Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2019 | Isaac

From Sparky vest to Minion madness, seeing Isaac grow through the years has been fun! Welcome Isaac to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today, will you?!

Awesome Isaac Name Card

My favorite thing about Isaac this year is the way he helps to engage reaction from the crowd for the staff leading up front! Whether it’s an “OOOh Yeeeaaah!” or a dramatic guffaw or laugh, he adds to the scene to help create a fun atmosphere! (Which means someone always laughs at Shaun’s jokes ;)!!!)

Smiling Isaac at Whisper Mountain Camp

Isaac is quick to smile, always helping people feel welcome and inviting them into conversation. He’s a big encourager too!

Isaac Leads at Whisper Mountain Camp

He leads well, enjoys having theological conversations with anyone interested, and is careful to respect the person even if he disagrees with them. In it all, Isaac sincerely wants to help others walk nearer to Jesus. In the end, that’s all that matters!

Isaac serves with Jake at Whisper Mountain Camp

His contemplative ways allow him to carefully consider what he means to say so when he speaks its with authentic sincerity and something worth hearing. He’s had a great energy about him this summer that adds to all the relationships he’s creating, whether it’s with staff or campers or their leaders!

Isaac Guide at Whisper Mountain Camp

Isaac, thank you for giving Whisper Mountain the chance to be part of your story! We are so thankful for all the ways you add to our team through your service and heart for Jesus!


Author | Cassi      Photography | Adrienne + Cassi

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

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.

Carlo at the Lake with Whisper Mountain.jpg

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!)

Carlo on the Bush Hog.jpg

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

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

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

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 | Chaz

We are kicking off this summer’s Awesomeness Takes the Stage today! In case you are unfamiliar with this, we like to spotlight each of our staff to help you get to know them a little better! We get to see how awesome they are every single day, but you need to know too! So let’s dive in with Chaz Grant!

Chaz Name Card 2019

Like almost all our other staff, he started at Whisper Mountain as a camper! The top 3 things that come to mind when I think of Chaz: initiative, trustworthy, invader of personal bubbles. We know we can fully depend on Chaz for whatever comes up.

Chaz Lead Guide

We have had Chaz on our team for the past four years! His first year with us on staff was as a GIT — a Guide In Training! We were super impressed with his initiative and willingness to do whatever needed to be done. He continues to excel at both! Now he serves as Lead Guide, helping to lead the staff and make all the things run smoothly for the campers! He does so with such ease, knowing the role like the back of his hand, but still wearing an attitude of service and joy.

Chaz with campers

Even though he enjoys invading people’s personal bubbles, his sincere care for people is one way he really shines His love for Jesus.

Chaz Welcome Hug

We are thankful for the front row seat we’ve had getting to see God grow Chaz over these last four years. We are completely thankful to have Chaz serving with us again this summer! He is one of the manly’s on campus that gives us hope for this generation of men entering the world!

Be that world changer, Chaz! We have loved getting to watch God grow you into a man who shares His love with this needy world! Thank you for being part of the WM Fam! 

[See his second year spotlight here! (sorry, we missed last year’s spotlights!)]


Author | Cassi Werner  Pictures | Cassi + Adrienne

Awesomeness Takes the Stage // Katie

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

Awesomeness-kt4

// 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

Ribbon
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!