Mary Beth Bowling
Deer Run Director
It’s possible that Mary Beth has been at Deer Run more summers that anyone else. She was so excited to come to camp her first summer in 1971, they accidentally came a day early. She’s had many jobs at camp: Jr. Counselor, Counselor, LDP Counselor, Trip Staff, Unit Director, BASIC Coordinator, Director. She’s known for her repertoire of silly camp songs, hosting Miss Deer Run with a funny accent, and is tough on White Glove Inspection, complete with white cloves. During the year, MaryBeth teaches Latin and English at a local Christian school. She loves to cross country ski as soon as the snow hits the ground.
About Our Staff
Since Brookwoods’ beginnings in 1944, we have been committed to hiring excellent staff. They not only come from coast to coast, but from all over the world. Some are former campers, attended another camp, friends of friends, and those who simply Google “New England Christian Camp.” The number one priority in selecting our staff is a strong committed relationship with Jesus Christ and their ability to share God’s word and love with campers. While we require competence and skill in our activity instruction, utmost importance is placed on the counselor/camper relationships within the cabin. A camper’s experience depends largely on their cabin experience, including their relationship with their counselor. Confidence in the cabin typically makes way for a challenging, rewarding, and memorable summer.
The staff experience is also one of growth and development for young adults and being a part of a tight-knit Christian community becomes a benchmark for friendship. We have always been blessed with the winning combination of new staff (they bring new ideas and fun songs!) and returning staff whose hearts beat with the rhythm of camp.
The staff complete a 2 week training (Staff Week) prior to Incoming Day. All high risk areas are supervised by staff who have received certification and training in those areas including: climbing wall, riflery, sailing, wilderness first aid, etc. All staff members who work directly with the campers are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Most of our counseling staff are college-age and attend a variety of universities across the country. In the last ten years, we’ve hired staff from: Wheaton College, Gordon College, Grove City College, Messiah College, Notre Dame, Taylor University, Biola University, Liberty University, Penn State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, James Madison University, Virginia Tech University, Wake Forest University, Westmont College, Williams College, Tufts University, Boston College, Boston University, University of South Carolina, Case Western Reserve University.