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Man Camp 2019

Posted by on March 19, 2019

Man Camp is coming!

Another year is flying by and the winter is moving on as quickly as it came. Before you know it, the snow and ice will be a mere memory, the flowers will be blooming, and the 75th Anniversary of Camp Brookwoods will be upon us. This is an iconic year for camp and there is a lot to do in order to prepare for this upcoming summer. We need your help to do so! Let’s start this summer off the best and most manly way possible in order to pave the way for this big year so we can ensure that our campers have their best summer yet!
Save the date, spread the word, and join the herd on May 3rd-5th for Man Camp 2019! Scroll down to register.
We have a big list of projects for Man Camp this year and we will be doing things a bit differently so that we can plan ahead and make the most of our time. View the Man Camp Work list 2019 and then tell us what your top two are on our registration form.
Please contact Greg to ask questions or to indicate any specialty skill sets you have as well as any tools that you can bring! Thank You!


6:00 p.m. Arrival
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Welcome
8:15 p.m. Worship/Teaching
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Worship/Teaching
9:00-12:30p.m. Project Time
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00-5:30 p.m. Project Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Worship/Teaching
7:30 p.m. Ice Cream- JJ’s Cafe
7:30 a.m. Breakfast Cookout
8:30 a.m. Worship/Teaching
9:30 a.m. Weekend Review/Project time
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Finish projects or head home
*** If working on Friday interests you, please let us know! Lunch will be provided to you.
Here is a short list of what to expect:
• Being encouraged spiritually as a group of men who gather together
• Spend time with new and old camp friends
• Plan on eating great food
• Bring your own bedding
• Bring any specialty tools you own and want to use
Click here to register for Man Camp 2019!

The 2018 Man Camp

Posted by on February 15, 2018

Man Camp – where the men are men…and so are the boys.

Update: We are currently OUT of cabin space for overnight Man Camp attendees! If you want to come up for the day on Saturday (May 5th) you are welcome to come eat some great food and work hard with us- please fill out the form below so we can get a meal count!
Its time to mark your calendar and sign up for one of our favorite weekends of the whole year. Block the weekend out, buy a spa day for your wife, recruit your best friend and his son, then get ready to work hard and eat well as we get camp ready for summer. Join us on May 4-6 and come help us prepare for camp. This spring we will gather together to ready camp, get some spiritual encouragement, and connect with friends old and new.
This event is a great opportunity for Dads to bring their 12+ year-old sons or invite a friend that might not know Jesus for a great shared experience. We encourage everyone to invite another male friend or family member to join you for Man Camp.
6:00 pm Arrival
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Welcome – JJ’s Cafe
8:00 Worship/Teaching
8:45 Leave for optional Night Hike of Mt. Major (hot cocoa at the summit)
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 Morning Devos – JJ’s Cafe
9:00-12:30 Project time
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Project time
5:30 Dinner – Magic Steve’s famous ribs
6:10 Project Review/Teaching – JJ’s Cafe
7:30 Night Paintball followed by Ice-cream in JJ’s Cafe
7:30 am Breakfast Cookout
8:30 Sunday Devos – JJ’s Cafe
9:30 Progress Reports & Project time
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Finish projects or head home
If you want to come early on Friday to get a head start on your project, let us know. We will feed you lunch too!
Fill out the form below to sign up.
If you can’t make it, and would like to donate to the projects we are doing, that can be done HERE. Be sure to click the ‘other” option and tell us you would like to participate in our work weekend by making a donation.

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2018 Winter Reunion

Posted by on October 18, 2017

Believe it or not the 2018 Winter Reunion is right around the corner…

If you are like us, we are already missing our fellow summer staffers and campers! And we are looking forward to the next time we will all be together.

So, sign up for Winter Reunion because we want to hang out! Then go find your favorite winter gear (ski goggles, snowman mittens, ski jacket) and take a “selfie” with it. Post that pic on Instagram and use #WinterReunion2018 so we can see who is coming.

Winter Reunion will be held at Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run from December 29th thru December 31st, 2017. On Friday, campers should arrive between 7:00 – 9:00 PM. On Sunday, the reunion ends at 2:00 PM. Transportation is available if needed.

Where: Camp Brookwoods and Deer Run

What to Expect: Fun, friends & fellowship. Games, sledding, broom hockey, hot chocolate, talks by the fireplace, summer videos, singing, Bible Studies, evening devotions, and much more.

Registration Cost: $125.00 per person for the Reunion.

Transportation: Either by bus from Lexington, Massachusetts or by van from Manchester/Logan Airports.

Campers Arrive: Plan to arrive between 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Friday, December 29th. Dinner will NOT be served at camp, so please eat before you arrive.

SALT and LDP: Your Winter Reunion will start 24 hours earlier. Please plan to arrive between 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 28th. Dinner will NOT be served at camp.

Depart: The reunion ends at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 31st.

Who is Coming: Your fun-loving Brookwoods and Deer Run counselors, campers and other staff members. Only those age 12 and above will be permitted to attend.

What to Bring: Sleeping bags, your Bible, your journal, lots of warm clothes, a towel, and your toothbrush!

Bus: The bus will be at the Lexington Service Plaza on the northbound side of I-95 off exit 30. The plaza has a McDonald’s and Gulf station. It will leave Lexington at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 29th, and will return approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 31st.

Airport: Flights into Manchester Airport in New Hampshire or Logan Airport in Boston, should be scheduled to arrive between 3:00 and 6:00 PM on Friday, December 29th, and depart from 2:00 and 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 31st. Airport transportation will only be provided to those arriving on airplanes.

Sign Up Here

2017 – More Than Just a Fresh Start

Posted by on December 31, 2016

“2016, I am so done with you.”

Statements like those have been a common refrain in my social media feed, particularly after news relating the death of a beloved musician (Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen), actor (Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher), or public figure (John Glenn, Muhammad Ali). For many, 2016 was an especially awful year. Between a bitterly contested Presidential race, a global refugee crisis with no end in sight, domestic and international terrorism, ongoing racial tensions and high-profile police shootings, and many, many other issues—it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just close the book on those challenges? How about a fresh start in 2017, a blank slate, clean bill of health for the world, all debts paid?
Of course, that’s not the way it works.
Life gives second chances (and thirds, and fourths…), but these are always sequels that build on the past, never altogether new. We don’t get the luxury of going back to the home-screen and picking a different story like we do on Netflix. Most of the challenges of 2016 will remain with us into 2017, and their ramifications will raise new challenges unforeseen to us now. The challenges of life aren’t at all affected by the celebration of one more pass around the sun.
But, while life doesn’t offer do-overs, it does move in cycles that give us time to reflect on our “do-next-time’s” and that’s the opportunity found in New Year’s resolutions. The “do-next-time” I’d recommend to you—even if it’s your “do-again-next-time” or “do-for-the-first-time—is to commit to a devotional practice that helps you make sense of years like 2016.
Last summer at MRO, we looked at the stories of Daniel and Ruth as a way of understanding the Big Story of God in the Bible. The challenges that this man and woman faced are similar to our own. Ruth’s family faced utter devastation after the deaths of her father-in-law, husband, and brother-in-law—all in a brief span of time. Daniel was pressured to compromise his convictions at the cost of losing his job and even his life. But the profundity of these stories isn’t that their struggles perfectly mirror ours. The profundity is that their hope perfectly mirrors ours. Or rather, their hope is our hope. Ruth’s story teaches us that the answer to our present suffering is a King who will redeem our sorrows once and for all. Daniel teaches us that God is moving behind the scenes, even when all seems lost, to bring justice and save his people.
Reading stories like these, regularly, reminds us that our struggles aren’t just the unhappy coincidences of a bad year, but the perennial challenges of humankind. More importantly, however, they remind us that the hope of those who have gone before us is the same hope that we can have this year—hope that isn’t founded in casual optimism, but in the real, embodied events of history recorded in Scripture—most notably in the Incarnation of God himself through the person of Jesus Christ.
While we might be “So done with 2016,” I’m grateful that our Lord isn’t. He’s at work in our world, by the power of his Holy Spirit, active in the lives of his Church and in camps like Moose River Outpost, Brookwoods, and Deer Run. So as 2016 comes to a close, think about ways that you’d like to regularly hear words of hope in the pages of Scripture. I’ve included some personal recommendations below.
Whatever you decide, I encourage you recommit to some way of entering into the Big Story of God on a regular basis. That way, whatever comes in 2017, you’ll have something real to offer to a world desperately in need of hope.
Recommendations for Regular Scripture Reading:
As an Anglican pastor, I recommend the Daily Office Lectionary, used by Anglican churches worldwide, which provides four readings from across the Bible every day. Praying the Psalms regularly has helped me to be more honest and authentic in my prayers, especially during times of grief. Or you might try to read the Bible in one year. Friends of mine have really enjoyed this daily email that allows you to listen or read a commentary that helps explain the passages.
by Will Chester, Moose River Outpost summer pastor 2016, Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell, pastor at Church of the Resurrection

Christmas Reflections

Posted by on December 23, 2016

Be sure to check out the Christmas reflections, entitled “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Deer Run camp pastor (’14 &’15) Sarah Piek on the CCCI Blog.  Click below to jump to the post.

Christmas Reflections