Why Moose River Outpost?
“Seeking Christ. Building Community. Embracing Adventure.” appear on a lot of Moose River Outpost’s printed materials. This is to remind everyone in the MRO family what we are about. We are here to serve Christ and to build stronger relationships with Him. We exist to help campers and guests grow through mentoring relationships. But why, you might ask, is adventure so important?
The truth is that adventure is the gear that spins every other aspect of our ministry into action. Not only is it pure, unadulterated fun each time a group of campers splash down the rapids together in a raft, but it is also an experience that serves our other two goals. Campers that have no prior connections can immediately feel bonded by their shared adventure experiences. Anyone who has ever paddled the Allagash River as an LDP or kayaked the Maine coast with WILD knows this well. At camp, perfect strangers become lifelong friends in a matter of days. These strong bonds allow campers to take their conversations deeper, one campfire at a time. Before you know it, adventure has turned into Christ-centered friendship.
Adventure feeds our camp goals in other ways as well. There are inherent challenges in the adventure experiences at Moose River Outpost that help build the life skills of our campers. Team work, self-confidence, and responsibility come naturally on the trail or in the demanding setting of an outdoor adventure. In the midst of cooking a meal together on the trail, campers learn to work cooperatively on a project. While climbing the cliffs at Mount Kineo, campers learn to trust their belayer and often find that they are capable of more than they ever imagined.
Valuable Life Lessons
Why is adventure at the center of everything we do at MRO? It is not because we are a place for extraordinary athletes or wilderness survivalists. It is because we are a place for regular teens and adults to grow, to learn, and to press against the outer boundaries of their own potential. Moose River Outpost features programs that build godly men and women. These programs center on adventure—not simply for the thrill of it, but for the value of these life lessons. But let’s be honest: Everyone could do for a thrill now and then too.