Birchwood Camp is a welcoming camp community and a ministry of the United Methodist Church in Alaska. We practice kindness, acceptance, respect, cooperation, outdoor learning & play. Our camps & retreats provide safe spaces for spiritual formation, genuine community, and character development.
Birchwood Camp is a member of the American Camp Association and has achieved accreditation status, by completing a voluntary peer review process of standards applicable to our program. We hope you will join us soon at a Birchwood Camp retreat or camp program!
Young Adult Retreat: October 24 – 25
UPDATE (10/12/14): Registration for this retreat has been very low this year. Because of this, our planning team has decided to cancel this year’s Young Adult Retreat. We plan to reschedule a similar event for young adults in the future. If you’ve already registered for the event, our staff will be in touch soon to arrange your full refund.
Save the date! All young adults in their 20s & 30s are invited to Birchwood Camp on October 24-25 for a retreat. We will begin with registration and dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm and conclude in the evening on Saturday at about 8:30 pm. The retreat is designed to be a good mix of downtime to relax and scheduled activities with fun stuff to do together. There will be pumpkin carving, bonfires, worship, discussions, great food, hot chocolate, a scavenger hunt, hiking and more.
We’re excited to welcome our new superintendent, Carlo A. Rapanut, to facilitate our worship & discussion on Saturday morning & evening! He’ll work with us on themes in the book, “You Lost Me.” It’s a look at why many young adults don’t connect with the church and where we go from here.
This year, we’re offering a Saturday only option. Come out just for the day on Saturday if you’d prefer not to spend the night. Childcare is provided during the worship & discussion portions.
YAR 2014 Registration Fees:
Overnight per person: Adults = $50, Children under 16 = $30, Child under 3 = Free
Winter Youth Break-Away (WYBA): December 27 – 30
An awesome winter camp for students in grades 6-12. Enjoy four days full of sledding, friends, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, delicious food, broom ball, worship, games, snow shelter building, crafts, a sweat-prayer experience in our sweat lodge, ice skating, and much more! Campers will have the opportunity to build community, make new friends, try new winter activities, experience different and unique worship styles and have some fun during winter break!
As with our summer camps, WYBA campers will sleep in cabins with others of their own gender and age-level. Campers will spend part of the retreat in mixed-gender small “family” groups that are organized by middle school and high school; the groups will join together for our large group activities, worship and meals. As usual, our awesome camp staff and adult volunteers will be present and engaged with the campers to ensure a wonderful and safe winter camp experience.
Check-in will be held in the Main Lodge at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 27. Parent pick up will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.
WYBA Registration Fee: $160. The registration fee covers nine delicious meals, plenty of snacks, lodging in the cozy (heated!) cabins and all the program & activities.
Online registration will be available here starting November 1, 2014.
2015 Summer Camps
Online registration will open for 2015 Camps on March 1, 2015. More information and rates will be posted here soon.