What Staff Say | Timber Lake West

What Staff Say

Even though every summer has an end, you can never truly say goodbye to TLW because a part of you will always be there. Camp steals your heart, and gives it a new home. (McCarthy M)

huggingCamp Timber Lake West truly changed my life. There is not a day that passes by where I do not talk to someone I met at TLW. I consider the friends I made at camp some of my best friends in the entire world. I mean that very literally because I have made friends from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. I have even been able to travel the world and visit my co-counselors in their home countries. I owe Timber Lake West for being home to the best summers of my life and bringing the best people into my life. The impact I have on my camper’s lives, over a 4 week period, is also a driving force that keeps brings me back every summer. At camp you can be your most creative, silliest, and best self you will ever know. Thank you Timber Lake West for being the hardest goodbye and what I find myself counting down for the rest of year. Only 243 more days! (Natalie S)

Camp really does make you feel waayyy different about yourself. I was literally smiling and fighting back tears in the car, on the way home, thinking about the impact I had there and thinking that people actually liked me and expressed that they did! (JT D)

I started coming to camp as a ten-year-old sophomore girl. This past summer I slept in the same bunk as I did my first year, but as the sophomore girls group leader. It’s amazing how much this camp has influenced who I have become and how coming back never fails to feel like coming home. (Sarah W)

The more you value your time, the more value it will bring. I valued each and every day of my time at Timber Lake West. Camp has helped me grow as person and has helped me form bonds an friendships that will last a lifetime! West is everything! (Mark D)

staff-2When I considered going to camp and started my application, I really did not know what to expect. Not only has Timber Lake West given me the summer of a lifetime, but coming back home, I have noticed that I have acquired many new skills and a new found confidence. The memories and friendships that I made their are priceless. The culture within the camp is amazing. Within 8 weeks at camp I made friendships with counselors and campers that will last a lifetime. There is no way you will come Camp and not want to come back; that is why i have signed up for my second summer. (Jake F)


After just one summer, I can’t even begin to imagine life without Timber Lake West! Camp has become a requisite of my definition of happiness. It’s remarkable to think that in just 2 months I fell in love with campers and staff members from all over the world. Home is with the ones I love, and Timber Lake West has truly extended the boundaries of my home. The only proper way to understand what camp life entails is to experience camp yourself! (Krizl S)

You know that little smile you get when you recall a memory of laughter, fun, friends and happiness? That smile, that’s TLW. (Jason S)

Friends, family, love, laughter and memories that will last a lifetime. Timber Lake West has been the best part of my life. Watching the campers grow up year by year and helping them shape their lives is an experience like no other. Its breath taking! (Graeme P)

After just one summer, Timber Lake West became my home away from home, filled with a family that I don’t know how I ever lived without! In just 8 weeks I made friendships with both the staff and campers that will last a lifetime. Every year, I make my way back up to camp, to strengthen these friendships and make new ones. If you’re on the fence about spending your summer at camp there is no better place than Timber Lake West! (Travis S)

If only the 2 months at Timber Lake West could last all year, then I would be the happiest girl in world! The atmosphere, the staff, and the campers keep me coming back year after year. It becomes a piece of you, one you can’t fathom living without and you don’t know how you ever did. You’re never too old to go back to camp, and that’s what makes TLW so special. (Samantha F)

Coming from South Wales there’s nothing like Timber Lake West and there should be! It felt like home, it felt like a family, at the end it felt like I was leaving my family. It was the best summer of my life and I made friends for a lifetime 🙂 (Lauren H)

skateboardingIt’s AMAZING how TLW can change your life forever in such a short period of time. When you go to camp for the first time, you have no idea what to expect, and by the end of the summer you can’t imagine life without it! TLW becomes not only a home that you miss all year, but your “Happy Place” that is filled with amazing memories that pick you up when you are down and FRIENDS that become FAMILY who are always there for you. In everyone’s life there is a summer that changed it all, and for me it was my first summer at Timber Lake West: The Friends, The Family, The Fun! (Jasmyn F)

Working for TLW is, without a doubt, the best job I have ever had! I owe so much of who I am to the amazing family I met while at TLW. The skills you learn and the connections you make, will undoubtedly last a lifetime. (Matt K)

This was my first summer at TLW and honestly it could not have been better! I cried will laughter every single day and made such incredible friends from all over the world. I had many once in a lifetime experiences, at Camp and feel so privileged to have had those opportunities. My time at Timber Lake West taught me so much about myself and has shaped me as a person! What an unforgettable experience! (Tamara B)

I cannot imagine my life without Timber Lake West! (Corey M)