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Summer Camp Adds A New Two-Week Session

Posted by on December 22, 2014

We haven’t been blogging much since summertime, but all that’s about to change. Now that this shiny new website is up and running, you can expect to see the blog updated more often, so please check back often to see what’s new at camp.

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Camp is growing fast, but don’t worry, there will still be plenty of room in the Jacuzzi swimming hole.

The Blog isn’t the only thing that’s about to change around here either. We’ve got great news! Starting this summer, Moose River Outpost will be running for 3 sessions instead of just two! For years, we’ve had to goal of expanding the camp – not filling it to overflowing, but instead growing the ministry.

Transitioning to 6 weeks will allow us to grow the MRO family, while still keeping individual sessions small. This allows us to preserve what makes MRO great – small cabin groups, close personal connections with counselors, and a tight-knit family feel.

Thank you so much to all those of you who have introduced friends to MRO, convinced siblings to try it out, and come back year after year yourselves to make the MRO family not just larger, but rich with friendships and years of shared memories.

Please keep spreading the word, and remember, this year you’ll got more choices when it comes time to register!

Winter Reunion

Posted by on December 22, 2014

This year things will be a bit different… but in a good way.  We will be having our winter reunion way down in the balmy south at Brookwoods and Deer Run. Why?  Because MRO has been closed up for the winter and there will be no heat or running water (two necessary items). So please join us as we celebrate camp and the new year together.  It is sure to be a special time.

REGISTRATION COST: $115.00 per person for the Reunion.

TRANSPORTATION COSTS: $45.00 for transportation by bus from Lexington or by van from Manchester or Logan Airports.

ARRIVE : Plan to arrive between 7:00 and 8:00pm on the 31st. Dinner will NOT be served at camp, so please eat before you arrive.

DEPART: The reunion will end at 2:00pm on Friday, January 2nd.

WHO WILL BE THERE: All your friends and many counselors from camp this past summer.

WHAT TO BRING: Sleeping bags, your Bible, your journal, lots of warm clothes, and your toothbrush!

Sign up here

The Trail eNewsletter

Posted by on December 16, 2014

 

This edition of The Trail will only be available online, so be sure to follow the link to check out whats new at camp. Features in this edition include:

  • A Christmas Devotional by Camp Director Craig Boronow
  • Winter Reunion Details
  • An Announcement: 6 Weeks of summer camp in 2015!

Be sure to watch your mailbox for the next print edition of The Trail, coming in the spring of 2015!

Click to see The Trail:  thetrailwinter2015

5 Reasons Setting up a Christmas Tree Reminds Us of Camp

Posted by on December 3, 2014

1. That smell. Its fresh, cool, and clean. Its just like camp. Except for the boys cabins. Other than that it’s just like camp.

2. Those pine needles that always find their way into the waist of your pants while you hang the lights… ugh. It reminds us of building that debris hut at Survival. Shower time.

3. A Christmas tree is best enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate. We’ll admit it. Camp is best enjoyed that way too. Just remember to clean up the Swiss Miss wrappers when you’re done.

IMG_11384. A tree now means a great bonfire later. Better warm up your singing voice…

5. The glass balls make me think of trench dodgeball. Is that bad?

 

MRO family, we miss you.  As you enjoy the Christmas season, we encourage you to stay away from the malls and box stores, and find yourself some fresh cut authenticity this December.  Remember Jesus loves you more than you can imagine, and remember that your friends at MRO can’t wait to see you at the Winter Reunion, or back at camp.

 

An Update on MRO Conferencing

Posted by on November 19, 2014

I’ve been the director of Moose River Outpost now for nearly 8 years. Perhaps by now the feeling of “newness” around this place ought to have worn off. I can tell you however, that it hasn’t. We’re on our second coat of stain and our second set of shingles in many places, but God’s plan for this place continues to outgrow my own expectations, while also making my own plans seem silly at times.

IMGP0513We’ve seen changes of all types in the last several years. We’ve built several new buildings. Even as I type this letter, I’m sitting beside a burning wood stove in what was once a tired maintenance building and is now a cozy welcome center. This summer we’ll undergo a change we’ve been looking forward to literally since the day I arrived on staff. We’re expanding summer camp from 4 to 6 weeks! In the midst of this exciting growth, we’re also embarking on a new change that I believe reflects God’s plans for MRO, even thought it requires some difficult steps.

While most people know us through our summer camp, MRO has also served over 60 churches in the last several years by providing them a place for retreats and group getaways. These church families, like so many of us, have enjoyed staring across the lake at Boundary Bald and taking stock of life, relationships, and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

More recently, we’ve attempted to extend this ministry into the winter months. We’ve had a few churches enjoy everything this place can be in winter – a snowy playground, a retreat center quietly insulated with freshly fallen flakes. It’s been a spectacular time to enjoy God’s creation in this different season. Unfortunately, with the beauty of winter comes other realities. The drive to MRO is difficult for our winter guests. 3 miles of road is a serious undertaking to plow during Maine’s snowy season. All of this, along with the growing cost of heat has led us to make the difficult decision to focus our efforts as a ministry specifically on the summer season.

As of this December, we’ll be closing our road and winterizing our buildings. We’ll then reopen in the spring for another season of summer camp and conferencing ministry.

special events sunsetWe will miss every aspect of our winter ministry – even the drifting snowstorms that reminded us of our smallness next to our Creator God. We also look forward though. We look forward to the rich relationships and enriched lives that have made our summer ministry so special.

We’re a young camp. We’ve got a bright future. Sometimes the twists and turns on the journey are unexpected, but MRO is going someplace special. We know this because of the special places this ministry has already been. We know it because of the special people that invest themselves in camp year after year. As I write this I know I am writing to graduates of the WILD program, leading groups of believers in colleges across the country. I know I’m writing to former staff members, now well into careers as pastors, doctors, teachers, and even camp ministry professionals. I also know I’m writing to retreat guests, for whom this has been a place of renewal and inspiration over the years. God has used this place to redirect lives, centering them around him as they press on toward His plans, His destinations. That will continue for the foreseeable future. What we can’t foresee is what’s around the next bend in the road. It’s been a thrilling journey, and I thank so many of you for joining us as we travel it together.