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Our founders, David and Colleen Schnitzer began leading trips professionally for teenagers over 20 years ago. They met while working as counselors at a summer camp in the North Georgia mountains. They began working as Trip Leaders in Alaska for the next several summers, and have been serving teens and going on adventures together ever since. 

David later developed and led Christian Leadership programs and expeditions for teenagers across the Western United States and Alaska. He has worked professionally for several prestigious Camp and Retreat centers across the Southeast since 2000. In 2012, David took the role as Camp Director, a position he held for eight years at a camp in Western North Carolina.

David is a graduate of University of Georgia and received his Master’s in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and is a certified wilderness first responder.

Colleen graduated from the University of Washington and began her career in Theater Education. She served as Education Director and developed a Children’s Theater and Summer Camp program for children and teens in North Georgia.

Colleen’s passion for mentoring teenagers, fostering community, and discipling others ultimately led to her to a career change. She began working professionally in youth and family ministry for churches.  For over 10+ years, Colleen has ministered to hundreds of teens across the southeast and has led numerous retreats and domestic and international mission trips.

David and Colleen founded Created for Adventure to offer teens an opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, experience adventure in wild and beautiful places, and gain a better understanding of God’s love for them. 

David and Colleen are the proud parents of three teenage boys, and they love to go on adventures together. The Schnitzer’s are also the owners of Appalachian Coffee Company, a local coffee shop in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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