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Men’s Silent Retreat

2017 Men’s Silent Retreat

We are excited to invite you to our first

Men’s Silent Retreat at

Beautiful Birchwood Camp

Friday, September 8, 7:30pm- 

Saturday, September 9, 9pm.

$75 per person includes meals, lodging, programming


(Men 18+ years, Bring a Bible, Journal, Pen, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Towel, Personal Care Items)


Jesus modeled for us the importance of retreating in order to be alone with the Father. The Psalms give us examples of prayers offered while men were alone, seeking the face of God.

A silent retreat is an extended time in which an individual seeks to be alone with the Lord to listen and be transformed by His Word and Spirit. At a specific place for a specific amount of time, a person retreats (stops) from their everyday routine and relationships to meditate (listen) on God’s Holy Word and then do what His Word says (follow). The purpose of a silent retreat is to STOP! LISTEN! FOLLOW!

The goal for each participant is to open the Word of God and listen. A Bible and journal are all that is needed to bring. Good things, even music, books, instruments, computers, and cell phones can also keep us from hearing the voice of God through His Word and Spirit. Each person on a retreat is going to pray and meditate and listen for God’s agenda, not his own. As the Lord leads, we are confident that He will make Himself known in a way that will have a profound impact on each participant.

“From all that I said about our worried, overfilled lives, it is clear that we are usually surrounded by so much noise that it is hard to truly hear our God when He is speaking to us. We have often become deaf, unable to know when God calls us and unable to understand in which direction He calls us… A spiritual life requires discipline, because we need to learn to listen to God, who constantly speaks but whom we seldom hear. When, however, we learn to listen, our lives become obedient lives.”
— From Making All Things New, Henri Nouwen

  • Friday evening — Travel to Birchwood Camp; 7:30pm Registration; 8pm Introductions, Orientation, and Instruction
  • Friday evening 9:30pm – Saturday 6pm — Complete silence, including at all meals.
  • Saturday evening — Break the silence at a feast and celebrate what the Lord is doing!


Birchwood Camp 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 link on the home page of Birchwood Camp’s website.

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

Birchwood Volunteer Club

We are looking for volunteers to join the newly established Birchwood Volunteer Club. The Volunteer Club will meet on the first Sunday afternoon of each month (with some exceptions for holidays or summer camps) to work on various maintenance & grounds projects around camp. Volunteer Club members don’t need to be available every month but can attend when their schedule allows. Once you “join the club” we’ll send you details and a reminder about the monthly work day.

We are looking for people with the following skills:

  • General construction/repair skills
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Chainsaw & log-splitting

Upcoming Volunteer Club Workdays 

  • June 4
  • July 2

If you want to join the Birchwood Volunteer Club, contact Tommy, our Property Specialist: 907-688-2734 or


May 11: Birchwood Camp Open House

You are invited to join us for this awesome, family friendly event on Saturday, May 11, 2013! Those who would like to get some exercise & see a different view of our camp grounds can join us for  our 1 mile run/walk in the morning. We’ll also have free open house & campfire lunch afterwards– we hope you’ll join us for all or part of our annual spring Open House at Birchwood Camp.

2013 Birchwood Open House

10am: 1 mile Fun Run

Attention: The 5k has been cancelled for this year due to trail conditions which have made the course inaccessible. Last fall’s windstorm resulted in numerous trees blocking the perimeter trails of camp. We had hoped to be able to clear all the trees before the 5k race, but the trails are still snow covered and have not allowed for access. Please join us for the 1 mile fun run!

Fun run/walk participants must check in at Fireweed Hall between 9:15 and 9:45am. During this time, participants will pick up their bibs, sign in for their event, and get a quick trail briefing. Race start time is 10am.

We love it when participants preregister for the fun run, and you can even save yourself a couple bucks by signing up early. See the links below to preregister online. Special rates are also available for active military. Sorry, there will be no refunds if you preregister and can’t make it — consider it a donation!

Fun run entry fees: Adults $10, Children $5, Families $20
(add $5 to these fees for registrations on the day of the race)


An awards ceremony for the top finishers for the 1 mile fun run/walk will take place at 10:30am at the fire circle.

10:30am – 1pm: Open House

Join us for hot dogs, S’mores and more around the campfire. Tours of the cabins & grounds will be available for those new to Birchwood. Come see what’s new at Birchwood if you haven’t been out for a while; Enjoy a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere; Even take a walk around our lake. Lunch will start around 11am and you may come and go as you please!

The open house is a free event and a great way to introduce friends & young children to Birchwood Camp!

Pick.Click.Give… Thanks!

Thank you to Pick.Click.Give. 2013 Donors!

March 31 marked the end of the filing period for Alaska residents applying for
this year’s permanent fund divided. On April 2 the state of Alaska released preliminary totals for each organization that participated in Pick.Click.Give. as well as totals for the whole program this year.

We are pleased to announce that 48 generous donors gave $5200 to Birchwood Camp through Pick.Click.Give. in 2013!! To those who shared part of their dividend with us, thank you! In October the state of Alaska will release donor information to us for all donors who opted to share their name & contact information,  and we will have the opportunity to formally thank you for your support.  For now, and for all those who chose to remain anonymous, please accept our gratitude! Your gifts will support quality Christian camping opportunities for the children and youth of Alaska– providing safe spaces for character development, nature exploration, community building and spiritual growth.  Thank you.

Fun at Faith Adventure Camp

The Pick.Click.Give. program set new records in 2013 in both the total amount pledged ($2,445,450 – up 10% over last year’s $2.2 million) and in the number of Alaskans who made charitable donations through the program (26,093 – almost 3,000 more donors than last year).  Overall, 4.7% of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD this year made a charitable contribution through Pick.Click.Give. We are pleased to see this program growing and the people of Alaska supporting the many worthwhile non-profit organizations & causes in our state.

Alaska residents can still add or change their Pick.Click.Give. contributions until August 1. Click here to add or change yours.

Pick. Click. Give. a success!

Check out the following news release about the 2012 Pick Click Give program. The original release can be found on the Pick Click Give website.
We are extremely grateful for all those who made a gift Birchwood Camp through this great program during our first year. The unofficial figures show that Alaskans donated $3550 to Birchwood Camp through Pick Click Give… WOW!!! The State of Alaska will release the official information to us in October, and we’ll have the opportunity to recognize all of you who gave so generously! Thank you in advance for supporting Birchwood Camp’s mission of building community through summer camps, retreat space, nature exposure and experiential learning. 

April 3, 2012

Contact:  Cassandra Stalzer, Rasmuson Foundation, 907-334-0520 or 907-223-9908 cell


Alaskans Pledge $2.2 Million through Pick Click Give in 2012

Campaign Raises 110 percent of goal

ANCHORAGE – Alaskans gave charitable gifts to their favorite nonprofit causes through Pick Click Give in record numbers this year, according to data provided by the Permanent Fund Dividend Division of the Alaska State Department of Revenue. As of April 1, 2012, the close of the regular three-month filing period for the annual Permanent Fund Dividend, over 23,000 individuals had pledge over 37,000 gifts to over 400 nonprofit organizations totaling $2,200,800.

These figures represent 110 percent of this year’s campaign goal of $2 million, and an increase of nearly 50 percent over last year’s total.

“These cash donations represent true acts of kindness,” said Cassandra Stalzer, communications manager at Rasmuson Foundation. “Alaskans’ unique quality of life is directly linked to the health of our nonprofit sector, and Pick. Click. Give. provides a safe and easy way to support the causes we care about.”

“Our participation rate of 4.2 percent makes Pick Click Give one of the most successful fundraising campaigns in the United States of America,” added Stalzer.

Last year, 19,000 Alaskans raised $1.5 million for nonprofits, community foundations and the University of Alaska campuses through Pick. Click. Give. In 2010, 9,500 Alaskans donated a total of $927,000 and in 2009, the program’s first year, 5,500 people gave $545,000.

More information on Pick. Click. Give. can be found at

The Pick. Click. Give. statewide outreach campaign is made possible through financial support from the Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Atwood Foundation, BP Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska, ExxonMobil, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Northrim Bank, Providence Health + Services Alaska and Rasmuson Foundation. Also providing generous amounts of in-kind support are the Alaska Public Radio Network, Regal Entertainment Group/CIRI, The Alaska Club, Alaska Aces, Nerland Agency and Wells Fargo Bank Alaska. Pick. Click. Give. is coordinated through a partnership including the Permanent Fund Dividend Division of the Alaska Department of Revenue, Rasmuson Foundation, The Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage and Alaska Community Foundation.

Birchwood Camp Open for Online Camp Registration

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