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The Waitlist

Posted by on February 22, 2019

The Waitlist

by Bob Strodel, Executive Director

This is a true story, but the names have been changed…

In September your daughter Wendy gets her Deer Run re-enrollment in the mail, along with a fun “cabin picture.” The picture now adorns her dresser. As she delivers the camp application to you, she asks if she can please return to Deer Run next summer. “Of course, Honey, I’m glad you had a great time at camp—let me have the application and when I get to work on Monday, I’ll send it in.”  Happy daughter sets off to immediately text her friends that she can’t wait to see them at Deer Run, and the application goes into your briefcase for Monday’s to-dos.

Fast forward to December, three days after Christmas. Your spouse calls you at work and says, “I called Deer Run today to update Wendy’s cabin mate preference and she’s not registered. Wendy said you sent it in…back in September? And the bad news is that her session is full with a waitlist. I’m a bit concerned.” Your heart rate accelerates as you look down into your briefcase and discover Wendy’s camp application, tucked behind paperwork. You immediately panic as you imagine the tears of frustration and disappointment that await you.

 Welcome to the waitlist! Between Brookwoods, Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost, camp only has 344 camper beds. When registrations have filled these beds for each particular session, a waitlist is established. Names are recorded and placed in a first-come, first-serve basis. When a bed becomes available through a cancellation, our wonderful registrar, Dorothy Legro, will start at the top of the list and offer the space to the next camper.

Why do we have a waitlist and why can’t camp make more space? Actually, in the past 25 years, camp has grown to accommodate additional campers. Not only have we physically added new cabins, but also we added a whole new camp, Moose River Outpost! The Board of Directors ultimately decided that in order to maintain an excellent quality camp, we needed to limit the number of campers in each cabin and have capped the number of cabins at each camp.

When will I know if a spot opens up? We are totally dependent on cancellations to open up spots, so it is impossible to predict. If your child is #3 on the list, your chances are better than if they are #30.

How to avoid the waitlist?  Sign up early! We have families too, and we understand that you may not know your family’s summer schedule nine months ahead. Therefore, camp’s cancellation policy will refund your deposit before the end of February. This allows you to get your camper signed up and provides you with some time to adjust your summer schedule. You can be placed on the waitlist for multiple camps and multiple sessions. If a spot opens up at Moose River Outpost, you will be offered that spot, even though you might simultaneously be on Brookwoods’ waitlist.

What if you are new to camp and didn’t have the opportunity to sign up early and are already on the waitlist?  Dorothy can place your camper on a waitlist for several sessions to help increase your chances of coming to camp. If you don’t get into camp, we will send you enrollment information early the following year.

I hope this helps the “mystery” of the waitlist. Our hearts go out to those campers who unexpectedly find themselves on the waitlist, it’s hard for us too! We are happy to answer additional questions if you would like to call the Main Office at 603-875-3600.

One final thing: As I write this blog today we DO HAVE SPACES at all our camps.  Some sessions have a waitlist, but others are still open, so I encourage you to get your campers enrolled!

Bob Strodel has been the Executive Director at Christian Camps and Conferences for 25 years. He has listened to many “waitlist stories” from panicky moms and dads. This picture is of Bob and his family when they first started working at Brookwoods.  Bob can be reached here.

A Christmas Eve Pageant

Posted by on December 24, 2018

For years, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention Wallace Purling. Wally’s performance in one particular production of the annual Nativity play has slipped into the realm of legend. The old-timers who were in the audience never tire of recalling the evening’s events.

Wally was nine and in the second grade, though he should have been in fourth grade. Most people knew that he had difficulty keeping up. He was big and awkward, and a little slow in movement and mind.

Still, Wally was well liked by the other children in his class, all of whom were smaller than him—though the boys had trouble hiding their irritation when Wally would ask to play ball with them or any game, for that matter, in which winning was important.

They’d find a way to keep Wally out, but he would hang around anyway—not sulking, just hoping. Wally was always helpful, willing and smiling. He was also the protector, paradoxically, of the underdog. If the older boys chased the younger kids away, Wally would say, “Can’t they stay? They’re no bother.”

Wally fancied the idea of being a shepherd in the Christmas pageant, but the play’s director, Miss Lumbard, assigned him a more important role. After all, she reasoned, the innkeeper did not have too many lines, and Wally’s size would make his refusal of lodging to Joseph more forceful.

And so it happened that the usual large, partisan audience gathered for the town’s yearly extravaganza of crooks and creches, beards, crowns, halos, and a full stage of squeaky voices.

No one on or off stage was more caught up in the magic of the night than Wallace Purling. They said later that he stood in the wings and watched the performance with such fascination that Miss Lumbard had to make sure he didn’t wander onstage before his cue.

Then the time came when Joseph appeared, slowly, tenderly guiding Mary to the door of the inn. Joseph knocked hard on the set’s painted wooden door. Wally the innkeeper was there, waiting.

“What do you want?” Wally said, swinging the door open with a brusque gesture.

“We seek lodging.”

“Seek it elsewhere.” Wally spoke vigorously. “The inn is filled.”

“Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary.”

“There is no room in this inn for you.” Wally looked properly stern.

“Please, good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired.”

Now, for the first time, the innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause, long enough to make the audience a bit tense with embarrassment.

“No! Begone!” the prompter whispered.

“No!” Wally repeated automatically. “Begone!”

Joseph sadly placed his arm around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband’s shoulder and the two of them started to walk away. The innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however. Wally stood there in the doorway, watching the forlorn couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern, his eyes filling unmistakably with tears.

And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all others.

“Don’t go, Joseph,” Wally called out. “Bring Mary back.” And Wallace Purling’s face grew into a bright smile. “You can have my room.”

Some people in town thought that the pageant had been ruined. Yet there were others—many, many others, who considered it the most Christmas of all Christmas pageants they had ever seen.

Merry Christmas from the Staff at Brookwoods, Deer Run and Moose River Outpost.

Luke 2: 9-14: “And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”

 

Bob Strodel is currently serving as the Executive Director at Christian Camps and Conferences, Inc. Bob and Debbie have been at camp since 1994 and enjoy seeing Camp’s third generation of campers become a part of the camp family.   bob@christiancamps.net

Winter Reunion 2018

Posted by on December 9, 2018

Season’s greetings campers,

Have you been missing camp lately? Well then you should join us this December 28th thru December 30th for the annual Brookwoods & Deer Run Winter Reunion! This is a unique opportunity for you to return to camp, be encouraged in your walk with Christ, connect with friends, and catch up with your counselors!

We are excited to have Pastor Craig Higgins joining us from Trinity Presbyterian Church, as this year’s speaker. The theme is titled “Your Story,” focusing on the significance of your testimony and what God has done in your life. We will pull themes out of the “Toy Story” movies and also focus on Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” My hope is that you walk away from the weekend encouraged and aware of the story God has called you into!

There will be fun activities including broomball, sledding, gingerbread building contest, lip sync, board games, and so much more. There will be plenty of great food, snacks, and hot chocolate throughout the weekend! We hope you can join us for this awesome weekend together.

WHEN: Friday, December 28, 2018 through Sunday, December 30, 2018. Plan to arrive between 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday. Dinner will not be served at camp, so please eat before you arrive. The reunion will end at 2:00 PM on Sunday.

SALT and LDP: Your Winter Reunion will start 24 hours earlier. Please plan to arrive between 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 27th. Dinner will be served at 5:30pm in the Dining Hall.

WHERE: Brookwoods and Deer Run

MESSAGE: We are excited to host Reverend Dr. Craig Higgins, Senior Pastor at Trinity Church in Rye, New York, as this year’s speaker. The theme is titled “Your Story,” focusing on the significance of your testimony and what God has done in your life. We will pull themes out of the Toy Story movies and also focus on Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved…” My hope is that you walk away from the weekend encouraged and aware of the story God has called you into!

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fun, friends, and fellowship! The reunion is a wonderful spiritual retreat where campers can reconnect with their friends and counselors. Campers will have the opportunity to tube down Deer Run’s back hill, snowshoe around camp, make crafts, play games, roast marshmallows, and drink a lot of hot cocoa!

REGISTRATION COST: $125 per camper, and it’s open to campers ages 12 and up.

WHAT TO BRING: A sleeping bag, Bible, journal, lots of warm clothes, and your toothbrush!

BUS: The bus will be at the Lexington Service Plaza on the north bound 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 28th, and will return around 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 30th. The first 45 campers to register for the bus will get a seat!

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 28th. Flights should depart between 2:00 and 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 30st.

Transportation via bus or airport is complimentary and reservations are required. All reservations must be received either by the on-line registration or e-mailing dorothy@christiancamps.net on or before Monday, December 18th.

We can’t wait for the Brookwoods and Deer Run family to be here for the 2018 Winter Reunion. Camp is truly beautiful in the winter, and we look forward to sharing it with you!

Click the link to register!

Ben Tabone

Brookwoods Co-Director

The 2018 Winter Reunion

Posted by on October 13, 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.

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Join Us for Winter Reunion

Posted by on September 18, 2015

WHERE: 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: $120.00 per person for the Reunion.

CAMPERS ARRIVE : Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00pm on Friday, January 1st. Dinner will NOT be served at camp, so please eat before you arrive.

SALT and LDP: Your Winter Reunion will start 24 hours earlier on Thursday, December 31st! Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00pm on Thursday, December 31st. Dinner will NOT be served at camp

DEPART: The reunion will end at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 3rd.

WHO WILL BE THERE: 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, and your toothbrush!

BUS: The bus will leave Lexington, Massachusetts from the McDonalds and Mobil rest stop on Route 128N, located just after the Route 2 interchange traveling north. It will leave Lexington at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 1st, and will return approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, January 3rd.

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, January 1st, and depart from 2:00 and 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 3rd. Airport transportation will only be provided to those arriving on airplanes.

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