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Staff Profile: Emma “Yellow Mountain Majesty” Kyzar

by Jenny Sowers Rutland


We can’t wait for you to get to know Emma “Yellow Mountain Majesty” Kyzar, the Ridge’s new Administrative Director! Throughout her interview, fun bubbled into every answer she gave, and it all makes sense when you hear the big lesson God is teaching her right now. Read and laugh about her very surprising answer to where she would spend a gift card and what she would buy with it. Have fun getting to know Emma!

How long have you been at Pine Cove and in what roles?

My first summer was 2020, and I was a first-half counselor at Outback and then the following summer I was a senior counselor. I spent my third summer as the Ridge Women’s Director before starting my current role in the fall of 2022

What college did you attend and what is your degree?

I attended Texas A&M University and my degree is in Communication.

What is the best part about your job?

My favorite part is I really enjoy getting to work with a wide variety of people, all coming from very different backgrounds and upbringings. We all have different personalities and different ways of operating, but we all get to come together under the common bond of Christ. We get to fight for unity with all the different perspectives we all bring, and it makes camp more fun to me, and I will always lean toward whatever is the most fun! 

What is your favorite holiday and why?

I am gonna have to say I really do like the Fourth of July because it is just lake day! Family going to the lake, making hot dogs, and just spending time with family is really fun and I just love the lake. Tubing is so fun!

Are you extroverted or introverted?

I would say I am definitely extroverted! It’s funny because I do enjoy spending time by myself, but in terms of feeling filled up, I feel the most filled up when I am with people.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in while growing up?

In middle school and high school I was in the band and played the flute. I loved music and made a lot of good friends in that group. I loved learning about music and always thought that was cool.

What is one unpopular opinion you have?

The first thing that came to mind is that I sleep with my blinds, windows, and doors open. If I am going to open them in the morning anyway, then why shut them at night?

What do you hope your life will look like in ten years?

In ten years, I hope that I get to keep going on family road trips, whether with my own family or my extended family. I hope I keep getting to be a kid with the people that mean the most to me. I hope my siblings have kids and I get to be an aunt.

Who is one Pine Cove staffer you admire and why?

Lindsey “Scrolls” Hindsman. When I think of someone that I want to be like when I grow up, I think of Lindsey. She works really hard and doesn’t ask for any of the recognition. More than she knows, she’s made a really big impact on how I view camp and hard work—even the way I view myself! She has helped me to have the proper view of myself. I have really only known her for a year, but I have learned so much from watching the way she lives her life. As soon as you start talking to her, she has a lot of wisdom and I just really admire her.

If you could have a gift card to any store, what would it be and what would you buy?

I would have a gift card to Office Max to buy endless supplies of the G2 pens because they are just the best pens! I love a good pen.

What is one big lesson God is teaching you right now?

Definitely an overarching lesson that I am learning is something the Lord has taught me through my father, which is to not take life too seriously. In Ecclesiastes it talks about finding joy in life and in the people God has put in your life. The importance of yes, choosing joy, but also not taking life too seriously. It’s something that just really applies to so many situations in life and it’s helped me to gain a new perspective.

Posted Oct 3, 2022

Jenny Sowers Rutland

Former Staff

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