This document is written to explain and ensure that our camper’s parents understand what is involved with our unique Leadership Programs at Brookwoods and Deer Run in New Hampshire, and the WILD Program at Moose River Outpost. Most parents are only aware of the program through what they have heard through their children, and many see it as “the natural next step” in the camp years. This is not entirely accurate, due to the selection and notification process. Our desire through this document is to have our parents be completely informed as to the process.
The Leadership Programs in New Hampshire and Maine are unique because they involve a selection process unlike previous camp attendance. For both campers and parents this is sometimes a first time experience involving applications, references and the associated anxiety of selection. The programs are popular and not everyone who applies is accepted. This is difficult for families who have experienced the summer programs at Brookwoods, Deer Run or Moose River Outpost for several years. The campers don’t understand why they can’t return for another year and the parents can’t understand why their wonderful child is “rejected” by the camp. It is hard for the camp staff as well, to determine who is accepted into the program, knowing some fine candidates potentially will not be accepted, in many cases due to space limitations.