Our final summer staffer is on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today! It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the end! Let’s welcome Cory McCowan!
Cory was our main weed whacker this year! Maybe one of the hardest jobs at camp is walking these hills, whacking the weeds in the hot, hot sun, and sometimes alone.
But we saw how the camaraderie with people on our team, the positive and Jesus-filled environment, and physical hard work helped grow Cory as a person this summer! New experiences with caring people sometimes help us more than we know!
Cory has a sincere and caring heart for others, loves the water and is always willing to be open and honest with the people around him. Even though Cory’s circumstances have not always been ideal, we are seeing how he is gaining the courage to become the man God has created him to be!
We are thankful for his time serving with us and all the hard work he put in to keeping our property in great shape.
Cory, thank you for all you’ve done to help us this summer! We see God helping to lead you — stay courageous enough to keep following Him!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Emilie, Chloe, Casey]
Our final GIT on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage is Hayden Swanger!
Like many before him, Hayden was first a camper! Part of our vision at Whisper Mountain Camp is follow up discipleship well beyond the camp week with our campers. I recently learned that Hayden is one Shaun has poured into for several years now. Seeing God’s work in him from his 8th grade year until this year, his graduating year, has been super awesome to see!
Hayden’s ability to lead well, bring so much laughter to the table, and offer solid perspective in so many situations has made him such an asset to our team!
His heart for worship helped lead campers all summer long. His hard work ethic and willing attitude to just get the work done was beyond appreciated. His team player mentality strengthened each of us as we served together!
We are excited to continue to see how God uses and grows Hayden as he boldly follows Him in this next phase of his journey!
Thank you Hayden for giving your summer to Proclaim Christ and bring glory to Him through your serving! We love you!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Emilie, Chloe, Casey, Sam]
We thought it might be appropriate to greet today with another spotlight on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage! Kinsley Werner is all smiles around Whisper Mountain Camp so let’s start this Tuesday with a smile, shall we?!
Kinsley is also one of our Guides in Training (GIT) this summer. Before you go romanticizing about how amazing it must be for a person to come to Whisper Mountain Camp and be a GIT, it should be known that the GITs do all the grunt work for the team! And they all have done a great job keeping a positive attitude in the midst of the grunt! Kinsley included!
Kinsley laughs about nothing, laughs when it’s awkward, laughs when there’s jokes — she just generally laughs a lot! Which as you can imagine is pretty fun to be around.
Beyond all the laughing, however, is a girl with a heart to make Jesus famous! She has been brave in facing uncomfortable things and pushed herself to grow through challenging circumstances. Having her for this second year on our summer staff team has only made us stronger!
When we talk about having a caring staff, it’s people like Kinsley who help make that claim true! We have loved seeing her grow as a person and a disciple of Christ! We can’t wait to see how He continues to lead her as she heads to college!
Kinsley, thank you for spending your summer doing hard things like serving with us at camp! Your light and love are changing the world!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Chloe]
We are in our final week with our summer staff! And there’s still a few of them you haven’t seen here yet! Tonight, I wanted to shine the Awesomeness takes the Stage spotlight on one of our Guides in Training (GIT), Isaac Harkness!
Isaac came to us highly recommended by another Guide. He’d never been to Whisper Mountain before as a camper, never even visited, but what a fantastic addition to our team!
While Isaac began his time with us more on the reserved side of things, we have enjoyed watching him sort of unfold and come alive in new ways! He connects well with campers and staff, he is quick to meet any need he sees and he has revived hope in us again that there are still respectful, young gentlemen still walking our planet!
Isaac helps articulate thoughtful conversation in our staff Bible studies, has the best laugh around, is a dancing machine, and walks with an integrity that raises the bar for those who are around him!
We are completely thankful to have had him serving with us this summer! He was someone we knew we could depend on with his conscientious ways and strive for excellence! His sincerity and genuine concern for others was invaluable to our team and the campers who came through our gates!
Isaac, thank you for coming to a place you didn’t know to serve a God who personally leads your way! Your bravery and desire to chase Him inspires us all!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Casey, Chloe]
Lights! Shine the Lights! Leah Gibson is on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!
Leah has come to Whisper Mountain Camp for several years as a camper or leader with her youth group! But this is the first year she is a WM Guide! And we couldn’t be happier! She’s perfect amounts of quirky and fun and adorable!
But more than all that she’s a strong servant leader, notoriously dependable and trustworthy and constantly making people laugh! She connects with and leads our campers well and pushes through all the exhaustion to do what needs doing!
I’m inspired by the way she doesn’t take herself too seriously, but laughs instead! She enjoys the ones she’s with and makes the best of each circumstance she finds herself in! We are pretty grateful for the strength Leah adds to our summer team!
Thank you, Leah, for coming to serve with us this summer! We wouldn’t be the same without you! You are a delight! Keep shining!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Casey, Chloe]
You met his sister earlier today on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage!! Now it’s Corey Adkins’ turn!!
Corey is every bit of people loving as they come! Look up EXTROVERT in the dictionary and you’ll see his face there! He adds such a great energy to our team and helps set a fun atmosphere for the campers!
He’s been Tegan’s best pal, the booming voice among the crowds, the smile that never quits, the friend anyone would want to have, the Cali boy who plays ball!
As he continues to grow in his own walk with Jesus, it has been a beautiful thing to see him stretch inside of spiritual leadership among campers! Getting to see small glimpses into the man God is shaping him to be is a wonderful privilege! We know there are good plans ahead for Corey as he keeps chasing more of the adventure God has for him!
Thank you for coming all the way from Cali to serve with us this summer, Corey! We are very thankful for all you’ve added to our summer staff team this year! (and thanks for loving Tegan!)
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Emilie, Chloe, Casey ]
You guys ready for some more Awesomeness Takes the Stage? Let’s get on with welcoming Kaleigh Stickles!!
Kaleigh is in her fourth year with us! And as a married woman this summer! It blows us away that she is willing to be serving with us, living with campers instead of with her husband for the summer! She’s pretty cool like that! (see previous spotlights here and here!)
Kaleigh is great about connecting with people and making them feel they are worth her time! She’s a closet gangster with a passion for inspiring teen girls to find their beauty in Christ! (See more about the ministry she cofounded!)
Kaleigh led the way in doing scary things this summer when she was willing to help lead worship along with Morgan, Hayden and Chaz! She overcame a giant and inspired us each to keep doing the same in our own lives!
Thank you, Kaleigh, for giving up your summer to come Proclaim Christ to teens with us! Your love makes a difference!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Casey, Chloe]
You guys, we only have a short of time left to put all the staff on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage this summer! So let’s keep it rolling with Morgan Goodson!
Morgs (previously spotlighted here and here!), like many others before her, was first a camper! This is her third summer serving with us as a Guide!
Seeing Morgan grow through the years has been a beautiful thing! Growth is hard, people, but she is faithful to following hard after Jesus and He’s weaving a beautiful story with her! We are thankful for the front row seat and for the inspiration she is!
Morgan is the girl who’s quietly in the middle of the action, but very good at seeing those people who might be getting missed in the crowd, at offering her peanut gallery commentary and making those she’s with feel seen and heard! If she’s not hugging someone, she’s listening. If she’s not listening she’s making them laugh!
Morgs, we look forward to seeing how God molds and shapes you as you keep following Him in this next step of your journey! We are thankful to have you on the team this summer!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Emilie, Casey]
Have you been following our Awesomeness Takes the Stage introductions? Today is your lucky day because you get to meet Sam Wammock!
Sam started serving with us last year (check out last year’s spotlight here!), but was a camper for a few years before that! Seeing her growth over these years has been beautiful!
Not only does she look like the blonde version of Brave (see archery picture above!!), but she has displayed great bravery on many levels this summer! She’s stepped up in leadership in many ways and has a willingness to do things outside her comfort zone (i.e.: high ropes set up!). She’s nailing it all!
She’s a friend to all, being so very willing to carry the hard things and laugh off the crazy things. She’s reliable and fun and you know just where you stand with her! She helps others rise to the occasion, making them a stronger version of themselves!
Sam, we can’t thank you enough for allowing God to use you, grow you and shine through you while you serve with us! Thanks for being here this summer!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi & Casey]
You’ve met our Media Collective Crew, so now begins the Guide Introductions! Our guides are what some camps call counselors. They are with the campers 24/5 and lead various parts of the summer program! Today I want you to meet Chaz Grant on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage!
This is Chaz’s second year with us (see last year’s spotlight here!). He continues to be a strong leader among our team: always reliable, always willing to serve in any capacity and always ready with a fact you didn’t know you needed!
Chaz not only enjoys pulling on people’s elbow fat, but has a big heart to connect with people. When he’s not messing with their elbows, he’s great at making people feel welcome.
He’s stepped up this year in teaching one of our breakout sessions with campers on Absolute Truth and has done a really fantastic job! He has a great way of asking questions that get people thinking and stir conversation.
His proactive attitude and sincere desire to follow God makes him a huge asset on our summer team! Thanks for serving with us Chaz! And thanks for leading well!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Credits: Cassi, Chloe, Casey ]