165 Camp Good News Rd, Charlestown, NH
(603) 826-5583

CGNNH Bethlehem Babble

A lot has happened since last summer! We had our first successful fall riding season with riding lessons and trail rides! Thank you to all who participated, and we are looking forward to more successful seasons to come. This year we will be having 8 weeks of spring riding lessons, 6 weeks of summer camp and 10 weeks of fall riding lessons for those who are interested contact Miss Allie, by the information provided below.

We are excited to announce that Spring Riding Lessons and Trail Rides will begin mid May and end June 24th. Giving our riders 8 full weeks to brush up on their riding skills before the summer program starts on June 26th! Miss Allie will be teaching the lessons and leading the trail rides in both the spring and fall seasons, if you would like to reserve a lesson or book a trail ride contact her at horseprogram@cgnnh.com or (603)826-5583, and she would be more than happy to assist you in finding a time that works best. You must be at least 9 to ride in any of our programs.

This summer we have quite a few changes happening within our horse program. First of which is that we will be having one week of DAY Camp, July 10th to the 15th all riders will be dropped off every day at 8:30 am and picked up at 5:00 pm. The riding program will be the same with two riding and ground lessons a day, with a camper trail ride on Wednesday. The only difference is that the campers will not be sleeping in the cabins.

Our previously typical horse program weeks will be; June 26th to July 1st; July 3rd – 8th; July 17th – 22nd and July 24th – 29th. The weeks consists of riding lessons, ground lessons, Wednesday trail ride, and other activities like swim, store, Bible and cabin time as well.

Unlike main camp this year the horse program will be having a Teen Week! This year it will be July 31st to August 5th with only FOUR more spots available! We also have added a special trail ride for Wednesday either an overnight or an all day ride, depending on weather and number of riders.

If you are interested in attending or having your child(ren) participate in any part of the horse program this year please call or email Miss Allie by the above contact information.

Horse Sense

We are excited to announce that we are getting Moredcai, Matthias, and Boaz back this year along with FOUR NEW horses! Pictures and updates will be posted on our facebook page; www.facebook.com/CGNNH.Horse, or our website cgnnh.com/bethlehem-barn-horses. If you like our page you will get updates on our programming and see our new four legged friends coming soon!


Maintenance Moments

John Brown, our maintenance director here at camp, is a very busy guy. With the help of our team here at camp, he has worked hard on some new changes we would like to share with you.

Prayer here at Camp Good News and CEF is at the root of our daily decisions. So before any tools were used and hard hats were put on, we prayed. God gave us the direction with each project and we are confident that they were the best use of our time and resources.

Land Improvements:

In December we had a logging company come in and clear a two-acre lot up the Camp Good News Rd. This land will be developed over the next three years and Lord willing it will be the new location for our office and a large parking lot. The purpose behind this new location for a parking lot is to minimize the traffic coming into camp during the summer season, keeping the children safe. The office will have an entrance with a receptionist area, two offices and conference room. This office will be attached to a house that can be used for the current or future directors here at camp. A new 100 yard shooting range has been put in behind the old pool.  A small road was laid out behind the dining hall for maintenance access to the old pool and dam. In the next few years we are looking to expand our horse program and this year we have started by adding a third paddock for our horses to graze (see horse barn article). We have started the process of resurrecting the apple orchard that was overgrown on the property. In the fall we had some volunteers come in and start clearing years of underbrush from around the trees. We are hoping to continue the work on this area and bring these trees back to health. New water fountains have been erected at the pool, gazebo and farmhouse to have water accessible for the children in the main camp areas.  Landscaping has been improved around the boy’s area with the input of stone walls, flowers, walk ways and a small porch for safe access into the building. The septic near the staff bathrooms was repaired to prevent back up and to increase water flow. Twenty cords of wood was harvested from the land to heat the farmhouse and maintenance building throughout the winter.

Building Development:

This spring we had volunteers come in and finish their work on two more girl cabins. All of the cabins have been assessed for any repairs. From that we decided to tear down one cabin in the boy’s area and to sell one cabin in the girl’s area. In the boy’s area the bath house has been renovated. New showers, toilets, sinks were put in and beautiful tongue and groove walls were erected. Upstairs a new tongue and groove ceiling was put in as well as updates on outlets and lighting.

There are many exciting things to come, please keep the maintenance team in your prayers as we continue to use the land God has provided.

Volunteer Testimonies

Mary Freeman (age 16) — Camp Good News has always been an exciting and enriching place for me to grow spiritually. After spending eight years as an exuberant camper, I was ecstatic to be able to pursue the next avenue available to my age demographic at camp- Teen Service. If you think that cleaning toilets and sweeping endless expanses of dust laden floors are tedious tasks, think again! Though I might have held those same views prior to my two years as a Teen Server, I have since learned that a group of teens gathered to accomplish the common goal of glorifying our Creator can turn any task from tedious to terrific!

The individuals that volunteer, and camp staff are a joy to work with. Their bubbly energy and genuine smiles brighten even the coldest of morning (of which there are many. The gaggles of campers- young and old, bold and shy, saved and lost- bring a vibrancy and nuclear-charged energy to every day of camp. The joy and excitement they express is tangible and infectious. My summers at camp have grown me in ways I did not think possible. The verse “With God, all things are possible,” has never been more bona fide then when I am at Camp Good News serving my Savior.

Wendy Bisson (Head cook) — I have been volunteering at Camp Good News for quite a few years now. Each year I feel like I am older and under prepared for the tasks at hand. Yet, each year I have my fears  met with love, encouragement, and a support staff that reminds me God is good! It’s is amazing how God brings together such wonderfully talented people ready to come work for the common good. The friendships I have made in the kitchen are strong and loving and I find that my experience at camp ends up being a retreat for MY soul. I have thoroughly enjoyed my morning devotions and I always come home feeling like I received more than I gave. At CGN there is a symbiosis of hungry minds, devoted councilors, hard working teens, and fun loving staff that work hard to make a Gods message available to all. I am humbled and grateful for having the honor to serve among the campers and loving staff at CGN. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing how Gods love has touched those at camp.

Volunteering Opportunities

Week 1—Cooks:2, Maintenance:4, Housekeeping:1, Dishes:4, Nurse:1

Week 2—Cooks:2, WildernessCooks:2, Maintenance:4, Dishes:1, Nurse:1, HorseBarn:1

Week 3—Cooks:5, BibleTeachers:2, Maintenance:4, Housekeeping:1, Dishes:2, Nurse:2, Childcare:1, HorseBarn:1

Week 4—Cooks:3, Maintenance:2, Nurse:1

Week 5—Cooks:2, WildernessCooks2; Housekeeping:1, Childcare:1, Maintenance:4, Missionary

Week 6—Cooks:2, WildernessCooks:2, Maintenance:4, Dishes:2, Nurse:1


If you, or anyone you know, would like to help out at camp this summer please contact Aunt Sheila Beck at volunteer@cgnnh.com! We will not be able to reach the children God is bringing without you. Please pray on how God is leading you to support Camp this year!


Farmhouse Facelift

Newsletter16The farmhouse here at Camp Good News has stood on this property for over 200 years. Some of you, if not all of you, have seen this farmhouse go through many changes over the years, and this year has been no exception. It is important to CEF to use what the Lord provided for us all those years ago, taking care of this house and using it in its many capacities to serve the children and ultimately the Lord. In 2015 we have taken on a year round resident Miss Allie, our Horse Program Director and Fund Developer, she is living in the farmhouse year round so she may be involved in the everyday ministry of camp. We have also moved our main office over into the library of the farmhouse which has turned out to be a great decision. The warm atmosphere of the old house mixed with the history that it has makes for a nice environment to work in. Moving the office helps us to be a steward of our heating materials, the old office was heated by propane and the farmhouse is heated by wood that we harvest from camps property. We have been blessed enough over the years to be able to cut our own wood and use that for our heating and this year is no exception. This fall we took out the coal burning stove that has been used in the basement for many years and replaced it with a wood burning stove that has proved to be more efficient in burning wood, therefore helping us to conserve our resources. Another exciting addition we made in 2015 are new windows and doors. The front door with two side lights and an overhead valance has been removed and replaced with a newer, better door (staying true to the original look of course). This upgrade has multiple benefits, safety has been improved with these windows due to them being easier to open and close. With the added benefit of giving  the farmhouse a better look. This has decreased the amount of heat we were losing through the old drafty windows and doors, keeping us toasty warm through these New England winters. In the next few months we will be taking the necessary steps to renovate some bedrooms into offices and adding a conference room, allowing us a heated and comfortable place to hold meetings and fellowship gatherings around the calendar year for years to come. Come this summer and take a look at all the Lord has provided here in the farmhouse, and throughout the rest of camp.


Camp Updates

As you drive down Camp Good News Road this year you will notice the aesthetics of camp; like the clearing on both sides of the road, are new additions. Some adjustments that have been made at camp will take time to get familiar with but they are all necessary to help camp grow and become more suitable for year round ministries. Some of the noticeable modifications will be that the Main Office has been moved to the Farmhouse. The clearing referred to above will be a parking lot and future main office location. The horse barn gained more paddock space, and a firing range was added to the property behind the creation club house!

Others alterations this summer are there will not be a Teen Week for main camp, for the past few summers we were struggling to get enough teens to sign up, and we realized that the ministry at Camp Good News is to fNewsletter17ocus on children, not teens. There are many other camps and ministries in our area that cater to teens, and we want to focus on what we know how to do best – minister to children. ‘Store time’ will become ‘snack time’ to more effectively use space, and our staff this year will be made up of mostly volunteers! The Horse Program will have its own designated Teen Week, as well being an all-girls program.

Due to fewer weeks of main camp, we are making changes to our Teen service program as well. Instead of 2 three week sessions we will be having one, two week session. This program is beneficial to the Teens by helping them see their various spiritual gifts and learning humility alongside fellow Christian teens. Having the teens help out with meals and demonstrate their servant’s hearts by doing some cleaning is also a big help to camp.

With our focus being on children, we do not like putting a price on sharing the Gospel, but we cannot afford to run camp for free. If you have ever been to camp, helped out any way, or have a heart for children to hear the gospel message, please consider giving to the scholarship fund to help a child come to camp. For one dollar a day, a onetime gift of $365, you can help send a child to camp for a week. Our goal is to reach 100 children through our scholarship program, equaling $36,500 of charitable giving from supporters, like you.

In order to keep camp operating within the new wage laws, we need to have a volunteer base that will support most of the positions at camp, the biggest need being volunteers. Since the Main Camp program will only be running for three weeks, volunteers can be a weekly commitment, and families can come and serve and/or participate together. The volunteer positions we need filled each week are: 18 girl counselors, 14 guy counselors, 2 Teen Service Deans, 2 Nurses, 6 kitchen staff, 2 Wilderness Cooks, 1 housekeeping staff, and 4 Maintenance, 3 Bible teachers, 1 childcare supervisor, 2 weekend cooks, 2 craft barn helpers, 1 pastor, 1-2 missionaries. The greatest change to our volunteer need is the 32 counselors needed each week. We are limited in the number of children we can accept by the number of volunteer counselors that sign up. For every counselor team of two we can have 8-10 children come to camp.

If you are interested in volunteering the week your child(ren) are at Camp, or if your church wants to help staff a week of camp please contact Aunt Sheila Beck at volunteer@cgnnh.com for more information.

cmi facebook bannerThe Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI) is a wonderful place for those who want to sharpen there ministry skills to children. You can take online classes or attend modules at the Child Evangelism Fellowship Headquarters in Warrenton MO. If you are already involved with CEF, there will be a 50% discount in the Spring of 2015 to attend CMI in Warrenton. Want first-hand knowledge of what to expect? E-mail Brent and Karla Charles @ director@cgnnh.com as they are at CMI until November 14th!

$12,500 received to date!

$12,500 received to date!

To date we have received $12,500 in scholarship funds! This morning we received a request from a Church in Vermont. They are sending us 13 campers! The request is for scholarship funds. The Church is paying the $50 registration fee so $250 per child is needed. If you can help send a child to Camp this summer please click the picture to give online or send a check to:

CGN Scholarships

165 Camp Good News Rd.

Charlestown, NH 03603

Together we can reach the children of New England with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

I recently read a post by Anne Archer Yetsko titled “10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors”. (click here to see the original post), It had us thinking about our Summer Camp Staff. Over the next couple of blogs we will use her “10 Reasons” list and will explain, “The Top 10 Reasons Why Someone Should Hire a Camp Good News Counselor”.

DSC04087A Self Starter: Camp Good News counselors must be self-starters. They are in charge of 8 to 10 campers each week where they guide them through the program schedule. Although the schedule is outlined and determined for them throughout the week, there are times when the schedule goes out the window due to unforeseen circumstances like emergencies or weather. Every week, counselors are faced with free time to spend with their campers. They must direct this time to promote growth, interest and fun in the child’s time at camp. If this time is not directed, it will quickly gravitate towards chaos and generally running amuck. Even though the counselors are supervised by the deans of men and women, they don’t walk the counselors through this part of their responsibility. The counselors are ultimately in charge of directing their cabins during this time.

 The trait of a “Self-Starter” is important in the work world as well. Many employees will find time during their day when they are “free” or have “non-structured” time. How they utilize this time will determine what type of employee they are. If an employee has non-structured time on their hands, and they see they can provide useful service in other ways – by: Cleaning up, organizing the work area, beginning on the next day’s project, etc, – their employer will value this employee highly. God’s Word outlines the employer / employee relationship in Ephesians 6:5-7 – Slaves [employees], obey your earthly masters [employers] with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man. So, by following God’s direction in His Word, being a self-starter is part of bringing glory to God and walking in His will. This is taught, hopefully learned and practiced by the counselors at Camp Good News. By following this principle, they will be great employees in the work world.

 A Resilient Individual: A DSCN9987Camp Good News counselor must be a resilient individual. Each week they get a new set of 8 to 10 campers. Not many adults would want to invite 8 – 10 strange children to stay in their homes for a week during the summer; much less do this each week of the summer. All summer long the counseling staff has to handle all types of parental issues with multiple children. Homesickness arises sometimes in the first hours after a parent leaves or as the sun begins to set the first evening. This can be a challenging issue to work through with a camper. Bedwetting is often another issue counselor’s face. Providing confidential, non-invasive care for children who wet their bed is extremely challenging for counselors. More and more children come from broken homes where there is no respect for parents and disobedience to parental figures is their normal way of behaving. In the situation where 1/3 to ½ of the children in a cabin behave this way, those counselors have a tough week ahead of them. In order to not only survive through the situations above, but to have an effective ministry, Camp Good News counselors rely on the strength and leading of the Holy Spirit in their life. The counseling staff will tell you this resilience does not come from inside of them, but from God. Each morning the staff begins their day with time in God’s Word and prayer with their fellow staff. These times help them become God focused instead of self-focused. Galatians 6:9, becomes word to not just to read, but to live by: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Employers need resilient employees to serve under them. Employees who utilize God’s strength for their resilience and “do not grow weary of doing good”, will always be an asset to their employer.

I recently read a post by Anne Archer Yetsko titled “10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors”. (click here to see the original post), It had us thinking about our Summer Camp Staff. Over the next couple of blogs we will use her “10 Reasons” list and will explain, “The Top 10 Reasons Why Someone Should Hire a Camp Good News Counselor”.

DSCN8271DSCN8271DSCN8271DSCN8271DSCN82711. A Good Communicator: One of our most important staff traits is communication. In fact, its so important we have made it a focus to improve communication as a Camp Good News staff throughout 2014 (CGN Communication Covenant) . Good communication also includes: Staff to staff, staff to camper, staff to parent, and staff to local authorities. Our greatest goal at Camp Good News New Hampshire is to do everything for Gods glory, and this includes communication. As summer camp counselors, we are taught through extensive training how to show God’s glory through the ways we communicate. When a Camp Good News staff member faces an obstacle, they are taught the criterion of how they should communicate, the benchmark being the ultimate standard, Gods Word. 

In a work environment these skills can be very useful. Being able to communicate to a client or peers that you work with, can help build strong relationships. Using our benchmark we know that we wouldn’t talk out of hate but out of love. An example would be dealing  with an angry client. Knowing that we should speak out of love and not anger could help to defuse a situation so that the outcome is favorable instead of adverse, they would be able to suffectly speak to such client out of love. 



DSCN73622. A Life-Long Learner: When you are a Camp Good News staff member you have to be adaptable to what’s going on. You get a group of new campers every week. When you start off with them, you have to learn about them. There is a whole continuum to learn from their name to where they are in their walk with Jesus. Counselors not only need to learn about their campers, “but also about themselves” 1. It says in 1 timothy 4:16 “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.“. The two week training for Camp Good News staff doesn’t just train on how to be a counselor, but helps you grow as a child of God and to prepare your heart for pouring out week by week. Camp Good News staff learn how to have a personal quiet time, interpret the bible and many more ways to build up your armor of God to serve for the summer. 

In the business world, things are changing everyday. Camp Good News counselors are prepared to work in an ever growing business world. As new systems change in business, counselors will adapt to those changes like they learned to adapt to new situations at camp.



1Anne Archer Yetsko, “10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors” 


“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Matthew 20: 36b-28a. ESV       

IMG_7754     As I think of Teen Service, this verse always stands out to me. Teen Service is one of the hardest programs at camp, because it requires its participants to think like Christ and rely on God’s strength to get through each day. God’s strength empowers them to do the things that people normally don’t think about like: Cleaning the bathrooms, and the dishes of camp. It’s so encouraging for them to know that each day the staff is praying for them that they might rely upon God’s strength and not their own strength.  The teens are also taught how to lead a child to Christ by learning Message of Salvation or commonly known at camp as the MOS





Teen Service is also an amazing discipleship program. As a Dean, I was able to work with a wonderful group of teens for three weeks. I got to invest in them and really learn about them, and encourage them in their walks with Christ. I still am able to continue to build them up, and love on them as an older sibling in Christ. During the program, we took them up to the ropes course and saw them bond as a group. They were able to do things like trust falls, the spider’s web and eventually they got over the Wall of Jericho.  Once a week, we would take them off campus for a fun outing to a park, go blue berry picking, get ice cream, visit Changes or so on. It’s a good time to bond without doing work. As they grew as a team, through the three weeks, we became like a little family, and it was hard to say good bye to them.

DSC_0783The Teen Service program is a lot of work, but you find joy in all that we do at camp. As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  ESV This program helps you to learn to be joyful always, as the NIV states, and it helps you to really see what it’s like to be the hands and feet of Christ, not only at camp, but also in your everyday life.

The Teen Service program also helps camp by supplying future staff members.  Through the training in the MOS, the discipleship and watching the teens serve, camp anticipates finding those who will fit as summer staff for the future.  Hopefully someday, my small family will join the huge family of those who have served on summer staff at camp over the years.  By God’s grace and diligent training, I am confident this will happen for many.

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