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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Job Training, Religion, Vocational Counseling, Youth Development - Religious Leadership, Youth Development Programs

Mission: 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.

Results: 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, a few overseas.

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

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a veteran teacher for 26 years, and I have volunteered at Brigade Air camps for seven summers. I financially support this ministry, because I have personally witnessed many campers discover that they can serve God on the mission field, and pursue something they are actually passionate about! Brigade Air camp provides an opportunity for young people to apply science and math concepts they have learned in school to practical applications in aviation. Campers are challenged to read God's Word daily and listen to how God is leading in their lives, which is counter-cultural to our materialistic focused nation. True stories of various missionary pilots are shared with campers, which leads to discussion. Volunteers are dedicated Christian pilots who want to mentor young people that are interested in missions aviation. I strongly support and recommend this camp to parents. If you are interested in donating to a ministry that can impact youth for Christ, donate to Brigade Air.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer pilot for Brigade Air since 2009. The reason that I continue is the positive affect that the Brigade Air experience has on campers. During the week, the campers experience how the airplane can be used for the spreading of the Gospel, delivering needed people and resources, and providing other humanitarian aid in a short amount of time. The campers also learn the importance of serving others, thinking of others as more important than themselves, doing what they do with excellence, and exhibiting integrity.

Ryan B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brigade Air is the real deal. We've hosted 2 camps at our church, and they've both been fun, informative, gospel centered and mission minded. I cannot think of a better way to get young people excited about mission aviation or even missions in general. Highly recommended.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served for many years as a pilot volunteer and also a camp coordinator and I commend Brigade Air for for their excellent focus on safety and delivering a consistent product to the church and missions community. Their former campers have gone on for training at Moody Aviation, LeTourneau University, and Liberty University, and are now serving overseas. I'm glad to be a part of it.

Donor

Rating: 4

Bruce is an excellent pilot, a fiercely loyal friend, and a devout Christian. He takes his role
as a pilot and flight instructor very seriously. Students receive very meticulous instruction involving the operation and flying of the plane, as well as care and mechanical maintenance of the aircraft. I would highly recommend this very unique program to any young person who has an interest in one day getting involved in ministry where air travel to remote areas is a necessity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give monthly to Brigade Air. I am grateful for the wonderful work they do to educate young people about the role that missionary aviation plays in meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people throughout the world. Their camps are Christ centered and promote a deeper love for God and commitment to faith and service. I have known the founder Bruce Wolff for many years and admire his dedication and sacrifice in serving Christ. I am amazed at how much Brigade Air accomplishes by stretching every dollar donated and through careful stewardship of funds.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brigade Air provided a truly high quality ecperience for me and my fellow high school campers. They show opportunities for missionary trips, how to achieve a pilots license, and even taught me many of the fundamentals of piloting. They guide you through there lessons always making sure you are understanding and felt confident in your understanding. We also took several field trips to places like aviation part distributors and repair shops for air planes. In addition to flight and ground schools that have me valuable knowledge, when I asked one of the Brigade teachers about opportunities to pursue a private license, I was given a genuine and realistic answer about possibilities in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program. This really gave me a head start on planning how to possibly pursue a license, and have a future with flying in it. They always implement how your skills can be applied to serve the Lord our God and flying is a great skill to use to serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We partner with Brigade Air for a week of summer at our camp in Ohio and I can't say enough about their pilots and the program. They are dedicated to teaching young people about missions and how life as a pilot can serve our Lord in unique and needed ways. The pilots truly have a passion for what they do. Our campers always love their week with Brigade Air!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Enjoyed the activities especially flying the plane!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known the Founder for years. The vision of this ministry to open young peoples eyes to missionary aviation is critical for the future of missions to the 3rd world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the second year our son, David, attended Brigade Air camp. He had a wonderful time (again!) learning about planes, flying, and missionary flight. David said, "the pilots and staff were great, and we had a lot of fun!"
Bruce's passion for missions and helping the kids "find out the purpose God made them for" is so strong and amazing to see.
Thank you so much, Bruce, for all you did for David this year!!

Trevor B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to fly even though I am only 17 years old I have learned a lot from flight simulator and other games but it is nothing like flying for real. I had the opportunity to attended Brigade Air in Mapleton Maine (through Baptist Park) this summer. Even though I already attended the same camp a couple of years ago I really enjoyed the experience. They teach you a lot about aircraft and a lot about not just flying the plane but how to navigate, read aviation maps, and how to communicate on the radio plus a lot of actual flying. We were lucky and we had a chance to fly a lot. It was a fast week. The staff was very friendly and I learned a lot from them and their experience. They tell a lot about missions and how pilots are needed to help spread God’s Word. I hope that someday I will get the chance to perform this important mission. I would highly recommend Brigade Air for anyone who ever thought about flying. Even if you don’t know anything about planes or flying it okay. They teach you all you need to know. I am hoping that I will have the opportunity to attend again. It never gets old. Again if you or your child has any interest in planes this is a great opportunity. Thanks Brigade Air and “God Bless”

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bruce Wolff, the Director of Brigade Air, is very dedicated to this ministry of introducing young people to the possibility of their becoming part of the fulfillment of the Great Commission through mission aviation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our camp has worked with Bridgade Air for six years and we have loved our partnership with them. It's obvious the love the pilots have for teaching youth and spreading the Gospel through their passion of flying.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

On Aug 24, 2015, at 12:31 PM, Beth (Came with her PA 11)
Thanks Doug!....
It truly was a highlight of my summer and I'm looking forward to it next year....And yes my husband would come ;)

On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 6:57 PM, Doug Deming wrote:
You are invited back, Beth. Would your husband join you?
By the way, there is a JAARS Day October 8th.



On Aug 17, 2015, at 10:05 PM, Beth wrote:
Great group of kids! I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of it... I would love to be invited back ....Thanks Doug for all the work you did to make it all happen!....Also tell my fellow TU alum Dee that I said hello..
Blessings, Beth

Dear Doug, (Noah VanderWall)
Thank you so much for keeping us posted on camp activities and for all of the wonderful pictures during camp. Noah came home in awe of everything he learned while at camp. He thoroughly enjoyed all of the missionary speakers and was inspired by their stories. He has retold many of their stories to family and friends. Thank you for making this opportunity available for Noah and other kids his age. Noah truly loves to fly and I am sure that his time spent at camp will shape his career, his future and his love for the Lord.
Thanks again,
Jennifer VanderWall
Hi, Doug, (Sunny Kim)
This morning we met her at Heathrow airport and now at home, Oxford. She is very exited and a bit confident about what she has done during the camp and travelling alone. Certainly she may be missing those days with you and team at JAARS.
She may return to US again sometime in the future God's willing.
Once again, I really appreciate all your love and commitment for her. May God bless you all.
In His grace,
Hun Kim

Good Morning Doug, (Jed Pinkston)

I do not have words to express how the additional scholarship contribution makes me feel! Thank you for sharing and passing along her name and address. Thank you for reaching out on out behalf.
Hoping that today will be a wonderful blessing to all of you as this camp comes to a close. I am so excited Jed was able to be a part of this. The financial gifts have turned something budget crippling into more of a Godly Blessing then ever expected.
I can not contain my excitement to see Jed and am looking forward to driving him nuts talking all the way home.
You may not see much of me this evening, Jed is probably expecting this, I guess...
There is an element of panic when I meet new people and am in a crowd. I am very self-conscious of my heavy physical appearance and worn out attire. It's been a very trying time for me the past several years and I spent most of it in severe depression and despair which has taken its toll and it shows.
Not whining...just wanting to soften the blow that comes with my "absenteeism". I try to be available for Jed but sometimes I think its is best if his peers do not see his Mom.
I do love the photographs that were emailed. What a great idea.
Much Heartfelt Love and Gratitude,
Tracy Pinkston

From: Tanya Tomasi [mailto:tanyatomasi@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 1:14 PM
To: Doug Deming
Subject: Re: Graduation Picture
Thank you so much! What a blessing it was for Angus to have gotten this opportunity! It was priceless and such a lifechanger in so many ways. Bless you all for your commitment and obedience, but most of all, your passion for seeing these young men and women on fire for Christ and encouraging a lifelong relationship with our Father God.
In Christ, Tanya and Joe Tomasi
From Mark Puzerewski – Father of Alex and Max
From: Mark Puzerewski [mailto:puzerewski@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 7:12 AM
To: doug deming
Subject: Re: Further ino

Hello Doug,
I just want to say thank you again for all you do, and specifically for all you did for my boys during the recent camp. Both Alex and Max have been talking non-stop since I picked them up and are so excited about the experience they had and all that they learned about. They both said that everyone was so wonderful and they just enjoyed it so much.
I'm sorry that we were not able to stay for the JAARS Day on Saturday, but we will do our best to come on the October 10th date. There are a couple of conflicts in the schedule, but I'm thinking that we will probably be opting for the JAARS Day over the other two things on their schedule for that day. As we get closer, I will let you know so that we can try to arrange for overnight accommodations to come on Friday.
Thank you again, Doug. Words cannot adequately express our genuine gratitude.
Sincerely,
Mark


(Chris Williams)
Dear Mr. Demoing:

We miss you, too! Thanks for all your hard work and love and prayers for these guys.
Chris enjoyed camp very much! Loves flying and wants to complete some training in aviation mechanics in addition to his college aviation ground school courses.
Unfortunately, he left his bag of dirty laundry at the aviation building at JAARS. Do you by chance have it or know where it is??
Thanks again,
Robyn Williams

Submitted by Doug Deming, Director of the Brigade Air Camp August 3-7, 2015


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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 15 year old son has showed true enthusiasm about very few things. I sent him to Brigade Air's summer program at Sacandaga Bible Conference hopeful that he would enjoy flying - it seemed like a good fit with his personality. He loved it and is planning to pursue a career in aviation! Thank you, Brigade Air, for your commitment to Christ, aviation, and mentoring our children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son David found the camp very educative and really mission oriented. The ratio of teachers (pilot) was very good and enable them to fly everyday. The information he said surpassed what he knew he would learn as 14 year old. The teachers were extremely nice and kind. As we are living at the end of time and gospel needs to go everywhere, we really need more mission pilots to do missions that no other transportation can do that efficiently. God has used you indeed. He said also was good opportunity to challenge children to share their faith. I can not say enough what he said. Infact now he has gone to academy which has aviation school. And over there they have one pilot only! They are looking for more volunteers, many kids are on waiting list, but one pilot can not do everything. God bless you indee Brigade Air, how beautiful are your feet (wings) that carry good NEWS! For that good news in the only most important thing, for we plan to live forever! when we have been there ten thousand years......................! Please if you are thinking of any mission to support it is this one! for you are investing where moth, and rust wont get. Earth life is for a little while eternity is forever, especially when you see economy go down, Wings on Mission is where to put your money, for one day money will lose all its value but, souls/people saved and served will remind you of Dan 12:4 "You will shine bright as a firmament" with your crown. They will say "Thankyou" I am so glad you did sacrifice for Airplanes for mission

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended the Brigade Air camp. He received flight instruction from top instructors, and logged flight hours as well. The students from around the globe stayed in nice apartment style housing with other students, and received delicious home cooked meals. My son said our money was well spent and that he would even benefit from attending again. The instructors are very professional and have excellent character. We were happy to have him be there, and consider this event VERY worthwhile.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.