ABOUT  SENTINEL

Our mission is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal. Within the stillness of God's creation and through the guidance of the staff, people are moved from discovery into authentic relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.

MEET THE STAFF

Kevin Van Brunt,

President CEO

Since 2005, Pastor Kevin Van Brunt has served as the President / CEO of Sentinel Ministries. He oversees the operation of Camp Sentinel in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. In his previous experience, he served the Young Men's Christian Association in Goffstown, New Hampshire as the Associate Branch Executive, overseeing branch operations and coaching 8 full time and 150 + part-time staff. He also served at Faith Baptist Church in Manchester, New Hampshire as Associate and Youth Pastor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Leisure studies with minors in Youth Ministry, Outdoor Education and Special Education from Gordon College. Kevin's vision for the camp and retreat ministry is to use the stillness of God's Creation as a vehicle to build relationships and change lives for Christ. He resides year-round at Camp Sentinel with his wife Traci and children Tucker, Abigail and Owen. 

Traci Van Brunt,

Administrative Assistant

Traci has been at Camp Sentinel since 2005 with her husband, Kevin and their 3 children, Tucker, Abigail and Owen.  Traci serves at camp in many supportive areas including administration, registration, and kitchen support. She has a heart for mentoring the staff and enjoys watching them grow in their personal faith journey. Traci is a homeschool mom, and her hobbies include writing, reading and soaking in the sun on the beach.  

Rafe Longver,

Facility Director

Since 2009 Rafe Longver has served as the Facility Director of Sentinel Ministries. He oversees facility maintenance operations and improvement projects.  Rafe earned his degree in Diesel Hydraulics from Northern Maine Community College. Rafe grew up coming to Sentinel as a camper and has been at camp every summer since 1997. In the community, Rafe serves on the Tuftonboro Fire/Rescue  Department as a Firefighter/AEMT. Rafe lives on the grounds year-round with his wife Anne Longver who also grew up coming to Sentinel. His favorite activity at camp is playing disc golf.

Brandon Woody,

Guest Services Director

Brandon serves as the Guest Services Director. He is responsible for hosting group retreats and oversees food services for 3000 guests each year and over 700 campers in the summer.  Brandon began as a camper in 2005 and joined the summer staff team in 2011. During his time at camp, he served as a Maintenance coordinator, counselor, lifeguard, Boys Unit Leader, and Ministry Intern. While serving as the Ministry Intern Brandon completed his degree in Business Administration through Southern New Hampshire University. He joined the full-time team in fall of 2017. He also serves on Tuftonboro's Parks and Rec Committee, and at the Kingswood Youth Center as a program facilitator. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Brandon enjoys hiking, kayaking, and woodworking.

Sarah Zeller,

Alumni Director

Sarah serves as the Director of Alumni Relations and Development. She maintains and nurtures relationships with Sentinel alumni, keeping them connected with the happenings at Sentinel and beyond. Sarah began as a camper in 1996, participated in the LIT program, and joined the staff in 2003. During her five years on staff, she served as a counselor, Resource Director, and Program Director. She met her husband, Robby, at camp when they were LITs. They worked on staff together for five summers and they got married in the Wigwam in 2009. They have both served on Sentinel’s Site Committee since 2008. After graduating from Gordon College with a BA in Youth Ministries, Sarah served as a Camp Director at other summer programs for ten years. She is now completing her Master's degree in Elementary Education to become a teacher. Robby and Sarah live in Goffstown, NH and have two children, Gabrielle and Anthony - both future Sentinel campers! Sarah loves playing volleyball, hosting game nights, and hearing and sharing stories - especially when they are about camp!

HISTORY OF SENTINEL

The Sentinel Story

     Beginning in 1949, Camp Sentinel was owned and operated by the American Baptist Churches of  Vermont and New Hampshire. The challenging decision was made to establish the independent nonprofit organization “Sentinel Ministries” that, while still supported by the ABCVNH region churches, would operate as its own entity.  A new Board of Directors was chosen to help guide Sentinel Ministries into the future while staying true to core values and traditions.

 

     In 2005, the Board of Directors appointed Rev. Kevin Van Brunt as the executive director whose job is to oversee the development of Camp Sentinel.  Through God’s grace, the efforts of Sentinel’s staff and volunteers Sentinel Ministries has seen tremendous growth and impact in the region.  Camper enrollment has steadily grown from 200 campers in 2005 to over 700 campers going into our 70th season.  Year-round group service has increased from 147 guests in 2005 to over 2500+ guests served each year.

 

     The purpose of Camp Sentinel is to continue to provide a safe and welcoming environment for relationship building with God and others.  The mission continues to be accomplished on a daily basis because of the support from individuals, churches and other local organizations. Camp Sentinel has a rich history full of tradition and great memories and it strives to continue to create memories and life-changing experiences for each guest who visit the campus. 

     Those of you who enjoy history and the story of civilization know that each generation lays the foundation for future buildings in generations to come. This is true of Camp Sentinel's history. We begin our story as we tell it to the campers.

 

     Eons and eons ago when God was creating his world, He caused a volcano to erupt, and from that upheaval, the Ossipee Mountain Range was born, and nestled in the base of Mount Shaw was a beautiful little lake we call Dan Hole Pond.

 

     The first inhabitants, once the earth had healed, were Indians. Their impact on the land was in accord with their oneness in spirit with nature and their respect for the creativeness of the Great Spirit. Their respect for all the works of His hands made them excellent environmentalists. They used only that which was needed to provide for food and shelter and considered the animals as brothers.

 

     In 1760-1770 events occurred to change the pattern of life for the Indians. The white man began to enter his territory. History tells us that two Grant brothers, tiring of their lives as sailors, came to the place we call Sentinel. One brother chose to build on what we call now the main campus of Sentinel. The other brother went through the valley to the other side of the lake and built his home there. In both areas, cemeteries bearing the names of parents and children mark their time on the land. One of the cemeteries is in the middle of the girls unit, and the other is over in McDuffie's field. During their lifetime they cleared forests to create fields for grazing of cattle. Stone walls remain to mark their endeavors at farming. It had to be a hard life, for rocks grow faster here than any known crop.

 

     Following the Grant family, there were others...unknown by name...who tried their luck at farming. One venturesome individual decided to raise turkeys but lost all of his flock in the bitter cold of winter.

     History took a new slant in the early 1900s. A Judge Brackett from Massachusetts purchased the land to use for a summer vacation spot. He called it Brachett's Claim. He lived at first in the old farmhouse while he was building the Lodge. A summer thunderstorm set the farmhouse and the attached barn on fire, so he moved into the lodge, adding on to make it sufficient for his needs. He also built the building in the field, which we call the Hobby House.

     He used it for a theater and imported actors from New York and Massachusetts to put on plays for the entertainment of his guests. He hired gardeners, and laid out garden fountains, making quite a showplace of the old farm. It is interesting to note that although all his use of the land was only for his pleasure, God was working through him and his wealth to lay the foundations for camp which was to come; already two main buildings were built, a road to the Lodge was opened, and a water system pumped water from the lake. In 1930 Mr. Brackett died and his property was auctioned off.

 

     The next owner was Alfred Avery. His purpose for buying the property was to open it in the summer for children from the Home for Little Wanderers so that they could have an experience of sharing country living.  For many years he kept this project going. Then he decided that the youngsters would profit from a farm experience. So Sentinel Lodge...Mr. Avery's name for the camp...was not being used during the summer.

 

     But the finger of God was pointing to a group of New Hampshire Baptists who in 1948 had asked Myrtle Auch to be their Christian Education Director. They gave her the task of finding a camp for our young people. Word got to them that Sentinel was available and in time the committee came to Sentinel and fell in love with its beauty and its possibilities. They met Mr. Avery and were given permission to use the land free of charge for summer camp. The lodge had a kitchen, a large dining room, and a large meeting room, which provided space for the first few years. The fishbowl served as the girls sleeping quarters divided into two sections by curtains.

 

      The Hobby House moved from being a theater to being a craft shop and an indoor recreation hall for rainy days. The first summer of camping in 1949 Myrtle Auch had a budget of $600 for operating funds. She ended the season with $3 in the black.

 

     The fundamental emphasis in our reason for being is to introduce children to the worlds of God's creation, to encourage them to live together in Christian fellowship, to share in Bible learning and worship experiences, and to lay the foundations for a firm Christian faith.

 

     Since the beginning of the Baptist witness through Sentinel Baptist Camp, under the able leadership of Myrtle Auch, and until this day over 25,000 young people have experienced the outdoors adventure and the love of Christ. New buildings have been built, new programs tried, but our reason for being here remains the same.

 
 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Holy
 
Scriptures
The
 
Godhead
The Person and Work of Christ
The Universality of Mankind's Sin
Ordinances
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Salvation
The
 
Church
The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ
The Resurrection of the Dead
Missions
Stewardship

EMPLOYMENT

Since 1949, individuals dedicated to serving God have provided the backbone for this camping ministry to flourish. Staff and volunteers act as the vehicle to bring individuals, families, and groups closer to Christ.

Summer staff applications are welcomed for the upcoming summer camp season!

“Often people ask me, how could you "give up" your summer to work at camp for 9 weeks, and I suppose that could be a valid question. I guess it's because camp is my home away from home, where my second family is. I get to spend my summer not only with amazing people but in a bubble that protects against all the world throws at me. I wake up to constant love, fun, and smiles and most importantly my summer is devoted to helping kids find their relationship with Christ. Life outside camp is just so boring in comparison.  Simply put I would miss it”   – Claire, staff member   

 
 

Support

Administrative Assistant


Under the coaching of the Executive Director, the Administrate Assistant is responsible to provide a wide-range of administrative, and executive-level support and other related tasks assigned by the Executive Director. This position is responsible for providing a wide-range of comprehensive administrative, clerical and customer service support; required to interact with guests in a fast-paced environment, often under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism. Expert-level written and verbal communication skills, strong time management, attention to detail, and organizational skills are crucial to this position. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities. Age Requirement: 18 years of age




Camper Relations Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Administrate Assistant, the Camper Relations Coordinator serves as an aid to the Administrate Assistant by helping in the daily operation of the camp office. Specific daily responsibilities include: Distribution and collection of staff and camper mail/email, operation of the camp store, answering the office phone and distributing messages, maintaining the camp office and camp registrations, assisting with weekly slide shows, and being available to the campers. Applicant must be current in basic computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word). This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities. Age Requirement: 18 years of age




Wellness Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Ministry Operations Director, the Wellness Coordinator oversees the health and wellbeing of the campers and staff members. The Wellness Coordinator must be a current New Hampshire certified RN, LPN, ARNP, Physician, or Physician Assistant. Specific daily responsibilities include: collection and distribution of medications, maintaining daily records of treatments, collection and organization of staff and camper medical forms and medicines during registration and the return of excess medications during check-out. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 21 years of age




Support Staff


Under the coaching of the Program Coordinator, Support Staff are responsible for assisting the Program Coordinator in the execution of the summer program in the highest quality possible. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Running the hospitality booth during check in, assisting with day camp check in and check out when needed, capturing high quality photos each week, and the creation of the weekly photo slideshow. Applicant must be a self-starter with excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 16 years of age





Program

Program Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Ministry Operations Director, the Program Coordinator oversees and manages all the summer programs including, but not limited to, youth, adult and family camps (Boys and Girls Overnight, Day Camp, Developmental Special Needs Camp, Teen Camps, Leadership Camps, Little Adventures, Senior Ventures, Home school family, etc.) at Camp Sentinel. The Program Coordinator will ensure the summer camp programs are executed to the highest quality possible in accordance with the policies and procedures of Sentinel Ministries. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the training and coaching of the Unit Leaders, Head Counselors, Program Staff, and Program Support who serve at Camp Sentinel. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities. Age Requirement: 21 years of age




Recreation Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Ministry Operation Director, the Recreation Coordinator oversees the waterfront area, challenge course activities, and all other camp recreation to ensure all areas are a safe enjoyment for the campers. The Recreation Coordinator must be currently certified in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Daily responsibilities include: oversee swim lessons, free swim, boating, and other water electives, maintain water safety standards at all times, secure boats and related equipment, checking regularly to see that they are in safe operating condition, and that they are ready for immediate use in case of emergencies, train and work with camp staff to ensure safety protocols are followed at all camp activity area locations, be available to fill in as needed to lead games, ropes course activities and Bible studies. This individual must demonstrate a servants heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities. Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred




Teen Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Ministry Operations Director and Program Coordinator, the Teen Coordinator oversees and manages Sentinels leadership and teen programs including, but not limited to, boys and girls Teen Camps, LEADERS, Aspire, and Sentinels Mentors internship program. The Teen Coordinator is responsible for the creation and scheduling of day to day activities for the programs listed above. The Teen Coordinator will work alongside Sentinels Teen Program staff to ensure these programs are executed to the highest quality possible in accordance with the policies and procedures of Sentinel Ministries. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred




Head Counselor


Under the coaching of the Program Coordinator, the Head Counselor is responsible for the direct training and coaching of the program staff. Specific responsibilities include: Support of the program staff in prospective unit, supervise time in cabin units, inspect cabins and bathhouse daily, perform nightly rounds to ensure lights out at appropriate time, serve as program staff in a cabin, be available to program staff for consultation and support, and be responsible for the welfare of each child entrusted to the camp. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 18 years of age




Program Staff


Under the coaching of the Unit Leader, the Program staff is responsible for the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing of the campers from arrival to departure. Specific daily responsibilities: be available to campers to assist in the adjustment to camp life and programs, supervise a cabin of campers, monitor camper's eating habits, serve as a leader in the overall camp program, lead Bible study, run camp activities, enforce camp safety rules, instruct campers in emergency procedures. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 17 years of age




Swing Staff


Under the coaching of the Unit Leaders, Assistant Cook, Housekeeping Crew Leader, and/or Maintenance Crew Leader, the swing staff will work in various areas of camp as needed. This job could vary between kitchen, program, Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Program Support. This individual will serve at the assigned job for the duration of the week and help out with all basic functions of the specific job. Specific daily responsibilities will vary week to week based upon job assignment. Reference: Program Staff, Kitchen Crew, Housekeeping Crew, Maintenance Crew, and Program Support. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 15 years of age, 16 years preferred





Food Service

Food Service Coordinator


Under the coaching of the Guest Services Director, the Food Service Coordinator is responsible for hospitality and food service during the summer. The Food Service Coordinator oversees food service preparation and kitchen/dining hall cleanliness. Specific daily responsibilities include: developing menus to meet the special needs of our guests, maintaining the budget requirements in the ordering of food, supervision and training of the kitchen staff. The Completion of an accredited Culinary Training Program is preferred. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred




Assistant Cook


Under the coaching of the Food Service Coordinator, the Assistant Cook is responsible for hospitality and food service during the summer. The Assistant Cook helps with menu creation, food service preparation, and kitchen/dining hall cleanliness. Specific daily responsibilities include: Overseeing the Kitchen crew to ensure all protocols are followed during the preparations of meats, vegetables, salads and other foods. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred




"K" Crew


Under the coaching of the Food Service Coordinator and Assistant Cook, the Kitchen Crew prepares, serves and cleans up meals served to guests. Specific daily responsibilities include: food preparation, food service, kitchen and dining hall clean up, and washing dishes. All in accordance with NH state health code procedures and regulations. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 15 years of age, 16 years preferred





Buildings and Grounds

Facilities Coordinator


The primary functions of the facilities coordinator are to supervise the maintenance and housekeeping crew leaders, and run the day to day facility operations. Another function of the facilities coordinator is to ensure that the facility is always clean, safe and welcoming. The facilities coordinator will also be responsible for performing frequent inspections of the campus, and the training of the maintenance and housekeeping crews. When the facilities coordinator is not performing the administrative portion of the job, they will be working alongside the maintenance crew providing a wide variety of services as needed and/or assigned. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 18 years of age, 21 preferred




Maintenance Crew Leader


Under the coaching of the Facilities Coordinator, the primary function of the maintenance crew leader is to supervise the maintenance crew. Working with the maintenance coordinator, the leader is also responsible for ensuring that the facility is always clean, safe and welcoming. The maintenance crew leader will also be working alongside the crew to provide maintenance services as needed and/or assigned and assisting in a wide variety of maintenance activities. These activities include but are not limited to; addressing immediate operational and/or safety concerns; assisting skilled trades; performing preventative maintenance tasks; operational maintenance; and assisting housekeeping as needed. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 16 years of age




Housekeeping Crew Leader


Under the coaching of the Facilities Coordinator, the primary function of the housekeeping crew leader is to supervise the housekeeping crew. Other functions are to perform constant sanitary inspections of the facility and the training of the crew. The crew leader will also be working side by side the crew cleaning; bathrooms, bath houses, guest rooms, cabins, meeting spaces, common areas and grounds. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 16 years of age




Maintenance Crew


Under the coaching of the Maintenance Crew Leader, the primary functions of the maintenance crew are to provide maintenance services as needed and/or assigned; assisting in a wide variety of maintenance activities; addressing immediate operational and/or safety concerns; assisting skilled trades; performs preventative maintenance tasks; operational maintenance; and assisting housekeeping as needed. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 16 years of age




Housekeeping Crew


Under the coaching of the Housekeeping Crew Leader, the primary function of the housekeeping crew is to maintain the sanitation of the entire facility. This includes but is not limited to general and project cleaning of; bathrooms, bath houses, guest rooms, cabins, meeting spaces, common areas and grounds. This individual must demonstrate a servant heart and Christ-like attitude. Applicant must support and participate in staff spiritual life activities.
Age Requirement: 15 years of age





Staff Positions by Department

Get Plugged in! Since 1949 Sentinel has welcomed volunteers to the grounds to help support the mission of Christian camping. We welcome church groups or individuals. Sentinel needs your help with buildings and grounds, summer program, and hospitality/group services.

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

At Sentinel we consider Alumni to be anyone with a connection to camp. Past campers, parents, grandparents, and supporters all make up the Sentinel Alumni Association. There are thousands of alumni scattered across the world. We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey to help us better connect with you.

 

DIRECTIONS

Driving to Sentinel

Via Seacoast

Off Route 16 onto Route 171 for about 8 miles to Camp Sentinel sign, turn right on Cannan Road. Turn right at the top of the hill into the camp.

Via Wolfeboro

Bear left off Route 28 onto Route 109A to Tuftonboro School (8 miles), then right on Ledgehill Road for 3 miles to Route 171. Turn left on Route 171 for 1/4 mile. Look for the Camp Sentinel sign and turn right on Cannan Road. Turn right at the top of the hill into the camp.

Via I-93

Travel towards Meredith. Go East on Route 104 to Route 3. Left on Route 3 to stop lights in Meredith Center. Right on Route 25 to Route 109. Right on Route 109 to Route 171 (Left at fork). After 6-7 miles look for the Camp Sentinel sign, turn left on Cannan Road. Turn right at the top of the hill into the camp.

 

CONTACT US

29 Sentinel Lodge Rd

Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816

(603) 539-4839

info@campsentinel.org

Office Hours

  • Monday: Closed

  • Tue - Sat: 9am - 6pm

  • Sunday: noon - 6pm

 

 

 

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