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.
2017 Summer Camps
Summer Camp registration is now OPEN!
Be sure to read the camp details and descriptions about each session (see below) before registering. Register before March 1 and receive a $10 discount plus access to a wide variety of payment plan options. Details & cancellation policies are at the bottom of this page.
Faith Adventure Camp: June 5-9
For campers entering grades 3-6; Camp Fee: $285
Faith Adventure Camp is geared towards older elementary age kids who are ready to spend a whole week at camp. This adventurous week is spent making friends and learning about living in community. Faith Adventurers experience a lot of recreation activities: swimming, boating, crazy Olympics, as well as many other fun activities: crafts, service projects, skits, etc. Campers learn to work together in their small family groups and to develop a caring community with other kids. In all these adventures, campers are encouraged to explore their faith and to see God in the beautiful nature they experience.
Check-in: 9:00 am Monday, Check-out: 5:00 pm Friday
Music and Drama Camp: June 12-18
For campers entering grades 5-10; Camp Fee: $385 (Includes a camp tee-shirt, a Birchwood Camp water bottle to be used throughout the week in rehearsals, as well as transportation to musical performances)
Music and Drama (MAD) Camp is our longest resident camp, lasting seven days. During their time at Birchwood, campers audition for, learn, practice and choreograph a prepared musical. Many campers return to this camp year after year because they get the feeling of working towards and accomplishing a shared goal. The campers put on two performances at the end of the week for family, friends and the community. In between rehearsals, MAD campers still find time for all the great camp activities such as worship, swimming, boating, crafts, games, team building, and time around the campfire. Prior acting or musical experience is not required.
Check-in: 11:00 am Monday, Check-out: After the final MAD Camp performance on Sunday evening (approximately 7:30 pm).
**NEW** Woodlanders Camp: June 20-23
For campers entering grades 4-8; Camp Fee: $235
The focus of Woodlander camp is building wilderness camping skills. With an emphasis on nature and the environment, this camp is also just a lot of good adventurous fun! Woodlander campers are ready for a more challenging on-site camp experience. Woodlanders will participate in a variety of traditional Christian camp activities where our qualified staff lead the campers through the ropes course, canoeing, swimming, archery, Bible study, and campfire programs. New this year Woodlander campers spend the week at our wilderness site, “Loon Village” a short walk or canoe away from the main camp. They will learn fire preparation, starting and cooking skills, as well as camp set-up while sleeping in tents with their fellow campers. Shelter building, orienteering, paddling and exploring the lake by canoe are common activities for the Woodlander campers. Bible studies in nature allows these campers to discover God in his creation at Birchwood. Woodlander campers will enjoy nightly campfires and days outside discovering the natural environment. They will visit the main camp for low ropes course, camp-wide games and closing worship. The small size of this camp allows for a strong community building experience and provides everyone the opportunity to use their newly acquired outdoor living skills. Woodlander camp is a unique experience where you learn new skills, make new friends, and explore new places. This camp has limited space: only 12 camper spaces available—register early!
Check-in: 9:00 am Tuesday, Check-out: 5:00 pm Friday
God Seekers Camp: June 21-23
For campers entering grades 1-4; Camp Fee: $175
This is a great camp for younger elementary age children and first time campers. The three days are packed with fun games, music, worship experiences, large & small group activities, nature exploration and more. Children are given the opportunity to grow and thrive through these new experiences, all in a safe & fun environment. This camp is designed for young campers who may not be used to being away from home; by the last day campers are always asking to stay longer!
Check-in: 9:00 am Wednesday, Check-out: 5:00 pm Friday
Youth Camp: June 26-30
For campers entering grades 7-12; Camp Fee: $285
Teens from across Alaska will enjoy a week of fun, worship and community building with their peers! Campers experience exciting group building activities on our community challenge course, meaningful worship experiences, and learn about servant leadership through participating in projects around camp. We’re adding some special activities this year, such as a sweat at our traditional sweat lodge and outdoor education opportunities, as well as some other surprises. As always, campers can look forward to swimming, boating, campfires, crazy relay Olympics, great games, developing new and lasting friendships and much more. Campers spend the majority of their time in small groups and cabin groups with campers their age (middle school or high school) but share worship, meals and large group activities with the whole group.
Check-in: 9:00 am Monday, Check-out: 5:00 pm Friday
Junior Canoe Camp: July 10-14
For campers entering grades 6-8; Camp Fee: $235 (Fee covers your food, most of the canoe and camping gear, and transportation to and from the Nancy Lake Canoe Trails)
This canoe camp is designed for younger, less experienced canoers. The first day of Junior Canoe Camp is spent at Birchwood Camp, where campers sharpen their canoe skills, check for correct backcountry gear and practice setting up camp. The next three nights are spent away from camp, camping and canoeing the Nancy Lake Canoe Trails near Willow. Campers gain experience in outdoor living skills, wilderness smarts and survival, and develop deep friendships as they enjoy Alaska’s backcountry. Campers are guided by several experienced canoeists and a wilderness first aid trained staff. Prior canoe experience is not necessary but basic physical fitness is required. In order to stay safe in the back country, Birchwood Camp provides some of the wilderness & camping gear, and other required gear is provided by the camper; click here for the required Gear List and be sure to contact us if you have questions or concerns. This camp has limited space: only 10 camper spaces available—register early!
Check-in: 9:00 am Monday, Check-out: 5:00 pm Friday
Adventure Canoe Camp: July 18-24
For campers entering grades 9-12; Camp Fee: $340 (Fee covers your food, most of the canoe and camping gear, and transportation to and from the Kenai Peninsula)
The first day of Adventure Canoe Camp is spent at Birchwood Camp, where campers sharpen their canoe skills, check for correct backcountry gear and practice setting up camp. The next five nights are spent away from camp, camping and canoeing the Swan Lake Trail system on the Kenai Peninsula. Campers gain experience in outdoor living skills, wilderness smarts and survival, and develop deep friendships as they enjoy Alaska’s backcountry. Campers are guided by several experienced canoeists and a wilderness first aid trained staff. Prior canoe experience is not necessary but basic physical fitness is required. In order to stay safe in the back country, Birchwood Camp provides some of the wilderness & camping gear, and other required gear is provided by the camper; click here for the Adventure Canoe Camp Required Gear Checklist and be sure to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
This is a perfect opportunity for campers to improve their outdoor skills and enjoy the beautiful setting that Alaska offers. This camp has limited space: only 10 camper spaces available—register early!
Check-in: 9:00 am Tuesday, Check-out: 8:00 pm Monday
Camp Fee Details:
Register online before March 1 and receive a $10 discount per registration. 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 2 weeks of the session start. All campers must have a current health history form on file at least 10 days before their camp session or an additional late fee may apply.
Our cancellation policy: All camp registrations require a $25 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations before April 1 will receive a full refund except for the $25 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations 2 weeks before the session start will receive 50% refund. Cancellations within 2 weeks 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.
Camp Fee: $100 per adult, $60 per child, free under age 4
Our Family Camps are designed for families of all shapes and sizes (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, grown up kids, etc) to spend quality family time together while making great memories at camp! Participants will enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting, fellowship with other families, delicious meals & snacks (dinner Friday through Lunch Sunday provided), organized camp activities, and free time with their families.
Spring Family Camp: may 12-14
Summer family camp: july 7-9
fall family camp: September 15-17
winter family camp: december 29-31
Check-in: 5:00 pm Friday, Check-out: 3:00 pm Sunday
Women’s Psalm Retreat
Registration Fee: $75 (Friday-Saturday) or $50 (Saturday only)
In this fast paced world of family responsibilities, career demands and social media, take a break to relax, slow, and grow at the Women’s Psalm Retreat at Psalm Lake on Birchwood Camp. We will be digging deeper into Psalms along the shores of Psalm Lake; the perfect place for God to speak peace and joy into our crazy busy lives! Starting on Friday, April 28th at 7pm with welcoming and a restful evening; followed by Saturday, April 29th sunrise beside Psalm Lake praise, worship, meditation, prayer walk and much more! Leave around 8pm refreshed and renewed.
You have an option to come for overnight, Friday-Saturday or Saturday only.