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Meet the Camp Directors


Melissa Spigener 

Camp Director

Melissa has been married for 28 years to her husband Ben Spigener. They have 3 kids, Eden, Andrew and Oakley who have all been counselors at Camp West. Melissa has over 25 years of experience working with children. She started as a camper at the age of 6 and then went on to work as a counselor at multiple camps. Her ultimate goal is to ensure that each camper makes friends, forms a bond with their counselor, is introduced to Jesus and makes lasting memories.

Christine Abels

Assistant Camp Director

Christine is currently a student at Texas Christian University where she is majoring in Business and in the John V. Roach Honors College. At TCU she is involved in Dream Outside the Box, the Managing Editor for the TCU Yearbook, a founding member of Kappa Delta, and a Frog Camp Facilitator. She has worked at Camp West for 5 years and is excited to return and see all the campers. 

 Reagan Mate 

Camp Registrar


Reagan is currently a student at Texas A&M University and is majoring in History with the goal of being a teacher. She is a former Walt Disney World cast member and is thrilled for the opportunity to bring some magic back to camp. As a former camper and an 8th year counselor Reagan is ecstatic to return for the 2024 summer. 

Oakley Spigener 

Activities Director


Oakley is currently a student at Texas A&M University and is majoring in Economics with the goal of attending law school. Oakley has been a counselor at Camp West for 10 years! Starting out as a junior counselor and soon moving up to senior counselor. She then began assisting with activities and is now is the activities director! 




Join our staff

Camp West counselors consist of high school and college-age students who are committed to living their life for Jesus. These counselors boldly share their faith and are Godly role models to campers as well as their peers. 

At Camp West, we know that parents are entrusting their children to us. That's why we carefully select each counselor that we hire and every counselor agrees to a background check. 

Our counselors strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Making sure every camper is included, listened to and engaged with individually.

Mandatory Training 

(Please do not apply if you're unable to attend the training.)

Junior Counselor Training

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Senior Counselor Training

Saturday, June 1st, 2024

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

(Must be entering 11th
grade to apply.)

(Must be entering 9th
grade to apply.)

Must submit a current digital photo with application.

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"My favorite thing about being a counselor is making connections with the campers. Whether it was at arts and crafts or learning about God's love, we always had a fun time."

Senior Counselor

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"Camp is so fun! There's never a dull moment and the kids are wonderful. I look forward to it every year."

Senior Counselor

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"Working for Camp West has been one of the greatest work experiences so far in my life. You couldn't ask for a better work environment where you're surrounded by others eager to spread the Word of God and have fun!

Travis (right)
Senior Counselor

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