Over the course of his association with Camp Ozark, from 1986-1999, Troy Wolff was a unique and cherished employee, mentor, role-model, spiritual advisor and, most of all, friend to hundreds of campers and staff alike. In honor of Troy, we have established this option of charitable giving in his name.
Troy came to Camp Ozark as a Baylor University freshman, and quickly established himself as a unique and invaluable presence at Camp Ozark. Troy demonstrated a real gift for relating to children of all ages, but was perhaps best known as an outstanding “younger boys” counselor…no easy task! Additionally, Troy was considered a mentor and role-model by his peers, and was known as someone who could present deep Biblical and spiritual truths in ways that resonated and were easy to understand. To this day, many former campers and staff cherish memories of sitting with Troy as he helped work through an issue or problem, using his unique blend of humor, passion and insight. In 1986 Troy was recognized as “Counselor of the Year,” a fitting tribute for his one-of-a-kind talent for working with both children and staff.
What is most important about Troy, however, is the significant and meaningful impact he had on so many people. Blessed with a unique sense of humor, a self-deprecating style, and a genuinely kind spirit, Troy was loved by all who knew him. Whether teaching a Mountain Biking class, leading a staff Bible Study, sharing his love for literature and storytelling, leading others to a deeper understanding of their faith, or just goofing around, Troy always showed a deep sense of caring and profound interest in those around him. He truly did model the Camp Ozark theme of “First Is Third,” and his love for God and for others was always evident.
Over the years, Troy quickly moved in progression from Cabin Counselor, Head Counselor, Top Staff, and Permanent Staff, excelling in every role. Toward the end of his Camp Ozark tenure, Troy led many Adventure Ozark trips, sharing his love of the outdoors and his passion for adventure. At the time of his tragic death, Troy was living in Seattle, Washington, where he had served for 17 years as a beloved member of the English faculty at Shoreline Community College.
Camp Ozark is proud to have known and worked with Troy Wolff. His unconditional love for others and his insights into the human spiritual condition still shape and affect many of those who knew him. If you wish to contribute to the Ozark Foundation in honor of Troy Wolff, please use the link below. All donations will go towards providing an incomparable Camp Ozark experience for an under-served child.