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.
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
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF WEEK LONG VOLUNTEER COUNSELORS
If you, or anyone you know, would like to help out at camp this summer please contact Aunt Sheila Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org! 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!
Great Day! Great: people, horses, food, friends and weather! All from a great God who was pleased to help us raise $1600+ dollars for the Camp Good News Horse program.
Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard: Dawn, Chelle and Eric – you guys rock! This is your baby and it was wonderful to see you in your element! Thanks to Brandon, Rolen, Ed, Josh and the rest of the Camp Good News crew that helped mark trails. Thanks to the Beck’s for their hard work and thanks to our sponsors: Achille Agway in Walpole and Keene, The Cheshire Horse in Swanzey, Allen Brothers Farms, Natural Horse Tack and Feed, Slypner Athletic Horseshoes, R.B. Erskine Inc. of Chester Vermont, Tractor Supply Company Walpole, Westminster Animal Hospital and Jared’s Rabbit Hutch, we are ever so grateful and last but never least to God be all the glory!
The Simoneau Award is given each year in memory and honor of Dick and Florence Simoneau who served faithfully at Camp Good News for over 10 years. Dick went home to be with the Lord in the winter of 2001, and we will always remember Uncle Dick wearing his cowboy hat while working on the camp property. Since his home going in 2001, the Simoneau Award has been given to 10 couples or groups of people that have demonstrated the same self-sacrificial giving of Uncle Dick and Aunt Florence.
On Thursday, April 5, 2012, the 2011 Simoneau Award was given to a mother-daughter team at Center Point in Concord, NH. Together, Aunt Sarah Lougee and Aunt Elaine Welch have volunteered for over a quarter of a century. Each summer one or, most often, both would come to Camp Good News for a week or two to volunteer in some capacity. Together they have done just about every job at camp – except camp director.
Aunt Sarah has taught Bible lessons, served in the Craft Barn, the Camp Store, the kitchen, worked child care and cleaned dirty laundry.
Aunt Elaine has served as a nurse, Bible teacher, Store helper, Craft Barn helper, office assistant as well as in the kitchen. One of their greatest services to camp comes from their concern to see children come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They are prayer warriors for camp as well. Praying hands and a Bible were wood burned into the plaques given to each them to commemorate their years of service. It was a delight to recognize their selfless giving of time, energy, finances and self for so many years in front of Aunt Sarah’s Bible study group. Aunt Elaine shared with us what an honor and privilege it was to be recognized. However, we, the staff of Camp Good News, have been blessed by the faithful service of Aunt Sarah and Aunt Elaine. Aunt Elaine’s children and Aunt Sarah’s grandchildren have been campers as well as served at camp in some capacity over the past few years as well. They hope to have a fourth generation join them one day soon! May God continue to bless their lives with fruitful labor for His kingdom.