birchwoodcamp_med_largeBirchwood Camp’s mission is to build community on common ground. We strive to offer hospitality to all, and we open our doors to groups both religious and secular. Guests are invited to retreat to a place of tranquility, a place apart from the everyday world to experience renewal and inspiration.

About Birchwood Camp

Birchwood Camp is a year-round camp and retreat center in Chugiak, nestled between the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet just 30 minutes north of Anchorage. The camp, which has been in operation since 1961, is owned by the Alaska United Methodist Conference and operated by an independent Board of Directors. Birchwood Camp serves over 6000 guests and campers each year, including a large variety of religious, secular, educational and non-profit organizations, in addition to our faith-based camps.

Guests and campers enjoy scenic views, beautiful Psalm lake, idyllic log cabins, multi-purpose meeting spaces,  hiking trails & outdoor spaces, opportunities for outdoor recreation, education, & team building, and much more on the 160 acre property. The serene setting invites guests to take a break, to let go of the stress and chaos of everyday life and retreat to a place of peace, tranquility, personal growth, and learning.

We offer rental and program opportunities for community groups, schools, churches, businesses, and private events. We have facilities available for rental for groups up to 100 people and we are open year-round. We also offer team building opportunities on our low-ropes challenge course.  Click here to learn more about holding your next event at Birchwood Camp.

Save the Date! Birchwood Jamboree

It’s been a beautiful (if a little rainy) summer this year in Alaska and what better way to celebrate the end than by coming out to Birchwood Camp!  We invite you all to come out to camp and join us for the Birchwood Jamboree, August 13th, and help us celebrate the end of another summer camping season.

Go for a jaunt around camp on the 1mi Fun Run or 5k running course, take a boat or Stand Up Paddle Board out on Psalm Lake, check out the new Archery Range, or head out to the Challenge Course. Then, top it all off with a camp cookout – complete with s’mores ($25/person registration for activity + dinner, $100 family cap). Not ready to go home yet? Then stay and check out the silent and live auctions for the chance to bid on some amazing and unique items!

Just want to go on the lake and eat a s’more? That’s fine! Not really into camp activities and just want to check out the auction? That’s fine too! We’d love to see everyone there, no matter how long or short your visit is.

Please RSVP to the camp office (907-688-2734) so we know how many marshmallows we need! Questions? Please call Liz Ashlock (907-748-2565). Already know you won’t be available on the 13th, but want to donate? Check out the “Donate” function on the home page of Birchwood Camp’s website.

Hope to see you August 13th at the Birchwood Camp Jamboree!


2017 Summer Camps

 2017 birchwood camp brochure (half pg 1)Faith Adventure Camp: June 5-9

Music and Drama Camp: June 12-18

**New** Woodlanders Camp: June 20-23 (Full)

God Seekers Camp: June 21-23

Youth Camp: June 26-30

Junior Canoe Camp: July 10-14 (full)

Adventure Canoe Camp: July 18-24

Click the photo to Download the 2017 Summer Camps Brochure

For more information about our Summer Camps, please go to our camps page.

2017 Family Camps

Spring: May 12-14 (canceled)

Summer: July 7-9

Fall: September 15-17

Winter: December 29-31


For more information about our camps, please go to our camps page.


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