Summer 2016 is Open!
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!
View from Randolph Ledge
Spend Your Summer at Camp!
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.
Our (tentative) 2016 Schedule is here! We are going to have an amazing summer exploring Courage in Community.
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!
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.
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 is a comin’, won’t you join us?
October 9-11 at Horton Center! Come for the Weekend or just a day.
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.
October 2-4 at Horton Center
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.
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!
A hearty thank you to all who came to Pine Mountain for opening work weekend! We wouldn’t be ready for camp without you.
· Built 6 new bunk beds for Cabin Hope
· Stained Cabin Doxa
· Painted the trim around Cabins Bethany and Doxa
· Cleared brush, split logs (with our new log splitter!)
· Cleaned cabins & bathrooms
· Moved canoes, picnic tables, and chairs to get the space ready for campers
· Celebrated Merle Cole’s retirement with about 40 family, friends, and volunteers
Volunteers are the heartbeat of Outdoor Ministries. For other volunteer opportunities, click here
Come to Pine Mountain May 15 -17 (or part thereof) for
Opening Work Weekend
- Building 6 new bunk beds for Cabin Hope
- Trail maintenance
- Cleaning the cabins and other buildings for campers
- Painting (weather permitting)
- Raking and clearing the site of branches etc.
- Building and installing 2-3 raised beds for a garden
We will enjoy campfires and pot luck meals with one another. For more information, see Work Weekend Info. Register by emailing Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt at email@example.com
We invite all to stay for Merle Cole’s Retirement Celebration!
Merle Cole’s Retirement Celebration
Merle on his trusty helper, Mr. Deere
Sunday May 17, 1-3pm Open House with worship at 2pm
at Horton Center on Pine Mountain
Walk-ins welcome, please RSVP to Mollie at firstname.lastname@example.org for planning purposes
The Outdoor Mission Group of the New Hampshire Conference invites campers, parents, volunteers, staff, past and present to Horton Center on May 17 from 1-3pm to celebrate the ministry of Site Manager Merle Cole.
After seven years of serving, Merle will be retiring at the end of May. Merle has been maintaining and improving the site and facilities on Pine Mountain since May of 2008. With a story and a smile, Merle has smoothed roads, repaired cabin foundations, trained and equipped volunteers, and sustained and enhanced camp buildings in a rustic mountain environment. Merle’s knowledge of the workings of the site has enabled the program to transition through the years. As a beloved and key part of staff, he has welcomed thousands of campers as well as hosting guest groups in the spring and fall. His love of the people and mission of Horton Center and the NH Conference is evident to all who meet Merle. Join us in thanking Merle for serving selflessly. Merle, you will be missed!
Help Us Honor Merle!
- Send your favorite Merle pictures to Kelley at (email@example.com)
- Send letters of thanks or a favorite Merle memory, or donation to Merle’s gift (please send to Rev. Mollie Landers Hatt, 140 Sheep Davis Rd. Pembroke, NH 03275)
- Make a donation in honor of Merle to the Horton Center Tool Fund by clicking here!