Meet Our Youth Camp Staff
Kristen Booth, Youth Camp Director
My name is Kristen Booth and I will be leading Big Lake this year. I am looking forward to a great week of summer fun and of course working with these youth. My hope is that through this week those who may not know the gospel will or may have the seed planted in them. I also hope that those who know will be encouraged and learn more that they may not have known before or even going deeper into their current knowledge. Though this is my first time at Big Lake I am looking forward to what God has instore for the summer and beyond Big Lake.
A little about myself. I am from Pittsfield, Ma and am 22.I am the middle child with two siblings. I help with the youth group at my church, Hope Church, and enjoy every moment of it. Originally I am from Worcester, MA where I spent majority of my life. For my senior year of High School, I left and moved out to Pittsfield where I have lived ever since.
Each summer I would always attend Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield for as long as I can remember. I have been a camper all the way to being on staff. There my family currently runs and manages. I worked in the camp store, kitchen, and the day camp program. The day camp program has been a big part of my life. I have made a lot of connection to my current church through it and great friendships. Through the program I have been able to reach out into the community and meet a need of daycare and make it enjoyable.
Myself and three others would work with one another to make sure that we made it possible for the campers to have a safe and fun time each day and week. I always looked forward to each day where I would get to know each camper and at times to act like a child to get them excited and participate in activities. I have learned hands-on that each person is different with how they learn and how they participate in activities.
I have learned an abundant about the importance of the youth no matter what ages they are. They are our tomorrow and need to start now on the importance of having Christ as their Savior. They may or may not have grown up knowing what Christ has done for us but we must not put off till later. We are to start now and make it our intentions to explain and help understand the gospel and have the hope that they will come to know the Truth.
Last year I graduated from Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies. It was an amazing experience that challenged me more than I could have ever imagined. Part of one of the Bible classes was that you go to Israel for two weeks but it was not in God’s plan for me to go with my class. I was able to go this past March with an amazing group of people. It has really changed my life and opened my eyes up to God’s word and has made me understand more about what it is I believe in and can picture exactly where places are when reading my Bible. Someone explained this to me as being able to read God’s word in color instead of black and white.
It was an experience like no other and want to be able to share God’s word even more with those who do not know and encourage those who do know. I pray that God will work through me as well as the rest of the staff. I ask that you would keep us all in your prayers throughout the week. Please pray for health and safety of the staff and most importantly the campers. Pray for the salvation and encouragement. Also for good weather and for fun. Thank you for taking your time to read this and please if you have any questions or would like to get to know me better feel free to reach out. I am looking forward to a great week and using the gifts that God has given me.
Larken McRorie, Counselor
I was asked to write a little bit about me for Campmeeting because I will be a councelor this year! So that being said for who may not know me I am Larken McRorie. I am 18 and I live in Ohio, where I was baptised in a heated pool in our church that my family attends. Not quite the same as the fridgid water of Big Lake! My parents own a summer home here in Big Lake so I have been blessed to come up here all my life and attend Big Lake Campmeeting and lots of boating.
This year I hope to impact the lives of the kids and influence them for what god has planned out for their lives. What ever troubles they may face in their lives I hope to be there to help them. Campmeeting is such a fun week full of activities and games with good Christian people that aren't there to bring you down or judge you like the world tends to do. Savor each moment of the week because trust me it flies by. Next thing you know you are going home to the rough everyday world that we all face. I can't wait to meet new people and be with friends, campers and really the Big Lake family.
Claire Ross, Counselor
Most of you know me but for those who don’t, my name is Claire Ross. I will be a counselor at camp again this summer and have been asked to introduce myself.
I am 22 years old and have been at Big Lake for 22 years! I have just graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
Big Lake is like my second home. I have so many memories from being a camper to being on staff. My baptism was at Big Lake, with several of my friends also being baptized that day. A week at campmeeting fuels my heart. I consider it a privilege to work with the kids and share my faith. My wish is that each kid discovers how Christ can work in their life and be strong as they go back to the real world after camp. We all know that is the hardest part. While at camp, you are surrounded by good, Christian people who support you, teach you, laugh with you and pray with you. It is amazing to be in such a place. And then it’s over, you have to go home, back to your regular life. I hope each camper heads home armed with God’s word to keep them strong.
I am counting down the days until potluck!
Molly Sweeney, Counselor
Hey Y’all. I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Molly Sweeney and I'm from Syracuse, New York. My Nana grew up coming to the lake and thus, my mother and I grew up coming here. There isn't a year that I can remember that I wasn't involved in camp meeting in some capacity.
I just graduated from a small private high school in Syracuse and come this fall I will be attending a small private college in the suburbs of Rochester, New York. I will be studying Early Childhood Education/Childhood Education inclusive with Special Education and a dual major in sociology. In high school I was involved in both the Youth Group at my church and Young Life. This past year, and my junior year I traveled to Central America on a service trip, and hopefully I will go back as a Young Life leader next year.
I’m super excited to spend the week with some amazing adults and some super cool kids. Whether the group is small or large this year I know it'll be a great week! I praying that everyone keeps their hearts, minds, and eyes open to what god has planned for all of us! Looking forward to every minute of it.
Cherie Iannuzzi, Camp Cook
I wanted to send a quick message and say "HELLO! My name is Cherie Iannuzzi and I will be cooking up some deliciousness for camp in a few weeks. I am so VERY excited to be coming up!! I have met a few of you, but for those who have not met me yet let me give you a small glimpses of my life....I have 2 GREAT kids Alexandra age 15 and Andrew (who is leaving for college soon) age 18. I have had the pleasure of working with Rachelle Stephen Cox for the last 3 years at Eagle Academy (Kennett High School) were I am her Administrative Assistant and ALSO have been the dinner and snack coordinator/chef for the last year. I cater the Graduations and other school functions as well. I have been cooking since I was little being for an Italian Family...we ALWAYS ate! I enjoy it immensely!! When I am not in the kitchen I enjoy reading, the outdoors, thrift store shopping, road trips to anywhere and being with my children. I have a FUN menu for ALL to enjoy...I will try to accommodate the best I can for food allergies and restrictions. I have to say, it has been a challenge to come up with so many different food options, when I have never been here..so I hope everyone will give me feed back and enjoy. I came up a few weeks ago with Rachelle and Stephen to clean the kitchen and organize it some. This year we will be adding a small salad bar for dinners, my thought was for kids or staff or anyone that wanted a lighter meal or could not eat the main meal, and for variety. I think the kids will like what I have planned. We will be having a Mexican Fiesta Night, Hoe Down Night, Oriental Express and some Lunch Lady Specials. I look forward to meeting all of you, See you on the 22nd!!
***Please Note: Not All Camp Staff are Listed Here***