Gravatt has been creating leaders through summer camp programming for 70 YEARS, and the summer of 2018 was no different. With 37 excellent, top-notch, kid-loving, goofy, hilarious, compassionate staff members, Gravatt sent home 1,045 HAPPY, safe campers, and for that, we are so grateful.
Each year, during the last session of summer, Gravatt is able to honor two staff members (one male, one female) with the Frederick C. Byrd Staffer of the Year Award. All past recipients are invited to have lunch in Collett and be a part of celebrating these two special staff members following the meal. The award is voted on by fellow staff members, for the staff members they feel embody the spirit and love of Christ daily throughout the summer. During the ceremony, quotes from their fellow staff members are read about the recipients when they are presented the award with sentiments like, “He is the best version of himself with his campers” and “Her efforts to set an example as an older staff member are intentional.”
This year’s recipients were Caroline Sinegar and Sam Robinson (pictured at right). We all say that we are lucky to call Gravatt home, but more than that, Gravatt is lucky to be home to people like these two incredible staff members and human beings. What we do here is show love to children, and that woukd be truly impossible without people like Sam and Caroline, who give their all every single day of their summers. They do it not for recognition, but for love of the program that built them and shaped their childhood. They do it so that the children they counsel can receive this very special award one day. They do it for the love of Gravatt.