Introducing the 2016-2017 Cascades Interns!
The fall brings many new things to Cascades — one of our favorites being the addition of a handful of people to the year-round team. We are, once again, very excited to introduce you all to our newest set of interns! These folks, alongside the dedicated permanent staff, work hard to keep our programs and facilities running all year round.
So, here they are — the 2016-2017 Cascades Camp and Conference Center interns! Drum roll please…
Kali “Tums” Burnside is serving as the Kitchen Intern this year, working alongside Chris Dean to serve up all of the delicious food guests have come to expect while enjoying their time at Cascades.
Hometown: Marysville, WA
Previous jobs at camp: I worked on kitchen staff, as a counselor, then as the Ranch S.A.L.T. Leader, and this last summer I served as the Brightwood Program Leader.
What you were up to before this summer: Before coming to camp last summer I was finishing up my degree in English from the University of Washington, and managing a café on campus.
Favorite place at camp: The deck of Madrona. It has a beautiful view of the lake!
Favorite camp meal: I’m a huge fan of twice baked potatoes and brisket, but that seems to be more of an off-season thing. I’d say during the summer I always look forward to pulled pork sandwiches and jojos!
Most obscure talent: Crocheting dish scrubbies, quoting SpongeBob in everyday life, and impersonating Marcel the Shell.
Goals for the year: Some of my goals for this year are to jump down an entire flight of the program office stairs in one leap, learn to play the ukulele proficiently, build something with wood, start a blog, and to play Nintendo 64 with Dan Clifford.
Favorite care package treat: Kind notes, your favorite book, and all kinds of baked goods!
As this year’s Ranch Intern, Ellie “Bellator” Leegwater is spending the year out at Sunrise Ranch taking great care of all of our horses with Rowanne Fairchild.
Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Previous jobs at camp: I have been on kitchen staff twice (serving the second summer as Kitchen Leader), and this last summer I worked as the Brightwood S.A.L.T. Leader for the majority of the season and as the Ranch Program Leader for the last few weeks.
What you were up to before this summer: Before this summer started I took a road trip for about a month visiting 10 national parks in different states.
Favorite place at camp: My favorite places around camp are 1) up at Brightwood, 2) at the ranch, and 3) by the pastures — all of which have incredible views of the mountain and the sky during sunsets!
Favorite camp meal: I’m always a big fan of oatmeal!
Most obscure talent: I like painting, drawing, and other art. I enjoy making cards to send to my friends.
Goals for the year: I’m looking for something, of which I’m not sure yet, but I hope to discover what it is this year. I know that this place is one of healing and peace, which I’ve seen start to shape things — I know I’m doing better now that I’m here. I feel as though there is a purpose to life and to being here. What comes after my time here for the internship is still unknown, so my goal for this year is to find what that ‘something’ is, and I know that will happen here because I’m able to learn and grow in this atmosphere.
Favorite care package treat: I like notes and flowers and smiles and chai!
Ethan “Crescendo” Lindell has taken on the role of Operations Intern this year, working with Cean Williard, to keep our grounds and facilities functioning with excellence.
Hometown: Ballard, WA
Previous jobs at camp: My first summer I was the male S.A.L.T. Crew Leader, and this last summer I served as the Rainier Kids Day Camp Recreation Leader.
What you were up to before this summer: I was finishing up my sophomore year at Western Washington University.
Favorite place at camp: Walking out on the left side of the lake along the trail until you get to the elbow, at this spot there are two trees right on the edge of the lake that you can hang a hammock between — that’s my favorite place.
Favorite camp meal: Chicken Caesar salad wraps.
Most obscure talent: I can unicycle backwards!
Goals for the year: During the internship I want to learn to play the tin whistle, to further my education in a non-traditional way, and to, most importantly, grow in my understanding and knowledge of what it means to be a Christian. I want to create a firm foundation for my life in Christ this year.
Favorite care package treat: The coolest post card you can find from your town!
Alex “Oseye” Farag is working this year as the Program Intern, alongside Jessica Martin, to plan and execute each of our weekend retreats, family camps, and kids camps.
Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon
Previous jobs at camp: I worked as the Barista for two summers (the second summer I also served as the Retail Leader), then I was the female Seasoned S.A.L.T. Leader, and this last summer I served as the Activities Coordinator.
What you were up to before this summer: Before this last summer I was graduating from Linfield College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Favorite place at camp: My favorite place at camp is Paradise Point early on a clear day! I love the beautiful 360° views and the silhouette of Mt. Rainier on a crisp morning.
Favorite camp meal: I absolutely love pesto, so my favorite off-season meal is pesto chicken pasta! Or breakfast tacos! Or the veggie-ham soup! (I can’t decide, it’s all so good…)
Most obscure talent: I’ve been told that my laugh can be heard from halfway around the world — so I’d say my obscure talent is obnoxiously loud laughter!
Goals for the year: I have a few goals for this year — I plan to read a book for each month that I’m here, to learn some basic guitar, and to consistently be trying new activities that get me out of my comfort zone.
Favorite care package treat: Encouraging notes, your favorite board game, and chocolate covered almonds!
There they are, folks! Please join us in welcoming them to the Cascades Camp family!
Alex “Oseye” Farag