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!
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?
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
We have officially kicked off the 2018 Summer Camp Season here at Whisper Mountain with the welcoming of our summer staff this past week! Midway through our first week of staff training and we are super excited for who God has brought to serve alongside us!
Each one brings something unique to the table, so to speak, and we know God orchestrates all things for His glory so we are looking forward to His work through each of our staff this summer!
The laughter, the camaraderie that’s beginning, the stretching beyond expectations — all this and so much more are molding this staff to be an instrument for God’s glory alone!
We look forward to sharing more about them and their summer as the weeks go on!
SUMMER STAFF 2018 — thank you for being here at Whisper Mountain Camp this summer! We are so glad you are here and look forward to what God has in store for you this summer!
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!)
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!).
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
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!
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!
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 ]
You guys, we only have a short of time left to put all the staff on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage this summer! So let’s keep it rolling with Morgan Goodson!
Morgs (previously spotlighted here and here!), like many others before her, was first a camper! This is her third summer serving with us as a Guide!
Seeing Morgan grow through the years has been a beautiful thing! Growth is hard, people, but she is faithful to following hard after Jesus and He’s weaving a beautiful story with her! We are thankful for the front row seat and for the inspiration she is!
Morgan is the girl who’s quietly in the middle of the action, but very good at seeing those people who might be getting missed in the crowd, at offering her peanut gallery commentary and making those she’s with feel seen and heard! If she’s not hugging someone, she’s listening. If she’s not listening she’s making them laugh!
Morgs, we look forward to seeing how God molds and shapes you as you keep following Him in this next step of your journey! We are thankful to have you on the team this summer!
[Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Cassi, Emilie, Casey]
We had a complete Middle School takeover last week when Church at Charlotte arrived at Whisper Mountain!
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!
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]
Today I’m introducing you to one of our Media Collective team members — Casey Bell!
Casey is quiet with spunk! Once she gets a feel for her environment, she’s all in! As we’ve gotten to know her a little better over these past few weeks, we’ve seen a piece of her heart shine as she wants to make sure everyone feels seen. She seems to have a heart for the underdog!
She loves to join in the action and be a part of all that’s going on. She has a spirit of adventure, she’s a provider of snacks (she always has snacks!), and she wears a smile like her life depends on it!
We’ve enjoyed her willingness to do what needs doing, her creativity with the videography she captures and produces, and the positive attitude she brings to the team.
Casey, thank you for serving with us this summer! We wouldn’t be as strong without you!
[ Author: Cassi | Photo Creds: Chloe Headings + Cassi ]
Labor Day weekend was quite the weekend as we celebrated ten years of ministry! We were thankful to share the day with a few locals, a few board members and spouses and about half of our over-the-years summer staff! I’m not sure how the others felt, but remembering God’s faithfulness — His big and sometimes quiet work in, around and for us — goes a long ways to encourage our walking right now!
Sharing laughter with our staff over the memories and retelling of favorite camp stories was completely delightful! Hearing Shaun’s well composed “poem” of all the campisms from over the years was perfectly hilarious and memorable! Reconnecting, though it wasn’t enough time, was refreshing as we caught a glimpse of how far God has brought each of us on our journeys, as varied and different as they all are!
I’m amazed how something like summer camp can gather such different people together to walk in the same direction in ways that benefit all of us but glorify God above all! The Whisper Mountain Family is made up of some pretty stellar people, and it just keeps growing as we welcome in special someones of past staff and as we continue to be faithful to Proclaiming Christ through camp ministry in the years to come!
Summer Staff, keep proclaiming Christ where you are! You are beautiful people that have helped make Whisper Mountain effective on any level! We love you and can’t wait for next time!
Thank you to all of you who have been a part of our ministry in some way over this past decade! We have seen God together, haven’t we? May He continue to be real and in our midst, for His glory alone!
We couldn’t do what we do here at Whisper Mountain Camp without people serving alongside us. We also can’t thank those enough who spent their time, talent, vacations and energy to come serve with us this summer! These quick snapshots don’t do justice to what these people did to help us this summer, but here’s a try at helping you see some of the faces of our volunteers!
Some served all summer, some two weeks, most one week! For the big and small things they did — we trust God to bless them for their hearts in serving Him!
Thank you, Aaron, Jamie, Bay, Bruce, Brooke, Lori, Dave, Foster, Virginia, Gary, Nancy, Dave, Nancy, Kaleigh, Selah, Lexi, Mitchell, Traci, Parker, Susan, Chuck, Tara, Olivia, Emily, Bernie and Tayman. We appreciate all the ways you helped Whisper Mountain proclaim Christ this summer!