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What is the difference between Camp Brookwoods and Camp Deer Run?

Camp Brookwoods is a boy’s camp and Deer Run is a girl’s camp. Brookwoods was started in 1944 and Deer Run started in 1964. They share the same property and administration. Each camp retains its unique character while sharing many resources.

When do I need to arrive?

All staff are required to come to staff training before camp.  This training is approximately one and a half weeks prior to the start of the first camp session.  You will receive a letter in the mail telling you when you will need to arrive.  See the “Dates and Rates” page for the official start date of camp as it changes each year.

When does camp end?

Camp ends the Sunday after the last camp session.  See the “Dates and Rates” for specific dates as it changes each year.

What kinds of jobs are available at camp?

There are a variety of jobs at camp, including:

  • Counselors
  • Program staff – Skill areas, waterfront, tripping, Horseback riding
  • Facilities
  • Food Service
  • Nurses
  • Business Office

See the “Job Opportunities” page for details.

What is the age of campers?

Campers ages range from 8 to 16

Where will I stay?

Counselors stay in the cabins and support staff stay in the back room of cabins. Deer Run (girls) have showers in the cabin, Brookwoods (boys) have a shower house. All cabins have sinks and toilets.

What do I need to bring?

Clothing & Equipment List

NECESSARY:

  • 6 t-shirts or polo shirts
  • 2 pair blue jeans
  • 2 pair pants
  • 8 pair athletic socks
  • 4 pair shorts (athletic)
  • 2 pair wool socks
  • 2 modest bathing suits (one-piece for girls)
  • 8 sets underwear
  • 2 pair sneakers/tennis shoes
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater
  • 1 pair hiking boots/shoes
  • 1 dress outfit for banquets (modest)
  • 1 long sleeve heavy cotton shirt or sweatshirt
  • 1 flashlight with extra batteries
  • 1 alarm clock (non-electric)
  • 1 rain jacket and pants (waterproof, NOT water-resistant)
  • Laundry bag
  • Bible, reference books, & lightweight journal/notebook
  • Personal hygiene articles
  • Sleeping bag (lightweight, compact) with stuff sack
  • bedding, towels
  • Stationery, postage stamps, and writing instruments
  • Insect repellent/Afterbite/sunscreen/lip balm
  • Eyeglasses/sunglasses

SUGGESTED:

  • 1 windbreaker-type Jacket
  • 1 long sleeve heavy wool shirt
  • 1 daypack for daily use around camp
  • 1 pair rain boots
  • 1 pocketknife with can opener
  • 2 bandanas
  • Camera
  • Sports equipment (i.e., racquet, ball glove, etc.)
  • Musical instrument

Please refrain from bringing any small electrical appliances: hairdryers, curling irons, radios, handheld computer games, etc.

Footwear and Foot Care
Good quality hiking shoes are necessary because of the wilderness living and backpacking program. The shoes should be broken in before arriving at camp.

Recently we have noticed many foot injuries at camp related to the lack of proper footwear. Camp is a tough environment for feet with dirt roads, paths through the woods, and an abundance of sticks and rocks. The BEST footwear are types with closed toes that also have straps to remain on the feet while running. Sneakers, and closed toe sport sandals work well. No one will be permitted to engage in activities if they are wearing any type of footwear that does not have a heel strap. The exception to this will be at the waterfront or walking to the boy’s shower house where “flip flops” are permitted.

How old do I have to be to work at camp?

All of our staff are at least 18 year old.

Do I need to love the outdoors?

Yes… and no. You don’t need to be an outdoor enthusiast but you do need to be flexible and adaptable so that you can be a good role model for the campers who need to appreciate the outdoors.

How is the food?

The food is great. We take pride in serving wholesome food and a good variety of options including a full cereal and fruit bar in the morning and a salad bar for lunch and dinner.

Do I need to be a Christian?

Yes, we are a Christian camp and our program is based on the Bible. You don’t need to be a Biblical scholar, just a follower of Jesus.

What is the work schedule?

All summer staff work 6 days a week with one full day and at least one evening off.

How much do I get paid?

It depends on your position; see the “Job Opportunities” page for general salaries. Returning staff members are paid more than first time staff.

Can I bring a car? Do I need a car?

Yes, you can bring a car. No, you do not need a car. Many staff members do bring their cars and use them for days off.

Can I bring my computer?

Yes, you can, but computers are not allowed in your cabins. They must be kept in the staff office where they can be used when you are off-duty.

What is the weather like?

June can be very cool, sometimes in down in the 40s, so you should bring some warm clothes. July and August can be very warm (highs in the upper 90s).. It will rain so bring a good rain jacket.

Do I need a health exam?

Yes, state regulations say that you need to have a health exam within two years of coming to camp. Our health form can be found online.