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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.

 

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.

 

Refrences:

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

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“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.

As of yesterday-with one week left to go for the Fall Coffee Cup Commitment-we’ve already had many contributions come in to camp over the past month. Many supporters and friends of camp have foregone trips to Dunkin Donuts, movie theaters and have neglected to order pizzas so as to help us reach the matching funds of $10,000. With just six days left to get those last amounts and last few dollars in to us, we have already received just over $8,200! Praise God for His provision and hand over Camp Good News of New Hampshire!

To God be the glory,

Sarah

 

For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father from whom every family on Heaven and Earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Making Memories at Wilderness Camp

Hey all you crazy Wilderness Camp fans.
We just added 40 pictures from 2011 to the Wilderness Camp page.
Check it out and share it with a friend.

Registration is now open for the summer of 2012 at Camp Good News in Charlestown, NH.  There is space right now in each program so sign up soon.
Some scholarship money is available – call 603-826-5583 or email Uncle Brent at brent@campgoodnewsnh.com for more information.

The summer of 2012 is our 50th year of camp, and we want to see Camp Good News filled with campers.  So, make this summer memorable, and be part of the 2012 Camp Good News experience!  Bring a friend and double your fun.

Help!

Life is not the same when camp is shut-down. All is quiet….And it kills me! I want to hear laughing, singing, screaming, shouting, kids,kids,kids!

And there are NO staff, well, Jens is here and Sheila, and Jane and Ellen and sometimes Aunt Barb, but…why have you left us all alone!? Somebody call, write, send happy bars – anything, please do not leave us out here for the coyotes!

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