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

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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!

Shiloh Low RopesShiloh Thumbs Up

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

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Alex

Whhhhhhaaaat a Whhhhhomannnn! Alex Davis — you need to know her! Welcome to Awesomeness Takes the Stage!

Alex at Whisper Mountain Camp Name Card

The girl who is always smiling, always asking engaging questions, always there to lighten the atmosphere.

Alex at Whisper Mountain

She delights in carrying other people’s loads, encouraging the struggler and being present with people in a way that makes them feel safe with her! You guys, people need this, am I right?!

Alex shenanigans

I mean, look at the shenanigans she’s willing to get into to help her people!!!! 😂 (this was Ellie’s car — no one was breaking any laws here!!!)

Alex Friend to All

People respond to life in all different ways. Alex has allowed God to heal and lead her through life in a way that makes her simply glow with joy for Him! She’s a delight and we are so thankful to have her serving with us this summer!

Alex, receive this — you are beautiful! Keep shining Jesus to all those around you! Whisper Mountain wouldn’t be the same this summer without you — we are so thankful for you and excited to continue to see God work in your life this summer!


Author + Photography | Cassi

Summer Camp 2019 | Robbinsville Locals + Mine City Baptist

The joining of two smaller groups made for a great week at Whisper Mountain Camp!

Robbinsville Locals.Mine Group.Adrienne

A little rain tried to mess our week up, but when you get to escape your noise, there’s no rain that can ruin that parade! Our Robbinsville Locals joined up with Mine City Baptist this past week. We never know for sure how groups will mesh together, but these guys all really enjoyed each other!

Mine City Archery at Whisper Mountain CampRobbinsville Locals at Camp.AdrienneMine City Bazooka Ball at Whisper Mountain Camp.adrienne

The safe and fun atmosphere we work hard to create is important. The intentional conversations and connections we work hard to establish are crucial. The purposeful activities we work hard too translate into tangible life lessons are useful. The encouragement and support we work hard to display can be game changing. But ultimately God’s love and grace infusing each of these opportunities is what makes camp at Whisper Mountain so special!

Robbinsville Locals Human Knot at Whisper Mountain Camp.adrienne.jpgMine City Smiles.adrienneMine City Encouragement at Whisper Mountain Camp

Daily activities bookended by God’s Word open up hearts and minds to hear God’s whisper.

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May the friendship, experiences and growth found here continue to spur each one on to walking deeper and more fully with Jesus!

Robbinsville Locals Pamper Pole at Whisper Mountain CampLocals Hammocking at Whisper Mountain Camp

Thanks for spending the week with us, Locals and Mine City! Keep spending that time in God’s Word and pursuing His holiness! Until next time….


Author | Cassi     Photography | Adrienne + Cassi

 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Micah

Micah! Micah! He’s our man! If he can’t do it, nobody can! Say a big “Heeyyyyyyy!” to Micah on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!

Micah at Whisper Mountain Camp name Card

Micah is a gentleman with a side of quiet hilarity! He’s got this way of throwing lines out at the last second in a conversation that are so funny, but you’d miss it if you weren’t paying attention. They come quick and quiet!

Micah Rainy Throw

He’s got a love for adventure and fun. He’s one of the guys who races around campus on their mountain bikes! Downhill, on a bike, on graveled mountain roads — yikes! No big deal for him! Can you see that boyhood ornery sparkle in his eye?! It’s what keeps things fun!

Micah and Carlo

His leadership is quiet but strong. He works hard. He plays hard. He’s faithful and reliable. Micah is an all around fantastic fellow!

Micah at Ropes

Thank you for being here this summer, Micah! We love getting to be a small piece of your faith journey! Thank you for being the kind of man that is worth these teens emulating! Keep at it!


Author + Photography | Cassi

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Ellie

She’s a delight. She’s fun. She’s got some moves. She’s in love with Jesus. She’s ELLIE! Welcome her to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today, will you?!

ATS Ellie Name Card

We were so thankful when we heard Ellie wanted to come back as a Guide this summer! We loved having her last year! She’s got the sweetest demeanor about her. I haven’t met a person yet that doesn’t love her!

Ellie Welcomes Campers

Her excitement to serve is contagious and she never displays an attitude other than, “I’d love to!” She bubbles with joy — she’s refreshing to all who are around her!

ATS Ellie and Alex

And she’s pretty great about making people feel at home that might not otherwise feel that! Which is perfect for campers getting to spend the week with her. Ellie makes people feel special because she has the filter of Christ for all things in life.

ATS Ellie Boowhip

Ellie, thank you for coming back and for spending your life pointing people to Jesus! We are all encouraged by your living!


Author | Cassi     Photography | Adrienne + Cassi

Summer Camp 2019 | Southbrook 1

When the groups coming to us are too large, often they will divide their group into two separate weeks of camp. Definitely not ideal, but we are completely thankful youth pastors value our ministry here at Whisper Mountain enough to come two separate times during the summer! SO last week was Southbrook Week 1!

Southbrook Church at Whisper Mountain Camp

They came on a big bus from Charlotte and because of our current property layout, there’s not a great turn around place for big ole buses. The teens get dropped at our gate and get to walk the trail to their cabins. If you’ve ever been here, you know how big of a walk that is! Talk about instant immersion😂!

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Nobody seems mad about it though! They are just happy to finally be at camp!

Southbrook fun at Whisper Mountain CampSouthbrook at the Lake.cassi

While we were all about having fun with Southbrook;

Southbrook High Ropes BattleSouthbrook High Ropes Dangling Duo

and we worked hard to make the adventure purposeful and life lessons tangible;

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it was actually the time spent alone being quiet in God’s Word that we heard the most feedback from! Because it doesn’t matter what we plan or how well we execute a plan, God’s Spirit moving in personal and powerful ways in teen’s lives is where it’s at! And Southbrook Part 1 experienced God this week!

Southbrook Boyz.Cassi

Thanks for coming and spending a week with us! Keep pursuing Jesus! Be Holy because He is Holy!

Find pictures from their week using #southbrookatwm on Instagram or on our Facebook page!


Author | Cassi      Photography | Adrienne + Cassi