A Message from the Camp Director
As the director of Camp Cedarbrook for 33 years, it has been a joy to watch countless girls whose lives have been changed as they have deepened their relationships with God, experienced how good it is to live together in obedience to God’s Word, made lifelong friends and developed confidence and courage as they had fun learning new skills and experiencing God’s beautiful creation.
So what is it about Camp Cedarbrook that makes it such a powerful experience?
Camp Cedarbrook is community; a safe Christian community where your daughter will experience biblical principles in relationship, through modeling and guided practice led by carefully trained Christian staff members.
Camp is basic. Unplugged from technology, girls can concentrate on what’s really important—developing authentic relationships with God and others. Time spent in God’s Word during personal quiet time or in cabin group Bible study has the power to change lives. A week at camp is filled with shared face-to-face experiences like singing after meals in the dining hall and around the campfire at night, putting on skits, or taking a hike in the beautiful Adirondack forest with your cabin group. These shared experiences help build relationships that often last a lifetime.
The Camp Cedarbrook experience gives girls a unique chance to be “on their own” within a safe, well-supervised Christian environment. At camp, girls can develop their own identities and broaden their network of adult role models who care about them, listen to them, and mentor them according to biblical principles. Camp also offers girls a close-up look at servant-leadership and opportunities to practice being a leader.
Camp is outdoors. The rustic facilities and outdoor-oriented program gives girls the opportunity to learn about, feel comfortable in, and embrace God’s creation. Watching campers fishing, studying a turtle in the nature center, exploring the beaver dam, I have seen them broaden their appreciation and understanding of the Creator and His creation in a way that doesn’t happen in the classroom.
Camp is active. Girls are on-the-go all day, involved in activities that help build confidence and self-esteem as they learn new skills. Camp activities are designed to be challenging while giving campers reasonable, achievable expectations for success. The perseverance that comes from learning new skills at camp can translate into the “I can” attitude so important to success in other areas of life. Camp also teaches girls how to be active participants in the learning process, ask questions, ask for help, and try new things. Girls learn that it’s okay to feel uncomfortable as part of the learning process. Participating in the active learning experiences at camp helps girls practice and learn life skills, such as decision-making, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and reflective skills.
As a director, I have seen girls return year after year, seeing the significant influence of the camp experience on their character, faith, leadership, and life skills. For so many, camp has played a significant role in helping them to become effective servant-leaders on the mission field as well as in fields like medicine, education, and business.
The opportunities for growth and learning at camp are not exclusive to Camp Cedarbrook, but they are concentrated at camp. Under the direction and influence of caring Christian staff members in the safe, intentional Christian community filled with opportunities for active learning and developing authentic relationships, girls can grow to be strong godly women. I wholeheartedly encourage you to provide this powerful growth experience for your daughter this summer!
Dr. Nancy Halliday has been the director of Camp Cedarbrook since 1979 and currently is an associate professor, teacher educator and Chair of the department of Health Studies and Kinesiology at Hofstra University.
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in Bible Christian Education from Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University), a master’s degree in physical education from Arizona State University, and her Ph.D. in motor learning and motor development from Temple University. Dr. Halliday taught for 16 years and chaired the Physical Education Department at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York prior to working at Hofstra University