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 follow health, safety and program standards to ensure that your camper has a positive, safe experience at Birchwood Camp.
Winter Youth Break-Away (WYBA)
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for winter camp on December 27-30, 2015. Campers will 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 their 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 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27. Parent pick up will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30.
WYBA Registration Fee: $175
The registration fee covers nine delicious meals, plenty of snacks, lodging in the cozy (heated!) cabins and all the program & activities. Register before November 20 to take advantage of payment plans. Register by December 17 to avoid a $20 late fee. Some partial scholarships are available; contact our office for more information or complete the scholarship application.
2016 Summer Camps
Mark your calendar for Summer 2016 camps at Birchwood!
June 6-10: Faith Adventure Camp (grades 3-6)
June 13-19: Music and Drama (MAD) Camp (grades 5-10)
June 22-24: God Seekers Camp (grades 1-4)
June 27-July 1: Youth Camp (grades 7-12)
August 5-7: Summer Family Camp (all ages)
Grades listed above are for Fall 2016. We are still working on setting the dates for our Canoe Camps; we’ll be publishing those dates soon. Online registration for 2016 summer camps will be available here starting February 1, 2016.
Want to know more about our summer camp programs? We are working on details for next summer, but you can check out what we usually offer by downloading our 2015 Summer Camp Brochure.
Click on the following links for more information:
Camp Fee Details:
A variety of payment plans are available so you can spread out your fee payments over several months. A $20 late fee applies to registrations received within 10 days of the session start. Our cancellation policy: All camp registrations require a $25 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations within 10 days of the session start date will receive 50% back. Cancellations within 72 hours of the start of a camp session will receive no refund.
A Note About Fees:
Did you know that your camper’s experience is possible through the generosity of supporters committed to camping ministries? Registration fees are significantly less than the actual cost of providing a faith-building camp for your child. We keep our fees low and offer generous scholarships so no camper misses out on the chance to come to Birchwood Camp. We invite you to prayerfully consider making a donation to help us continue offering low fees and scholarships for campers.