Brigade Air

aka Aviation Adventure Camps, Mission Aviation Adventure Camps   |   Bloomingdale, NJ   |  www.brigadeair.org

Mission

The mission of Brigade Air is to educate and inspire youth age 14 - 18 toward careers in mission aviation and humanitarian aviation through a unique mentoring curriculum and aviation camp program. Brigade Air, Inc. integrates the goal of winning and developing youth to be leaders for Christ, with the goal of encouraging young men and women toward missionary aviation and other related career choices. - Humanitarian aid and foreign mission organizations depend on pilots and light aircraft to accomplish their objectives in the 2/3 world. Brigade Air, Inc. challenges, educates and inspires young people to serve in developing world settings, by networking with like-minded educational institutions, individuals, churches, business owners, major donors, pilot organizations and sending agencies.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mr. Bruce E. Wolff

Main address

P.O. Box 97

Bloomingdale, NJ 07403 USA

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EIN

20-0896758

NTEE code info

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Christian (X20)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

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Mission Aviation Adventure Camps

140 week-long Brigade Air camps have been conducted in over 20 states, one province of Canada, and in Romania in the past fourteen years with over 3,000 campers in attendance. Over 60 churches, home schools, and individual families use the Brigade Air Curriculum Kit 1 to mentor their youth

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Awards

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award 2014

Great Nonprofit

Best in America 2012

Christian Chaities USA

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2007

American Camp Association - Member 2001

Combined Federal Campaign 2008

Christian Service Charities 2008

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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By the year 2030, there will be over one billion people on planet earth that do not have access to an all weather road. Due to earthquakes, tsunamis, war, and endemic poverty, there is no expectation of developing infrastructure for these people in the foreseeable future. To reach these people groups, missionary and humanitarian organizations, since the end of WW II, have been building airstrips in these remote areas and use specialized aircraft to fly missionaries and equipment to meet the group's physical needs and to present the gospel. In these remote locations beyond the paved road, there is no easy access to local services. These teams need equipment, medicine, medical evacuation and mail to be supplied by air. Instead of taking days or weeks to travel by a land route such as a jungle trail or river, and enduring many related hazards, a missionary pilot can often fly an aircraft to the bush location and deliver required supplies in a matter of hours. Since the 1940's, missions aviation organizations have recruited candidates from the 'low-hanging fruit' of military and airline retirees typically. In recent years, changes in the economy and culture, the airline industry, and the reduction in military forces has resulted in these sources being greatly diminished. Today, we must 'plant seed' in young people's hearts and minds and engage their families in the process early on, in order to purposefully grow future recruits into this vitally needed area of global service. We aim to help stem the tide of short-fall in available missions aviation candidate recruitment.

In order to accomplish our mission, we educate, inspire and challenge approximately 150 youth age 14 - 18 at highly focused summer aviation camps each year through our summer Mission Aviation Adventure Camp program. We compile and share our recruitment data with partner organizations and schools and increase the number of humanitarian and missionary technical students available for training. We form strategic partnerships with Christian camps, universities and schools, mission sending agencies, pilot organizations, local airports, and aircraft owners. We educate youth on the challenges and needs in technical missions, through our mentoring curriculum used in over 70 churches, home schools, Christian schools and pilot organizations. We lease, borrow, own and maintain aircraft to be used at our summer camp programs. Upon completion of a camp week, we connect our campers with partnering schools and sending agencies who then provide them with guidance and training. We raise funds from individuals, major donors, churches, businesses, foundations and community benefit organizations. We produce printed mentoring curriculum for use at our camps and mentoring clubs. We maintain an office for administration, promotion and find-raising. We promote programs through print, media and web. We recruit and train volunteer staff pilots and mentors to teach and administrate at camp programs. In addition to the summer camps and mentoring clubs, Brigade Air has had a networking presence at the Oshkosh Air Venture for many years, the AOPA Aviation Summit, the Teterboro Wings and Wheels Expo, the Christian Camp and Conference Association convention, and other events. In 2008, a four-page article was published about Brigade Air in AOPA Pilot magazine, the largest circulation aviation magazine in the world. Other areas of influence and promotion strategy includes Moody Radio Network interviews, articles in various newspapers, and reports on television news broadcasts.

Bruce Wolff, the Executive Director, served as a missions pilot for seven years prior to starting Brigade Air, and maintains his qualifications as a commercial pilot, flight instructor and aviation mechanic. Bruce has a background in business and industry, and authored the Brigade Air curriculum used in approximately 70 churches, home schools, and Christian schools around the US. During its first ten years, Brigade Air relied completely on loaned airplanes for the flight activities. In September, 2010, a Cessna 172 was donated to Brigade Air, and completely renovated thanks to project contributions by Samaritan's Purse, Mission Aviation Fellowship, MMS Aviation, PS Engineering, Blue Eagle Aviation, Moody Aviation, Lightspeed Aviation, Preferred Air Parts, and others. The plane was dedicated in May, 2011, and flew its first camp in June, 2011. Through the 2015 summer camp season, Brigade Air has educated over 3000 campers in a total of 140 summer camps. The weeklong camps have been conducted in twenty different states, two Canadian provinces, and four foreign countries. Brigade Air Camps provide teens with their first hands-on experience flying a real airplane. They not only experience the thrill of flying, but also learn about the potential joy of serving the Lord through a career in mission aviation. Under his leadership, Brigade Air has organized and developed 140 summer flight camps since 2001. Bruce maintains a membership with the International Association of Missionary Aviation and has a productive relationship with the Christian Camp and Conference Association. Brigade Air board members, volunteers and members of partner organizations help run programs during the summer.

Through the 2017 summer camp season, Brigade Air has educated over 3200 campers in a total of 153 summer camps. The week long camps have been conducted in twenty different states, two Canadian provinces, and four foreign countries. We have done this though the use of loaned aircraft and volunteer pilots, and have and excellent safety record. In October, 2015, The King's College in New York awarded Bruce Wolff the Charles W. Anderson award for a life of faithfulness, sacrifice, and a pioneering spirit to influence and impact culture for Christ. Brigade Air has built a solid leadership team. The Brigade Air Board of Directors are profoundly involved and deeply committed to the quality and integrity of the ministry. One of the directors is the Manager of Moody Aviation in Spokane, Washington – the school that has trained approximately one-half of all missionary pilots. Another director received the 2005 Aviation Educator of the Year award, and oversees two camps each summer. Another director, a son of Jack Wyrtzen, who is the founder of Word of Life in Schroon Lake, New York, has been in youth camp ministry for over 30 years. We are privileged to watch these camps become the catalyst for young people to enter training for impactful ministry. The process has been replicated each summer for 15 years and we would like to see a greater audience of young people introduced to the challenge and task of missionary aviation – the crucial link between vitally needed resources and those laboring to meet the spiritual needs of unreached people. Toward that end, we need see a broader donor base developed over the next three years.

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Brigade Air

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
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Board chair

Mr. Ron Wyrtzen

Ron Wyrtzen Board Member, Chairman

Four Seasons Environmental

Jim Erickson Board Member

GBC

Bruce Wolff Board Member, President

Brigade Air, Inc. Founder

Ed Robinson Board Member

Moody Aviation, retired

Cecil Bedford Board Member, Secretary

Moody Aviation

Jim Baker Board Member

United Airlines, retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes