Women’s Psalm Retreat – CANCELLED

Women’s Psalm Retreat

Due to low registration, Women’s Psalm Retreat is CANCELLED. Please watch out for the Fall Women’s Retreat.

Registration Fee: $100 (Friday-Saturday) or $75 (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 27th at 7pm with welcoming and a restful evening; followed by Saturday, April 28th 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.

Click here to register for Women’s Psalm Retreat

Categories: Retreats

2017 Giving Tuesday

 

Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving that takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, it is on November 28, 2017. Giving Tuesday creates a moment around the holidays dedicated to giving—similar to how Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping. On this day, we invite you to give to Birchwood Camp by donating or volunteering in a way that is personally meaningful. 100% of gifts made through Advance #931068  goes to support Birchwood Camp.

Why Participate?

YOU will make the camp experience possible for kids! Your financial gift gives them opportunities to create friendships, explore their faith, practice courage by trying new things, and learn how to live as part of a caring community that is like no other. Your support is vital; in order to make the camp experience accessible to all families, the fees we charge for our camping programs are much lower than the actual cost of running these programs. Your gift actually makes camp happen!

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2017 Christmas Cookies Baking Party

You are invited to the

2nd Annual Christmas Cookies Baking Party at Birchwood Camp!

When: December 17, 2017, 1-5 pm

Where: Main Lodge

Registration Fee: $15 per person

Details: Each person registered will take home 4-5 dozens of cookies. Fee includes all supplies. You may bring your own container or box to take home the cookies. Children 13 and under must have adult supervision. Please register by December 12 to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone! Please give us a call if you have questions (907) 688-2734 or email info@birchwoodcamp.org

Click here to register.

2017 Birchwood Auction

UPDATEThanks to everyone for making this a wonderful event this year! In spite of the overcast weather, people came to join in the fun! We started with a Fun Run, then everyone enjoyed the camp activities (boating, SUP, archery, challenge course), and hot dogs & s’mores by the fire circle. In addition, we raised over $18,000 during the auction to support the mission and ministry of Birchwood Camp. THANK YOU!

AUCTION ITEMS: See below for a short list and some photos of a few of our auction items. We’ll be updating this list as more items come in, so check back! We usually have a wide variety of items, from beautiful handmade goods to gift certificates to local businesses to overnight getaways to fishing trips. If you’d like to donate an item for our auction, please contact our office manager, Radie (907-688-2734 or info@birchwoodcamp.org).

  • 2018 Rainbow fishing trip for two with Dave Wilson of “Let’s Go Fishing Charters”
  • Delicious homemade cookies baked by Carla Wight
  • Birchwood Camp Counselor for an hour
  • Round fused glass plate with fused glass making tutorial by Mindy Meyn
  • Fused glass spoon rest
  • “Descending Dove of Peace, Symbol of Holy Spirit”, designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • “Peace Be With You, Risen Christ”, designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • Dessert a month for a year by David and Christine Duprow
  • Use of a Girdwood cabin
  • “Rue Clar Flower Stall, Paris”, canvas print, photo by JoAnn Shore
  • Walrus on white ivory base by Fritz Waghiyi of Savoonga on St Lawrence Island
  • Howling Husky on old ivory base by Nelson, Siberian Yupik
  • Swan on slice of old ivory by Archie Slwooko of Savoonga
  • Framed photo, “Commemorating the 1989 Wasilla Restart of the Iditarod”
  •  “The Fish Trap”, B&W framed print
  • Leather bracelet with different stones design by Michele Stone of BlingAndBracelets
  • Leather bracelet with flower design by Michele Stone of BlingAndBracelets
  • 14 Days house and pet sitting (cats excluded) provided by Meghan Woods
  • Tickets for 4 to the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, AK
  • Tea lover’s gift basket which includes tea, scones, caramel waffles, & shortbread cookies
  • Handwoven table runner or wall hanging
  • Birch bowl made by Gayland Wohlgemuth
  • REI macro chairs
  • Handmade scarf by Carla Wight
  • Dimond Center Family Fun Pack
  • Gift certificate for a skating party at Dimond Ice Chalet
  • 14 days of House and Pet Sitting (excluding cats due to allergy)

Birchwood Camp Jamboree

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 Birchwood Volunteer Club. The Volunteer Club will meet on the first Sunday afternoon (1-5 pm) 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 

  • May 6th
  • June 3rd
  • July 1st
  • August 5th

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

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2015 Annual Dinner & Auction

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UPDATE 10.6.2015: Thanks to everyone for making this a wonderful event again this year! We had a full house of Birchwood supporters in the Lodge on Sunday enjoying good food, community and fun. In addition, we raised over $11,000 to support the mission and ministry of Birchwood Camp. THANK YOU!

WHO: Everyone’s invited! This event is for people who care about camp and support our mission and ministry; it is also a great time to find out more about what Birchwood Camp is all about. Bring a friend! Kids are welcome to attend with their parents– we will have childcare available in Caribou Cabin after dinner. Seating is limited so please RSVP to 907.688.2734 or by email.

WHAT: Birchwood Camp’s Annual Meeting, Dinner and Auction. During this annual event we do a few things: celebrate of the past year of ministry, elect new board members, enjoy a meal together, and support the mission of our camp through the live and silent auction. This year the funds raised at this event will help purchase a new, efficient water heater & boiler for the camp’s bath house.

WHEN: Sunday, October 4, beginning at 4:00 pm with tours of the Camp. The silent auction will open at 4:30 pm in the Main Lodge. The meal will begin at 5:00 pm, with the program and live auction to follow. We plan to wrap up the event around 7:30 pm.

WHERE: This year the Annual Dinner & Auction will be held in the Main Lodge at Birchwood Camp. Click here for directions.

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HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US on October 4th!

 

click here to rSVP BY EMAIL

 

AUCTION ITEMS:  See below for a short list and some photos of a few of our auction items. We’ll be updating this list as more items come in, so check back! We usually have a wide variety of items, from beautiful handmade goods to gift certificates to local businesses to overnight getaways to fishing trips. If you’d like to donate an item for our auction, please contact our office manager, Radie (907-688-2734 or info@birchwoodcamp.org).

  • 2016 Rainbow fishing trip for two with Dave Wilson of “Let’s Go Fishing Charters”
  • One week stay at Las Vegas, NV Condo (3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, gated community with pool, 7 miles from the strip & the airport)
  • Two night stay for two in Alaska Cottonwood B&B, located in a quiet but centralized Anchorage location
  • Round-trip tickets for two from Anchorage to Seward in Coastal Classic Adventure Class on the Alaska Railroad
  • Family season pass to the Alaska Fine Arts Academy in Eagle River
  • Dimond Center Family Fun Pack 5 bowling passes, 5 ice skating passes, 1 week gym pass, VIP savings book
  • Guardian Angel “Designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • Beautiful nine piece Nativity Set, designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • Psalm Lake Print Limited edition glicee print of original watercolor by Aileen Austin
  • Anchorage: Life at the Edge of the Frontier, Photo book
  • Framed Photo  by Walt Hays: Autumn in Hatcher’s Pass, Alaska
  • Handmade Scarf & Hat Hand knit from yarn made with wool, silk, angora, mohair, and camel-hair
  • $50 Gift certificate to Moose’s Tooth
  • Homemade Leche Flan – a Delicious Filipino dessert made by Radie Rapanut, our office manager & amazing chef!
  • $50 Gift certificates (2) to Skinny Raven
  • Handcrafted Holiday Snowman
  • Delicious homemade cookies baked by Carla Wight
  • Two large 12 x 12 fused glass plates with beautiful deep fall colors; handmade by Mindy Meyn
  • Goblet by Bruce Shellenbaum; made from local birch
  • Bowl by Bruce Shellenbaum; made from Birchwood Camp wood
  • Pizza Coupons to Round Table Pizza 2 coupons for one large 3 topping pizza from Round Table Pizza in the Dimond Mall
  • Large handmade Zebra tote bag by Megan Rutherford
  • Canvas Print (16×32) of Denali photo
  • Small birch bowl from Birchwood Camp birch tree; handmade by Gayland Wohlgemuth
  • Birch Plate Large birch plate/dish from Birchwood Camp birch tree; handmade by Gayland Wohlgemuth
  • Handmade table made from spruce and diamond willow, 32″ tall and 36″ across; crafted by Wayne Martin
  • Athabascan fan made with spruce feathers and decorated with caribou hair
  • Sourdough Waffle Feast for 6-8 people served at the location of your choice
  • Fun Halloween themed wreath
  • Lime green with poppy flowers designed bracelet and a pair of matching earrings
  • Appetizers for 12 people- perfect for your party of choice!
  • Loaves of homemade bread
  • Intricate 13.5″ round mosaic art piece created by Karen Williams

Birchwood Camp’s Wish List

Canoes and Psalm Lake

We are often in need of new and/or gently used items for the camp. We keep a “wish list” posted on our support and sustain page. Please email us or call us at 907-688-2734 if you have an item to donate or would like additional details. We will provide you with a donation in kind receipt that you can use for tax purposes.

Current Wish List:

  • A new riding lawn mower
  • A small tractor with front end loader and PTO drive
  • A new electric range (residential) for the Caribou Cabin kitchen
  • A sponsor for our new outdoor pavilion (to replace the failing picnic shelter)
  • Sponsors for the furniture (tables & chairs) for Lower Fireweed Hall
  • Curtains for Fireweed Hall (contact for specifics)
  • Sponsors for a new septic system
  • Snacks & food items for summer staff (contact for specifics)
  • Assorted craft supplies (contact us for specifics)
  • Air miles to help transport our interns and summer staff to Alaska

Categories: Camp News

2015 Spring Open House: Sunday, May 3

You are invited to join us for this awesome, family friendly event on Sunday, May 3, 2015! Those who would like to get some exercise & see a nice view of our camp grounds can join us for  our 1 mile Fun Run/Walk at 2pm. Proceeds from the Fun Run support Birchwood Camp’s scholarship fund. We’ll also have free open house, campfire & fun around camp, with activities to enjoy with your family. We hope you’ll join us for all or part of our annual spring Open House at Birchwood Camp!

2pm: Annual 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk

2014 Fun RunJoin us for some exercise in the beautiful outdoors and help make camp experiences possible for kids!  You can run, walk, skip, bike or even cart-wheel.  Fun Run participants must check in at the Camp Office between 1:45-2:00 pm During this time, participants will pick up their bibs, sign in for their event, and get a quick trail briefing. Fun Run start time is 2:00 pm.

We love it when participants pre-register for the Fun Run, as it makes everything run smoother on May 3rd. See the links below to register online.  Sorry, there will be no refunds if you register early and can’t make it!

Your Fun Run entry fee is by donation and supports camp programs & scholarships. We suggest a minimum $10 donation per person, and we encourage you to generously support camp in whatever way you can.
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

An awards ceremony for the top finishers for the 1 mile fun run/walk will take place at 2:30 pm at the fire circle.

2:30 – 5:00 pm: Open House

Around the camp fire

Enjoy a free, family friendly afternoon at our site in Chugiak (South Birchwood Exit). There will be lots of great activities like s’mores around the camp fire, games & fun around camp. Our trails will be open for hiking, and we hope to have canoeing available, weather permitting.

Tours of the cabins & camp grounds will be available for those new to Birchwood Camp. Our open house is a free event and a great way to introduce friends & young children to Birchwood Camp! Everyone is welcome – no need to RSVP.

 

2014 Annual Dinner & Auction

2014 Annual Dinner & Auction

WHO: Everyone’s invited! This event is for people who care about camp and support our mission and ministry; it is also a great time to find out more about what Birchwood Camp is all about. Bring a friend! Kids are welcome to attend with their parents– we will have childcare available in the Main Lodge after dinner. Seating is limited so please RSVP to 907.688.2734 or by email.

WHAT: Birchwood Camp’s Annual Meeting, Dinner and Auction. During this annual event we do a few things: celebrate of the past year of ministry, elect new board members, enjoy a meal together, and support the mission of our camp through the live and silent auction. This year the funds raised at this event will support our camp scholarship fund and the help add bathrooms to Fireweed Hall.

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, beginning at 4:30 pm. The silent auction will open at 4:30 pm in Fireweed Hall at Birchwood Camp. The meal will begin at 5:00 pm, with the program and live auction to follow. We plan to wrap up the event by 7:30 pm.

WHERE: This year the Annual Dinner & Auction will be held in the beautiful, new Fireweed Hall at Birchwood Camp. Click here for directions.

AUCTION ITEMS: We will be posting a list of auction items here and updating it periodically. We usually have a wide variety of items, from beautiful handmade goods to overnight getaways to fishing trips. If you’d like to donate an item for our auction, please contact our office manager, Radie (info@birchwoodcamp.org).

Hope you can join us!