco this summer in their lives. If you would like to share your story email dan.ulrich@delanco.org.

To say Delanco has changed my life would be an understatement. Even before I got involved with the week-long camps and retreats, I first went to Delanco on a Men’s Retreat with my church. This was my first time visiting and that same weekend is when I committed myself to following God.

Now looking to this past summer this was my third Teen Camp and second Junior High 1. So I have been involved for a few years but this past summer and fall retreat were extremely life changing for myself. Junior High 1 is always a week where I can just hit pause and focus on my life with God. I love being out there with a lot of my best friends, and the deans, Dan and Julie Ulrich, always put a great week together. The theme this year was “No One Is an Island” and it was just something I needed to hear. I felt disconnected from God and a lot of my friends the past year. Then we get to Teen Camp with the theme of “Holistic” where we talk about how every part of you can give back and thank God. Both of these weeks combined helped me reset and get in tune with God.

Following the end of summer and start of Fall we just hosted our Fall Retreat. This was my second time being a dean with one of my best friends, Zach Richman. On top of that, I am lucky to have a girlfriend who also has a servants heart and was there to support me every step of the way (She is my better half). I was also blessed with the opportunity to speak again at camp. That weekend all we really did was just read 1 Peter and learn what Peter had to tell us and man was it refreshing. I felt like it was my rugby coach giving me a pep-talk at half time. My favorite verse we read that weekend had to be 1 Peter 2:9 where it says “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”. Just reading that verse and seeing that God called me out into the chosen people, into a royal priest hood, is just so refreshing. That weekend we just talked about how God has called us to a daily challenge of living by His word everyday.

As someone who grew up without actually believing in God, to be personally called into his royal priesthood is one of the most encouraging promises he could give me. One of my biggest regrets in life was not attending Delanco as a camper (although it gives me a great “Never Have I Ever” during ice-breaker night). Delanco is special; a camp full of God-loving and people-loving individuals. It is a place that even though it took me 20 years to get involved, I feel as though I have been apart of this community for my whole life.