On May 23, 2015, we celebrated John’s 21 years of service to Camp Arcadia. While John will continue to serve Camp through the end of the season we took time out of Opening Weekend to lift up his stellar performance as Camp’s caretaker. Those close to him spoke of the impact he’d had on their own lives and on camp’s life. Stan Scheumann, LCA president, spoke of John’s involvement as the project manager for the renovation of the Assembly, Inn and Wigwam. Other speakers included former LCA president, Martha Dourson, John’s sister, Stephanie Jass, and Andy Sohn, representing the many assistant caretaker’s John has worked with over the years.
Andy remarked, “John has been a wonderful boss, a spectacular mentor, and an even better friend. When someone leaves it’s always said that a place will never be the same without the person who is leaving, but camp, truly, will never be the same without John Jass. We love you, we’ll miss you, and camp will never be the same without you.”
At the closing of the service, John gave his own speech, in which he shared his top 5 tools, 3 coolest animal stories, and words of wisdom that he’s gained over the years. With regards to Camp Arcadia, John remarked,
“One cannot come to this sacred space and not be drawn into it. Here we change lives. Here we make a difference. Here we affect people in ways that alter who they are and how we see the world, and when that occurs, people want to a part of it, they want to join, they want to gather together with others and create a family, and out of that bond comes a strength that few organizations possess… It is that strengthening of that camp family that I am most proud of.”
John also had his own words of gratitude to share:
“I can’t thank everyone who’s been so kind to me over the years, but I can thank you for all you’ve given to me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow, as a craftsman, as a husband, as a father, as a man. Thank you for supporting me in good times and bad, thank you for all the love you’ve given so freely, thank you for all the knowledge you’ve shared, thank you for caring about me, thank you for making me laugh. Thank you for your generosity, thank you for teaching me, thank you for sharing your passions.”
Thank you, John Jass, for your many years of service, building, rebuilding, and caring for Camp Arcadia.