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Putnam Co., Georgia Deer Camp

BASIC Equipment

About This Camp

The Putnam County Deer Camp began the weekend of Nov. 13-15, 2015 with host Shannon and Philicia Chastain and their company BASIC Equipment.

The Chastain family first got involved with 30-30 Ministries the weekend of Feb. 2-3. 2013 in Dodge County when they attended Quail Camp hosted by McCranie Quail Plantation. They became involved with several additional Camps and even witnessed their nephew Dylan Long surrender his life to Jesus on Nov. 23, 2014 at a Morgan County Deer Camp. Shannon and Philicia, along with their children Lori Beth and Grant, were on board with what God was doing through 30-30 Ministries.

Then, God opened a door for them in 2015 to host their own Camp. The family who hosted the 30-30 Ministries’ Morgan County Deer Camp sold their property, which was God’s perfect timing for Shannon and Philicia to host a Camp in neighboring Putnam County. Their Deer Camp includes a CAMO Sunday Service with the Chastain’s home church, Crossroads Baptist Church.

Camp Managers

Mark & Lilly Smith

Mark Smith, a full-time fishing guide on Lake Oconee, has been involved with 30-30 Ministries since 2013 when he began taking 30-30 Ministries’ volunteers fishing as a way to thank them for their services. For several years, Mark was feeling God’s call to get involved with 30-30 Ministries in some way, but it took a little while for God to open that door.

Then, on June 8-10, 2018, Mark stepped out of his fishing comfort zone as a result of being asked to guide at the first-ever 30-30 Ministries’ Shark Camp. It was that weekend when Mark was hooked on 30-30 Ministries. After that, he brought his wife, Lilly, on board for a meeting with 30-30 Ministries to ask how they could be more involved together. As it turned out, Lilly is excellent with administration and order, while Mark has great people skills, making them the perfect Camp Manager team.

Mark and Lilly visited a few Camps and served in different capacities, but their first official weekend as Camp Managers took place the weekend of Jan. 24-26, 2020 at the Taliaferro County Rabbit Camp. They now manage several Camps and even host their own Lake Oconee Crappie Camp with their home church, Lakepoint Community Church.