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Register for Camp in January

Posted by on December 30, 2016

Sign up for Camp!

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For everyone who registers for Moose River Outpost between now and January 31st, we’ll send you a never-before-released MRO hat. Not only will you have your summer plans made ahead of the rush, but you’ll look great in MRO’s latest gear.

If you’ve already registered for camp, but still want a hat, you can get one by telling someone new about camp. Just encourage a friend who is new to camp to register. When they do, ask them to put your name in the “reference” line of the online registration form. Then, email us at info@christiancamps.netand let us know you’d like a hat!

If you haven’t registered yet, follow the link below, set up your summer, and claim your hat! Click below to register online, or call us at 603-875-3600 with any questions.

Register for Camp!

Thanksgiving Reflections

Posted by on November 22, 2016

Be sure to check out the Thanksgiving devotional, entitled “Thanking Big” by MRO director Craig Boronow on the CCCI Blog.  Click below to jump to the post.

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Scouting Inland Woods

Posted by on August 25, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.34.35 AMIt’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. As if being a camp director didn’t already sound like a vacation dressed in business casual clothing, every once in a while, I also get to scout new trips for camp. Most recently, I was scouting a potential new mountain bike trip aboard my Salsa Pony Rustler.

When I pulled up to Inland Woods, “skeptical” didn’t even begin to describe how I felt. The trailhead is located in a back corner of the Inland Hospital parking lot in Waterville, Maine. Coming from MRO, this looked like Times Square by comparison, and not the starting point for wilderness adventure. That said, it was a convenient access point, and featured excellent signage and maps. While all these things screamed “overpopulated trail system,” I soldiered on and was immediately rewarded for the choice.

The trails are excellent. They are well marked, well designed, and laid out perfectly to make the most of their unique location. Once you enter the woods there is rarely a hint of “civilization” other than the occasional opportunity to look out at Waterville’s small airport, which backs up to the woods. The coming and going of the occasional Cessna only added to the “cool factor” of the trip.

bridgesIn terms of trail design, it would be very hard to ask for more, especially considering the type of riding we crave at MRO. The climbs were gradual and forgiving, and the descents featured burmed turns, begging to be carved and “whoop” sections that forced a bugs-in-your-teeth smile as I rode along. The trails reward a rider who lays off the pedaling long enough to “pump” the bike, using the downhill sides of bumps to gather speed.

This is not a trail for rabid adrenaline junkies seeking jumps, drop-offs, and first-aid opportunities, but it is absolutely an exciting ride for beginners and advanced riders alike. It’s a perfect fit for MRO’s fleet of KHS SixFifty bikes. Overpopulation was not an issue at all. Despite the well-manicured trails, I didn’t see one other rider out there the entire time. If you like riding and plan on coming to MRO next year, a trip to Inland Woods may very well be in your future.

WILD II Reflections

Posted by on July 25, 2016

 

Some thoughts on WILD II

by Carter Reynolds

 

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It’s been a pleasure to serve this summer as a WILD II co-counselor with Samantha Shroyer and Colt Duttweiler.

Our WILD II’s have been doing a lot of growing this week as they round their way into the final quarter of a strong leadership development portion of the WILD program. We are proud of the way they continue to apply themselves and respond to challenges, mustering good attitudes in difficult situations, and enjoying themselves along the way.

To get to the point, we’ve had some health obstacles in the staff (but really, just me) which became a blessing in disguise with the addition of our third counselor, Colt Duttweiler (the tallest guy in the Attean group photo down below). Colt got to take my place on the 4 day Bigelow Mountain ridge run, where the group welcomed him and connected with him quickly.

Upon their return, our service project pushed us to work hard as a team. But by the end, we saw what we could accomplish: a transformation from dense jungle-like brush to neat & clean tent sites and miles of smooth walking/biking paths! It was a rewarding process.  When we really sat down and de-briefed our experience, there was an overall attitude of thankfulness. The group was glad to feel like their sacrifice of a few days–and a few bug bites–for a totally incredible campsite nestled right at the foot of our camp’s protective mountain face, Boundary Bald, was worth it. They expressed a sentiment of gratitude for being able to give back properly to a place that has meant so much to each of them, as they are confident that the fruit of their labor will be used for the rest of Moose River Outpost’s promising future.

Without wasting any time, our young leaders developed their medical skills the next day by participating in a two day Wilderness First Aid course, taught by our friends at SOLO who kindly came up to Jackman for the duration of the class. WILD II WFA

 

 

The photo above is from a scenario early on in the course. Needless to say, they all passed with flying colors in the end, enhancing their wilderness leadership by another big step!

After their WFA course, we had a bit more time to process things together. On guys and girls night, the two groups had a blast. The girls made what sounded like an epic slip-and-slide while the guys went over to main camp for some impassioned paintball games.

Next we spent time preparing for our week-long New Hampshire white-water kayak trip next week, practicing our rolls in the pond and adding in some extra fun like practicing fly fishing and wake boarding for the day.

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At this point, we’ve finished our solo and begun applying everything we’ve been talking about: it’s apprenticeship week. They’re off to a strong start. Colt, Samantha and I are looking forward to seeing the group grow as individuals, serving campers under the tutelage of the MRO counselors.

As I conclude and head back to monitor/encourage them in their new roles, I look forward to my favorite part of this job, spending time reflecting with each group member individually. One thing I get to do during this week is steal them away when the time is right to debrief what’s going on and offer my best advice. As it can be difficult to always stay completely focused in a big group setting, I really value the insights and wisdom-seeking questions from each of our WILDers when I get moments with them one-on-one, whether on a canoe ride, quick fishing trip, or just sitting on the dock enjoying the incredible scenery.

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There’s something about leaving behind all distractions and challenging yourself spiritually alongside 10-12 like-minded individuals that naturally yields the most essential values in life: integrity, resilience, trust, and agape love to mention a few important ones. These are some of the values at the heart of the success of these future MRO leaders. Please pray for them as they reflect on how far they have come and where God wants to take them as they get comfortable working alongside the staff at “main camp” this week. We know that we will continue to be blessed by them, and we appreciate your prayers and support!

Right: Two campers and I enjoy the benefits of waking up at 5am for a quick fishing trip–not a big one, but pretty looking.

Below: The third session’s opening bonfire, which was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, was built by our WILD II team. The picture makes me feel even more like Moose River Outpost is some kind of sequel to the Hobbit.

Thanks for reading!

Opening Fire

Paddles & Saddles

Posted by on July 22, 2016

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

What an incredible first year it was for our Paddles & Saddles program!

Our campers went on a two week backcountry living experience in Northern Maine, where they spent one week on the river in canoes (paddles) and one week on mountain bike trails (saddles). It was incredible to see the growth in each of our campers both in their trail skills and spiritual growth. Campers worked hard and learned a lot about canoeing, and decided tackle some rapids together!
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On the mountain bike trails we had to tackle some really tough obstacles, that challenged and stretched us.

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Experiencing living two weeks in the backcountry allows our campers, and counselors alike, a wonderful platform to physically see our Creator’s creation while experiencing Him in new ways. The group environment allows everyone to process and learn as they go. Being able to dig in to life together, without distractions telling you how to process (i.e.: snapchat, instagram, Facebook, media, etc.) is an experience that impacts you for years to come. The quietness of the wild, the strength of the wilderness and the tallness of the trees gave our campers perspective on where they are in creation. Campers were challenged to contemplate their home life and how Christ has impacts our choices. Living in God’s creation gives a glimpse into how mighty the Lord of Lords is. If we can get our campers to see a glimpse of his greatness and power, then how easy is it for them to allow the Lord to show up in their ‘home’ lives. We created some great memories with them on the trails, and we know that God showed His mightiness & strength.

We have included some pictures of what our days and activities looked like on our Paddles & Saddles trip. We thank you for entrusting your campers to us – we enjoyed them so much!

Waking Up & Hot Breakfast (Over Campfire):
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Spending Time In The Word:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
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Packing Up Camp & Planning Out The Day:
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Stop for Lunch & Then Back on The River/Trail:
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Setting Up Camp – Our group learned that setting up camp takes teamwork and is easy when everyone pitches in.
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Dinner Over Campfire:

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Devotional & Campfire Talk:
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Off to Bed & Then Do It Again!

We had a ton of relaxing fun around camp. You could, often find us doing slack line competitions, fishing, swimming, discussing rapid lines & various paddle strokes, throwing freebies, seeing wildlife and of course watching the sunrise/set over the beautiful landscape. We even celebrated a birthday on the trail!!

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4