Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Camp?
Will Siblings See Each Other?
How Are Cabin Assignments Made?
I’m Concerned About Homesickness. Do You Have Any Advice?
What if I’m a ‘Kid-Sick’ Parent?
What Rules Do Campers Need to Follow?
Too much emphasis on “the rules” takes away from the fun atmosphere we strive to create at Camp. While our rules are few, they are necessary to keep your child safe and foster an environment of encouragement, self-discipline, creativity, and responsibility. Camp reserves the right to dismiss any camper who violates these guidelines.
When participating in camp activities and when on camp trips, campers must follow instructions and protocol as directed by staff.
Unsupervised swimming is not allowed.
Smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol, swearing, and possession or use of weapons, or unprescribed drugs is not allowed.
After-hours socializing with or entering the cabins of members of the opposite sex is not allowed.
What if My Child Needs to Take Medications at Camp?
All medications, including vitamins and over-the-counter meds, must be turned in to the camp medical staff on Incoming Day and noted on your child’s Medical Form. All prescription medications must be in their original marked container, indicating the name of the drug and dosing instructions. Our medical staff is not permitted legally to dispense any medications that are not in an original, marked container.
Our local pediatrician has provided written orders, allowing us to dispense common, over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol, Sudafed, and Advil. You do not need to send these with your camper.
A special note about vitamins and herbal supplements: The states of New Hampshire and Maine do not permit our medical staff to dispense these without a doctor’s signature. If your child needs to take vitamins and herbal supplements, please have your physician indicate permission on the Medical Form or a note on their letterhead.
What Immunizations Does My Child Need?
Is My Child’s Medical Information Confidential?
When Is Tuition Due?
I Live Outside the United States. How Do I Make Payments?
What Do I Need to Bring to Camp?
What Kind of Footwear Should I Pack?
Many foot injuries at camp are the result of improper footwear. Camp is a tough environment for feet with an abundance of rocks, roots, sticks, along the paths and dirt roads. The BEST footwear you can provide your campers is closed-toed shoes that remain on their feet while running. Sneakers and closed-toe sport sandals work well. Campers may not be able to participate in an activity if they do not have on the appropriate footwear. Flip flops are permitted at the waterfront and on the path to the boys’ shower house.
Lost and Found
Camp will not accept responsibility for lost or stolen articles. Marked items left at Camp may be mailed home only when a parent calls or emails the office to identify the missing item. Please understand that hundreds of items, everything that you can possibly imagine, are left at Camp every summer. We can neither pay to mail everything nor hold the items indefinitely. We ask that you kindly reimburse Camp for the mailing expenses and larger items may need to be pre-paid. Unclaimed items will be donated to a charitable organization by mid-September.
What Should We Leave at Home?
What Does It Mean to Be Accredited?
Are Brookwoods and Deer Run One Camp?
Will Siblings See Each Other?
How Is Camp Organized?
What Is the Camper to Staff Ratio?
How and When Do Campers Pick Activities?
Our goal is to give campers the chance to take activities they are interested in. Here are some details about the process, known as “Activity Sign-Ups”:
At the beginning of the week, campers sign-up for 3 activities for the upcoming week. We encourage campers to first sign-up for the activity they are most excited about taking.
Due to age restrictions limiting their choices, our youngest campers are given the chance to sign up for all 3 of their activities at the same time.
The remainder of Brookwoods and Deer Run then sign-up for 1 activity. Once both camps have signed up for one activity, they will choose their next 2 activities.
Before Activity Sign-Ups, campers are given a schedule of what activities are offered each period. Not all activities are offered every period. Counselors help campers to navigate the process and help them select activities.
Campers cannot sign up for a popular activity (example: waterskiing and archery) as a first choice, two weeks in a row. We encourage campers to try new things the second week!
Fourth Period is a supervised free period. Campers do not sign up for activities but are able to enjoy the Waterfront, Moose Hall (boys), or Deer Run Lodge (girls).
What Does an Average Day Look Like at Camp?
7:00 – Wake Up and Cabin Cleanup
7:30 – Devotions
8:00 – Breakfast & Singing
9:00 – Bible Study
10:00 – 1st Activity
11:15 – 2nd Activity
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Rest Hour
2:45 – 3rd Activity
4:00 – Open Waterfront
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Evening Program
9:00 – Return to Cabins/Devotions/Lights Out
Are There Activity Age Limitations?
To ensure the safety of all our campers, some activities have minimum ages for participation:
- Archery: Brookwoods age 10, Deer Run age 11
- Axe Throwing: age 13
- Climbing Wall: age 11
- Horseback Riding: 10 years of age
- Mountain Biking & Boards: age 12
- Riflery: age 12
- SCUBA: age 12
- Wakeboard: age 10
- Woodworking: age 10
Please note that these limits are due to the size of equipment, the nature of the activity, American Camp Association guidelines, and NH state regulations. For consistency, we use the camper’s age as of June 1st. Camp reserves the right to make program changes as necessary and commits to providing activities that meet safety standards.
Who Gets to Play Paintball?
Will My Camper Participate in An Outdoor Adventure?
What if My Child Becomes Ill or Injured?
If your child is ill or injured, Camp will comply with the American Camp Association’s regulations:
In the event of minor injury/illness such as headache, simple abrasion, or earache, the camp medical staff will provide appropriate treatment. A phone call home is not required.
In the event of major injury/illness such as broken bones, concussion, allergic reaction or any other event requiring a hospital visit, you will be contacted as soon as we have all the details. Please note, we will try to speak to you in person and will not leave a detailed message on your voicemail. In an emergency, Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run use Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro (7 miles away) .
Please be assured that we will act in the best interests of your child when determining medical care. When in doubt, we will always take your child for treatment.
If a non-hospital incident happens at night (not serious) we will call you the next morning.
If your child spends the night in the Loon (medical facility) for any reason, we will call you the following morning.
What if My Child Has Severe Allergic Reactions And/or Asthma?
The State of New Hampshire has legislation controlling the use and storage of inhalers and Epi-Pens at camp. The purpose of the law is to allow your child to keep his/her inhaler or Epi-pen on his/her person to be used if needed while at the same time providing a safe environment for other campers.
Currently Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run staff one to two medical staff at all times. Our staff are trained to use of inhalers and Epi-pens, are available 24 hours a day, and maintain a stocked emergency bag with Epi-pens and other emergency first aid supplies and equipment. In addition, all trips leaving camp include a first aid bag, including two Epi-pens.
If you or your health care provider feel that your child’s allergic reaction is severe or potentially life-threatening, an Epi-pen should be carried on his/her person at all times. The state law requires that two Epi-pens be provided to camp: one for the camper to carry and one to be stored in the Loon (medical facility). Each Epi-pen must be clearly marked with the camper’s name as well as that of the prescribing physician.
Regarding asthma, the law states that the child may carry his/her own inhaler. It must be clearly marked with the camper’s name and recorded by the medical staff on Incoming Day. We strongly recommend a second inhaler for any camper carrying his/her own inhaler to be stored in the Loon.
Camp requires campers needing inhalers and/or Epi-Pens on his/her person to carry them in a small “fanny pack” worn at all times, other than swimming and other water activities.
If your child must carry an inhaler or an Epi-pen, your licensed health care provider must complete the information on the form located in the Camper Handbook.
How Do I Contact Camp in An Emergency?
You can always reach the Brookwoods and Deer Run office by calling 603-875-3600 during the hours of 8:00am – 6:00pm. If you need to contact the Loon (medical facility), please call the main number (above) and we will transfer you.
For after-hours emergencies only: call 603-875-3602 (the home of our Executive Director and the message will get delivered).
Is There a Camp Dress Code?
Daily clothing should be modest and appropriate. Tops should have straps that are two fingers wide and long enough to completely cover their stomach. Shorts should be a minimum 3″ inseam, and not too tight. If girls wear leggings, they must wear a shirt that covers the bottom completely. Tops should be no lower than a bandwidth from their neckline. Only modest one-piece bathing suits are permitted. End-of-month banquet dresses and skirts should also be a modest length. Please do not plan to wear strapless, spaghetti strap, or backless dresses and tops. We reserve the right to ask your camper to change clothes, which can be awkward and uncomfortable for them. Thank you for helping them pack appropriate clothing.
On Sunday mornings, we require the following uniforms that are available online or at the Camp Store.
Deer Run: Green or khaki shorts and Deer Run Camp t-shirt
Brookwoods: Navy or khaki shorts and Brookwoods Camp t-shirt
How Can My Child Get to Camp?
The majority of campers drive to camp with their parents on Incoming Day, arriving between 1:00pm-5:00pm.
For those who choose to fly, we can pick up your camper at Logan Airport in Boston or Manchester Airport in New Hampshire between 11:00am-5:00pm. A staff member (wearing a Brookwoods or Deer Run staff shirt and holding a clipboard) will meet your child at the airline’s baggage claim and help them retrieve their luggage. Please note that transportation to Brookwoods and Deer Run is only available for those campers arriving or departing by airplane. Airport transportation can be either round-trip or one-way.
How Can I Contact My Child at Camp?
Campers love to receive mail, perhaps more than they like to answer it! We encourage you to write often and with a cheerful tone. Also, campers are encouraged to write home and we do provide free postcards in the Camp Store. If you are not hearing from your child and are concerned, please let us know and we will be happy to confirm that your child is doing well. You will also receive a letter from their counselor about cabin life and your camper’s time at Camp.
Our mailing address is:
Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run
34 Camp Brookwoods Road
Alton, New Hampshire 03809
You can denote their cabin on the bottom corner of the envelope. If you don’t know the cabin, we will look it up when it arrives.
As a convenience to parents, we offer BunkNotes, a one-way email service to campers. Different packages are available. On Incoming Day you will receive a code to sign up and the link will also be on our webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at 603-875-3600.
While we encourage parents to write campers, we unfortunately cannot use our fax machine for this purpose. We need to reserve the fax for emergencies and business use only.
Can I Call My Child on The Phone?
Can I Send a Care Package?
Do You Have Horseback Riding?
The horsemanship program is designed to introduce campers to riding and to develop skills, horsemanship, grooming, safety, and care of the horses. Our staff instructors are certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Campers must be 10 years of age or older by June 1st in order to register for riding. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis by mail only and is limited to 32 participants per two-week session. The cost is $120 for two weeks and $220 for four weeks.
Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run staff seek to provide quality instruction in a safe environment. The horsemanship program has been developed based on safety codes, regulations, and camp standards in mind. To reserve a place in the riding program, please complete the form in the back of the Camper Handbook.
Is Scuba Offered at Camp?
Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run offer the opportunity to become Certified SCUBA Divers to campers who are 12 years of age and over. The program lasts for 2 weeks and meets each afternoon for about 2 hours. As to which sessions this is available, varies based on instructors’ availability. The course includes:
- An academic section (textbooks and videotapes are supplied);
- A confined water section (where safety skills are learned); and
- A series of dives to explore Lake Winnipesaukee.
Camp will supply all necessary gear. Taking this course does require a commitment from each camper to do their reading and attend training sessions. However, the reward is a SCUBA certification card good for a lifetime of fun and adventure in the water. We recommend that interested campers in SCUBA, take one of the “Introduction to SCUBA” classes offered during regular morning activity periods prior to the year they plan to take the Certification Program.
To indicate interest in the Certification Program, please complete the Medical Questionnaire and the Liability Waiver forms, which you can find online. Look under the “Forms” button. Or, call the office at 603-875-3600 and we will mail them to you.
Because this class requires a commitment and is limited to only 6 campers, interested campers will be notified once they arrive at Camp if they’ve been accepted into the class. Once accepted, you will be billed for payment. The fee for this course is $ 100.00. Should you or your physician have any medical questions, we can supply you with more information.
What Is the Basic Program?
The BASIC Program (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) is a four-week experience for 15 and 16-year boys and girls (Impala and Bear cabins, respectively). In addition to their regular camp activities, participants will spend three days on our low and high ropes course, guided by a trained facilitator. There are some BASIC adventures as well, the group will go on an overnight canoe trip and also spend three days hiking in the White Mountains. When we place campers in the Impala and Bear cabins, we give priority to those campers who are registered for four weeks, as the program incorporates a month-long program and is designed to emphasize relationship building. There is no extra cost or application for this program.
Can I Visit My Camper?
Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not allowing outside visitors on camp property this summer.
Below is our normal visiting information which we hope to resume sometime in the future.
Visiting times are available for month-long campers only. There are no visiting days for two-week campers.
The schedule is as follows:
- Middle Sunday of the first-month session from 1:00pm-5:00pm
- Middle Sunday of the second-month session from 1:00pm-5:00pm
On visiting days, you are warmly invited to our morning worship service held in our outdoor chapel at 10:30am. Campers are expected to attend morning worship and then are free to leave Camp with their parents for lunch—we are sorry we’re unable to provide meals for parents and visitors on these special days. All campers must have signed written permission on file, in the Camp office in order to leave property with someone other than their parents, PRIOR to the Visiting Day. A Permission Slip, available in the office or on the camp web site, may be completed and faxed back to camp, or the parent may e-mail our Executive Director, Bob Strodel at firstname.lastname@example.org or his wife, Debbie, at email@example.com. As a matter of general rule, we will NOT allow last-minute phone calls home to make arrangements for visiting day.
While we welcome visiting adult alumni and prospective parents during the summer, please check in with the main office to meet the Director and obtain a visitor’s badge before touring the Campgrounds—we must follow this policy to preserve the safety and well-being of our campers and staff at all times. If you are visiting with children, or the siblings of a Camper, they must stay with their parents at all times.
We recognize that our international Campers are at a disadvantage in terms of communicating with their families. We strive to provide top-notch service to families living outside the U.S. Here are some important things you need to know if you’re coming to Camp from abroad. . Therefore, international campers may:
Bring their handwritten letter to the Main Office and we will scan it and email it to the family.
Receive a reasonable number of letters by email from their families. Please type your camper’s name in the “subject” line and send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers may make a brief call to their parents upon their arrival at camp.
When your child arrives at Camp, they will need to turn in their passport, return plane ticket, and any extra discretionary money, cell phones and other valuables for safekeeping in the Camp office.
Where Can I Stay in The Area?
If you are planning on staying in the Lakes Region, it’s important that you make advance reservations early and directly with motels or resorts. Many of the small motels and lodges only accept reservations via phone or email. Also, many will require a minimum stay. There are several local Bed & Breakfasts that you can find on the web.
- Holiday Inn Express, Rochester, NH 603-994-1175
- Wolfeboro Inn, 44 N. Main St., Wolfeboro 603-569-3016
- The Inn on Main, 200 N. Main St., Wolfeboro 603-569-1335
- Crescent Lake Inn & Suites, 280 S. Main St., Wolfeboro 603-569-1100
- Pickering House Inn, 116 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, 603-569-6948
- Lake Wentworth Inn, 427 Center St., Wolfeboro, 603-569-1700
- Greystone Inn, 132 Scenic Dr., Gilford 603-293-7377
- Marriott—TownePlace Suites, 14 Sawmill Rd., Gilford, 603-524-5533
Where Do the Locals Eat?
Here’s a few of our staff favorites. You’ll find more on Yelp.
- Grill 110, 136 Marketplace Blvd, 603-948-1270
- Eastern Paradise, 150 Marketplace Blvd #13, 603-948-1253
- La Carona, 83 Farmington Rd, 603-948-1050
- Johnson’s Seafood and Steak, 69 Route 11, 603-859-7500
Alton & Alton Bay
- Ackerly’s Grill & Galley, 83 Main St, 603-875-3383
- Pop’s Clam Shell, 55 Mt. Major Hwy, 603-875-6363
- River Run Deli, 32 Suncook Valley Rd, 603-875-1000
- Shibley’s at the Pier, Rt. 11, 603-875-3636
- Sandy Point Resort, Rt. 11, 603-875-6001
- Dunkin’, Alton Circle
- MacDonald’s, Alton Circle
- Hannaford’s, Alton Circle
- Bayside Grill & Tavern, 51 Mill St, 603-515-1002
- Bayberry Juice Bar, 19 Main St, 603-569-9956 (camp parents!)
- Downtown Grille Cafe, 33 S. Main St, 603-569-4504
- El Centenario, 14 Union St, 603-569-3445
- From Scratch Bakery, 36 Center St, 603-515-1049 (Deer Run alumna!)
- Garwoods, 6 N Main St, 603-569-7788
- Huck’s Hoagies 104 Lehner St, 603-569-6122
- Jo Green’s, 33 Dockside St, 603-569-8668
- Lydia’s Cafe, 33 N Main St, 603-569-3991
- Morrisey’s Front Porch, 285 S Main St, 603-569-3662
- Nolans Brick Oven Bistro, 39 N Main St, 603-515-1028
- O Bistro (The Inn on Main), 200 N. Main, 603-569-3016
- Seven Suns, 61 Railroad Ave, 603-515-1010
- The Farmers Kitchen, 5 N Main St, 603-515-1006
- West Lake Asian, 495 Center St, 603-569-6700
- Wolfe’s Tavern (Wolfeboro Inn), 44 N Main, 603-569-3016
- Wolfetrap Grill & Rawbar, 19 Bay St, 603-569-1047
- Wolfeboro Dockside Grille & Dairy Bar, 11 Dockside St, 603-515-1053
Is My Son or Daughter Safe Way Up There in The Woods?
How Much Is Christianity Involved in Camp?
If My Child Isn’t an Athlete, Can He Still Enjoy Camp?
Are There Bathrooms in The Cabins?
How Far Is MRO from Medical Attention?
Is It Alright if I Tell My Son or Daughter that I’ll Visit Them Regularly?
What Is the Camper-To-Staff Ratio?
When Do Campers Pick Activities?
What Does an Average Day Look Like at Camp?
7:00 – Wake Up and Cabin Cleanup
7:30 – Quiet Time
8:00 – Breakfast
8:45 – Worship and Cabin Devotions
10:00 – Activity Period 1
11:15 – Activity Period 2
12:45 – Lunch
1:30 – Rest Hour
2:30 – Activity Period 3
4:00 – Free Time/Open waterfront
1:30 – Rest Hour
5:45 – Dinner
6:30 – Evening Game
9:00 – Cabin Debrief and Bed