Spring News from Birchwood Camp: Connect with us this summer through camps, volunteer opportunities, jobs and more!

Summer Camp Programs

Join us for Summer Camps starting June 1st!  

Several of our summer camp sessions are full or nearing capacity, so don't wait to sign your child up for camp! 

Register online or visit our website to learn more about our summer camp programs for campers entering grades 1-12 in the fall, or our summer family camp for all ages. 

Summer Camp Details & Registration: 

Click here to learn about camp scholarships

Birchwood Camp is a welcoming camp community and a ministry of the United Methodist Church in Alaska. We practice kindness, acceptance, respect, cooperation, outdoor learning & play. Our summer camp programs provide safe spaces for spiritual formation, genuine community and character development at our beautiful site in Chugiak. Birchwood Camp is accredited by the 
American Camp Association, which establishes best practices for camps. We hope you'll join us at camp!


Work Weekend in May

We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with various maintenance and grounds projects on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. You don't need to be available for both days or the whole time; most work will take place in the afternoon both days, but we'll be sure to send you the details.

We specifically need:
  • A plumber
  • Several painters
  • Chainsaw workers 
  • One or two others with general construction/repair skills
If you can volunteer your time on May 16 or May 17 please contact Stephen, our camp manager: 907-688-2734 or

Summer Needs:

We rely on a vast community of support to make summer camp happen each year. Can you help with any of our needs for this summer? 

Male Summer Camp Counselors

We need a few additional caring, responsible male volunteers over the age of 16 to serve as camp counselors at God Seekers Camp (June 1-3) and Faith Adventure Camp (June 15-19). 

These volunteers serve as cabin counselors alongside our summer interns to create a safe & meaningful camp experience for our campers.  Please consider serving in this very important volunteer position and give children the experience of building community at Birchwood Camp.  

Click here to learn more about being a camp counselor.

Lend Us Your RV in July! 

We are looking for a couple RVs or motorhomes (or similar) that we can borrow for a few weeks in July. We often need extra housing space for our summer interns during that month. Help us give them a dry, mosquito free living space! Contact us 907-688-2734 or if you can help.  

Sponsor an Item on Our Wish List

The camp is in need of several items for the summer or throughout the year. Click here to check out the full list and contact us if you'd like to donate an item. 

Connect with Birchwood Camp

We don't have a lot of time in the summer to send out formal newsletters- it's our busiest time of year! However, we do post updates and photos regularly on social media. Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to keep up with what is happening at camp during the summer.

Thanks to our Supporters 

Thanks to all the individuals, families & organizations that supported Birchwood Camp between Sept. 11, 2014 - May 1, 2015:

Alaska ACES, Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska United Methodist Conference, Jay & Betsy Allison, Qaiyaana & Lucas Amidon, Anchor Park UMC, Sandy Anderson, Nils Andreassen & Heather Nighswander, Liz & Hugh Ashlock, Paul & Jan Augenstein, Cathy & Chris Barnes, Robin & David Bassett, Batavia UMC, Owen Bell, Makeleta Berry, Benee Braden, Mark & Karen Burch, Betty Burke, Margaret & James Campbell, Omer & Carol Carey, Kristen & Martin Cassens, Amy Cawvey, Von & Jan Cawvey, Duane & Karen Chase, Chepos Mexican Restaurant, Morgan Christen & Jim Torgerson, Claremont UMC, Conoco Phillips Alaska Inc.,  James Wes & Meghan Cornelison, Esther & Dale Davidson, Joshua Davis, Heather Dean, Barbara DuBois, Gail Dudley, Christine & David Duprow, East Anchorage UMC, Crystal & Thomas Feaster, Ofa & Talakai Finau, First UMC Foundation, Rosemary & Ben Fish, David & Aleen Fison, Eleanor Franke, Glenn & Nora Ortiz Fredrick, General Board of Global Ministries, Dave & Jan Glines, Debbie & Jay Goodie, Great Harvest Bread Co., Gary Grundman, Lannis Haldeman, Deanne & Douglas Handlong, Miles & Karen Harlan, Jo Anne & Larry Hayden, Walt Hays & JoAnn Shore, Marah Hild-Ladebauche, Liz & Brent Hoffman, Dennis & Susie Holway, Sharon Hottenstein, Joyce Hughes, Teri & Shane Inch, Jordan & Rosy Jacobsen, Paula Johnson, William Kent & Brandy Pearson, Roger Kinzie, Al & Judy Kline, Dave & Kim Kobersmith, Jim LaBau, Reed & Laura Lahrson, Sharolyn Lange, Jeanette Legenza, Amy Limeres, Holly & Mark Lindsay, Fran Lynch,  Gary & Terri Lyon, Wayne & Sheila Martin, Donna Matthews, Betsy & Shawn McGrew, Allison & Barron McLain, Kathryn Merrill, Mindy & John Meyn, David & Carol Ann Miller, Bruce Morinitti & Candace Schell, Adam Muhr, Ron Myers, Erin & Matthew Narus, Berneita Norris, North Broadway UMW, Northern Frontier Men's Retreat, Kim Opoku-Ansah, Kathy Ozlowski,  Amber & Gene Packer, Carly Payne, Doug Perkins & Lynn Skurla, Picture This Eagle River, Debbie Pintsch, Connie & John Quinley, Carlo & Radie Rapanut, Aimee Rathbun, Peter & Nora Ribbens, Stephanie & Jeff Richardson, Ed & Elizabeth Ripley, Dorothy Roberts, Margie & Rich Runser, Megan Rutherford, Pelenato & Michelle Sappa, Schnitzer Steel, Janet Schwartz, Bruce & Diane Shellenbaum, George & Sondra Shepherd, Sleepy Dog Coffee Co.,  Jane & Dick Smith, Jenny & Aaron Smith, Judy & Bob Smith, Saint John UMC Anchorage, Joan Stassel & Chuck Livers, Nancy & Bruce Steely, David Stieren & Darci Ahlin, Katie Sward, Stephen & Marie Sweezey, Gina Tabachki & Sonny Lindner, Shannon Templeton, Sara & Steve Thomas, Lee & Warren Twait, United Methodist Church of Chugiak Lotu & Paepaega Uti, Wayne & Becky Varner, Dave & Jan Wachsmuth, Kathleen & Clayton Walker, Cora Lee Webb, Debra & Robert Weesner, Jana White, Sheri Whitethorn, Tressa Whitten, Carla & David Wight, Kris-Ann & Dan Wilcox, Kelli & Larry Williams, Susan M. Williams, LeeAnn & Gayland Wohlgemuth, Sandra & Nathan Woods, Jeff & Cindy Worrell, and Jennifer Youngberg. 

Thanks to everyone for their generous support on Giving Tuesday 2014 (December 2nd). You gave over $15,000 in just 24 hours to support the ministry of Birchwood Camp! Thank you!!

Winter/Spring 2015 Volunteers

Know any of the folks below? Next time you see them, give them a high-five and thank them for their volunteer work at Birchwood Camp this winter! 

Joe Aguilla, Liz Ashlock, Robin Bassett, Jeremy Beckett, Benee Braden, Betty Burke, Von Cawvey, Rick Clark, Meghan Dau, Joyce del Rosario, Alan Dennis, David Duprow, Nyabony Gat, Brent Goodrum, Emily Goodrum, Judith Goodrum, Doug Handlong, Kallie Handlong, the Hanson Family, Jessie Herring, Cyrus Hicks, Robert Hicks, Joyce Hughes, Scott Hummel, Shane Inch, Teri Inch, Philip Lambert, Jeanette Legenza, Amy Limeres, Holly Lindsay, Mark Lindsay, Breann Lindsey, Wayne Martin, Betsy McGrew, Shawn McGrew, Michael Norris, Nora Ortiz Fredrick, Phoebe Pearson, John Quinley, Angela Randall, John Randall, Vern Randall, Carlo Rapanut, Aaron Smith, Jenny Smith, Mike Stratton, Shannon Tooks, Dave Wachsmuth, Geoffrey Woods, Nathan Woods, Sandra Woods, Daniel Valette, Lindsay Von Tish, Carla Wight, Kelli Williams, and LeeAnn Wohlgemuth.

*We appreciate all our volunteers & camp supporters! Please contact us if we've made an error or left someone off this list. We will make sure to publish it correctly in the next e-newsletter.

Recent Highlights


Join Birchwood Camp's staff and ministry team! We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Year-round or summer only; part-time paid Kitchen Staff positions available immediately. We are accepting applications for an assistant cook and a lead cook to serve with us this summer.

Visit our website for job descriptions, information about the cook positions, or to submit an application. 

New Ways to Support Camp

When you give to Birchwood Camp, your gift makes it possible for children & teens grow in faith, explore the outdoors, build friendships, try new things, and learn how to live as part of a caring faith community that is like no other.

Thank you for your generous support. 

Make a Gift

Our Wish List

And check out the NEW WAYS BELOW that you can support Birchwood's work and ministry. 

Birchwood Camp is on AmazonSmile
This is a super easy way to support Birchwood Camp! You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Birchwood Camp of the Alaska United Methodist Conference Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. 

Click here to learn more or to start shopping in support of Birchwood Camp. 

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

You can help Brichwood Camp earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card. Simply link your rewards card to Birchwood Camp by clicking here (you can search for us by name or our organization number: 88373). Once your card is linked, you'll be supporting Birchwood Camp every time you shop at Fred Meyer! 

Click here to learn more about the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

Our Board of Directors

Liz Ashlock, Benee Braden, Brent Goodrum, Doug Handlong, Robert Hicks, Joyce Hughes, Teri Inch, Jeanette Legenza, Amy Limeres, Wayne Martin, Nora Ortiz Fredrick,  Dave Wachsmuth, Carla Wight and Nathan Woods.  

Our Staff

Camp Director: Marie Sweezey
Program Director and Camp Manager: Stephen Sweezey
Food Service Manager:
Berneita Norris
Office Manager: Radie Rapanut
Reservations Coordinator:
Liz Hoffman
Camp Hosts: 
Brent and Liz Hoffman
Camp Cooks: 
Megan Rutherford, Sandra Nerlfi, and Tana Noe 

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