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Welcome to Camp Mitchell!

Camp Mitchell, located atop scenic Petit Jean Mountain in central Arkansas, is a ministry of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. We provide a sacred place and offer programs that foster formation, recreation, fellowship, and renewal. Stop by and visit us, use our Chapel to meditate or pray, stroll the grounds, or take in the view from our cliffs.


Summer Staff 2015

Introducing your Camp Mitchell Summer Staff for 2015!

 

RENZI

Renzi
Renzi is a familiar face around Camp Mitchell! Her first summer on staff was in 2013 when she became a camp counselor. She came back in 2014 as the assistant summer staff coordinator, and now she is back for her third summer to work as the assistant summer staff coordinator again! She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, and after living in Pennsylvania and Connecticut for some time, her family returned to the Midwest where she graduated from Jefferson City High School in 2011. Renzi recently graduated in May from Culver-Stockton College with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and a minor in Arts Management. In her free time, she enjoys drinking espressos, reading comics, taking bubble baths and going on adventures. She plans to relocate to Colorado after camp and eventually pursue a career in nonprofit management. She connects best to God through being outdoors and seeing everything that God has created, so Camp Mitchell and Colorado are great places to do just that. Some of Renzi’s future goals include; completing a half marathon, reinventing her own personal blog, trying skiing and snowboarding for the first time, hiking new trails and growing a small garden in her backyard. Renzi’s favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

PAUL

Paul
Paul Ricketts hails from the great “Show Me” state of Missouri. After graduating from Culver-Stockton College, he returned to his elementary school, not as a student but as a Para professional to a 7-year-old special needs child. It has been a very challenging year but the child as well as the Para learned many things from each other. Now with the school year ending Paul is looking forward to returning to Camp Mitchell for his third year. This summer rather than a counselor, he is taking on a new challenge as media coordinator. Paul looks forward to capturing all the many special moments and events that occur at camp. He enjoys interacting with campers and hopes to continue to share his interests such as biking, comic book collecting, photography and Camp Mitchell’s Rules of Life, which still impacts his daily life.

NOAH

Noah
Noah Ambos was born in St. Simons Island, Georgia. He then lived in Savannah until he was eight when he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas. Noah has an older brother and sister and his crazy dog Lola. He graduated in 2014 from Parkview High School. Currently, he is a freshman at Hendrix College, majoring in Biochemistry. Noah is a member of The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock where he has worked as a second grade Sunday school teacher for the past six years. He enjoys being outdoors doing things such as frisbee, hiking, rock climbing, or whatever it may be. In addition, Noah is a certified scuba diver. One of his favorite things to do is play soccer, although he thoroughly enjoys watching it as well. Noah is an avid Chelsea and US National Team fan. When it comes to food/drink, Noah is a connoisseur of chocolate milk. His favorite food is ice cream (if he’s allowed to consider that a food), if not then his favorite would be Wild Berry Pop Tarts. He has never gone to Camp Mitchell before, so he is excited for a new, fun experience and to get to know all of the campers. Noah looks forward to being able to learn about and take part in all of the camp traditions this summer. Noah cannot wait for camp to begin, and to be able to experience all of Camp Mitchell!

ZAY

Zay
This is Arzalious Davis but you can just call him “Zay”! He is your camp
counselor for the summer!! Arzalious is a student at the University of
Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. His major is Early Childhood Education
and his minor is Sociology! He is 22 going to be 23 on June 30th and he is a
lot of fun! He is an authoritative figure but he wants and values your input
and ideas on how to make your camp experience a great one, so don’t be afraid to talk to him!He is all about respect and if you respect him he will respect you as well!He loves music, he can sing, he loves to cook, he is the
baby out of 8 siblings, and he is a good person to come talk to when you are
feeling down and need a pick me up! He will not judge you. He wants to get
to know you all as much as he can! He is your counselor but he is also your friend!!

JOHN

John
John Hooker is 19 years old and a student at Hendrix College, where he is studying Anthropology. Outside of class, he is a pretty huge gamer and a dedicated member of the Hendrix Flying Squirrels Ultimate Frisbee team, and he hopes to bring plenty of Frisbee to camp sports this summer. When he was in 8th grade, John’s sister talked him into coming to Camp Mitchell for junior high camp, and we haven’t been able to get rid of him since. For John, Camp Mitchell has always been a home away from home, a place where he can easily discard any problems that trouble him for a while and rejuvenate himself in the family atmosphere of his friends. Music is a huge part of his life, and he’s always insisted that any good time is made better with the right soundtrack. He loves having his campers tell him all their favorite songs so they can listen to them in the cabin, and he loves seeing shy kids move to the front of Hoke to belt out the words of all the camp songs by the end of each week! His favorite bands right now are Hoodie Allen and Fitz and the Tantrums. His father cannot stand either, so he blares them off his computer whenever he’s around. John looks forward to the return of all his camp friends this summer, and he’s even more excited for the new friends we’re all sure to make.

ALDEN

Alden
Alden Walters is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been attending and working at Camp Mitchell for years. He has been a part of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas since he was 10 years old, when his family moved to Little Rock. He just finished his freshman year at Yale University, and plans to major in either English or Philosophy. He plays and sings in a folk music group on campus called Tangled Up In Blue (also know as TUIB), and is looking forward to bringing his love of music up the mountain again. He is recently retired from competitive sports, focusing his efforts on more friendly games that don’t really have winners and losers, because it’s more fun that way. And less sweaty, which has led to a bit of an existential crisis, as the Northeast has deprived his sweat glands of the level of activity they were used to in the South. He is looking forward to being back in Arkansas, where he can run and hike and fish and sweat as much as he wants with minimal interference. Hopefully, with all the opportunities presented this summer and in the years to come, he will decide what he wants to do with his life, whether it is teaching, writing, or another equally high-paying job. He’s excited to get a chance to be at camp for an entire summer after being restricted to the fluorescent lights of libraries and classrooms for so long.

ANTHONY

Anthony

Anthony Becerra is a 19 year old college student that has just finished his first year at Hendrix College. He is highly involved in music, from playing saxophone for 7 years, violin for 4 years and being involved in choir for 4 years, music has heavily shaped his life. His favorite subject to study is science with a heavy focus in Biology. His favorite books include The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, The Percy Jackson & The Olympiansseries, and Grendel. Some of his favorite movies include Jurassic Park, Les Misérables, The Avengers,and Avatar. During his down time, Anthony enjoys listening to or preforming music, reading on all topics and spending time relaxing outdoors. Anthony has attended countless leadership seminars building specific skills that improve his abilities over groups large or small. These seminars include The Scott Lang Leadership Workshop, Jones Leadership and SASI Leadership camps. All of these have contributed to his growth as a human being and his ability to care for others, specifically those who he is put in charge of.

JESS

Jess
Jess Hunter is from Little Rock, Arkansas and is a rising sophomore at Hendrix College. She is a Biology Major and a Dance Minor, hoping to go to medical school to become a pediatrician. At Hendrix, Jess is a member of the Hendrix Dance Ensemble, volunteers at Ida Burns Elementary, and is a Hendrix Orientation Leader. Jess has gone to Camp Mitchell for the past 7 years as both a camper and a CIT. She is so excited to call the mountain her home this summer! Speaking of the mountain, Jess adores all things camp; she even has a favorite day of camp, Tuesday, because of taco salad (and sour cream iz lyfe)! Her hobbies include making friendship bracelets, napping, anything Netflix (specifically Extreme Couponing and HIMYM), and exploring new places. Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese (cantaloupe is a very close second) and her favorite color is mint green. Jess also loves all things sushi. Her guilty pleasure movie is The Cheetah Girls 2 and her current favorite possession is her calendar of yoga kittens. Fun facts about Jess: she can write legibly with her right foot and can do the Golem voice from Lord of the Rings. Jess cannot wait to be up at camp this summer to meet all of the campers and have fun!

LEAETTA

Leaetta
This year we are excited to announce that Leaetta Odglen will be joining us at Camp Mitchell! This will be her first summer on the mountain but we are just as excited as she is. Although originally Newport, Arkansas. Leaetta is happy to call Conway home, where she is currently working on a degree in Religious Studies and Sociology at Hendrix College. She enjoys working with youth and has chaperoned at AYE and Winterstar this past year. She also is the Youth Ministry Intern at St. Peter’s in Conway. When she’s not working, Leaetta is an avid lover of the great outdoors, which makes her a perfect fit for camp. She loves being around water, often enjoying canoeing, swimming, or vacationing at the beach! Leaetta hopes to one day travel to every country in the world, but until then, shes’ content to spend her time baking or eating Marble Slab ice cream. She is always up for a challenge, even recently learning to play the ukulele. She’s excited to show off her skills and teach campers about such a unique instrument. If you look for Leaetta, you usually find her in the kitchen baking her favorite cupcakes, out on the lake, or in the art studio. This summer, look no further than Camp Mitchell because that’s where she’ll be!

MARY CLAIRE

Mary Claire
Mary Claire Rizzardi is one of your 2015 female counselors. She is psyched to bring her years of experience as a camper, CIT, and last summer’s Media Coordinator at Camp Mitchell to life this summer! Marcy Claire hails from the great city of Little Rock but spent her senior year of high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, she is back in the Natural State and attends Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas for an undeclared major and a minor in Religious Studies. Mary Claire is passionate about being outdoors, specifically when the outdoors involve running (her all time favorite), cycling, hiking, kayaking, and swimming. In addition to the time she spends outside, she also plays flute and piccolo for the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble. Mary Claire’s favorite literary work cannot be named because she changes it so often. Some of them include The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Dubliners by James Joyce, the essay The Loss of the Creature by Walker Percy, the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the Harry Potter books, and How to Kill a Mockingbird (yes, she is very excited for the release of Go Set a Watchman). Favorite movies you ask? Also a difficult question, she retorts. Some are Harry Potter (The Prisoner of Azkaban is the best), LOTR, the original Star Trek, Star Wars (Episodes IV, V, and VI), Pulp Fiction, Breakfast Club, and Reservoir Dogs. Needless to say, Mary Claire’s main focus this summer is not her books, running, movies, outdoor obsessions, or undeclared major. It’s her campers and all that she can bring to the table (literally and figuratively) to make their experience at Camp Mitchell as incredibly life-touching as hers was.

HANNAH

Hannah
Hannah Tackett just finished up her freshman year at Hendrix College. She plays volleyball and runs track and is planning on double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. She loves communicating with people in the third person and is displaying said talent right before your very eyes. She is from Little Rock, Arkansas and is very proud of her hometown nestled in the wonderful South. When she is not studying, volleying, tracking, or psyching she likes to spend time outdoors, eating ice cream, and snuggling with her pets. Hannah still hasn’t mastered the art of friendship bracelet making but will gladly accept one for some string in the shape of a circle in return. Hannah’s favorite books include The Glass Castle and Little Bee and was thrilled when she was asked to write down her favorite books because it gave her the chance to tell the world they should read those two books, no biggie. Hannah also thinks she is much wittier when it comes to descriptions about herself, but sometimes it’s just not there when you need it so this is all she has. She has no intention of growing up so there would be no reason to even mention what she wants to be when that time comes. I mean, we’re camp counselors. We’re hanging on to adolescence as hard as we can.

ANNIKA

Annika
Annika Warrick is a native Arkansan from Little Rock, who is currently studying Creative Writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a double minor is Art History and Photography. She hopes to bring her passion for the arts, as well as her love for Petit Jean Mountain, and the people on it, to camp this summer. Her hobbies include rereading Harry Potter, taking photos with her Cannon t5, who she lovingly named Cam, and finding beauty in unusual places. Annika plans to continue on to graduate school in London after completing her degree at UCA, and to write novels for a living. Her favorite thing to do outside of school is to explore new places. She has attended Camp Mitchell for 10 years this year, all the way up from Middler camp, and is a parishioner of St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Little Rock. Annika has a passion for poetry as well, and actively writes her own, as well as constantly quoting Emily Dickinson. Most of the time not on purpose. Her favorite quote is from the third Harry Potter movie, and is said by Dumbledore. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”