Birchwood Camp’s Spring Open House: Saturday, May 10, 2014

You are invited to join us for this awesome, family friendly event on Saturday, May 10, 2014! 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 in the morning. Proceeds from the Fun Run support Birchwood Camp’s scholarship fund. We’ll also have free open house & campfire lunch afterwards 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!

10am: Annual 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk

RunningFun Run participants must check in at Fireweed Hall between 9:15 and 9:45 am. 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 10:00 am.

We love it when participants preregister for the Fun Run, and you can save yourself a couple bucks by signing up early. See the links below to preregister online.  Sorry, there will be no refunds if you preregister and can’t make it — consider it a donation!

Fun run entry fees:
$10 fun run early registration
$15 on the day of event
Kids ages 12 and under are half price
$50 cap for immediate families
 

REGISTER FOR THE 2014 BIRCHWOOD FUN RUN/ WALK

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

10:30am – 2pm: Open House & Music Festival

Around the camp fireJoin 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; Take a walk around our lake or enjoy activities with your family.  Lunch will start around 11am and you may come and go as you please throughout the open house.

There will even be live music this year from 11:00am to 2:00 pm on the deck of Fireweed Hall!! Check out our music line up for the open house:

-St. John UMC Anchorage Praise Team
-Melissa Beck
-Birchwood Woodchucks!
-UMC Chugiak Praise Team

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

2013 Annual Dinner & Auction

Annual Dinner 2013

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 support our camp scholarship fund and will help finish the lower level of Fireweed Hall.

When: Sunday, October 20, beginning at 4:30 pm. The silent auction will open at 4:30 pm in the Main Lodge 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: The Main Lodge at Birchwood Camp. Click here for directions.

Auction Items as of October 19

Here is the running list of auction items with some photos below. Be sure to check back, because we are receiving new items all the time.

  • Two hour photo session with Sanctuary Photography
  • Southern Style BBQ with all the Fixings’ for 8-10 people
  • Two fused glass 10 x 10 serving trays with beautiful fern design hand crafted by Mindy Meyn
  • Large 12 x 12 fused glass platter with leaf design hand crafted by Mindy Meyn
  • Delicious Chocolate Chip cookies baked by Carla Wight
  • Two night stay at Alaska Cottonwood B&B in Anchorage
  • “Dessert of the Month” by Barb Stratton
  • Trapper Creek getaway at the Quinley’s Cabin
  • 2014 Rainbow fishing trip for two with guide Dave Wilson of “Let’s Fish Guide Service”
  • Two handmade glass plates by local artist, EmKay
  • Assorted Filipino Desserts by Radie Rapanut
  • Handmade quilt by Esther Davidson
  • Weekend getaway in Vacation Home on Knik Goose Bay road
  • “Mother Brown Bear with Three Cubs” wood carving; designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • “Mother Polar Bear with Two Cubs” wood carving; designed and handcrafted by Al Kline
  • Maple & Lacewood “Swan” designed and crafted by Al Kline Wood
  • “Creche ” designed and crafted by Al Kline
  • Sourdough Waffle Feast for 6-8 people by Betty Burke
  • Photo book: “Anchorage: Life at the Edge of the Frontier”
  • Framed Tulip Photo by JoAnn Shore
  • Giclee print of Psalm Lake and the outdoor chapel
  • Outdoor Gear Bag from ConocoPhillips
  • African Wall Hanging
  • Large Fall Photo on Canvas by Rev. Peter Perry
  • Several sets of photo greeting cards by Rev. Peter Perry
  • Perfect Gift Wrapping Basket – Donated by St. John United Methodist Women’s group
  • Gift box from Alaska Wildberry Company
  • Multi-colored woven scarf from Cabin Fever
  • Jelly Basket by Benee Braden
  • A hand knit scarf and another hand knit scarf & hat combo
  • Quilted 24 x 23 Birchwood wall hanging by Susan Williams
  • Small handmade mittens by a woman from Bristol Bay Village
  • Russian floral scarf
  • “Family movie night” basket
  • “Peace” and “Love” wall plaques
  • Purple handbag and matching wallet
  • Several other small art & decoration pieces
  • And more…

Photo Gallery (click on photos to enlarge):

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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)

REGISTER FOR THE 1 MILE FUN RUN/ WALK

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!

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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.

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Spring Events at Birchwood Camp

Mark your calendars and plan to attend these upcoming events:

April 6: ‘Sleds & Saws’ work day

Sleds & Saws Flyer

Starting at 9 A.M., bring your chainsaw and/or snow machine and sled. Help clear trees from last fall’s windstorms that are blocking Birchwood Camp’s trails. Lunch is included so please contact Stephen (manager@birchwoodcamp.org or 688-2734) if you are interested in helping and/or plan to attend.

April 20: Kid’s Day

Join us at the Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage at Kid’s Day 2013! Birchwood Camp will have a booth at this free event which runs from 10am to 4pm. Come by and say hi and learn about our camp programs! Click here to learn more about Kid’s Day.

May 11: Spring Open House

10am: Birchwood Camp 5k Trail Race & 1 mile Fun Run    

5k: Adults $20, Kids $10/ Fun Run: Adults $10, Kids $5/ $5 more on day of race (military & family discounts available). Click here to register and for more information.

10:30am – 1pm: Birchwood Camp Open House

Hot dogs, S’mores & fun around the camp fire! Tours of the cabins & grounds. The open house is a free event! This is a great opportunity to visit camp and introduce friends & young children to Birchwood Camp! Please join us at camp for all or part of this family-friendly event. Click here for directions.

May 18: Spring Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day 2013

Lots of helpers are needed to get the camp ready for summer. A variety of projects are available for all skill levels. We’ll be working from 10am to 4pm; join us for all or part of the day! Lunch is provided so please RSVP to let us know you are coming.

Contact Marie or Stephen if you are interested in helping with and/or attending any of these events. We’ll be adding more details soon.

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Birchwood Camp Annual Dinner & Auction

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT FOR THE ANNUAL DINNER AND AUCTION ON SUNDAY! WE HAD A GREAT EVENT, A WONDERFUL MEAL TOGETHER, AND WE RAISED OVER $6500 TO SUPPORT CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONSTRUCTION ON FIREWEED HALL’S BASEMENT!!

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’ve had some people volunteer to do childcare for us for the event.

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 theme is “Birchwood: Camp for Every Kid.”  Funds raised from this event will support camp facility improvements and our scholarship fund so that all children can attend camp.

When: Sunday, October 28, beginning at 4:30pm. The silent auction will open at 4:30pm in the Main Lodge at Birchwood Camp, and guests can also enjoy a tour of the camp if desired. The meal and program will begin at 5:00pm, with the live auction to follow.

Where: The Main Lodge at Birchwood Camp. Click here for directions.

Why: This year the theme is “Birchwood: Camp for Every Kid.”  Funds raised from this event will support camp facility improvements and our scholarship fund so that all children can attend camp.

Auction Items as of October 23

We will do our best to post photos of some of the items as the auction approaches. For now, here is the running list of items. Be sure to check back, because we are receiving new items all the time.

  • 2013 Rainbow fishing trip for two with Dave Wilson (value $500)
  • Group presentation on Alaska culture/whaling/fur items by Barrow native Charlie Brower
  • 3 night stay at the Willow Vacation House during the summer of 2013.  The house sleeps up to 8 people  (value $650-$850).
  • Silver or King fishing trip for two from Eagle Quest Cabins and Lodge. Includes one night lodging for the day before, breakfast, and one day guided fishing trip on the Deshka River with sack lunch provided (value $500)
  • Lunch with the Alaska UM Conference Superintendent, Dave Beckett
  • Fresh Fudge made by Rose McClean
  • Custom framed and matted “Alaska Collage” Framed Print by Donna G Slocum (value $275)
  • Beautiful Framed Photos by JoAnn Shore and Walt Hays
  • Two nights at the Alaskan Host B&B in Willow. Enjoy spacious homes on two-hundred acres with a private lake and hiking trails.
  • Light brown hand knitted Qiviut scarf
  • Giclee print of Psalm Lake and the outdoor chapel (value $55)
  • Hand crafted birch bowl by Gayland Wohlgemuth
  • “Peace Be With You” handcrafted cherry wood carving by Al Kline
  • Handcrafted wood “Creche ” by Al Kline
  • “Sow and Cubs” handcrafted Honduras mahogany wood carving by Al Kline
  • Handmade “Fireweed” shoulder bag by Kathy Ozlowski
  • Fused glass serving tray with beautiful fern design hand crafted by Mindy Meyn
  • Large fused glass platter with leaf design hand crafted by Mindy Meyn
  • Fur-trimmed mask of “Mother and child” (caribou skin, various animal fur) donated by ConocoPhillips (value $90)
  • Basket of cookies from the heart! Donated by St. John United Methodist Women’s group
  • “Ice Fishing II” – a beautiful framed polar bear print by John Seerey-Lester, donated by Willow Air Service
  • “Puffin Profiles” – a framed puffin print by Sylva, donated by Willow Air Service
  •  Up to three hours of rifle, pistol or shotgun shooting instruction for shooters of any age from Burch’s Firearm Instruction. May include both classroom (at your home) and range time. Learn the basics of firearms safety or brush up on shooting fundamentals (value $170).
  • Filipino food prepared by the Rapanut family (yum!)
  • Two night stay at Alaska Cottonwood B&B in Anchorage
  • Gift boxes from Alaska Wildberry Company
  • Gift cards to Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Alaska Mill and Feed
  • Hand painted wooden box by Willow Constance Walz

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Windstorm Update

Birchwood Camp suffered heavy tree loss from the windstorm that came through our area on September 4.  Wind gust were reported at 80-100 mph and the storm lasted through the night. The camp was out of power for three days following the storm.

We estimate that we lost about 50 trees just in the heart of camp– so anywhere there are buildings. We also had 14 trees down across the driveway into camp. The are 21 trees down on the trail around the lake and trees were blocking every path out to our challenge course. There is simply no way for use to tell the actual number of trees down on all of our 160 acres; there are too many to count.

We were incredibly fortunate as far as damages to buildings- almost all the trees missed buildings, often just barely. There were a couple trees leaning on the lodge but they were held up by the root ball and were removed without damage. A tree landed on the corner of Trapper cabin, damaging one of the logs. And a tree clipped the porch overhang on cabin 3, so some repair on the edge of the roof will be needed. Another tree took out part of the back stop on the ball field, so that will need to be rebuilt; however, that is a simple, non essential structure. We feel very blessed that there was not more damage and that all the onsite staff were unharmed.

We anticipate that full clean up from this windstorm will take several months. We have made great progress already with the help of numerous volunteers, but we hope to get the heart of camp clear before the snow falls. Over 300 volunteer hours have been given towards the clean up effort so far, but there is still much work to be done. We need volunteers to fall trees, cut up down trees, and move wood and brush. If you want to help, please call or email the camp office- volunteer days and times are flexible. Office: 907-688-2734 or director@birchwoodcamp.org.

If you are on of our guest groups, please know that camp is fully accessible and large efforts towards clean up have been made. We ask you to pardon our “mess” while we continue this clean up effort. There is still some tree debris around and piles of wood in odd places. But we are working to make things as normal as possible for our guests and campers.

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Family Volunteer Weekend

Birchwood Camp Volunteer Weekend: May 18-20, 2012

This all‐ages camp will give you the opportunity to play around the grounds and on the lake, enjoy the outdoors with your family & friends, and even introduce young children to the camping experience. On Saturday we will ask everyone to volunteer several hours around the camp—helping to “de‐winterize” the camp grounds and get the camp ready for the busy summer season. We’ll have a variety of jobs that are suitable for every age and skill level. Because you are helping us by volunteering around camp, the fee for the event just helps us cover the cost of providing you with delicious home cooked meals! When you are done volunteering your time with us, you are free to “play” and relax around camp with family and friends. This will be a very relaxed retreat, with very little planned programming and plenty of time to volunteer or relax as you see fit!

Details & Schedule

Check‐in begins at the Main Lodge on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 PM. Departure time on Sunday, May 20 is 9:00 AM. Muscular Dystrophy Association is beginning their week‐long camp later on Sunday, so it is very important that everyone is ready to go and cleaned up on Sunday morning.

Please eat before you arrive Friday night ; we’ll provide snacks on Friday night thru breakfast on Sunday. Our cook, Berneita, is great at working with a variety of food allergies and dietary needs if she know about them in advance.

What to Bring

The heated facilities include log cabins, a centralized bathroom & shower house, and the Main Lodge for eating & meeting. We provide mattresses on all the beds, you’ll need to bring the bedding (see below).

Please leave pets, alcohol, and weapons at home.

Please bring the following: Sleeping Bag • Pillow • Flashlight • Toiletries • Towels/Washcloths •Work Clothes and Sturdy Shoes for Saturday Volunteer Time• Warm Clothes for Outside • Puzzles and Board Games • Outdoor Recreation Equipment • Water bottle •Cameras • Musical Instruments • Comfy cotton clothing for use in our Sweat Lodge (this option will be available to adults & older teens if there is any interest).

Click here to register for this event (A $20 late fee per family applies after May 14). Please note: you need to fill out a registration form for each member of your family that is attending. Parents should select “I am legal guardian” when registering themselves for this event.

Only free on Saturday? We welcome your help during our volunteer time Saturday morning (approximately 9am-1pm). Email our camp manager if you can help on Saturday.

 

May 12: Birchwood Camp 5k & Open House

YOU ARE INVITED…

Join us for this great event on May 12! We had so much fun at our first 5k last year that we decided to do it again in 2012. We’ve added a 1 mile run/walk for those who want to have a more leisurely experience. We’ll also have an open house & campfire lunch afterwards– we hope you’ll join us for all or part of this Birchwood Camp event.

9am:  Registration & bib pick up in Fireweed Hall

Add $5 to the prices below for day of race registrations. You can preregister below and save yourself  a few bucks. 

10am: 5k Trail Race & 1 mile Fun Run/ Walk

5k entry fees: Adults $20, Children $10, Families $40

Register for the Birchwood 5k Race

Fun run entry fees: Adults $10, Children $5, Families $20

Register for the 1 mile Fun Run/ Walk

Military discounts available. Sorry, there will be no refunds if you preregister and can’t make it — consider it a donation!

TRAIL REPORT (5/5/12): Spring conditions exist on the trails, with slush, snow, mud and some standing water. We recommend wearing wool socks and bringing a change of shoes/socks for post race. We’re hoping for sunshine all week to help dry things up, but we’ll have fun either way!

11am: Race Award Ceremony
11am – 1pm: Open House

Join us for Hot dogs and S’mores around the campfire and tours of the cabins & grounds for those new to Birchwood.

12:15pm: “Floating on Faith” Duct Tape Boat Race!!

That’s right– boats made only of card board and duct tape, floating on Psalm Lake.

The Rules: Materials are limited to cardboard and duct tape only; you must provide the cardboard and duct tape for your team’s boat. You can use a real paddle and can have an unlimited number of paddlers. PFDs are required (Birchwood Camp has PFDs and paddles you can use). The course will be a short loop– 50-100 yards total. All the boat will start together from the shore by the fire circle.  A lifeguard will be present.

The winning team will get a  free night in Caribou Cabin and Cabin 6 for up to 20 guests. No food service is included, and of course it will be subject to availability.

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

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 www.PickClickGive.org.

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.

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