The camping program at Horton Center depends on the help of volunteers each summer. This is a faith mentoring program. Please help vitalize our ministry with the gift of your time.

So what is it like these days to be a volunteer counselor at Horton Center?  First and foremost, it’s about making sure that each camper is safe, welcomed, and having the best week of their summer.  From the start, you’ll be supported by the Deans (volunteer leaders, 2 per session), and the staff.  You’ll go through a training session before camp to help you prepare for a week on Pine Mountain.  The Deans of your session will prepare you for your week at camp through communication throughout the spring.  You’ll arrive the day before the campers at Horton Center, to connect with your co-counselors, Deans, and go through additional camp led training. When the campers arrive Sunday, the fun begins!  Two counselors stay in each cabin.  Counselors go through the day with their campers, sometimes co-leading activities.  We make sure you get a rest in the afternoon, after a daily meeting where you check-in with the Deans and counselors.  Afternoon and evening program is a blend of counselor led and staff led activities. Being a volunteer counselor at Horton Center is fun, tiring yet energizing, and can have a deep impact on the life of a camper.

You will be asked to attend several planning meetings in the spring or early summer. For most sessions you will arrive at camp the day before campers do and will leave at the end of your session after the last child has been picked up.

You may speak with a member of the Outdoor Mission Group, e-mail the camp office, or call us at 603-545-9660 to volunteer or ask questions. Let us know if you are interested in a particular date or age group. You can also check out our on-line schedule.

You will be matched with a camp session leader or “Dean” in need of volunteers.

Download Volunteer Forms

All counselors and volunteers working with youth at Horton Center are required to have the following paperwork on file with the camp office.  *Returning Counselors  see below*

  1. Volunteer Profile
  2. Volunteer Reference
    You will need two (2) of these. Ideally one should be completed by your pastor, the other should be completed by someone outside this Horton Center program, such as an employer.
  3. Volunteer Disclosure Statement
    The copyright for this form is held by the American Camping Association – Used by permission.
  4. Health Form 4 (Adult Health Form)
    Counselors fill out Health Form 4
  5. Background Check
    This needs to be renewed annually
  6. Online Training – all counselors working with youth need to complete online training, as well as read Camp is For the Camper book.  The quiz that accompanies Camp is for the Camper is no longer required.  Contact the Camp Office for a book.

Once you are scheduled for a camp, please fill these out and get them to your Dean(s) as soon as possible.

Or send them directly to: “HC Counselor Paperwork” 140 Sheep Davis Rd. Pembroke NH 03275

Returning Counselor Paperwork

The only piece of paperwork you will need to completely re-fill out is the background check.  The rest you will read and resign at camp, as long as it is already on file.

  1. Volunteer Profile – read and resign at camp
  2. Volunteer Reference – on file, new references are typically not needed.
    You will need two (2) of these. Ideally one should be completed by your pastor, the other should be completed by someone outside this Horton Center program, such as an employer.
  3. Volunteer Disclosure Statement  – read and resign at camp
    The copyright for this form is held by the American Camping Association – Used by permission.
  4. Health Form 4 (Adult Health Form) – read and resign at camp
    Counselors fill out Health Form 4
  5. Background Check – print, fill out, and send to the NH Conference each year.
    This needs to be renewed annually
  6. Online Training – all counselors working with youth need to complete online training, as well as read Camp is For the Camper book.  The quiz that accompanies Camp is for the Camper is no longer required.  Contact the Camp Office for a book.

Horton Center Counselorship Application

Please send all Counselorship Applications to PO Box “J”, Gorham, NH 03581

If you have an immediate family member attending camp this summer, you can receive a $50 Counselorship ($25 for the half-week long session) toward his or her camp fee. Please, immediate family only. Counselorships are not to be used for oneself. Counselorships must be applied in the same year that you counsel.

Counselorship Application 2015