About Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks
OverviewCamp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks is a non-denominational Christ-centered camp for girls. The mission of the summer camp is to reach and disciple girls for Jesus Christ so that they may become all that God intents them to be and glorify His name.
The aim of our camping program is to enable each girl to:
- Develop a personal relationship with God
- Learn to study God's Word and apply biblical principles to daily life
- Become more aware of God's creation and learn how to care for the environment
- Learn new skills, experience achievement and deepen her sense of self-worth and confidence
- Develop leadership ability
- Develop meaningful relationships with other campers and staff and practice biblical principles of community living
- Learn outdoor skills that will enable her to be comfortable and independent outdoors
Health and SafetyYour daughter's health and safety are important to us, so…
- Staff members are trained in safety awareness, child abuse prevention, emergency procedures, First Aid, and CPR. Safety is stressed with campers in each activity area.
- At least one of our staff members each week is a nurse and a physician is always on call.
- The daily schedule is planned to allow adequate rest for both campers and staff.
- Camp Cedarbrook in the Adirondacks is accredited by the American Camp Association. We consistently receive high ratings on evaluation visits by ACA and the New York State Health Department.
WHAT DO PARENTS SAY ABOUT CAMP?
- I love how she grew in spirituality and independence.
- It amazes me how "singing" can be a wonderful memory for them to take home. My daughter sang and sang your songs...
- We will send her back because of the wonderful time she had. We recommend it all the time to different people.
- A great summer experienced at a safe camp — learning more about God and fellowship with others.
- I will send my daughter back to camp because she enjoys all the activities and most of all, the Bible study. She learns a lot. She makes friends at the camp and the counselors are friendly. Everything is great...the staff, facilities, and all your services.
- All expectations of mine have been met - I'm very pleased.
- My daughter came home happy, singing, and filled with the Lord.
- Strong focus on biblical teaching - gorgeous location - my daughter loved it!
- I have complete trust in your staff; any child will be safe and cared for.
- The staff was great and we really like the postcard we received from her counselor.
- Well-staffed and Christ-centered leadership.
- Individual development
- Outdoor appreciation
- Intentional community
- Christ in all we do
The purpose for
1. Spiritual Formation: Encourage and support campers’ growth in their personal relationship with God by providing opportunities for campers to:
· recognize and act on need to accept Christ as personal Savior and Lord over every area of life
· study and memorize God’s word and apply Biblical principles to daily life
· participate in personal and group worship, devotional time, prayer and reflection
2. Relationships and Community: Provide opportunities for campers to experience and build successful, positive individual and community relationships that are consistent with Biblical principles.
3. Skill-Building and Individual Development: Provide opportunities for girls to have fun, discover and celebrate their God-given value, uniqueness and abilities, develop increased competence and self-confidence, courage, and perseverance through learning and improving in challenging, skill-building activities.
4. Creation Appreciation: Campers will develop a deeper appreciation of God’s creation and an increased sense of our environmental stewardship responsibilities. Campers will enjoy and feel comfortable in the outdoor environment and care for it appropriately.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Statement of Faith
- We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17. Matthew 28:19.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. Matthew 1:18-23.
- We believe that the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and are the final authority in faith and life. II Peter 1:20-21. II Timothy 3:16-17.
- We believe that mankind was created in the image of God; that he sinned, incurring both physical and spiritual death; and that all human beings are born in sin and that this sinful nature is the origin of all sinful acts in thought, word and deed. Genesis 1:26. Romans 5:12. Isaiah 59:2. Romans 6:23.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as the atoning sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. Romans 5:8-9.
- We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God. John 1:12.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit in illuminating, regenerating, indwelling, and sanctifying the Christian. Romans 8:14-16, John 16:13, 2 Thessalonians 2:13
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His present work as High Priest and advocate, and His personal return in power and glory. I Corinthians 15:3-4. Hebrews 4:14-16, I Thessalonians 4:16-17.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the lost; the saved to everlasting life, and the lost to everlasting punishment. Acts 24:15. Revelation 20:15. Romans 6:23.
Doctrinal PositionCamp Cedarbrook serves many denominations and individual churches and has purposely limited its doctrinal statement to the basic tenets of the faith.
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Fed by the baby boom of the 1960's programs in churches grew quickly throughout the northeast United States. Pocono Camp Cherith, serving the metro New York area outgrew its capacity. The rep for this area, June Stump ("Stumpy"), began a long search for property to meet the need.
June was persistent in her search for just the right property. In 1964 she discovered through Bruce Baker, field rep and director of the Christian Service Brigade camp, that there was property available near Glens Falls, NY. The seller was Dr. Alvah Davignon of Albany, NY, who wanted to see his father's 500-acre farm used as a camp, preferably for boys. The beautiful property perfectly fit the needs for this camping ministry, with its 45-acre lake (a former potato field) and hundreds of acres of Adirondack forest and varied terrain.
Stumpy brought Dr. Davignon to visit Pocono Camp Cherith in Pennsylvania during the summer of 1965. He was persuaded this group was right for his land. In October of 1965 Dr. Davignon agreed to sell the property to the Board of Trustees for a price that was amenable to the Board. On July 1, 1966 (June Stump's birthday), after a breakneck building program, Camp Cherith in the Adirondacks was opened with a wonderful dedication day. Louise Troup, then Executive Director, flew in from Illinois for the dedication. In that summer alone there were more than 1,000 camper weeks filled, demonstrating to all how much the camp was needed. June Stump directed the 1966–68 camp seasons.
Several dedicated women have directed camp over the years: Barbara Zimmerman (1969–73), Lenore Hurley (1974), Jan Wood (1975–77), Lynn Vanderhoof (1978), Debbie Nickols (1999), and currently Nancy Halliday (1979–98, 2000–present). Camp Administrators have been Jan Wood, Cathy Porter, and currently Dianne Liddy. In 2009 the name Camp Cedarbook in the Adirondacks was adopted.
In the ensuing years, more than 20,000 different girls have participated in the camp experience. They are a testimony to the value of a camping experience which emphasizes the importance of building self-esteem and character through the small-group, family-type structure and the beauty and challenge of living in the out of doors.
To a large degree volunteers built the camp and continue to be the backbone of the work. Their participation has formed a foundation of support and commitment that has established a sense of family participation to several generations of girls.
Again and again, our camp has experienced God's miraculous blessings through timely monetary donations and dedicated volunteers that have provided new buildings, septic systems, site maintenance, expanded programming and updated programming.
Many innovative opportunities have been used to increase the effectiveness of the camper program. Today the camp stands as an independent facility with a marvelous ability to help girls grow into mature resourceful and capable women of God.
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