Programs and Activities
Go And Make Disciples.
Camp isn’t just for kids! In 1977, Brookwoods and Deer Run added our first co-ed leadership development program after recognizing a need for discipleship and leadership training for older teenagers. Today, our leadership programs are designed primarily to train up mature Christian men and women who will faithfully serve the Kingdom of God and represent Christ in the world. The Next 75 will benefit all of these programs.
The Servant and Leadership Training at Brookwoods and Deer Run is a two-summer, 8-week program incorporating an international and domestic missions experience. SALTers build community by serving together and sharing the gospel beyond the boundaries of camp.
The Leadership Development Program at Brookwoods and Deer Run is a two-summer, 16-week program designed to give campers the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, intellectually, and most importantly, spiritually. This program focuses on community building as well as development of historic Christian disciplines to encourage continued spiritual growth.<.small>
MRO’s Wilderness Intensive Leadership Development program is a two-summer, 8-week program focusing on adventure and outdoor skill acquisition, team building, and mentoring. WILD gives participants a strong spiritual foundation through the opportunity to consider deeper questions of the Christian faith in a community and adventure context.
Here We Go, MRO.
Moose River Outpost Activities
We are thrilled that Moose River Outpost (MRO), our beautiful camp in Jackman, ME, continues to grow to its capacity! But with this steady growth comes the need for program additions and improvements. One of the biggest challenges we face is offering high quality activities to keep up with our increased number of campers.
Would you guess that one of the most popular programs at MRO is Skeet Shooting? The range has been relocated to a more accessible location, eliminating the need to drive and adding time back into the campers’ activity schedule. The new range, once completed, will also provide a better suited area to teach this activity in a safe and professional manner, and will also offer a Riflery component as a new skill opportunity for our campers.
Adding a Makerspace workshop will give campers an area to create their own handmade items. Supplied with tools and materials, campers will develop the skills and craftsmanship needed to design projects and develop skills that will be useful for a lifetime, including how to use scroll saws, sanders, and hand tools. Almost all MRO campers eventually find themselves in a canoe. How cool would it be if they could make their own personalized paddle or take pride in using their own handmade knife and leather sheath?!
Basketball Court Pavilion
Most of what we do at MRO happens rain or shine; that’s camp life! However, rain can sometimes present a safety concern or result in damaged equipment. With our current camper population—96 campers can’t play dodgeball in MRO’s Moose Hall! We need a covered outdoor space to accommodate all-camp activities when necessary. The pavilion built over the basketball court would give us much-needed space to continue active programming no matter the weather.
An essential component of the MRO camper experience is adventure, and the tripping program is an integral part of that. Every session, each cabin completes an overnight trip. In the past 10 years our overnight and day trip numbers have increased exponentially: from 69 campers in 2009 to 240 campers in 2019. The trip locker is earning its keep, to say the least! Additional storage space for non-perishable food and tripping gear is needed to execute an excellent tripping program. In the near future, we hope to expand camp by adding another 2-week session, making room for 96 more campers. This new trip locker will allow us to accommodate this significant growth.