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Happy 75th Anniversary Brookwoods!

Posted by on February 8, 2019

Happy 75thAnniversary Brookwoods

Mark your calendars for July 26-28th! We hope that you will come back to camp, relive memories, rekindle friendships, and jump in the lake! We will celebrate the legacy of Brookwoods and Deer Run, sharing how our camp days have shaped our lives. Included in our weekend celebration we will also wish Deer Run a Happy 55th Birthday and a Happy 20th to Moose River Outpost. (Yes, this is Brookwoods’ big birthday, and yes, we’re hoping lots of Deer Runners will join us!)

More about the festivities later, but first, a little history, in 1944 Dr. Lawrence Andreson answered God’s call by founding Camp Brookwoods for boys. He and his wife Duggie purchased the land and set to work, prepping the property and hiring staff. Twenty years later, the Andresons started Camp Deer Run for girls, sharing the property and waterfront, but run quite separately. In 1972, the Andresons made the difficult decision to sell Brookwoods and Deer Run. There was no “camp as we know it” the summer of 1973, but Miles Strodel ran camp trips out of his garage in Lexington, MA. Through a series of miraculous events, (watch “The Miracle”) the property was purchased by George Bennett, Sr. and reopened in 1974. Christian Camps and Conferences, Inc. was established as the non-profit parent organization and Camp has been going strong ever since. This summer we will celebrate the start of it all, all that God has done, and is doing to build lives of faith and character.

 We’ve got a great schedule planned.

BW 50th Breakfast Cookout at Inspiration Point

There isn’t enough space here for us to give you all the details, because there’s a lot going on: dinner cookout, s’mores, singing, waterskiing, archery, breakfast cookout at Inspiration Point, and more. The schedule on the web will give you an idea of the flow of the weekend. We will have golf carts available to help folks get up and down the hill to the waterfront so everyone can enjoy the fun. Keep reading for highlights and how you can help make the weekend extra special.

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We would love for you to share one of your favorite camp memories. Or, if you’d like to send us some pictures, we’d love that too. We’ll be making decade boards to be displayed in our Anniversary Museum and later hung in Moose Hall after the celebration.

 Anniversary Museum

We will have a designated space to display camp pictures, stories, and memorabilia. If you have some camp mementos that you would like to share, we would be happy to display them. Also, we have several camp alumni authors and we’ll have a library with their books. If you have a publication to contribute, please let us know!

 Camp Store

We’ll be stocking up on your favorite camp items so that you can go home with a new camp sweatshirt and you can give that vintage one to your camper! Deer Run alumna Dara Mongelli Dunn designed a commemorative poster for purchase, you can check it out here. Also, local artist Peter Ferber is painting three camp scenes that will be made into prints. Later this spring, we will post pictures of them on the Anniversary website. We still have a limited number of “The Waterfront” giclee prints, also by Peter Ferber, that were commissioned to celebrate Deer Run’s 50th birthday, available for purchase.

 Download a song here!

We were planning ahead during the summer of 2017 and made a live recording of some our favorite songs during morning worship outside in the Chapel. On the 15th of each month, a new song will be released! Download them for free and take those beautiful camp voices with you, wherever you go!

 See Who’s Coming here!

On Mondays, we’ll update our lists, both who is registered and who is planning on coming. If you’d like help getting in touch with your camp friends to plan a reunion at the Anniversary, please contact me.

 Register for the Anniversary here!

We have several different options for you to register: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Based on how much time you’ll be able to spend with us, there’s an option for you.

 Looking for a place to stay click here!

We wish that we could have you all bunk in with us at camp, but we can’t! The campers will be using all the cabins! But have no fear, in addition to a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn in Rochester, we’ve listed some other lodging options for you to explore. Airbnb.com might also have some good options. It is a good idea to book early if you can.

Sunday Worship

Brookwoods Alumnus Peter Greer will bring us God’s Word on Sunday morning. Peter spent 8 summers at Brookwoods as a camper, LDP, and on staff. His wife Laurel (Steinweg) served on Deer Run staff for 3 summers, and they first met under the Moose at Brookwoods. Peter is president & CEO of HOPE International, helping underserved communities around the world, author, husband, and dad. Peter and Laurel call Lancaster, PA home and have three kids, Keith, Liliana and Myles, and are foster parents for children that God puts in their path. Peter grew up outside of Boston, and they still cheer for the Red Sox and the Patriots.

 If you have any questions about the Anniversary, pictures to share, or a great idea for the weekend, please email me, I’m always happy to talk about camp!

BW 50th tent on the BW backfield, 1994
BW 50th Saturday Evening Dinner, 1994
Deer Run getting ready for her 50th, 2014
Uncle JJ and Camilo led Sunday worship at BW’s 50th, 1994

 

Melissa Yonan, Amumni Director

Melissa has been a part of the camp family since 1982 and has been the Director of Alumni Relations since 2005. She can name all the past Deer Run Directors in order! She is responsible for our vast alumni network and serves as Editor for the camp newsletter, The Weathervane, as well as the Director for our annual Alumni Camp weekend. These days she is busy planning for the Brookwoods’ 75th Anniversary. If you have camp stories you’d like to tell, she’d love to hear them, contact her here.

Get the “Scoop”

Posted by on January 30, 2019

How to Get the “Scoop”

By Adam Jalovick

Marketing is as wide and varied as the different kinds of businesses and organizations trying to get their message out. Even within the world of Christian summer camps, marketing can range from college visits, to word of mouth, and of course, camp fairs. The key for every camp is to take advantage of their strengths. For Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost, this means a more intimate and personal approach than a typical booth set-up at any given camp fair.

Our alumni network is extensive and, thanks to the work of Melissa Yonan and Ann Higgins, well connected. The Lord has blessed our camps with a network that loves to give back to camp in various ways. Each spring we work with families who give back in the way of marketing. These families open up their homes, invite their friends who would like to hear about camp, and help us host a pizza and ice cream party. We call these events “Scoops.” You can come and get the camp “scoop,” while we “scoop” some ice cream!

I believe this is one of the most effective ways to share the news about camp. This may not be the fastest or most widespread way to get the word out about our camps, but it is far more personal. Scoops offer parents a well-rounded perspective on our camps than can’t be provided at a camp fair. Instead of just taking our word for it, they have the word of fellow parents and campers who have experienced summers at our camps.

Scoops are typically scheduled Friday evening or on weekends, and generally run for about two hours. While the evenings are free flowing, there is often a time of question and answer with camp representatives, past campers share stories, we show our camp videos, and talk about what a typical camp day looks like. Games and a fun photo booth are also provided for the kids’ entertainment. Also, pizza! Who doesn’t love pizza? We provide great local pizza for dinner, and love to network during this time.

Right now we have three scoops on the calendar, and are currently coordinating to get a few more before the start of the summer! If you’d like to come hear the scoop, please email your RSVP to Dorothy and she will follow up with the address.

  • February 2
    • Alexander Scoop
    • Westford, MA 01886
    • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
  • March 15
    • Great Rock Scoop
    • 256 Andover St. Danvers, MA 01923
    • 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • March 31
    • Murgatroyd Scoop
    • 52 Powder House Road Extension Medford, MA 02155
    • 5:00pm – 7:00pm

 

Adam Jalovick, Assistant Director & Conference Director
Hannah Jalovick, WILD Director & Leadership Development Director


Adam and Hannah Jalovick joined the CCCI team in 2017, working at MRO in the summers, and living and working in NH during the off-season. They met at Cairn University, where Adam received a BS in Bible and a MA in Religion. If you’d like to get in touch, adam@christiancamps.net

A Great Summer Job…

Posted by on January 25, 2019

You Can Get a Great Summer Job….

By Jason Daily, Brookwoods alumnus

Unit Directors, Jason is far left.

In 2003, I pulled down Camp Brookwoods Road after driving 790 miles from Columbus, Ohio. I was in search of a completely different summer from the typical internships, work-study, etc. During my 13-hour drive, I did a lot of daydreaming about what the summer ahead would be like. I arrived, not knowing a soul, yet excited for the experience awaiting me.

June through August was a brief period of time that drastically changed the trajectory of my entire life, including my relationship with God. I’m not exaggerating this—I’ve heard many fellow camp alumni say something similar. I’m continuing to find that the impact is exponential.

First, I gained lifelong friends. When I arrived, I didn’t know a soul. Fourteen short, fun-filled, intense weeks later, I left with awesome memories, best friends for life and a huge network of brothers and sisters scattered around the world. I experienced the joy of being a part of a Christian community in a new way. My experience this first summer is one reason why my wife and I continue to seek this kind of deep community in our local church.

I appreciate now just how much of my time at Brookwoods was an investment in my future. It was one of the most valuable leadership development experiences of my life. There are so many parallels to the skills I needed as a counselor, that help me thrive in my job today as an executive coach. For example, planning leadership development sessions for high-performing teams in a corporate setting isn’t much different from planning cabin/unit nights and Bible studies. Facilitating and leading groups is essential to a great cabin dynamic. These skills are fundamental to thriving in the professional world as well.

I also coach many leaders who are searching for their purpose, or are trying to better understand the effects of their behaviors in relationships. Bunking up with a group of twelve 13-year olds in the Otter Cabin could be a case study on emotional intelligence and active listening!

Brookwoods friends in Colorado. Jason is 2nd from the right.

In the 16 years since my first summer, I’ve only been back to camp a few times…but camp has never left me. Instead, I’ve traveled to visit the friends I made that summer. Camp truly knows no boundaries. It exists in the weekly phone calls and texts that I have with my best buds (five of them were groomsmen in my wedding) and the annual get-togethers despite the 2,000 miles that separate us.

However long the drive or flight might be for you, I promise you’ll be glad you drove down that bumpy road through the gates of Brookwoods and Deer Run or MRO’s 3-mile driveway. If you need any more convincing, you can ask anyone about Mission Impossible, Hawk Parties, trips to the White Mountains, sleeping under the stars, swamping canoes; this list goes on and on and on. Just make sure to turn off your cell phone, because you can’t miss a minute of the experience that awaits you!

Click here for a job application to join the adventure!

Jason Daily is an executive coach and leadership development consultant. He served as a counselor in the Otter Cabin in 2003, Unit Director in 2004 and 2006, and served on the conference staff in 2006. Jason lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Shannon and daughter Josephine.  jndaily@gmail.com

In loving memory of Bobbe Hackman

Posted by on January 18, 2019

In loving memory of Bobbe Hackman

July 4, 1922 – December 20, 2018

It is with full and heavy hearts that we remember Eileen “Bobbe” Hackman, our much beloved friend and Deer Run hero. Bobbe served as the first Deer Run Director, from 1964-74. She set Deer Run’s standard for “Camping with Excellence.” Deer Run has evolved since her tenure, but you can find her fingerprints everywhere.

My friendship with Bobbe was one of the highlights of my job. When I first walked into her condo in Wheaton, IL 14 years ago, I had no idea how this lovely and wise Deer Runner would impact me. Life would take me to Chicago once a year and getting on Bobbe’s calendar was always my first priority. I treasured my visits with her; we could have talked for days. I loved her camp stories—the time they did a night hike up Mt. Washington (she admits that this might not have been a great idea) and when it was just girls eating in the Dining Hall. She was happy to hear my camp stories from the 1980s and to look at the current pictures I pulled up on my laptop. Every time I left her house, I thought to myself, “I want to grow up to be just like her.” So confident, so generous, so smart, so thoughtful, and last but not least, stylish‑way more stylish than I ever will be.  We exchanged many notes over the years and I hope that I still have them. She was always happy to take my call. I smiled ear to ear when she sent See’s Candies for my counseling staff the summer I directed Deer Run, and I was overwhelmed when she remembered my 50th birthday.

Close friends with Miles and Grace Strodel from Wheaton College, Bobbe was recruited by Miles in 1951 to be the first girls camp director at Camp Sandy Cove, located in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. (At the time, Miles was directing Camp Sandy Hill, the brother camp located 5 miles down the road.) Bobbe directed at Camp Sandy Cove for three summers. After leaving Sandy Cove, it didn’t take her long to get back into camping as she went on to serve as the girls’ program director from 1955-58 at HoneyRock, Wheaton College’s camp, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. While at HoneyRock, Bobbe started the candlelight tradition where campers, holding their candles, walked from the chapel to the pier. There was an anchored boat at the pier, which held a large cross where the campers placed their candles. Gathered around, campers recited verses, shared their testimonies, and sang choruses as the cross was towed across the water by canoes. Bobbe would later go on to serve on HoneyRock’s Board of Directors.

In 1964, Miles and Grace called her again. When Laurence Andreson (Doc A., Brookwoods’ founder and owner) and Uncle Miles started seriously looking for property to start a girls’ camp, Miles told Doc A., “If you‘re going to start a girls camp, the only person you should hire is Bobbe Hackman.” At this point in time, the Strodels had lost touch with Bobbe. They located her in Denver, CO and she agreed to come back east and start Deer Run. Bobbe served through the summer of 1974. She enjoyed the challenge of establishing new programs, activities, and traditions. Bobbe brought the tradition of candlelight campfires to Deer Run that we still enjoy to this day. (In the Deer Run files, there are notes of those sacred campfires down by the water—staff in their canoes at dusk.)

Bobbe’s staff in their Sunday whites. Bobbe is 4th from the left in the front row.

Bobbe was the epitome of class, always wearing “crisp whites” on Sundays to Chapel, (we might argue, she was the first person to be “Staff Sharp”) as well as white gloves for White Glove Inspection. She was known for always being available to talk to her staff and made sure each camper felt welcomed. Bobbe encouraged campers to be creative, to try new things, and to accomplish goals that they never dreamed of attempting. At each session’s closing campfire, she made a point to recognize staff and camper accomplishments alike. As I talked to those who knew her well, one thing in particular came up several times—they deeply admired her and also wanted to be like her. She was professional, authentic, full of class and grace, thoughtful, and hard working.

Bobbe was dedicated to education and learning. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College in 1944 and received her Master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania, both in the field of Physical Education. She started a doctoral program, but gave it up to spend her summers working at Deer Run. Her teaching career included Denver Public Schools, Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, and she served as an Associate Professor at Elmhurst College (IL) for nearly 30 years. Bobbe was not only the Chair of the Health and Physical Education Departmentat Elmhurst, but she also coached the women’s basketball team to a winning season in 1972-73 (10-4).

Over the years, she enjoyed photography, listening to jazz, bird watching, playing tennis, sailing her Daysailer on Lake Winnipesaukee, crossword puzzles, and travel. As a life-long learner, Bobbe enjoyed engaging conversation on nearly any topic.

Throughout her life, Bobbe was motivated and sustained by her faith in Christ and her unwavering trust in the love and goodness of her Lord.  She will be greatly missed by her friends, neighbors and family. I’m thankful to have known her. Her shining example and love for me will live in my heart forever.

Eileen “Bobbe” Hackman was born July 4, 1922 in Coopersburg, PA and joined her heavenly Father on December 20, 2018 at the age of 96. If you would like to make a donation to camp in her memory, here is the link.

 

Melissa Yonan is the Director of Alumni Relations for Camp Brookwoods, Deer Run and Moose River Outpost, since 2005. First arriving at Deer Run in 1982, she can name the Deer Run Directors in order! These days she is busy planning Brookwoods’ 75th Anniversary. If you have camp stories you’d like to tell, she’d love to hear them, contact her here.

Finding Joy in the Craziness of Christmas

Posted by on December 7, 2018


Finding Joy in the Craziness of Christmas

Esther C. Baird

Well here we are, as you read this, the season of Advent is already upon us and if you are anything like me, that means mostly a season of increased business, stress, social obligations, and a stack of holiday catalogs that only serve to make your trash heavy.

Christmas has become a commercial and cultural extravaganza. We may know that there is more to Christmas, and we may show up to church on Sunday and say the right things, but if we’re honest, this time of year we often feel stress and anxiety instead of joy and peace. This time of year, by the time I get home at night I’m so exhausted that I no longer feel like there is anything to celebrate—certainly not that I still have to make dinner!

Well good news, if you feel that way, Advent is for you! There is true Joy, there is real Peace, and it’s for you, and it’s for me.

Jesus came at Christmas not as a one-off miracle, but as the continuation of the big story that God has been telling since He created the world. God wants to be with us. He always has. When we celebrate Advent, we are celebrating that God made a way to be with His people first in the Old Testament, then through the real and physical presence of Jesus on earth. Now, He makes a way to be with us through His Spirit who dwells in us. Always and forever God wants to be with us, that’s what Immanuel means, “God with us”.

Yes, Advent is about celebrating the coming of Jesus as a baby, but it is also about looking forward to when Jesus will return. When you sing, Joy to the World the Lord has Come,you are anticipating the promise that Jesus will come again. Joy to the world because Jesus came as a baby but He is also coming back someday! Joy to the world because when Christ returns, all the things that are now broken will be redeemed. Joy to the world because our lives, our exhaustion, our broken relationships, our sorrows, all of it will be set right if we follow the King who came that first Christmas and who is coming again. Joy to the world because this is not the end of the story.

Christmas is about always and forever. Christmas is a year-round celebration (tell your campers to request Christmas carols next summer for morning worship!). This Advent we believe that God has been making a way since the beginning of time to be with us and promises us a future where exhaustion and stress and sorrow will be no more. If we believe that, then no matter what else happens this year, we can claim true Joy.

Joy for the Christmas story, that we are part of today and forever.

Esther Baird (pictured above with her daughter Riley on pick up day at Deer Run) is the Director of Women’s Ministries at her church north of Boston, and a columnist in her local newspaper. Her two daughters have attended Deer Run and MRO for 7 yrs. Her new 25 day daily Advent book,Exodus to Advent: God’s Christmas Plan For You, And For Me, is now available on Amazon both in paperback and on Kindle. Her website is: www.estherbaird.com