Confirmation Retreat September 30-October 2

Day in the Life5

We’re getting excited for our 3rd annual Confirmation Retreat, Friday September 30- Sunday October 2. Join confirmands from Northern New England and their mentors, pastors, and/or chaperones for 48 hours of games, pondering questions, worship, good food, low ropes course, music, all at beautiful Horton Center on Pine Mountain.

The retreat is for Confirmands of all ages & their Leaders.  The program is especially
designed for Youth in Grades 8-10.

When: Please arrive by 6:00 p.m. as the evening meal will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 and the program continues through 11:45 a.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016

Where: Horton Center, Pine Mountain / Horton Center Road Gorham, NH 03581

Cost: $130.00 per person (youth and chaperones) Cost includes a non-refundable deposit, all snacks, overnight accommodations, a meal Friday evening, all meals on Saturday, breakfast & boxed lunch on Sunday, all program materials and a low ropes course, weather permitting.

Registration: Register online here.  When registering your Confirmation group, no matter how large or small, please keep in mind that we require you adhere to the New Hampshire Conference Safer Spaces policy with regard to adequate supervision for youth activities: “There shall be at least one adult for every six minors. The gender diversity of adults should match that of the group. One-on-one situations between an adult and a minor must be avoided. Activities with minors shall be interruptible & observable by others at all times.”

Need more information?  Here’s the brochure or contact  Ms. Ann Desrochers, Specialist in Christian Education
New Hampshire Conference, UCC.

Day in the Life9

Summer 2016

Summer 2016 is off to a wonderful start!

 

Getting Started campers enjoying the sunshine

If you are interested in registering for camp, there is still time to sign up for most camp sessions. The complete schedule and registration information can be found here!

01GSThurs (112) 01GSThurs (106)

To view pictures from your camper’s session of camp, log into the registration system (UltraCamp), and click on the icon on the left labeled “Photo Gallery”.  Then choose your camper’s session and the date.  We try our best to update the photos daily.  Enjoy!  If you have issues/questions with this resource, please call the office at 603-545-9660.

01GSWed (60)

Open House June 12, 2016

Horton Center Open House

Campers, potential campers and parents, alumni, UCC-ers and non-church folk alike, come enjoy an afternoon on Pine Mountain!

We’ll begin with a worship service on Chapel Rock at 11am. The rest of the afternoon is come and go as you please, with food to be shared, games to play, and tours given. You can spend the afternoon sitting on Madison Porch, swapping camp stories and making new ones. Or hike out to Pinkham Ledge and enjoy the sunshine and view of God’s Creation.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged!
RSVP is not needed, but you can let us know your coming by emailing mlanders@nhcucc.org, or responding to the facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/447282215396324/

Challenge from the Congregational Church of North Barnstead:

“Pack the Mountain on June 12th.
The Congregational Church of North Barnstead is challenging all our local churches to send people to the Horton Center Open House on June 12th.
We are encouraging members our congregation to attend Worship on Pine Mountain that morning at 11 am.
We plan to car pool as many folks as possible to HC, as a show of support for our Outdoor Ministries Program.
CCNB will give one full camp scholarship (or the equivalent amount shared over a number of campers) to the church that brings the most people to Pine Mountain.
Join us as we pack the mountain!
The Challenge is ON!!”
-The Congregational Church of North Barnstead

Summer is Coming, Register Today!

Summer 2016 is Open!

Day in the Life97

Cooling off in the Peabody River

Horton Center is a place for all God’s children.  We offer tried and true youth summer camp experiences.  We have adventure sessions that will take you over mountain peaks and a cross lakes.  Horton Center provides intergenerational sessions for the whole family, or the special grandparent & grandchild relationship.  Camp is for all ages, and we recommend adults try one of our adult camps.  There is a way for everyone to experience God in Christian Community this summer, surrounded by the beauty of the White Mountains.

We offer online registration here.  If you came to camp in 2014 or 2015, you can log in with your established log in and password. If you need help registering, please call Karen at 207- 724-3200.

We also offer scholarships, fill out the form here and send it in.   We want everyone to be able to come to camp.

We hope to see you at camp this summer!

Day in the Life32

View from Randolph Ledge

We’re Hiring! Now Accepting Summer Staff Applications

Spend Your Summer at Camp!

100_1813 (Small)

Horton Center is looking for kind, energetic, compassionate, safe yet silly, thoughtful, skilled summer staffers.  We are seeking lifeguards, kitchen help, hikers, theologians, artsy people, rock climbers, musicians, and every combination there of.

All applicants must be 18 years of age by June.

Summer 2016 Job Descriptions and Applications

Interested in helping at camp, but can’t commit to the whole summer?  Volunteer for a week as a super hero counselor – find out more here.

MC1sun2013- (74) (Medium)

Summer 2016 – Courage in Community

Our (tentative) 2016 Schedule is here! We are going to have an amazing summer exploring Courage in Community.

WedGS20130 (168)

Summer 2016 Schedule

We have two new programs, Counselor-In-Training (CIT) and Arts on the Mountain.  The CIT program will be for those 16 and older to develop counseling knowledge & skills.  The training portion will be in conjunction with our Getting Started Camp.  CITs may have the opportunity to come back later in the summer for a whole week of being a CIT.  Arts on the Mountain will offer camp with distinctive creating twist.  Artistic endeavors offered will range from musical to dramatic to painting, drawing, and more!

We’re also excited to again offer Horton Center Experience Week (or days).  This is an opportunity for youth groups, families, and those who love Horton Center to come to camp for a couple days or the whole week.  While at HCX, you can participate in the program offered, or explore the White Mountains area on your own.  This is a great family vacation, a chance for a summer youth mission project, or time to relax on Pine Mountain.

We have all the classic sessions for kids, youth, inter-generational and adults!  Mark your calendars now!

Thank You Summer 2015

A great, big THANK YOU to all the campers, volunteer counselors, Deans, staff, parents, kitchen and site volunteers who made summer 2015 an amazing summer.

IMG_7035

We Lived in the Spirit on Pine Mountain this summer, creating community in the natural world and working to take Christ’s teachings off the mountain with us. We learned about the Ukama partnership, through hands on experience and giving $1,762.34 for school fees and putting together 350 school kits. We hiked, created, sang, worshiped, ate together, and felt the movement of the Spirit throughout!

We invite you to be a part of Horton Center 2016, when we will explore Fearless Faith: Courage In Community.

The tentative 2016 schedule will be released at Annual Meeting, October 24. Come visit our booth, where we will have information, treats, and tee-shirts for sale!

Work Weekend October 9-11 (or part thereof)

Work weekend is a comin’, won’t you join us?

October 9-11 at Horton Center!  Come for the Weekend or just a day.

IMG_5203

Projects will include securing cabins, storing gear, and if weather permits, trail work, drainage digging, & painting the trim around doors and windows.

To bring (if you have): a dinner dish to share (potluck), scraper, paint brush, a gallon of exterior white paint, warm clothes, and willingness to work.

Those 7th grade and older may come for the day, come for the weekend, come to give back to a place you love! Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Though this is a no cost (donations gladly accepted!) event, to be prepared for the work projects and food, all participants must be registered.

For more information and to register click here.

Confirmation Retreat 2015 – The UCC, is that for me?

October 2-4 at Horton Center

confirmationadd

Many youth going through the confirmation process in their local churches are wondering: So what does it mean to be part of the United Church of Christ? Am I really welcome in the UCC? What does it mean that ‘God is Still Speaking’?

The annual NHCUCC Confirmation Retreat will be an opportunity to explore those questions. The retreat has been expanded to a full weekend and will be held October 2-4 at Horton Center. This promises to be a very special time for our youth and confirmation leaders. We will gather for worship, music, discussion, good food, and games. Come and meet others who are going through the Confirmation journey with you.  More information can be found here.

Sign up today!

Scholarships are available here.

New in 2015 – Summer Mission Project!

Horton Center’s first Summer-long mission project will be with the Ukama Partnership of the New Hampshire Conference, UCC and United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe.  
The Ukama Partnership is a church to church partnership between local UCC congregations in New Hampshire and the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ).  This is a partnership that began in 1996 and to date celebrates that 45 churches have been partnered.  Partner churches pray for one another, communicate with one another (sometimes with letters, but increasingly with technology), and engage in cultural exchange.

What will the mission project look like?  

There will be an experiential educational piece, a hands on component, and an offering taken.  The mission project will be woven into our graces, songs, Faith Discovery Groups and more!

  • Each week campers can expect to learn some about Zimbabwe and the UCCZ as well as about the Holy Spirit and their faith.
  • For the hands-on component of the Ukama Partnership Mission, campers are invited to bring items to make school kits for children in Zimbabwe.  Items to bring to camp for school kits include pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, small packets of crayons, writing pads, uninflated sport balls (soccer is a favorite game), gently used or new books that have been meaningful to your family, and Revised Standard Versions of the Bible (this version is used in Zimbabwean schools). 
  • The offering will be shared with the UCCZ to help provide scholarships to children for their school fees.

The mission project promises to bring new insights and continue to build strong relationships within the Ukama Partnership

To learn more, read the letter written by Rev. Michele Bagby Allan on behalf of the Ukama Partnership of the New Hampshire Conference of The United Church of Christ. You can visit the Ukama website for more information as well!

0233941e-f001-475a-b68a-7c79aa032ac1 a951b18e-3cc6-474a-86ea-12a558c7f061