Register for Summer 2014!

Online registration for summer 2014 at Horton Center is now open!

Simply click here to start the registration process.

Be sure to look at the complete schedule for all the camp offerings – trip camps, adult camps, intergenerational camps, and of course camps for all ages.

See you on Pine Mountain soon!

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Happy 2014

All of us here at Horton Center hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

DSCN49122014 brings a new camp season, full of possibilities of adventure, faith discovery, community building, friendships, and friendship bracelets.  We have a couple new camp sessions – Middler Hike Week, Senior High Best of Both Worlds, and an adult camp for lay people and clergy to come Lighten Up and Loosen Up (hike, read, create art, or be a Madison Porch Rocker to their heart’s content).

MonNT20130 (18)Here’s a link to the 2014 Tentative schedule – registration will open mid-February!

Staff applications will be available by January 8th, so check back soon!  Volunteer counselors can sign up at anytime by emailing Rev. Mollie Landers at mlanders@nhcucc.org

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We hope you come away to Pine Mountain this summer, to try something new, revel in the glorious Creation, sleep under the stars, know yourself better, and make new friends for your faith journey.  No matter your age, there is something for everyone at Horton Center!

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Fall Work Weekend – October 11 – 13

October 11-13th,  Friday through Sunday
It’s time to put Horton Center to bed for the winter! Projects will include securing cabins, storing gear, and if weather permits, painting the trim around doors and windows. To bring (if you have): scraper, paint brush, a gallon of exterior white paint, warm clothes, and willingness to work.

Those ages 15 and up come for the day, come for the weekend, come to give back to a place you love! Though this is a no cost (donations gladly accepted!) event, to be prepared for the work projects and food, all participants must be registered.

Registration information here!

And So It Begins

by Rev. Bryan S. Breault

The first campers of the season are getting ready for bed on the first night of camp.  Children 8-11 years old arrived by 3:30, tentative with stuffed animals firmly against cheeks.   The experience these campers, (and we adults) had tonight is truly ineffable, and yet, I must try to give you a glimpse of the magic and majesty that just occurred. Continue reading

Summer Schedule Update

There is still time to register for camp at Horton Center this summer! However, we consolidated a few sessions so the following events have been removed from this years schedule, but we hope to put them on the schedule again next summer: Middler Hut to Hut (July 14-20), or Junior Half Week (July 31-August 3), and Senior High Service week (August 4th – 10th). While we are disappointed that these sessions have been postponed until next year, we are excited to have so many campers come to Horton Center this summer. We look forward to a Spirit-filled summer of Outdoor Ministries at Horton Center!

Making All Things New – Spring Work Weekend!

Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2 is Horton Center’s opening work weekend!  Come for a day, come for the weekend, to help us rake, clean, paint, and get Horton Center in tip-top shape for Summer 2013!

You can come for the whole weekend or just Saturday, please let us know when you’re coming and how long you plan to stay. To be prepared for the work projects and food, all participants must be registered. These will not be ‘drop in’ events.  To register, simply email Rev. Mollie Landers at mlanders@nhcucc.org.  Be sure to include when you’re coming and leaving, what skills you have to offer, and any supplies you may be bringing.

We need everyone 18 and older to fill out three (3) short forms as well.  Background check, health form, and volunteer disclosure.  The forms, along with additional information, including age restrictions, can be found here.

We hope to see you at Horton Center for a weekend of hard work, good people, laughter, and breathtaking beauty.

Camp Tee Shirt Design Contest!

Are you an artist, graphic designer, fashionista, or doodler?  Horton Center announces it’s first annual camp t-shirt design contest!  Submissions are due Monday, May 20th at 7:43pm.  Designs should represent Horton Center – perhaps the site, a moment, or that Horton Center feeling.  All artwork must be appropriate, and a winner will be selected by the Outdoor Ministry Board based solely on design.

Winning design will be featured as the camp tee shirt for summer 2013.  Please submit all entries to Mollie Landers at mlanders@nhcucc.org in .jpg or .tif format.  All other formats will not be considered.  Winner will receive their tee shirt and the satisfaction of seeing happy campers rocking their tee.

*By submitting your design, you give Horton Center/NH Conference permission to use the design.

HC to HC

By Rev. Mollie Landers

I grew up going to Hartman Center in the Penn Central Conference of the UCC.  It was my Horton Center, my Pilgrim Lodge, my Silver Lake.  I went as a camper of 8, encouraged by my best friend at church.  I was scared going through the registration line, meeting my cabin mates, and then, over that first dinner, of pizza and salad, it clicked.  I was hooked.  Hartman Center became my second home, not only a place I could be myself without scorn or embarrassment, but a place I flourished. I met new best friends from all over the state, and came back year after year, as a camper, counselor, and Summer Service Team (summer staff), and even a director.  It was at Hartman Center I first felt a call to ministry.  I had the freedom there to see God in new ways, to experience the Spirit, and to work out what it meant to be a follower of Christ in a supportive community. Continue reading

A New Thing

Reflection from Associate Director of Outdoor Ministries Rev. Mollie Landers

I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

~Isaiah 43:19

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

~2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy 2013!  With a New Year, we talk about new year resolutions, a fresh start.  In my home state of Pennsylvania, we eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s day, to cleanse our system (sauerkraut) and to get ahead in the new year (pork).  This tradition is to set us ahead and give us a fresh start for the new year, to make room for doing something new.  We just came out of the season of Christmastide, and celebrate the new thing God does in the incarnation of Jesus.  And somewhere, below the snow and soil, plants, grass, and flowers are waiting for their chance to become new, to co-create a new spring creation.  Newness and freshness is part of the our life cycle. Continue reading