Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Charley

Charley left her mark with us when she came as a camper last year! She:

Charley-5// is one of the three girl GIT's (Guides In Training) with us this summer //

Charley-2// is Captain America's wife //

Charley-1// helps lead our campers in worship each week //

Charley-3// graces the stage with the Bros on Ice Band at WM //

Charley-4// enjoys capturing memories behind and in front of the camera //

Charley-6// takes the investment she's received and pours into others //

Charley-7// allows adversity to shape her into God's tool of beauty //
Cassi: What is your favorite verse?

Charley: Song of Songs 4:7 "You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you."

Cassi: Why did you want to be a GIT with us this summer?

Charley: Chelsea poured a lot into me after last summer and I felt called to come serve this summer. It was definitely a God call.

Cassi: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Charley: I want be in music ministry or maybe start a ministry after I attend Oral Roberts and hopefully do mission work with it (with a grin and a giggle she added: with a husband!)

Cassi: What can WM friends pray for you about?

Charley: That I would be obedient after summer to do what God calls me to, whether in music or whatever, that I will follow the plans the Lord has for me.


Charley is someone who is quite adorable. I find her to be careful with her words and actions, and a girl whose learning to embrace all God has created her to be. She shines the most when behind her guitar or the keyboard, her unique voice engaging the listener instantly. I have been blessed by her help in using her growing talent of photography to help capture the week for campers! She soaks up life and all it offers and bleeds that life onto those she surrounds herself with. In whatever Charley does, she is meeting success, I believe because she's figuring out that the more she leans into Christ, the more she glorifies and becomes like Him!

 May we each be encouraged to lean into Jesus a little more today!

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Aaron

We were thrilled when we heard Aaron wanted to come back for another summer with us! Now in his third summer at Whisper Mountain, we are blessed by what Aaron brings to the team! He:

Aaron-arrival// enjoyed being showered with some love upon arrival //

Aaron-and-tegan// is talked about and missed by my little man all year long //

Yellow-shades// loves yellow and rap music (which brings energy to the scene!) //

Aaron-hang10// is a man of encouragement, sincerity, and humility //

Aaron-cupcakes// has a slight addiction to WM's strawberry cupcakes //

Aaron-kayak// excels in leading outdoor activities at camp //

Aaron-bros-on-ice// is a member of Summer 2012 Bros on Ice Band! //

Hey-bag// anticipates serving campers each week with passion //

Aaron-sleeping// wears himself out shining Jesus //

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Cassi: What is your favorite verse?

Aaron: (without hesitation!) Lamentations 3:24 "'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I have hope in Him.'”

Cassi: Why did you want to return again as a Guide?

Aaron: I love Whisper Mountain and it was an opportunity to connect with people and with God.

Cassi: (anticipating what I already think the answer is) When you grow up, what do you want to be?

Aaron: (as if in answer to my head thoughts) well, I do want to write, BUT I really want to be a man of God in whatever I do (wasn't anticipating that awesomeness!)

Cassi: (whoa, he's so on track. I love that!) What can friends of WM pray for?

Aaron: (without hesitation again) that I would hunger and thirst for righteousness


Though it could be portrayed that Aaron is just so spiritual, I would like to clarify that Aaron is the most sincere, humble, in-love-with-Jesus young man I know. He often challenges me (without knowing it!) to keep my heart in check, to be sensitive to God's leading, to be ALL about seeking God, living for God and loving others well. He's an all around enjoyable person to be with! I'm thankful Aaron's with us again, stepping up in greater leadership and bringing God glory in all he does!

May you be challenged to follow God so passionately! Blessings on your Friday!

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Kyle

Throwing a little more awesomeness your way again this week! I'm trying to make sure to cover everyone! The summer is just ticking by so fast!

Kyle first came as a camper and returned this summer for his second year as a GIT with us!

Kyle-2// welcomed with big hugs as all returning staff are //

Kyle-4// personal friend of Sasquatch //

Kyle-6// member of (the fun and silly) Bros on Ice Band //

Kyle-1// works hard to earn the respect of superiors (namely Tegan!) //

Kyle-5// willingly slides into action whenever called upon //

Kyle-7// general goofball //

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Cassi: Why did you want to be a GIT (GuideInTraining)?

Kyle: last year was great, my relationship with the camp is good, and I felt like God brought me back. (you are going to choose only the best pictures right?)

Cassi: What's your favorite verse?

Kyle: Well it'd probably have to be Romans 8:28-30 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified."

Cassi: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Kyle: I really want to work with underprivileged youth in an inner city environment. Maybe be a head chef in my own restaurant to help fund that. No don't really put that part. And you know photography…Or I might be a gypsy. (only stellar pictures of me, right?!)

Cassi: Of course Kyle (with fingers crossed behind my back!), only the best pictures of you! So what do you want friends of WM to pray for you about this summer?

Kyle: that I would find God's place for me. I'll be graduating in January and I just want to know what He wants me to do next. (make sure to mention "Kyle is awesome, which in the Greek translates dangerously amazing.")

The effects of strong mentors in Kyle's life have proven to shape him into the hardworking, creative, service oriented man he is today! We are blessed by each of those aspects every day at camp! Through struggle, Kyle keeps on keeping on and I admire him for it! Do pray for him, friends!

Glimpsing awesomeness can be inspiring, don't you think? 

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Katie

Here we go with our second staff highlight! (catch the first one here)


// welcomed in love but came prepared with her own "love"! //

Awesomeness-kt1// finds a happy spot while rock climbing //

Awesomeness-kt2// is the perfect balance of girl and tom boy //

Awesomeness-kt3// also a member of the Bros on Ice Band (silliness at WM!)

Awesomeness-kt5// fun to be with no matter who you are //

Peek insideKatie was our first camper at Whisper Mountain. She came up from Florida to go on a backpacking trek the first summer we were open (six years ago)! Since then she's kind of worked her way into our affections and made herself part of the family, returning each summer to help out! We wouldn't have it any other way! 

Cassi: Why did you want to be a Guide (summer counselor) this year?

Katie: I sound so shallow but I just love it here!

Cassi: Um, you're not shallow, it's just awesome here! What do you wanna be when you grow up?

Katie: Either a lawyer or a philosopher for Christ, kind of a CS Lewis type thing

Cassi: (sheesh, she's so smart!) What's your favorite verse?

Katie: James 1:19 "everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger"

Cassi: Do you have anything you want our WM friends to be praying for?

Katie: that I will be listening for what He's saying to me and with the whole philosophy thing that I will be able to answer in wisdom

Katie's heart isn't always shared in words but is most definitely shared through the spending of her energies each day. Such fun and full of love! I'm grateful for her being a part of our camp but also our lives! She's pretty awesome! Please be in prayer for her as she serves with us this summer!

Wishing you heaps of awesomeness in your day!

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Emily

I told you how excited I am to introduce you to our awesome summer staff! As Awesomeness Takes the Stage, let me introduce you to Emily Roedding!Emily-Popped//Welcomed in love //

Emily.-Pineapple// A member of the Bros on Ice Band (producers of many silly live performances and music videos here at WM!) //

Crutches// Cheerful even after breaking her toe on her second day here! //

Playdough-beach//loves to be at the beach (she is a Florida girl after all!) //

A-peek-insideGetting to know Emily, hearing her story, and glimpsing the work God is doing in her life has been nothing short of awesome!

Cassi: Why did you want to be a GIT? (Guide in Training…high schoolers learning the ropes of leadership)

Emily: "I felt God pushing me to it"

Cassi: What do you wanna do when you grow up?

Emily: be in some sort of outdoor leadership

Cassi: What's your favorite verse?

Emily: James 1:2-6 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." These verses really helped (and keep helping) me get through some really hard struggles.

Cassi: How would you like the friends of WM to pray for you this summer?

Emily: Just pray that I let God work in my heart and He allows me to work in the lives of the campers.

Yellow-stripesIsn't she great?! Will you please join me in praying for Emily? I do believe God has "pushed her" here to serve with us this summer! I can't wait to see how He's worked in her life and used her during her time with us!

Now, YOU go be awesome today!