Deer Run Cabin Makeovers
While the experience of camp is designed to be different from home, and sharing facilities and small living spaces build social skills, our cabins need upgrading to keep up with camper needs. We have already begun renovations on several cabins, as well as the Lake Cottage, and would like to continue at a faster pace than our general operations budget allows.
At Deer Run we will be adding covered front porches, which will create additional areas for fellowship and space for drying wet gear. These projects are not exciting in pictures, but they make a huge difference in the cabin community experience!
Click to see photos of the Cabin Expansions.
Lake Cottage Update
The Lake Cottage is one of the oldest and most beloved structures at Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run. The cottage, built in 1795 and moved across the frozen lake to its current position in 1929, is a treasure but is now in need of some significant repairs. The Next 75 will fund the projects needed to “spruce it up” while still maintaining its historic character.
Because of the popularity of our SALT program, as well as increased demand for conference space, we plan to build a new cabin on our New Hampshire property that would provide additional space for the SALT girls, experienced staff mentors, and conference guests. Along with extra sleeping space, it would have a meeting room with a fireplace, to provide additional meeting space.
But what will we call this new cabin? Good question! Historically, the cabins that house leadership in New Hampshire are named after birds: Eagle, Owl, Loon, and Hawk. This cabin would follow in that tradition. As of now, the frontrunner is: Falcon!
Multi-Purpose Recreation Building
No one ever wants a rainy day at camp! Since the majority of our camp programming is done outside and we have yet to find a way to control the weather, we have dreams for a new multi-purpose building at our New Hampshire site. Instead of squeezing into Moose Hall on wet days, this new building would allow us to hold chapel and appropriate indoor programming during inclement weather.
Additionally, this building would allow more space for regular activities that are best conducted inside, like drama and dance. It would be equipped with a full-sized basketball court, indoor climbing wall, locker rooms, stage, workout room, meeting rooms, flexible seating accommodations, small kitchen, and equipment storage. It will be a wonderful space for all-camp programs such as the Staff Special Talent Show and Incoming Day Rallies, and would be used during our Conference Season to make Brookwoods an attractive retreat location for college and church groups.
The Ranger Unit
The Ranger Unit is a special place for all who have lived there. Originally a part of Deer Run Lodge, it was relocated when the girls arrived in 1964. The current structure on the waterfront is home to the Brookwoods boys in the Leadership Development Program (LDP). Each summer the program launches 24 LDPs, many of whom come back to work at camp. Fifty years of active use has taken its toll on the Ranger, and after many extensive repairs it is time for a complete rebuild!
Click to see the latest photos of the New Ranger Unit.
The Wild Pavilion
WILD participants spend almost 100% of their time outside! They cook outdoors, live in platform wall tents, and spend half of their time on off-camp adventures. Building a pavilion on the current site will give WILD campers a protected open air space to gather for Bible studies, leadership lessons, and cooking great meals over the fire. This would be their only “shelter” besides their tents!