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Brigade Air, Inc.

Rating: 4.72 stars   36 reviews 2,259

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Job Training, Religion


P. O. Box 97 Bloomingdale NJ 07403 USA


Tsunamis. Earthquakes. War. Poverty. How does humanitarian aid and the gospel get through when the roads are gone? Through Mission / Humanitarian Aviation. Help challenge teens to prepare as future aviators.


Over 140 week-long youth aviation camps in over 20 states since 2000, with over 3,000 campers in attendance. Partner programs in Romania, Hungary, Ecuador. Former campers enrolled at Moody Aviation (Spokane, WA), Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), LeTourneau University (Longview, TX), San Diego Christian College (San Diego, CA) training to become missionary aviators. Others now serving as aviators overseas.

Target demographics:

Teens around the US and Canada, 14 - 18 years old.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

250 youth experience a life-changing challenge to their worldview

Geographic areas served:

USA and Canada


Summer Mission Aviation Adventure Camps. Year-Round Mentoring Clubs in Home Schools, Christian Schools, Churches, Families.

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Reviews for Brigade Air, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

My son loved this program this summer. Very interested in aviation now.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My son loved this program. The pilots were friendly and encouraging. He was up in the air right away and is considering getting his pilots license now. He made good friends and found the teaching and learning materials really helpful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Two of my four sons recently attended a mission aviation camp at JAARS in Waxhaw, NC. This camp experience far exceeded our expectations on all levels and I can't say enough about how blessed my boys are to have had this experience and opportunity.

The camp was a rigorous week of ground school and in-air training that imparted a great deal of aviation knowledge in a compressed period of time. On top of that, there were regular speakers throughout the week who shared some of their experiences and knowledge directly and indirectly relating to the topics at hand. While the days were long and busy, my teen-aged sons could not stop talking about how engaging the speakers were, even on topics that they initially thought might be hard to follow. The boys both said that even though some of the talks were 2 hours long, everyone wanted them to keep going and not stop. They just couldn't get enough.

In addition to aviation specific learning, the boys came back with a new knowledge about meaningful mission work that can genuinely save souls from darkness and what it takes to do such work. As Catholics, we routinely read stories of the lives of saints as inspiration on our own paths of spiritual growth. The stories that the boys heard in camp, first hand in many cases, were very much in-line with what the saints and martyrs of old did and in some of the very same conditions. That additional personal connection with such selfless service is and has been an invaluable byproduct of these talks and testimonials.

The camp is/was organized by a most competent and endearing man by the name of Doug Deming. My boys repeatedly stated that he does not get enough thanks for what he does. He's such a loving person that I think all of the campers left considering him their very own Uncle Doug. That man is a real treasure and the entire staff at JAARS appears to be cut from the same cloth. I would recommend this group and their camp wholeheartedly. Words fail to adequately express the gratitude we have for the JAARS team and especially Doug, for all that they do and for what they have done for my sons.

With all sincerity, and in Christ,
Mark Puzerewski

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Rating: 5 stars  

I liked everything about this camp. The instructors were excellent and knowledgeable. They taught me a lot and were fun to be around. I also enjoyed the place where we stayed; they had good food and I liked the rooms. We took an excellent trip to an airport and an aviation museum. We were able to go in the control tower, which was even more fun than I expected. I loved the airport that we flew from; it was so cool to see the planes takeoff and land. The highlight of the camp, for me, was the flying time. Being in control of the airplane and being able to see for miles is an awesome experience. Brigade Air camp is the best camp I’ve been to. If I could, I would rate the whole thing 500,000 stars.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Brigade Air for the first time this summer. The entire Brigade Air camp experience was fantastic! This is a great opportunity for any young person interested in aviation to take to the air for a great week of fun and adventure, while learning about opportunities use aviation as a tool for service. The camp not only introduced youth to the joy of flying, but also challenged them to consider ways that they could use their talents to serve God and serve others. I've been flying for nearly twenty years and have never come across anything comparible to this camp. I can't wait to volunteer again next year!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to work with Brigade Air as a volunteer for a few years now. For any young person interested in missions and/or aviation this is an experience they don't want to miss. From the opportunity to fly each day of camp to the zip-line at our particular camp to the night sessions sharing testimonies and enjoying a campfire, it was an incredible week! Brigade Air has a top-notch curriculum and superb record of safety. It's a great time to share my love for The Lord and passion for aviation with other people. It brings great joy to see God work in the lives of the campers as they consider who Christ is and what He may be calling them to do in life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son attended his first camp this year in Idaho and absolutely LOVED it! He talked about it for weeks and sent pictures to everyone when he returned. He learned so much and really enjoyed the instructors. He made new friends and liked the entire group at the camp. He loved all of the activities, not just the flying! We as parents are thankful for the Christian atmosphere, the wonderful staff, the individualized instruction, and the opportunity he had at age 14 to fly and gain experience toward his pilot's license at a very reasonable cost. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Brigade Air has to be the most unique experience I've ever had over the summer. I never knew there was such thing as a camp where you could go flying almost every day and learn so much about it at the same time! The staff were absolutely great and this camp is a good way to make connections if you are interested in aviation. I recommend you enroll in this amazing camp if you enjoy aviation and are interested in it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am so very grateful to the operators and staff of Brigade Air for providing an opportunity to my son to experience various aspects of aviation and providing a nurturing, healthy environment in which to learn. My son had only good things to say about the time he spent at camp. He truly appreciated his time with the Air Brigade team!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 15 year old son thoroughly enjoyed the junior training he received across all aspects of aviation through Brigade Air. He had such an enjoyable experience that he can't wait to do it again next summer.

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