Meet The Staff

The Bates

The Kanes

Since 1999

Since 2016

Johnnie and Becky Bates
Kayleigh, Luke, Aubrey, and Emma
Originally from Aiken, South Carolina
Celebrating their 20th summer!
Adam and Billie Kane
(Schyler), Alex, Ethan, and Evan
Originally from Daleville, Indiana
Former summer staffers!
Johnnie originally came to camp on Summer Staff.  Over the years he has filled many roles and has been the Executive Director since 2010.  Johnnie can fix anything and enjoys working in the shop.  You can often find him in the boat or in the bush taking his kids out for an adventure.  Johnnie is a graduate of Trinity Baptist College.  You can reach him at [email protected]
Johnnie Bates
Executive Director
Becky Bates
Becky oversees the camp's finances and books.  During the summer you'll find her in the kitchen cooking, creating schedules and menus, or in the office completing camp's purchasing. She loves to interact with campers and staff and is always ready with ideas for how to connect.  Becky teaches her kids at home and is very involved with their ice skating club.  She loves spending time with her extended family whenever possible.
Bookkeeper and Kitchen Admin
Adam Kane
Adam spent nearly 20 years as an elementary school teacher before making the jump to camp.  As the Program Director Adam oversees the summer camp weeks as well as activities through the rest of the year.  He enjoys watching the Star Wars movies with his boys.  Adam is a graduate of Cedarville University and Indiana Wesleyan University.  Contact him at [email protected]
Program Director
Billie Kane
Billie always wanted to run a candy store, and now she does!  In addition to making many of the desserts everyone loves at camp, she gets to know guests as they visit the Tuck shop.  In the summer Billie also assists during afternoon swim time as a lifeguard.  She is nearing the end of homeschooling the Kane boys.  For fun she likes to play games of all kinds and usually wins.  
Baker and Tuck
Phil Veres
Phil first came to camp through a missions trip in 2012.  Since then he’s returned for two years on Summer Staff, and now he's here for a full year.  Phil hopes to grow in and use his abilities in daily and year round camp operations and activities. He loves hanging out with kids, working with his hands, and photography!  Also giraffes!
Ministry Intern
Nathan Enns
  Nathan had never been to camp before coming to COTW as summer staff in 2018. Right away it felt like the perfect fit and he started to serve wherever he could. Now as an intern he helps with maintenance, Wilderness Bible Club, and in the office. He has a B.A in Marketing Management and an M.A in Intercultural Studies from Maranatha Baptist University and Seminary. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, sports, and experimenting in the kitchen.  

Ministry Intern