Mary Beth Bowling, Deer Run Director
Mary Beth has been called the “Great Experienced One” because of her long-term connection with Camp Deer Run. A camper back in the 1970’s, Mary Beth has now been on summer staff at Deer Run since 1979. She loved it so much she brought her husband, George, to camp with her!
“Being director of Camp Deer Run is the best job I have ever had! Sure, I have worked with kids in many other settings. During the year, I teach middle school Language Arts and Latin at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Ossipee, NH. I have also been a church youth director and have led wilderness trips for organizations such as Outward Bound.
But nothing beats being a camp director! Where else can a grown woman dress up crazy everyday, sing Disney songs at the top of her lungs and eat s’mores on a regular basis? I love seeing the joy on a young girl’s face when she hits the target in Archery for the first time. I love being in the parking lot when a van arrives back from a three-day hike and seeing the pride the girls have in their accomplishment. I love sitting by a campfire at night and hearing campers share what they have learned about the love of God while at camp.
I am also a mom of two teenage daughters, so I understand the pressures of parenting today. I am so thankful for camp in my own children’s lives as their camp counselors have had such a lasting impact on their faith and character. I hear the same thing from so many parents. Camp is a place that offers acceptance, challenge and Christ-centered values—all wrapped up in incredible fun!”
George Bowling, Tripping Director
One of the most central areas at camp is our Tripping Program. George Bowling (pictured above with Mary Beth and their family) supervises a large Tripping staff that take each cabin on an overnight hike or canoe experience every two weeks at camp. George’s personal outdoor skills are legendary; he has even started a fire in the rain with a bag of Doritos!