Young Life Fall Camp is Back


Leesville Young Life students went to Windy Gap for fall camp November 5 through 7.

Every year, Leesville’s Young Life club goes to the Windy Gap camp for an overnight weekend trip in the fall. Leesville Young Life member, Lauren Rousos, said, “Windy Gap weekend is one of the most fun trips I take.” 

Unfortunately COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 annual fall trip. “It was upsetting when Windy Gap was cancelled because I only got four chances to go to camp,” said Rousos. 

Rousos, along with over a hundred other campers, were excited to spend their weekend away from home in the mountains. 

Aislyn Courts, a Leesville Young Life leader, went to Windy Gap as a leader for her first time this year. Courts enjoys Windy Gap because of the mountainous view, entertainment team, and chances not needed to bond with her campers. 

“Being a leader at camp is fun but also really rewarding because I have free time to hang out with the girls and get to know them better,” said Courts.

72 hours prior to the campers arrival at camp, they had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Masks were required in the indoor facilities at camp. While there were typical COVID-19 protocols, Courts said camp felt pretty much normal for the first time in while.

The November 5 through 7 weekend was the largest group at Windy Gap since it closed in 2020. “Leesville actually had more people go to camp than normal because so many people were eager to go back to camp after not being able to go for so long,” said Courts.

People who went to Windy Gap, for the first time since pre-COVID-19, felt a sense of normalcy at camp.


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