Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Emily Frew

And the introductions keep rolling! You’ve met Casey and Chloe, but today I’d like you to meet Emily Frew on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage Series!

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Emily is always wearing a smile. Maybe it’s the dimples, but for sure it’s the bright and cheery light that makes her smile so refreshing! When the dark and heavy cloud hangs over our days (we all have them, right?!), Emilie’s smile is a little sunshine to keep us going!

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She seems to prefer the one on one interactions over the front of the large crowd interactions, but Emily has a heart to be involved and connect with others!

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She uses her camera to capture the best of people’s moments and encourages the people around her!

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Emilie, thank you for spending your summer snapping with us! And thank you for always flashing your smile to brighten our days! (see what just happened there?!)

[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Casey, Chloe]

Summer 2017 | FBC Hilton Head Island

Islanders stepped foot on these here mountains last week for a full week of all manner of fun, togetherness and Jesus!

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Three teens came to Christ this week — WOOT! — and many more encountered Him in personal ways! This is the power of camp! Click the picture below to watch the video from their week!

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Thanks for coming Hilton Head! We miss your post-meal dance parties, many laughs and huge hearts! May you continue to follow Jesus more fully!

Find Hilton Head’s instagram pictures using #hightideyouth .

(Thank you to those who have served with us throughout this week and for those praying fervently!)

[ Author + Photo Creds: Cassi | Video Creds: Christian Miller ]

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Chloe Headings

You guys met Casey, right? Continuing on with the introductions of our Media Collective team, I bring you Chloe Headings!

Chloe.MediaCo IntroIt doesn’t matter that Chloe is the youngest member on our entire summer staff or that she traveled the second furthest to serve with us this summer (hello Michigan!) or that she is confused by the difference between a sweater and a sweatshirt. What matters is that Chloe is excited about life and loves to share it with the people around her.

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Chloe handles difficulties with grace, seeks to keep the team strong and to remain positive no matter what is going on around her. Her go-getter attitude is appreciated around these parts and she’s proven herself reliable on many occasions.

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With a willingness to learn and try new things and challenge herself in new ways, Chloe is a huge asset to our Media Co.

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Thanks for coming all this way to serve with us, Chloe! We love having your fun little self with us this summer!

[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, ]

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Casey Bell

Today I’m introducing you to one of our Media Collective team members — Casey Bell!

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Casey is quiet with spunk! Once she gets a feel for her environment, she’s all in! As we’ve gotten to know her a little better over these past few weeks, we’ve seen a piece of her heart shine as she wants to make sure everyone feels seen. She seems to have a heart for the underdog!

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She loves to join in the action and be a part of all that’s going on. She has a spirit of adventure, she’s a provider of snacks (she always has snacks!), and she wears a smile like her life depends on it!

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We’ve enjoyed her willingness to do what needs doing, her creativity with the videography she captures and produces, and the positive attitude she brings to the team.

Casey, thank you for serving with us this summer! We wouldn’t be as strong without you!

[ Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Chloe Headings + Cassi ]

 

 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage | Intro 2017

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Each summer, we like to spotlight each of our summer staff to help you get to know them a bit more! We call these spotlights AWESOMENESS TAKES THE STAGE. We just didn’t feel it was right to hog our staff all to ourselves — we want you to know how awesome they are too!

As we share fun pictures of them and a bit about who they are, we also like to share about the jobs they are doing all summer long. To kick start our ATS 2017, I want to introduce you to our Media Collective. Beginning tomorrow I will introduce you to each individual on our Media Co team, but today I wanted to let you know about them and see a couple behind the scenes pictures of them doing their thing!

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For the first year ever, we have a whole team of people working hard to capture the heart of each camp week through photography and videography. Each person is at a different place in their experience and knowledge, but each one brings their own personal perspective to the job, helping us better share the camp experience with others and helping them build their portfolios and experiences!

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Media Co spend their days capturing, editing and producing content for the campers to take home with them as well as helping us spread the word about what God is doing through Whisper Mountain Camp. Our Media Co help tell the story of God encountering teens through outdoor adventure and God’s personal whispers!

To say I’m excited to have them working with us this summer is an understatement! I can’t wait to begin introducing them to you — starting tomorrow! See you then!

[ Author + Photo Creds: Cassi ]

Summer 2017 | FBC Estero

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We really enjoyed having Estero’s Salt & Light Youth Group with us for a week of summer camp! They kind of feel like family, returning year after year — and we like it that way! Fits right in with our whole mentality and heart!

Our amazing WM Media Collective worked hard to put together a quick glimpse into their week! Check it out if you have a minute!

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Find Estero’s instagram pictures using #saltandlightgoestocamp .

(For those praying for our summer groups — thank you and keep it going!)

[Author + Photo Creds: Cassi Werner / Video Creds: Christian Miller ]

Building Community

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Every summer I get to enjoy watching a community form almost from the ground up as our new summer staff team arrives. People from around the country are here this summer with the hopes of having fun, growing in their own lives and pouring out by proclaiming Christ to teens.

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We have welcomed people from different backgrounds and families, having had many diverse experiences and in different places spiritually. But all this different helps make up a strong team as each person adds their own strength. I get excited seeing the process play out all summer long! A process allowing room for failure and struggle. A process producing growth as Christ remains central.

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All that to say, what an encouragement for you and for me as the body of Christ to continue welcoming in all the people different from us, in different places in their walks with God, with a different approach to things than we might have. We need to pull in together as a team to stay on mission with Proclaiming Christ to a world hungering for Him.

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Go Team Jesus!

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We look forward to continuing to share with you bits and pieces of our summer camp season! Keep checking back.

Have a great day, friend

[Author + Photo Creds: Cassi Werner]

Let The Games Begin

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Chloe, I am one of the staff members here at Whisper Mountain Youth Camp. I have been asked to tell you about what has happened so far in the staff training week. Yes, I know, it sounds boring, but you may find interest in what you read.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Kids start rolling in for a week of fun, food, and most importantly God. Staff training started almost a week ago and already I have learned so much, and have made a lot of new, very supportive, friends that have helped me push myself to limits I didn’t know I could go. Every morning, after breakfast, we have a devotional and we discuss the days activities, we then go from there and begin our day.

185A8825_1Two days ago, part of our training was coming up with games for the campers, and a very popular game is Bazooka Ball. It’s like paint ball but without the paint. We also did archery, we were taught to teach the campers how to hold the arrows when walking around with them, how to properly hold the bow, and the best way to try to get a bulls-eye. When the staff had first arrived we played a lot of name games which we will teach the campers when they get here.

On behalf of the entire staff, I think it’s safe to say that we are all excited about the upcoming summer.

[Author: Chloe Headings | Photo Creds: Casey Bell, Cassi Werner]

[a new testament] Bible Reading Plan

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Feeling discouraged because you’ve been dropping some intentions is a pretty common feeling around this time of year! New habits are hard to build. Because we believe getting into God’s Word changes everything, we want to encourage you and help you get back on track to reaching your goal!

Shaun’s video on instagram last week was a good jump start, but he wanted to follow up with a better explanation of how to get it done. In a perfect world, we would have started January 1 in the book of John and ended in Revelation by mid summer. Since we are getting back on track here in February it might take until mid September to get through Revelation. Then we can circle back and hit the gospels before the end of the year and we’ve completed the whole New Testament. Like a boss! What?!

Like Shaun encouraged last week, connecting with God is what matters, so pick up today where you left off or get started all together! No time like the present!

Let us know in the comments what Scripture has been encouraging you lately! It might encourage us too!

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BEFORE YOU GO:
1. If you’d like weekly encouragement as you read along, let Shaun know! There’s a whole crowd of people pursuing this same goal! (you can email him at shaun@whispermountain.org )
2. If you’d like a printable to keep you on track with your goal, get that here.
3. Get a few friends in on this to help keep each other going! We are better together, right?!

A CONTEST for the Difference Makers

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Sometimes we don’t appreciate enough the people who are faithfully making a big difference in our lives. Those people we trust to be there when we need it or have our best interest at heart or offer advice when decisions feel tough or just lead a life of light. Those people who cheer us on week after week, who show up to our activities, who text or call just to see how we’re doing, who pray for us as we walk through life.

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Each time we welcome a group to Whisper Mountain Camp, our staff gets the opportunity to watch youth leaders connect with the teens in their group. We see the relationships they’ve established, the respect and love from those they lead, and we observe the weariness in their steps as their pouring out is often taxing.

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Often those that affect us the most never know what a difference they make. Would you like to be a part of changing that?

In honor of all those leading well, let’s have a contest!

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Let us know how your youth leader has made a difference in your life and we will pick one to win a 3Day/2Night getaway to Whisper Mountain’s Plush Cabin for some much needed Rest and Relaxation.

Use the comments below to tell your youth pastor what he/she means to you and to try to win your leader the getaway! Spread the word to others in your group!