Summer Camp 2019 | Estero + New City

New City and Estero at Whisper Mountain Camp

In camp ministry we have the amazing opportunity to come alongside youth pastors and churches as they strive to help teens find the hope of Jesus in this world! New City Church (formerly Church at Charlotte: here, here and here) and First Baptist Estero (herehere, here, here, and here) are two groups we’ve been blessed to walk with for several years now. These guys feel like family!

Welcome to Whisper Mountain CampSettling in at Whisper Mountain Camp

Having a place for teens to get away out of their ordinary, out of their bubbles, and find fresh mountain air (filled with gnats;)!!) and a slew of people whose job it is to hang out and encourage them makes for a week that can be quite life changing!

Eno Life at Whisper Mountain Camp

Escape the Noise. Encounter the Whisper.® It’s what we exist for. And no matter how many times they’ve been to Whisper Mountain before, there’s nothing quite like God’s personal whisper into messy and complicated lives, over and over again.

New City at Low Ropes at Whisper MOuntain CampHigh Ropes at Whisper Mountain CampNew City Low Ropes Celebration at Whisper Mountain Camp

Trying new things on our own but surrounded by people who are cheering us on can be helpful in pushing us to hard things and knowing the victory of doing life with others!

 

Baptism at Whisper Mountain CampNew City Baptism at Whisper Mountain CampNew City.Estero Worship at Whisper Mountain Camp

Last week we saw six teens get baptized at our local lake. The joy they wear on their faces as they’ve publicly proclaimed to be a Jesus follower — nothing like it! So amazing the story God is writing in each of these lives. It’s beautiful to catch even a sliver of His work while they are with us.

Field Fun at Whisper Mountain CampThumbs Up to Whisper Mountain Camp

The good ole fashioned fun squished in between all the other more intentional heart moments, Bible time and connecting really just rounds out the week in all the best and fullest of ways.

Thank you for choosing to come to Whisper Mountain Camp, New City and Salt and Light Youth! We love you and the opportunity to be a small part of the story God is writing in your life! See you next time, Lord willing!


Author | Cassi         Photography | Adrienne + Ellie + Cassi

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Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Jessie

Jessie, Jessie, she’s our girl…on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!!

Jessie at Whisper Mountain Camp Name Card

Jessie has got the sweetest nature about her! She’s never imposing and always sincere!

Jessie serves at Whisper Mountain Camp

She’s got such a willing heart to do whatever needs to be done. Being on staff at Whisper Mountain is not for the faint of heart. The exhaustion is a real struggle. No joke! Jessie has been keeping up with all the things and smiling through it all!

Jessie Guitarist at Whisper Mountain Camp

Jessie Sings at Whisper Mountain Camp

Jessie has a great love for music! We’ve loved having her help lead worship with the teens each week.

Jessie Listens at Whisper Mountain Camp

Her humility, willingness to really listen to others and her love for Jesus have made her a great asset to our team this summer! She’s a friend to all on staff and we are stronger for that!

Thanks for all you’ve given up to come and serve with us this summer, Jessie! We’ve seen God use you and work in your life and we are grateful for your heart for Him!


Author | Cassi        Photography | Adrienne and Cassi

Summer Camp 2019 | Southbrook 2

In trying to catch us up on the groups that have come through, today we are talking about Southbrook Part 2! (Here’s Part 1) We are so thankful for larger groups being willing to split between two weeks so they can still experience Whisper Mountain Camp!

Southbrook Group at Whisper Mountain Camp

I was unfortunately home with a sick baby and missed most of the week, but here are some fantastic pictures to help tell some of the story. Pictures speak more than words!

Southbrook Welcome at Whisper Mountain CampSouthbrook on the field at Whisper Mountain CampArchery at Whisper Mountain CampBazooka Ball at Whisper Mountain CampSouthbrook Solo TimeSouthbrook Solo Time at Whisper Mountain campSolo Time at Whisper MOuntain CampBattle on the High RopesHigh Ropes at Whisper Mountain CampCanoeing at Whisper Mountain CampRelay at Whisper Mountain Camp

What I do know is teens found a deeper relationship with teens, found a greater desire to pursue the holiness of God and had a great time with their friends in the great outdoors! Pretty great stuff right there!

Thanks for coming to camp at Whisper Mountain, Southbrookers! We really love the relationships we are building with you! You are a wonderful group of people! Keep chasing Jesus!


Author | Cassi     Photography | Adrienne

 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Carlo

The Italian you may mistaken for a 25 year old because he’s just that mature, but really he’s a GIT (guide in training)!! Welcome Carlo to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!

Carlo at Whisper Mountain Camp Name Card

Whisper Mountain Camp has known Carlo as a camper for a few years now so we were excited when he showed interest in being part of our summer staff!

Carlo at Whisper Mountain Camp

Carlo is a natural born leader who’s shown great humility while serving as a GIT and shadowing our Guides. It’s not always easy to let others lead when it’s in your DNA to do so, but we’ve seen him handle this with grace.

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He’s the perfect blend of nerdy and cool — you can’t help but like the guy!

Carlo at Lake Santeetlah

He has a way of questioning or pushing issues in a way that challenges or sort of wakes people up who’ve become comfortable or lackadaisical in certain things. Carlo cares about living sincerely and authentically and his willingness to help others around him do the same is appreciated — at least eventually!! (ha!)

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Our team is definitely stronger with him on it! We are thankful for the way God has been shaping and leading Carlo and that we get to be a small part of that story!

Carlo, thank you for choosing to spend your summer at Whisper Mountain! We are thankful to have your Italian blood walking this property!!! No, really, we are so thankful for what you bring to the team!


Author | Cassi    Photography | Adrienne and Cassi

Summer Camp 2019 | Highlands Groups

Highlands.Individuals Group

We enjoyed a mix of people from Highlands, NC, a few individuals from our town and a couple individuals from South Carolina and Michigan! We never are sure how things will go when people register to come to camp, but we have always been amazed at the way God orchestrates people’s lives to be in the right place at the right time!

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Cabin Picture

The bravery of teens coming on their own, or even not wanting to come and feeling like they “had to” ended in close comradery with the other campers and for some of them, receiving Jesus! Isn’t that why we do what we do?

Highlands at the Lake

Camper at the Lake

The outdoor activities, the personal and group challenges, the intentional connections with our staff, encountering truth from the Word of God, finding time alone to think and listen and grow — this is the power of camp at Whisper Mountain!

Low Ropes with Highlands

The two groups from Highlands are in a place of new leadership and fresh beginnings. The low ropes challenges proved helpful to strengthen their team unity.

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To all who came this week, thank you for trusting your leaders, churches, parents, foster parents and us! We are thrilled for all we saw God do in your lives! Keep chasing Him!


Author | Cassi    Photography | Adrienne

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Ethan

It’s his birthday! It’s his birthday! Party on now! Party on now! HEYYYYYYY!!
How fun to have Ethan on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage on his birthday!

ATS Ethan at Whisper Mountain name card

We think Ethan is worth celebrating for many reasons, but we just love that he is equal parts goofball and man of God! We loved having him on staff last year and are thankful to have him again this year as a Guide again!

ATS Ethan Leadership at Whisper Mountain

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again! Getting to watch our summer staff grow through the years is one of the highlights of being in camp ministry! Ethan is no exception — we’ve really seen Ethan grow in his leadership while serving with us at camp!

ATS Ethan Reaching New Heights

Since we’ve known him, he’s always been a man of character, but we see him jumping to new heights as he strives to walk more and more closely to Jesus! He’s often caught helping out with forgotten or undesirable jobs, he’s quick to connect with campers that might be on the outskirts of the crowd, and he exudes hospitality by helping all the people feel right at home with him.

ATS Ethan Guide at Whisper Mountain Camp

He is fantastic at making conversation with anyone, he makes amazing lattes and sincerely cares about the people he’s around!

Ethan, thank you for serving with us, for allowing God to have His way in your life and for helping add such strength to the team this year! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!


Author + Photography | Cassi

2019 Summer Volunteers | June

Each summer we rely heavily on people coming alongside us to help get the work done. Our summer staff are obviously critical to the work we do, but we are already tell you all about them on our Awesomeness Takes the Stage! (you should go read about them if you’ve been missing out!)

The other set of people that are pretty critical to our work here, especially in the summer, are our week-long volunteers! In fact, we call them our superheroes because most people are giving up vacation time, family time or rearranging a whole slew of things just to make it possible to be here helping out! We are continually blown away by our volunteers! So this post is about telling you all about our June volunteers!

Well, let’s back it up to May when people helped us get ready for summer to begin!

Weston and Craig at Whisper Mountain Camp

Craig and Weston drove looooooonngg hours to come and clean. COME.AND.CLEAN. What?! (Hold on while we try to pull ourselves together real quick.) We felt so blessed by their hearts to serve us in this way because here at Whisper Mountain Camp the few do it all! (phew. Okay. we’re okay.)

Ellis Family at Whisper MountainEllis Couple Canoeing

A lovely couple, Richard and Tina, spent their time with us beautifying spaces, building more sets of corn hole boards for our campers (which they have loved BTW), folding a bazillion t-shirts for our camp store, forming the new sidewalk that was put in just before summer, among many other things! Their mark is all over the place!

Harkness Boys at Whisper MountainHarkness Family at Whisper Mountain

The Harkness family came alongside us in many ways as well. Shoveling gravel (among other manual labor that young men excel at!), fixing vehicles, helping in the kitchen, etc. Seeing a family serve together is always a beautiful thing, especially when they have a strong work ethic already in place! Such a gift!

Kathy at Whisper Mountain Camp

Kathy is a woman who mentors and works with college kids at Columbia International University! We met her through Sam, and were delighted she was willing to come and use her skills and know-how in the kitchen to help Patti cook all the food! We were thankful for her thoughtfulness and encouragement while she served!

Anna Megan Kyle at Whisper Mountain Camp

I’m not sure how it happened at around the same time, but we had a week where we got to have a few past staff come and serve! Whatever ways they could be involved or helpful, they were! Returning during summer can be weird for past summer staff because they see how things are different than when they were here, but their time is also refreshing as they get away, remember how God has been working in their lives, and see how He is working in campers and current staff’s lives. We are thankful for the time we got with Anna, Megan and Kyle!

Foster and Virginia at Whisper Mountain

What a surprise to get Foster and Virginia back again this summer! When we said goodbye last year, we thought it was the last time they’d be back to serve with us! Imagine how sad we were because they are the greatest! Virginia keeps us laughing in the kitchen with her sass and Foster finds so many small things we’ve let go too long to help out with. They are both such an encouragement and help! We love them to pieces!

Dennis and Corrie Serve at Whisper Mountain CampDennis at Whisper Mountain Camp

Dennis and Corrie have been serving with us for years! Dennis, all the things with Marty plus serving on the food line and cleaning dishes! Corrie, all the heavy cooking in the kitchen. We are always thankful for the ways they encourage us and help us when they come! Well, mostly thankful! Dennis can be a real stinker! But we love him and are thankful for the fun he adds to life! We’d keep ’em both around forever if we could!

Whisper Mountain Volunteers Help Run the Race

We are completely thankful for all these who have given their time, energy and talents to work alongside us as we strive to reach teens for Jesus! It takes a team effort to keep all the balls moving! Every minor or major part each of these played while with us has been seen by our God. When we serve with a heart of worship, no matter how big or small the task, we bring Him the greatest glory! May we each be encouraged to continue (or start) serving with a willingness in whatever capacity is made available to us! To God Be the Glory!


Author + Photography | Cassi

 

 

 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Lexi

Fun and Sass dressed in a country accent — that’s our girl Lexi! Welcome her to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage, won’t you?!

Lexi at Whisper Mountain Camp

Lexi loooooves to talk which makes her great at connecting with people! She’s got a huge heart for people in general which translates to all the people want to be her frand! Her balance of talking and listening to people is quite remarkable and unusual!

Lexi Arrives at Whisper Mountain Camp

Before Lexi was a Guide, she was a camper and a week long volunteer! Her heart to serve in any capacity stood out to us way back then! It was a joy to have her come and be a part of things! We kinda feel the same this summer!

Lexi in the Middle at Whisper MOuntain Camp

Lexi is bold whether speaking the truth in love or getting done what needs doing or being so sure of who she is in Jesus that nothing holds her back. It’s refreshing and beautiful! She doesn’t shy away from being in the middle of someone’s mess with them and offering them hope along the way!

Lexi at the High Ropes

Lexi, we are completely thankful you are here with us serving, smiling, and sassing, as the need calls for! May God continue His good work in you for His glory alone!


Author + Photography | Cassi

 

Summer Camp 2019 | Shiloh’s Enclave Students

When we encounter God’s Word and glimpse even a sliver of the holiness of God, we don’t walk away the same. We saw the teens from Shiloh Baptist in Tennessee walk away different than when they came!

Shiloh Teens at Whisper Mountain Camp

They were a fun group from a church that is just getting on its feet! The commitment and sincere care from their leaders is a beautiful thing to behold. We hope the teens know what a gift that is!

Shiloh Fun TeensShiloh Girls Laughing

Teens getting in the quiet with Jesus has been a recurring highlight of many campers throughout the summer so far. There’s just nothing like an encounter with the personal God!

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Watching this group grow in unity, rallying each other on and caring for each other was encouraging to see. There are always the moments where that isn’t the case, but the overall end is unity! That’s something to celebrate!

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Thank you for spending the week with us Enclave Students! We absolutely loved having you and look forward to welcoming you again as the Lord allows! Chase Jesus above all else!


Author | Cassi       Photography| Adrienne

 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Jake

Hey Hey! It’s Jake on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!

Jake at Whisper mountain Camp Name Card

How about that man-bun, huh?! Might not be Shaun’s favorite style, but we will still keep this guy around!

Jake Why hands

After you get past the man-bun and his one thousand “Why’s”, you will find a great guy with a great heart who wants to love people and follow Jesus! His inquisitive nature is part of what makes him a thinker and a person of understanding. He has his own idea on things, but his thoughtfulness and care has been encouraging to more than a few people!

Jake on the BikeJake Tricks on Bike

Jake is also an adventurer and outdoor lover! He pushes the limits but lives fully and freely! There’s great joy in that!

Jake and Chaz

He has a soft heart for people and shows that in a million little ways at camp. Through his music, his athleticism, his drive in life, he is able to connect with campers in eternal ways.

Jake at Whisper Mountain Camp

Jake, thanks for using your leadership here at camp this summer. And thank you for allowing God to have His way in your life! We are grateful to serve with you!


Author | Cassi        Photography| Adrienne + Cassi