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.


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?

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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.

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!

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Thank You!

A hearty thank you to all who came to Pine Mountain for opening work weekend!  We wouldn’t be ready for camp without you.IMG_5200

Together we:

 · 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


Opening Work Weekend

Come to Pine Mountain May 15 -17 (or part thereof) for 

Opening Work Weekend

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Projects include:

  • 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 gardenWedGS20130 (168)

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

We invite all to stay for Merle Cole’s Retirement Celebration!

Retirement Celebration for Merle Cole

Merle Cole’s Retirement Celebration

Merle on his trusty helper, Mr. Deere
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 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 (
  • 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!


Registration is Open!

Registration is open!  To check out all the opportunities and adventures that await, click here.


To register, simply click here and log into or create an account with UltraCamp, our registration system.  Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a Camp Guide.  To make sure your camper has the best experience possible, please read the guide thoroughly.

Paper registrations are available by calling 603-545-9660.

We can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!

Registration Begins January 28th!

Registration Begins


Online registration opens on January 28th!  To register, simply click here and log into or create an account with UltraCamp, our registration system.  Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a Camp Guide.  To make sure your camper has the best experience possible, please read the guide thoroughly.

Paper registrations are available by calling 603-545-9660.

We can’t wait to see you at camp this summer!


2015 Tentative Schedule

We’re so excited for our 2015 Schedule!  Share it with your family and friends over the Thanksgiving table and start making your summer plans as a camper, volunteer counselor, or nurse!

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We have a couple new sessions of camp, such as our Horton Center Experience Week, Women’s Weekend and Clergy Sabbath Days.  There is truly something for everyone at Pine Mountain next summer!

Registration will open mid-January.

Here it is! 2015 Schedule HC


We’re ACA Accredited!





Yes, we have received our official notice from the American Camp Association: Horton Center is a fully accredited ACA camp.

This is the culmination of three years of hard work and deep dedication. Thanks to Mollie and Bryan, Merle, Dan, Andy, and to the Outdoor Ministries Board & Outdoor Mission Group as well as the staff and volunteers.

A new day has indeed dawned. Learn more about the importance of ACA accreditation here—>


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