About Us

  • Beginnings

    • In 2004, five men and their wives, with a passion of the Awana ministry, formed a nonprofit 501C(3) organization registered in the State of Montana for the primary purpose of supporting the Awana ministry in Montana and Northern Wyoming.
    • Big Sky Scholarship Camp: When Awana stopped their camping ministry in 2006, BSSM established Big Sky Scholarship Camp (BSSC) to start with the summer of 2007. BSSM wanted to continue a camping ministry to motivate Awana clubbers to finish their books so they can have great fun, learn more about Jesus, meet new friends, and to learn to serve Him now. Since its beginning, God has expanded the ministry of BSSC to reach campers and staff from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.

    Board of Directors

    • Currently, Russ Anderson (Salt Lake City, UT), Jonathan Beaudin (Missoula, MT), Frank Eckes (Bozeman, MT), Don Held (Billings, MT), Kim Keen (Lander, WY), David Ruthardt (Freedom, WY), Bryan Cartwright (Ft.Benton, MT), Erin Cartwright (Ft.Benton, MT) and Roger Lloyd (Carey, ID) comprise the Board of Directors of Big Sky Strategic Ministries, Inc.


    • Our primary goal is to provide both personnel and finances for the various Awana and related youth Ministries in the Mountain West.

    Source of Income

    • Our source of income is the Awana family, together with their friends, and all those in Montana and around the Mountain West and across the United States who share our passion to help Awana Clubbers grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ and to see them serve Him now and in the future. Tax deductible donations, payable to “BSSM”, may be sent to Lisa Beaudin, BSSM Treasurer, 2280 Sunlite Lane, Missoula, MT 59804.