This week I'd like to highlight one of Camp Winnataska's treasures. And no, I don't mean the waterfall! I'm talking about Camp's jack-of-all-trades, there-when-you-need-him caretaker: Mark Buerhaus.
Mark, known as "Mr. B" at camp, is someone that you have probably met before. He's always out greeting and directing traffic during the summer months. Quick to smile and one who has never met a stranger, Mr. B makes everyone feel welcome at Winnataska immediately.
Mr. B worked as a leader and Blackfoot at Winnataska. In the past, he has been employed as a youth pastor, firefighter, and an EMT. Winnataska officially welcomed him back as the camp caretaker in 2009. Mark, his wife Sharon, and their three children: Bailey, Charlie, and Emily, reside year-around in the residence by the front gate known as Grayson Lodge. In the off -season, he maintains the camp buildings and property and also works with the groups that come to Winnataska on weekends in the fall, winter, and spring.
Working at a summer camp means that one must be prepared for almost anything! Mr. B feels called by God to serve in any way that he can, and Camp Winnataska is a better place from his service and willing attitude. He and Sharon are the very definition of "hospitality" and welcome camp staff and alumni with open arms.
Winnataska has many treasured places, but truly its family members are the real treasure! On behalf of all the campers and staff members who rely on him in so many ways, I say, "Let's hear it for Mr. B!"