The Second Inductee: Mary Beth Bradberry
Thursday, April 21, 2016
It is with great pleasure that we announce the second inductee into the Camp Administrator Hall of Fame....Mary Beth Bradberry from Camp Trinity!
After 22 nominees and about 15,000 votes cast, Mary Beth had the highest number of votes (by a margin of about only 100!).
Arielle Pickrel nominated Mary Beth and had this to say in his description:
"Mary Beth Bradberry, Camp Trinity Camp Director, embodies all that camp is and always upholds the values of Camp Trinity. Mary Beth is the sole year round employee at Camp Trinity and her commitment to Camp Trinity does not go unnoticed by her summer staff and camp family. In her 8 years as Camp Director, her interpersonal skills, way with words, and passion for the ministry of Camp Trinity are some of the ways she has helped allow Camp Trinity to thrive! Without her loving service to Camp Trinity, it is easy to see that Camp Trinity would not be nearly as strong as it is without her dedication and loyalty.
While Mary Beth began her journey as Camp Director in 2008, her story with Camp Trinity does not begin there. Mary Beth is a long-time Camp Trinity Camper, following her years as a camper she began working on summer staff during the 2004 camping season. She began her time on summer staff as a Cabin Counselor, and her last two years on summer staff were spent as the Program Coordinator. Mary Beth Graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations.
In addition to her summer staff and educational experiences, Mary Beth's kind and caring nature is what makes her an amazing Camp Administrator. She always puts the best interest of her campers first, closely followed by the needs of her staff.
When thinking about the qualities that exemplify a leader, everything that Mary Beth is as a leader comes to mind. Mary Beth not only takes care of all of the day-to-day details that running a successful summer camp entails, but she also provides her staff with the tools that they need in order to be successful peer-leaders amongst fellow staff members and role models to their campers. She does not just tell her staff how to be leaders and role models, rather she embodies all of these traits daily and shows her staff how to be strong and effective leaders and role models not only in the camping community but also in the "real world". Mary Beth is the first to see the best in everyone and to lift each and every person up based on something that they do well.
Camp Trinity is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. In addition to helping our staff and campers understand what it means to be a part of this ministry, she is also constantly advocating for the ministry of Camp Trinity within and beyond the boundaries of our Diocese. The best interest of Camp Trinity is always in the forefront of her mind and I can confidently say that Mary Beth would do anything in her power to see that Camp Trinity continues to thrive for many years to come.
Mary Beth is not a leader that sits behind the closed doors of an office, rather she is an important and present part of all camp activities. Any former summer staff member would agree that it is an honor to be an employee of Mary Beth and Camp Trinity.
Any former summer staff member would agree that it is an honor to be an employee of Mary Beth and Camp Trinity. All of those that have been touched by the ministry of Camp Trinity would also agree that Mary Beth Bradberry deserves the honor of being inducted in to the Camp Administrator Hall of Fame!"
Congratulations, Mary Beth! Clearly, a well-deserved honor.
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to read about the other nominees. What an incredible group of people who have contributed greatly to their camps and the wider camp community!
Thanks to everyone who participated, nominated and voted. It makes a difference.
Love your Camp Administrator,
P.S. Mary Beth, we will be in touch to chat about the prizes! :)