Summer 2017 | Hank’s Chapel

We were just remembering what a great week we had with our final group of Summer 2017: Hank’s Chapel! We just never got around to posting them! (sorry guys!)

Hanks Chapel Group

What a delight they were for our staff to get to know and spend time with! We are excited to continue to see how God continues His work in their lives back home! You can check out their week’s video by clicking the image below (or click here!).

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As always, see their pictures on our instagram feed with the hashtag #hankschapelatwm

Thanks for coming to spend a week with us this summer, Hank’s Chapel Crowd! Continue to follow hard after Jesus no matter what life is throwing your way!

 

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

Awesomeness Takes the Stage 2017 | Leah Gibson

Lights! Shine the Lights! Leah Gibson is on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!

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Leah has come to Whisper Mountain Camp for several years as a camper or leader with her youth group! But this is the first year she is a WM Guide! And we couldn’t be happier! She’s perfect amounts of quirky and fun and adorable!

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But more than all that she’s a strong servant leader, notoriously dependable and trustworthy and constantly making people laugh! She connects with and leads our campers well and pushes through all the exhaustion to do what needs doing!

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I’m inspired by the way she doesn’t take herself too seriously, but laughs instead! She enjoys the ones she’s with and makes the best of each circumstance she finds herself in! We are pretty grateful for the strength Leah adds to our summer team!

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Thank you, Leah, for coming to serve with us this summer! We wouldn’t be the same without you! You are a delight! Keep shining!

 

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

 

 

Summer 2017 | Berry’s Grove & Robbinsville Locals

Being from similar small town living and quieter in nature helped our two groups meld into one this past week! Berry’s Grove and Robbinsville locals were a great fit!

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At the end of the day, the adventure (whether scary or exhilarating) and fun, the teachable moments and Gospel truth all hit us in personal ways. We find ourselves stretched and growing when we least expect it! These teens encountered moments like these! We pray they are better for it!

Click the picture below to catch a glimpse of their week with us!

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Thank you Berry’s Grove for entrusting your teens to us for the week! We pray God continues His work in you even when you go home! Robbinsville Locals, thanks for trusting us and coming to be a part of Summer 2017! Keep chasing Jesus!

See more of their week on our instagram feed using the hashtags #robbinsvillelocalsatwm and #berrysgrove

[Author + Photo Creds: Cassi | Video Creds: Christian Miller | Video Content Creds: Emilie, Chloe, 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!

Relevance Group with Staff

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!

CAC Group with Staff

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]

Let The Games Begin

First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Chloe, I am one of the staff members here at Whisper Mountain Youth Camp. I have been asked to tell you about what has happened so far in the staff training week. Yes, I know, it sounds boring, but you may find interest in what you read.

Well, it’s that time of year again. Kids start rolling in for a week of fun, food, and most importantly God. Staff training started almost a week ago and already I have learned so much, and have made a lot of new, very supportive, friends that have helped me push myself to limits I didn’t know I could go. Every morning, after breakfast, we have a devotional and we discuss the days activities, we then go from there and begin our day.

185A8825_1Two days ago, part of our training was coming up with games for the campers, and a very popular game is Bazooka Ball. It’s like paint ball but without the paint. We also did archery, we were taught to teach the campers how to hold the arrows when walking around with them, how to properly hold the bow, and the best way to try to get a bulls-eye. When the staff had first arrived we played a lot of name games which we will teach the campers when they get here.

On behalf of the entire staff, I think it’s safe to say that we are all excited about the upcoming summer.

[Author: Chloe Headings | Photo Creds: Casey Bell, Cassi Werner]