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!
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!
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!
She uses her camera to capture the best of people’s moments and encourages the people around her!
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]
You guys met Casey, right? Continuing on with the introductions of our Media Collective team, I bring you Chloe Headings!
It 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.
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.
With a willingness to learn and try new things and challenge herself in new ways, Chloe is a huge asset to our Media Co.
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, ]
Today I’m introducing you to one of our Media Collective team members — Casey Bell!
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!
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!
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 ]
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!
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!
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 ]
The final 2016 Summer Staffer is on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today! Welcome Erin, if you will!
(Just to clarify the picture above — Erin was eating one of those delicious cookie stick things at the Dork Ball we have to kick off the summer! Sooooo, there’s that.)
As I feel like I have written throughout our whole Awesomeness Takes the Stage posts this summer, Erin was first a camper!
Holy smokes we have gotten to see Erin grow up! For around eight or so years, she has somehow been a part of Whisper Mountain! Being a local to Robbinsville, she has spent a lot of time with us through school or local community events, as a summer camper, and as a volunteer whenever we had need!
Seeing Erin go from sort of quiet and in the background to Lead Guide has been nothing short of God’s gracious and beautiful work in her life. He has clearly become her greatest joy in life which has made her confident to do what He keeps calling her to.
Seeing her exchange the brokenness in her life for the yolk of God’s peace and healing has been inspiring! He is shaping her into a virtuous woman who willingly carries the burdens of others so they too can know God’s freeing peace and ocean of love.
Watching her lead worship, teach and connect with campers makes us feel like proud parents in awe of the woman she is becoming. We couldn’t be more thankful for her being a part of our Whisper Mountain family for so long or more excited to see her growing as a strong leader for God’s glory!
Thank you Erin for serving with us this summer and being willing to be stretched through your role as Lead Guide! You have led well! We love you!
You may not know it yet, but Seth is PRETTY awesome — welcome him to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today, will ya?!?!
Like so many staff before him, Seth was first a camper.
Watching him grow from camper to Lead Guide has been a pretty awesome thing to see. Seth’s leadership, this summer especially, has been a gift to Whisper Mountain, but also to those under him, whether they realize it or not! The humility he leads with, the sponge-like desire to continue to develop and grow, the willingness to do the hard thing if it’s the right thing are just a few of the ways we’ve seen him flourish.
Of course, every leader gets his face smeared in the mess of the thing he’s leading at some point along the way! While that can feel discouraging in the moment, in the long run, it’s just a few more rough edges shaved off the solid character being built! Seth has the proven character to show for it!
God has been leading, growing and prepping Seth for mission or pastoral ministry! His focus to follow God in this is quite frankly a refreshing thing to see! Leaders really are being raised to proclaim Christ to this generation. Doesn’t it sometimes feel too lost?! This right here, friends, is just one among many that God is calling forth to change the world for His glory! The reality that God is still actively working and moving through His people should be making us shout with joy and confidence in Him!
Seth, thank you for the years you’ve spent at Whisper Mountain Camp! It has been our pleasure to know you and be a very small part of your journey! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you continue to follow and Proclaim Him! We love you!
Morgan Goodson — friend, Guide, sassy commentator on life — is shining brightly today on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage!
Having first come as a camper, Morgan has now served as a Guide with us for two years! We have seen God at work in her life, stretching and challenging her, shaping her into the beautiful woman He’s created her to be. This journey, getting to see small glimpses of people’s becoming, is a favorite part of what we do here at Whisper Mountain.
For having such a quiet presence among the crowds, Morgans many faces are windows into her soul!! She’s equal parts sass and sweet, silly and serious! A lover of all things fun, Morgan enjoys being right there in the middle of the action! She has a sincere love for the campers that is expressed in the way she walks as a friend with them through the week.
We have seen Morgan continue to grow in confidence in her leadership skills as she continues to seek how God would have her spend her life! And we love how, even as she awaits God’s clear direction, she is pouring into others even beyond the summer camp season!
Morgan, thank you for serving with us this summer! We know God will continue to lead you and shape you as you continue to follow hard after Him!! And yay, Tegan likes you!!!! #lifegoals 😉
Hey guys! Do you know Sam?!
If not, today’s your day to meet her as she’s the star on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage!
The things we love about Sam: Soccer Star (at CIU), outgoing personality making a person feel comfy with her, tender on the inside, fun on the out, hard working team player, and just down right enjoyable to hang with! Oh, and she loves Jesus!
She’s a friend you’d want to have in the tough times, but also that friend you’d wanna go have a carefree day with. She, like many before her, started her time with Whisper Mountain as a camper and has been a great first-time Guide for us!
She speaks her mind, but doesn’t allow differences to come between. She is a people girl after all! And Tegan loves her, which is saying a lot!! (nice photobomb from Kinsley!)
Her moods/exhaustion/struggles don’t hinder her from what needs to get done and in the end she’s always laughing! We like how God is shaping this girl for His glory and all the ways we’ve seen her grow this summer!
Sam, you may be tough on the outside, but we like how you’ve let your heart out while serving with us this summer! You’re beautiful! Thank you for being here!
Hey friends!!! Let’s welcome Natalie to our Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!
This is Natalie’s first year as a Guide with us, but she has come as a camper for the past couple years! With her heart of compassion and fun loving spirit, Natalie offers great friendship to those campers coming through our gates!
Her love for punk rock, ukuleles, photography and living au naturale make up only a small part of who she is! Natalie is a natural born leader who never takes ideas as her own without first discovering what she personally believes. It’s been a good thing to see how God continues to fine tune and shape her through her role as a Guide.
Natalie can be pretty funny and has all manner of little sayings or movie quotes…
We are thankful for her willingness to come serve with us this summer and offer the campers a little bit more of Jesus, Natalie-style!
Thank you, Natalie, for being willing to serve with us this summer! May you continue to follow God’s path for your life and allow Him to have every nook and cranny of your person! He’s got good plans for you!
You won’t find two alike of this guy! He’s one unique feller! And we kinda like him! Meet CJ on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!
He came as a camper several years ago and we couldn’t be more thankful he chose to serve with us as a Guide this summer! There are many faces to CJ. In short, he’s a coffee snob goofball who doesn’t wash his hair and who loves Jesus and wants others to know Him too!
He’s got quite a way of bringing people in and making them feel comfy and ready to laugh. He’s quite comfortable making people uncomfortable — which has its pros and cons! He pushes the mainstream ideas outside the box to make a person really consider his/her belief system. His ideas aren’t always agreed with, but that doesn’t keep him from spurring great discussions!
We’ve all been baffled by him many times over, but then again, it’s just CJ!!! While he is a true goofball, he knows when to get serious. When he sinks into the eternal and deep stuff, people seem to listen a little more. He has shared Jesus with words, craziness and with the love he willingly and openly shares with the people around him! His leadership is very appreciated, as is his heart to serve and proclaim Christ!
Thank you, CJ, for giving your summer to be part of our team! We wouldn’t be as strong without you, we wouldn’t laugh nearly as often, and Seth wouldn’t know what to do without all those cuddles (HAHAHAA)!