Who We Are

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Birchwood Camp is a camping ministry of the Alaska Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since 1961, Birchwood Camp has provided faith-based summer programs for young people, as well as retreat space for community groups. Learn more about Birchwood Camp’s history.

UMCRMLogoWe are an American Camp Association Accredited camp and a Member of the United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries Association.

The camp is led by a volunteer Board of Directors, which supervises the year round camp directors. Meet our staff.

Birchwood Camp LogoBirchwood Camp’s mission is to build community on common ground. We strive to offer hospitality to all, and we open our doors to groups both religious and secular. Guests are invited to retreat to a place of tranquility, a place apart from the everyday world to experience renewal and inspiration.

We believe in providing a caring community to all persons according to our camp philosophy.

Birchwood Camp’s Philosophy

‘Birchwood Camp exists to provide every camper with an experience of Christian love through belonging to an accepting, caring community that recognizes its dependence on God. The camp is an equipping ground, an experiment in Christian living. Here we practice the relationships that our faith encourages, such as communication, responsibility, caring, problem solving, and learning. The camping experience is a time of growth in cooperation rather than competition with others. We encourage the use of different forms of worship and the utilization of the beautiful outdoor setting to increase our awareness of God as revealed through our Creator’s natural world, through Jesus Christ, and through other campers. Persons are given the opportunity to find life direction and to grow toward their fullest Christian potential.’

We offer camping programs for children, youth and adults. We offer valuable team building experiences on our challenge course. We also host a wide variety of community, school and church groups year-round in our beautiful camp facilities. Birchwood Camp is also a great place to volunteer.

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To learn more about the United Methodist Church in Alaska please visit www.alaskaumc.org.