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First opened during the summer of 1944, Brookwoods started with the vision for a camp with the finest physical facilities combined with a distinct Christian emphasis. Through the years, considerable emphasis has been placed upon the acquisition of skills, character training and the development of Christian habits and ideals. These attainments come only as a result of sound instruction, mentoring leadership, quality facilities, and programs dedicated to the historic tenets of Christian faith.

It is about facilitating growth that establishes a trajectory of continued personal and spiritual growth throughout one’s life.

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Two powerful forces motivated the foundation of Brookwoods and remain today. First, a unique camper-centered environment, centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ, forms the fabric of camp life and operation. To that end, our setting in God’s wilderness is a place that campers can see the hand of God at work and learn from it. Camp is being led by qualified, mature leaders who embrace this distinct purpose.

Secondly, programming has been carefully designed to accommodate the diverse abilities and needs of campers—appropriately challenging each one to grow. Vigorous wilderness experiences, Bible teaching, sound personal relationships, and exciting staff members all contribute to Brookwoods’ reputation for innovation and excellence.

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From a small beginning with 8 campers, the success of this approach has helped Brookwoods to become the largest Christian camping organization in New England. Throughout the years, innovations in facilities and programs have expanded to offer an even broader outreach to hundreds of young people. The Brookwoods Conference Center opened in 1958, and Camp Deer Run for girls opened in 1964. In 2005, outreach extended to Heald Pond, Maine with the opening of Moose River Outpost—a dedicated outdoor adventure facility. God has certainly blessed us, and we are grateful!

Brookwoods has gained a reputation that has been frequently modeled and serves as a standard for excellence in the world of Christian camping.