Posted by Frances Lindsey on November 20
Lucy French Spann was born in Birmingham and still resides in Mountain Brook today where she is raising her son and 3 daughters. Her oldest girl twins, Mary and Laura, will be Skyline Junior Counselors this summer and their younger sister, Margaret, is still a Skyline camper. Lucy herself was a camper for 6 years and a counselor for 4 years. All girls are Ranger born through Lucy’s mom, Mary Dunn French. Lucy also has the privilege of being The Skyline Foundation President. Read more about her in our latest Alumnae interview below…
What is your favorite camp memory?
I loved all of the activities that I got to try. I took flag twirling and baton, water aerobics, and sign language at Skyline. Without camp, I never would have tried those activities. I also loved campfire and Bible Study when I was a camper in Riverside.
What makes Skyline special to you?
Skyline is a family. My best friends went to Skyline or worked at Skyline with me. My mom was also a Skyline camper and my daughters go to Skyline now.
What life skill did you learn at camp?
I learned independence. The first time I went to camp, I did not know anyone else in my cabin, and I had to learn to do things for myself. I also learned how to get along well with strangers and to form great friendships. I also learned leadership skills at camp. I was a song leader in my club, and I was a CIT helping in classes. I loved working with the younger campers and the other leaders of my club. Working as a counselor solidified my desire to be a teacher after college.
How has our mission statement,“Enriching young girls in God, relationships and self”, affected your life?
Enriching young girls in God, relationship, and self. My life as a Christian definitely grew at camp! Between Morning Watch, Campfire, Sunday School and Church, and then Bible Study when I was older, I was always learning more about God and His love for me. The counselors modeled Christ-centered behavior, and I learned songs and Bible verses that still come to mind when I need them. In relationship, I learned how to get along well with others even if we had different opinions. I also made some fantastic life-long friends. In self, I learned to become independent. I also knew without a doubt that I am a child of God and he loves me no matter what. Knowing the truth of God allows me to be self confident and always seek to serve others.
Hero-What is your job?
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and now teach preschool and preschool dance.
Hero-What advice would you give to college students interested in your field?
Working at camp is a great way to learn more about teaching. Not only are you teaching the children activities, you also get to teach life skills and encourage them to become the best girls they can be.
Camp Mom. Wife of Cooper. Proud mom of three. Birmingham Southern grad. Homesickness extraodinaire. Maker of the famous Franny Dip. Lover of evening coffee.