Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Morgan Goodson

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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, EmilieCasey]

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Sam Wammock

Have you been following our Awesomeness Takes the Stage introductions? Today is your lucky day because you get to meet Sam Wammock!

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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!

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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!

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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]

Summer 2017 | Relevance Community Church

Talk about a team of teens who love to serve! That’s Relevance. They broke up into teams and spread out around our local Robbinsville community to spread the love of Jesus through service and smiles!

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From weed whacking to socializing at the senior center to singing outside our local grocery store, these teens and their leaders served with everything they had in them! We still held our worship and teaching services with them, and they still got alone with Jesus in the mornings, but this mission work team was focused on raiding our town with service.

Check out a video of their week with us (by clicking the picture below)!

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Thanks for coming and for blessing the socks off of people! You are an inspiration and light! Keep shining at home!

Catch their candid pictures on our instagram feed using their hashtag!

[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi | Video Creds: Christian Miller | Video Content Creds: Emilie, Chloe, Casey ]

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Chaz Grant

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Summer 2017 | Church at Charlotte MS

We had a complete Middle School takeover last week when Church at Charlotte arrived at Whisper Mountain!

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People are afraid of middle schoolers, and we can understand that, but this crowd — they are great! They have hearts of gold and are struggling well through all the transitions they are experiencing in life! They make life a little more fun! Click the picture below to watch the video about more of their week with us!

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Thanks for coming CAC! You’ll change the world as you continue to follow Jesus!

(We’ve seen evidence of your prayers, Warriors — thanks for praying!)

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

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Christian Miller

Hello, Friends!! Do you have a minute to get to know Christian Miller today on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage! He’s the last of our Media Collective Team!

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Christian is a big guy with a big passion for videography/photography! He takes his work seriously and uses his creativity and mad skillz to capture stories to bless others! Which kinda comes in handy at camp, right?!

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He’s a one on one kinda fella, but doesn’t mind shouting random things at random times within large groups of people! Always keeping us on our toes, this one!

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I’ve seen Christian grow this summer and it’s been great to see him stretch himself more and more out from behind the camera to connect with campers.

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He’s done a great job compiling all the photos and videos from the other media team members and putting together each week’s videos! Thanks for serving with us this summer, Christian! And thanks for having a laugh that is contagious!

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

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 ]