Help Keep Our Doors Open

Dear Birchwood Camp Family,

We hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. It has been 9 months since we temporarily closed our doors to guest groups due to COVID-19. It is still uncertain when we can safely welcome them again to use our facilities. With the cancellation and postponement of reservations, our income has completely stopped. Even though events were cancelled, there are still bills to pay to keep camp running. You have been our partner in ministry for 60 years. Now, more than ever, we need your help. We need your help to make sure that our doors stay open. We are asking you to:

Pray for us and with us. We believe that prayers can move mountains and this pandemic is a mountain that we can conquer together.

Donate your stimulus check or part of it to Birchwood Camp. We know that there are some people who feel like they do not need their stimulus check. If you are one of these people, please consider donating all or part of your check to Birchwood Camp. Your donation would help us continue paying for overhead and our most essential staff.

Forward this letter to a friend. If at this time you cannot donate but you know of people who can help us, please feel free to forward this letter to them. We believe in the generous nature of humankind. We have a donor wanting to do a matching donation challenge. For every donated dollar we receive in the next two weeks (by May 15), the donor will match up to $5,000. Please consider giving to Birchwood Camp now to help your gift go further!

You can send a check payable to Birchwood Camp or click the DONATE button on the right side of the page to give electronically. Thank you!


Your Birchwood Camp Family

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Matching Donation Challenge Until May 15, 2020

We want to let you know that in response to the COVID-19 mitigation, we are cancelling the first 3 sessions of camp. These include Woodlanders Session 1, Faith Adventure Camp and MADD Camp. We will let you know in the coming weeks if we will continue with the rest of summer camps.

In response to COVID-19 we have closed camp to retreat groups and campers from March 15 through at least June 14. Our facilities and grounds continue to need care. This is our maintenance and repair season. This year we are repairing the office/house windows, bathroom, and septic system; and the Lodge floor supports and flooring.

We have a donor wanting to do a matching donation challenge… for every donated dollar we receive in the next two weeks (by May 15) the donor will match up to $5000.000 Please consider giving to Birchwood Camp, now, to help your gift go further!

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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

September 8

October 6

October 20

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


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

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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)


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 ( 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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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

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


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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