Favorite camp food?

Tacos! I’m from California, so I love good Mexican food.

How did you decide to go on KDSM?

I knew I wanted to do missions during the summer. I looked into different organizations, but what sold me on Cru Summer Missions was the training that I would receive. I was immediately drawn to King’s Domain as I scanned the website. After attending summer camps while growing up, I wanted to be part of that experience for children. Plus, I wanted to go somewhere I had never been — Ohio!

What did you learn by raising support?

Support-raising was not too stressful for me. I sent letters within a week of making my decision. Giving myself sufficient time made the process easier. While it is a little awkward to ask people for money, knowing the good their generosity would enable gave me a lot of peace.

Why invest a summer serving at a camp?

Working as a camp counselor was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it was also the most rewarding. I learned so much about God’s love! I was also heavily impacted by the excitement I felt every week to share about the hope that I have in Jesus Christ. It was such a privilege to love children who do not often receive love. Knowing we were giving them a chance to get away from their circumstances at home was really neat.

It also gave me a new insight into prayer. The power of prayer is so much greater than we can imagine, and through the craziness that is camp, God answers so many prayers. He works not only in the hearts of the children, but in the lives of the counselors as well.

How did discipleship impact and equip you?

I was so refreshed by the opportunity to be completely honest with a small group and a staff member. It was such a blessing to know that we could carry one another’s burdens and celebrate each other’s joys. I learned so much about myself! I learned about how my life has been influenced by certain experiences and how they have shaped my relationship with God. Then, I learned how to reshape these areas by looking to the Bible for truth. Everything I learned about myself is still shaping my life post-KDSM. I am much more aware of how the enemy tries to tell me lies about myself, and now I know how to look to God to refill my mind with truth.

Talk to us about community.

I was not expecting to form such close relationships with people who are so different from me. We came from very different lives all over the country, but we have this inseparable bond.

To be around people who have such a strong desire to know the Lord better was such an encouragement. When you spend 10 weeks with so many other students, it is impossible not to become a family. When I was struggling, I knew that I could talk to any other student or staff member to be pointed back to Christ.

Leaving this group was hands down the hardest part of the summer. These people are one of the biggest blessings I have ever had in my entire life.

How has your relationship with God changed?

I could see God working in my life from the first day. Having the chance to get away from the rest of the world and dig into His Word every day taught me so much about His character and His love. I grew to understand how God created us for His glory and how we should look to Him to find truth instead of looking to things of the world. I learned the importance of being in HIs presence and spending time with Him daily.

What’s your summer summary?

Going on KDSM was the best decision I have ever made — not even exaggerating. It was the best 10 weeks of my life, and I learned so much! I met the greatest group of students and made lifelong friendships. I saw God change the lives of the students around me and my own as well!

Each week during camp, I was challenged to share the love of Christ with each camper. Seeing the joy of a child who just accepted Christ for the first time is unlike anything that I have ever experienced.

Would you recommend KDSM?

Everyone should go! You will learn so much about yourself, about others, and, most importantly, about God. Your life will be changed drastically by this experience. If you want to be challenged spiritually, mentally, and physically, this is the summer mission for you! Go!

Cassidy Butler


Boise State University

Graduation year

Spring 2017