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Brigade Air, Inc.

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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 147 week-long youth aviation camps in over 20 states since 2000, with over 3,100 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: 150 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.

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JAARS has hosted Brigade Air camps for about 7 years. Each year it gets better, and the basic curriculum for the camp and the logistical support Brigade Air provides are an excellent framework for making an event like this happen. At the most recent camp JAARS hosted, one instructor remarked that he considered this “the best camp we’ve ever had,” that it was “a great crew of kids who were listening, thinking, and asking questions that went to the next level.” We hope the young people left at the
end of the week with a greater vision for their future as they were exposed to various aspects of aviation and to the challenges and multifaceted life of a missionary.