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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

    Perspectives: 2022 Casowasco LIT

    Meet LIT graduate Ashley Dillon

    August 11, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From June 27-July 22, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center held a program called Leaders in Training (LIT) for 16–17-year-old high school students to learn how to become leaders in the camp setting and in ministry. Click here to learn more about the LIT program.

    One of them is 16-year-old Ashley Dillon. Ashley has been going to church her whole life. She attends CenterPoint Christian Fellowship with her mother and a non-denominational church with her dad.

    Ashley was a camper at Casowasco last summer when David Weber mentioned the possibility of creating a leadership training program for a whole month.

    When she found out the LIT program was on, she told her parents, “I need to do this!”

    Here are some of Ashley’s reflections of the LIT training in her own words:

    • Even after just a couple of days, we all became so close. I loved hanging out with the other LITs and getting to know them.
    • I loved Chapel and singing every day.
    • I actually enjoyed kayaking the most; you get into a rhythm and it feels relaxing.
    • I found that being a role model was the most challenging part. In front of campers, we have to be careful not to fool around like we do when they’re not around. You have to have a very good filter.
    • I’ve gained a lot of confidence. I’ve become more outgoing and better able to control a large group.
    • I love the whole camp setting here at Casowasco—it feels like a small community.
    • I feel like I understand my faith better and I realize that God loves me and wants the best for me.
    • Being a leader is a lot more of a team thing than I thought. We had to rely on each other a lot and it was great to have the support of others.

    Ashley had a great time as an LIT and though she misses the aspects of being a camper, she is excited to use the skills she has learned. Ashley was also one of the three LITs who became a certified lifeguard.

    Congratulations on your LIT graduation, Ashley

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."