Our Mission & Philosophy
Glen Brook’s mission is to nurture a sense of personal responsibility for the world around us – our personal living spaces, our towns and cities, and the natural environment as a whole. At the core of all our activities is a belief in the inherent need in the human spirit to connect with one another and the natural world through work and play, to work creatively for both artistic pleasure and to solve problems of social importance, and to project a sense of compassion and responsibility toward all living things.
Glen Brook’s diverse programs encourage this mission in numerous ways:
- Through arts and music
- Through outdoor adventure and exploration
- Through the daily care of a small farm in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire
Our programs strive for the care of our resources in ways both large and small: the health of our forests, fields, and waters is as important as the orderliness of our broom closets; the respect we afford one another is as vital as the wholesomeness of the food we eat. In all that we do, we aim to leave the world a little better than the way we found it.
We take inspiration from Waldorf education, which nourishes the development of a balanced, well-rounded person through the active engagement of head, heart and hands. We stress the arts because they encourage creativity. We share stories because they feed the imagination. We teach in ways that encourage thinking and curiosity about the world. We take campers into the outdoors to make them joyful, comfortable, and knowledgeable about nature and our planet. We have crafts and woodworking, canoeing and swimming, camping, and hiking because they engage the will.
These activities, led by enthusiastic and experienced staff, make Glen Brook the ideal atmosphere for nourishing children to become responsible and engaged citizens of this increasingly complex world. Our philosophy acknowledges an underlying spiritual foundation of the world and we accept that each of us has a spiritual core to be recognized and nurtured. We begin each meal with words of thanksgiving and we gather weekly for a time of music, poetry, reflection, quiet, and thanksgiving. Camp Glen Brook is non-sectarian and all are welcome.