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Click

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

Sitting in the cinder-block wall basement of a rural PA church listening to Bible stories around a rectangular table while sitting on small multicolored plastic chairs never seemed to help those lessons "click" for me. When I wasn't doodling or distracting the other children with my antics I was...

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Tags: bored, click, kenbrook, led, light bulbs, mission, savings, sunday school, experiential education

Camp needs the Church. The Church needs camp.

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

2006. That's the last time that I hit the streets and did a promotional event for Kenbrook. Sort of. The promotional events I do now usually involve preaching a sermon and talking for five or ten minutes to a group of adults. It's been a decade since I did it with a Children's Ministry or a...

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Tags: 75, camp, church, games, partnership, hbic, harrisburg bic

Elevator Observations

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

You may very well know that Kenbrook began a crowdfunding campaign last week to try to raise the money to fix our elevator in the Mountain View Lodge. It was actually a pretty tough decision to make that step since crowdfunding has been known to work in some cases and totally flop in others...

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Tags: accessibility, josh, kenbrook, share, spread the word, wheelchair, crowdfunding, elevator campaign

Empowering Camp

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

I began attending summer camps at the age of 8. I was one of those lucky kids whose parents valued camp (or at least getting their energetic son out of the house for a week) enough to send me to Bible Camp and to Boy Scout Camp until I graduated high school. I was lucky enough to become a...

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Tags: aca, boy scouts, care, children, donate, golf, golf outing, npr, scholarship, summer camp, underprivileged

Micro...what?

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

Microcosm. It's a word that you use when you see a smaller version of something larger...or when you see a larger pattern repeated in a smaller thing. Trust me, it's a cool word. For instance, if I were to poll a random but small percentage of the population for their opinion about (insert...

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Tags: bishop, church, deacon, elder, gospel, jesus, kenbrook, love, overseer, patterns, random, shepherd, microcosm, kenbrook staff, brick and motor

In The Beginning

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Gen 1:1) The 30 verses that follow this one show that God had a planned and systematic way to put things in order. Each thing he creates depends on the the thing created before it. He speaks light and land and fish and birds into...

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Tags: all things new, board of directors, campers, creation, journey, kenbrook, prayer, summer staff, the beginning, full time staff, starting right

Jesus Walks

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

I stood in front of a rack of 4x4s. Some 8 feet long and some 12. Picking out wood is something special for any carpenter. I remember, growing up, watching my father as he turned wood over and over in his hand looking for bends, knots and curves. There is always "the right" piece of wood for...

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Tags: carpenter, creating, cross, home depot, jesus, kenbrook, sacrifice, the center, jesus walk

How To Preserve a Legend

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Posted by Nick Ressler, Executive Director on

It all really started as an idea. A BIC camp in the woods of Lebanon County where boys and girls of all ages could come and know God. Late in the 1940s men and women from a Sunday School class at Fairland BIC Church toiled away at cutting tree's, milling wood and clearing space for Kenbrook...

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Tags: history, kenbrook, legacy, pinterest, craft hut, cabin 6

A note from our new Executive Director Nick Ressler

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Posted by Kenbrook Staff on

Dear Kenbrook Community,        Kenbrook is built on stories, memories and connection to others. It can be easy for any of us to consider Kenbrook to simply be a place we have been. But, it is more than woods, buildings and programs. Kenbrook has a rich past, made distinct...

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Kenbrook’s New Executive Director Announcement

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Posted by Kenbrook Staff on

Sixty six years ago, a small group of people had a vision for a piece of land by a brook in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. For more than six decades, countless lives have been transformed at Kenbrook--both young and old. Many different leaders wrote chapters in the story of Kenbrook Bible Camp. This...

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