Announcing our New Assistant Camp Director: Lydia Hoffman!

Dear Pilgrim Lodge Community,

It is with great joy that I share that Lydia Hoffman has been selected as the Assistant Camp Director of Pilgrim Lodge. This is a new, year-round position that will include facilitating registration and scholarships for campers, supporting the operations of camp, having a leadership role during the summer season, and hosting retreat groups in the spring and fall rental season. 

I have great confidence that Lydia is up to the task of supporting all of these functions at camp as she began her preparation for this role at Pilgrim Lodge when she started coming at the age of three years old with her church. She spent a number of summers attending as a camper and joined the Pilgrim Lodge summer staff in 2016 as the camp photographer. Lydia has played a role on the camp staff each summer since that time, serving at the seasonal Assistant Director from 2022 to present.

In addition to the years of experience she has gained while working on the Pilgrim Lodge staff, Lydia brings a wealth of knowledge from her educational background including a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School with an Andover Newton Certificate. She has applied her academic experience in a variety of church settings from roles in church administration to Christian Education for youth and families.   

Lydia shares, “The ministry and mission of Pilgrim Lodge has served as a life-long foundation for the person I strive to be and the world I hope to have a part in creating. I care deeply about the sustainability and the future of this holy place and its people, and will passionately and purposefully step into this position with an understanding of who we have been, who we are today, and who we hope to become. See you soon on the boardwalk!”

Lydia will seamlessly transition into this role as she is currently on the 2024 summer staff and will begin to manage the new responsibilities of this position when Karen Steelhammer retires on July 31. 

Together with the Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team, I am so excited to welcome Lydia to this role. She brings a wealth of hands-on experience together with contagious joy and a passion for Outdoor Ministries.  Please join me in congratulating Lydia on her new position.

With excitement and gratitude,