Summer Camp 2016 at Point Loma Nazarene University

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty

As many of you know I volunteer to be a High School girls youth leader at my home church, Redemption Church here in Gilbert, Arizona. Every year in June we take hundreds of kids on a five day Summer Camp to San Diego where we stay on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. 

This year we chartered ten buses full of youthful exuberance and made the trek to the ocean where we all played games, sang songs until our voices were almost non-existent, and stayed up way too late every night laughing and sharing our lives with each other. 

Not only is Summer camp a way for me to get to know each girl in my group a little bit better to see how I can be of help in their lives but it also gives me a chance to unplug from the electronic world and not be completely tethered to work. As the broker/owner of a real estate brokerage I can't ever completely lay down my business responsibilities so I did take an occasional phone call and answer some emails in the little down time that we have at camp. However,  I was able to focus the majority of my attention to the very reason I was there and that is to dig in and get dirty in the the lives of students who may not come from the best home life, or have been dealt the best cards so far in their experience. 


My group always gets together for a picture in front of the outdoor Greek amphitheater on campus and this year was no different. See if you can find me!


After an exhausting five days and a long car ride home last night there was much laundry to do, a house to clean, and groceries to be stocked in the empty refrigerator but it's a small price to pay for having such a great experience every year. 


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

That is so nice Nicole, I am sure this is a very rewarding experience and also something that the girls get so much out of.

Jun 15, 2016 01:57 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Nicole - I think I found you although you really look like one of the girls.  That is a wonderful activitiy.

Jun 15, 2016 02:19 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Has it been a year already? I remember just last year when you wrote about this camp. Well done Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert 

Jun 15, 2016 02:37 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great adventure and experience you share with these gals.  Bravo for your volunteer work.  A

Jun 15, 2016 02:55 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

What a great thing to do.  This must be very fullfilling.  You are making a huge difference in the lives of these girls.  Is that you first row with the shades on????

Jun 15, 2016 03:00 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have a friend that attended Point Loma a long time ago, I should have gone and visited him, as he said the area was very nice!

Jun 15, 2016 03:54 AM #6
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Nicole, what a wonderful thing to do. It sounds like it's a great experience for the girls and you at the same time. I think I found you in the photo, you look great :)

Jun 15, 2016 05:22 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Nicole, great way to involve and help these young ladies. Beuatiful photo, I found you in the photo as well, beautiful!

Jun 15, 2016 07:17 AM #8
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

You blend right in with the kids, Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert ... and kudos to you for leading and participating in this venture!  The time and love you gift these girls will last their lifetime and yours ...


Jun 15, 2016 07:55 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nicole it is great that you get involved like this with the young girls in your Church.  They can learn a lot from positive role models like yourself.

Jun 15, 2016 11:38 AM #10
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Noah - It's something I look forward to every year.

Grant - It's kind of hard to hide all my tattoos. 

Paul - It always comes and goes so fast.

Alexandra - There's so much brokenness in a lot of these kids. I'm overwhelmed by it all sometimes.

Belinda - You got me!

Brian - The university is right smack dab in the middle of houses and neighborhoods and actually seems a bit out of place but the campus is great!

Amanda - This picture was after three days of hardly any sleep so I was certainly exhausted and we still had two more days to go after this. 

Beth - The energy from all the girls and a lot of caffeine helps get you through. Otherwise I'd be a tired mess two days in. 

Gene - I have a few wonerful relationships still to this day with girls that graduated years ago. 

George - Some of these girls have absolutely no one to talk to or go to in their home lives. It's very sad. 

Jun 16, 2016 01:29 AM #11
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Nicole, I just love you!!! How you make the really important experiences in life important. 

As I reached 60 a few months ago, I realized that spending time with my friends and family is paramount. I have taken trips, said goodbye to the laptop, forced myself to take timeouts and let it go. 

Good for you for changing lives, both personal AND professional!

Jun 16, 2016 04:33 AM #12
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Gayle - I've been doing it three years now and my only regret is that I wish I would have started sooner. 

Jun 16, 2016 08:11 AM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The kids of all ages are enjoying the summer activities.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 16, 2016 12:34 PM #14
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Lou - This camp is great and is for junior high and high school students. It's a lot of work to coordinate but it's worth it. 

Jun 17, 2016 01:25 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Nicole,  you have been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

                                   Travellers in the Rain!


Jul 12, 2016 01:44 AM #16
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