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 provide safe spaces for spiritual formation, genuine community, and character development.
Campers live in cozy log cabins with bunk beds and mattresses and share a centralized bathroom/shower house. Each camper belongs to a cabin group, made up of at least 2 adult counselors and up to 10 campers. Campers also spend part of their time in small “family groups” of mixed gender. Our camp activities—worship, swimming, singing, crafts, boating, games, skits, Bible study, hiking, campfires, and more—are designed for experiential learning and building intentional community. Through these experiences campers will develop character, make new friends, deepen their faith, and gain an appreciation for God’s world.
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 program!
2014 Birchwood Camp Sessions
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Youth Camp: June 2-6
For campers entering grades 7-12 and 2014 high school grads
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.
God Seekers Camp: June 11-13
For campers entering grades 1-3
This is a great camp for younger elementary age children & 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!
Faith Adventure Camp: June 16-20
For campers entering grades 4-6
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.
Music and Drama Camp: June 23-29
For campers entering grades 5-10
MAD (Music and Drama) 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.
Canoe Camp: July 28-August 3
For campers entering grades 9-12 and 2014 high school grads
Note: This camp is FULL for 2014. Register to add your name to the wait list.
During this exciting high-adventure camp, campers will spend a day at Birchwood Camp honing and practicing wilderness camping skills and canoe rescue techniques. The group will then head down to the Kenai Peninsula to traverse the Swan Lake Canoe Trail system. The group will spend four to five nights camping in the wilderness after canoeing and portaging during the day. Campers will be guided by several experienced canoe enthusiasts and a wilderness first responder trained staff—what better environment to practice outdoor skills and enjoy the beautiful setting that Alaska offers. This camp session is limited to 10 campers because of requirements of our permit with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Summer Family Camp: August 8-10
For families of all shapes and sizes
A new camp offering this summer, the details are still coming together for this camp. This will be a weekend for families of all shapes and sizes (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, grown up kids, whatever!) to spend quality time together while making great memories. Participants will enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting, delicious meals, organized camp activities, and free time with their family. Online registration is not yet available for this camp; More details are coming soon. If you are interested in participating, contact or camp director (email@example.com) and we’ll put you on our roster.