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A typical camp assistance team is made up of 2-3 CampsAbroad representatives who train camp staff on site. We have many experienced camp leaders who volunteer, and the make up of each team varies from trip to trip. Below are some of the key people who minister with CampsAbroad.

Dan & Amy Brooks

Brooks

Dan and Amy’s love for The Wilds began in the 1970s as campers. Dan’s burden for reaching youth through camping started as a teen when he went on his first mission trip to work at a camp in Nova Scotia, Canada. During his college years at Bob Jones University he worked at The Wilds on weekends and spent three summers counseling at Camp CoBeAc in Michigan. After graduating in 1985, he started working full-time on program staff at The Wilds. One of his first responsibilities was with wilderness camp, which helped develop his love for rugged outdoors camping. Dan met his wife Amy at The Wilds, and they have been serving there together for more than 25 years. Dan Brooks was the youth director at Bethany Baptist Church in Brevard, North Carolina, for almost 5 years. As the Lord has increased the opportunities for CampsAbroad, the need for an assistant director became apparent. In 2007 Dan stepped into this role, having already represented CampsAbroad in several countries. All three of the Brooks’ children are married and they have eight grandchildren.

Matt & Kelly Collier

The Lord has uniquely prepared Matt and Kelly Collier for the ministry of CampsAbroad. Matt Collier grew up at The Wilds Christian Camp. Kelly grew up in a Christian home and with her father being a career army officer, spent most of her childhood overseas. Matt and Kelly both graduated from a Christian university in 1997. From there they moved to Missouri, where Matt attended seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2001. During those years, the Lord opened up many opportunities to travel and work with camps around the world. In 2000, The Wilds Board of Directors saw the need for a ministry to help camps internationally and voted to establish CampsAbroad, a mission arm of The Wilds, as a resource for missionaries and nationals seeking to use camping to reach young people. Since 2001, the Colliers have represented CampsAbroad in the U.S. and have also been privileged to travel all over the world, consulting and ministering with young people in over 40 countries. The Lord has given Matt and Kelly three children: Gabe, born in March of 2005; Jeriah, born in September of 2010 and joining the Collier family in March of 2012; and Levi, born in December of 2012.

Tim & Rachel Endean

Tim and Rachel joined the team in 2018 as field representatives and have now served camps in more than 20 countries. They both grew up in New England, and their heart for camp ministry developed individually as God used camps in their lives as teenagers. They went on to serve at Christian camps including The Wilds of New England where they met while on summer staff. As they finished their college degrees and prayed about future ministry together, the Lord led them to serve with CampsAbroad. Tim completed his MDiv in 2023. Tim and Rachel have enjoyed serving teens in a variety of ways, whether through camp, publishing, or church ministries. Tim and Rachel live in Clemson, South Carolina, where they are raising their daughter, Bailey.

Daniel & Lydia Kroll

Having both graduated from Bible colleges and served in camping ministry for ten summers collectively, Daniel and Lydia have nurtured their passion to see teenagers equipped to take their next spiritual step of growth. They have had previous opportunities individually to travel outside of the United States and to grow in their understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural ministry, which cultivated a love for traveling and ministering to people. They joined the CampsAbroad team in March of 2024 as field representatives, and they hope to strengthen the ministry by sharing what the Lord is doing around the world in state-side churches and assisting the international church by teaching and demonstrating a biblical camp philosophy. As Daniel takes on this role, he is finishing up his Master’s degree in Bible. Both Daniel and Lydia are using their experience in music and youth ministry to serve in their local church. They have a heart for youth around the world and want to see God use them for His glory.

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