Jessica Nehrt worked at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, Illinois before coming to LVR, so she brought the nickname Tadpole with her. We had a relatively inexperienced summer staff; many of us were on our first summer. Although Tadpole had never been to LVR before, she did have experience as a counselor at a NOLMA camp so she had a general idea how things worked.
She started out as adventure staff, but spent much of the summer working as program staff. She has a personality that’s conducive to an organizational position. Her strong personality and sense of duty helped her make decisions fast and take leadership.
I could tell that Tadpole loved the outdoors and loved God. She was always concerned about figuring out the right thing to do in any situation. When we had our staff campout during the first week, Tadpole and I stayed up after everyone else had gone to sleep. We watched the fire and watched the sky for shooting stars. We tromped off into the woods together to find a good “bathroom.” It wouldn’t have been too far to walk back to the lodge, but we’re both outdoorsy kind of girls.
I didn’t spend much time with Tadpole the rest of the summer because we had different roles. I did see that through challenges we faced, she stood strong. It was hard for her to let go of the urge to be together and in control, but beneath it I saw a girl with deep and complex emotions. But through those emotions, she was always able to do her job. It would have been good to have gotten to know her better.