Say Hello Saturday: Claudia Fisher
This winter and spring, we’ve been highlighting all of our year-round permanent staff members on our blog. Today we’re introducing the one, the only…
Name: Claudia “Dirt” Fisher
Job: Program Director
How long have you worked at Cascades? I worked on summer staff from 2002-2006. Then I interned from 2007-2008 and have been on year-round staff ever since.
What do you like most about working at Cascades? I love working with college students, as well as my coworkers. Because I’ve worked here for so many years, it’s fun getting to see people come back for family camps each year, and seeing campers become S.A.L.T.s, then summer staff, and sometimes even year-round staff.
If you had to choose one camp food to eat every day for a year, what would you choose? I really like the sandwiches – the rolls with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes – served with Chris’ yummy tomato bisque soup!
Favorite place at camp? I like Easy Street a lot. Especially walking around the horse pasture – lots of good thinking happens there. I also love my office! It’s a very comfortable place – my home away from home, where lots of good conversations happen. I’m also a big fan of Lakeside Chapel and Horseshoe Hollow.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your job at Cascades? I’m currently finishing up a Masters in Counseling Psychology, so I enjoy doing therapy, learning, and going to school. I also like photography, my dog Bella, and pretending like I know how to play guitar.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a horse when I grew up. I thought if I ate grass I would become a horse, so yes, I DID eat grass as a kid. (Sadly, it didn’t work out – I’m not a horse.) I also wanted to be a veterinarian at one point.
Most epic camp story? Once summer Tom Moline tasked me with the job of playing “ice cream driver” during family camp, so I drove the “Cushman” (one of our three-wheeled summer vehicles) down to the waterfront on a hot afternoon to pass out ice cream. Little did I know, the brakes didn’t really work. As I was driving down the road by the sand volleyball court, it popped out of gear and I began careening down towards the waterfront. It was quite the moment – blasting cheery music like an ice cream truck, but also about to bowl over a bunch of campers. At the last minute, I decided to take a hard turn and try to drive it off to the side. In one split second, I went up on two wheels and the whole vehicle went “EEEERGGH!” Somehow I didn’t tip over or go off a hillside, but my adrenaline sure was pumping. Moral of the story: the children got their ice cream, and I didn’t die. Win-win.
What’s been one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had at camp? Probably the lasting relationships I’ve made with summer staffers over the years – how I’ve seen God use them and grow them here, and then watched them move onto other cool things.
Thanks Claudia! Claudia has brought so much life to this ministry over the years with her spunk, wisdom, many talents, and passion for everything she does. We’re grateful for you, Dirt Claud!