March News from Birchwood Camp: Summer Camp registration, Employment & Volunteer opportunities, Spring Open House and more!

Register for Summer Camp

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 this summer!

Online registration is up & running for our Summer Camp Programs! For details about our camp sessions or to register online visit:

Register before April 1st to take advantage of our early bird discount and our many great payment plans. Our camps usually fill up, so be sure to register soon. Click here to learn about camp scholarships



Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer Camp Counselors: We are seeking caring, friendly adults to serve as camp counselors this summer. Local 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. Counselors must be at least 18; we fully screen & background check all our volunteers, and counselors must attend a pre-camp training session. BONUS: Volunteer counselors receive 1/2 off camp fees for one child or sibling attending Birchwood Camp. Learn more.
  • Counselors in Training (CITs): We are accepting applications for teen volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 to serve as CITs at our elementary camps during the summer. CITs develop practical skills, learn to inspire campers, and practice leadership at camp (plus, it looks great on a college application). Learn more
  • Maintenance Volunteers: We will be working on a variety of maintenance and building projects around camp this summer and are looking for a team of local volunteers to help complete these projects.  If you have experience with construction, engineering, wiring, plumbing, or general handyman repairs, please consider joining our maintenance volunteer team. If you can volunteer your time this summer, contact Stephen, our camp manager: 907-688-2734 or Timing is flexible for this volunteer opportunity, and we can usually work around your schedule. 

May 3: Spring Open House

Join us on Sunday, May 3rd from 2-5pm for our annual Spring Open House! 

2:00 pm: 1-mile Fun Walk/Run
Join us for some exercise in the beautiful outdoors and help make camp experiences possible for kids! You can run, walk, skip, bike or even cartwheel. Your Fun Run entry fee is by donation and supports camp programs & scholarships. Info and registration is available on our website.
2:30-5:00 pm: Open House & S’mores
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, and boating (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. Hope to see you on May 3rd!


Job Openings 

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

Kitchen Staff: year-round, part-time paid positions available immediately. We are accepting applications for assistant cook and lead cook.

Summer Intern Staff:  seasonal, paid positions available for male summer staff.  All our female staff positions have been filled for 2015; we have a couple available positions for male summer staff that will remain open until filled.

Visit our website for job descriptions, information about the positions, or to apply. 

Please help us spread the word about these important job openings.

Make a Gift, Make Camp happen!

Did you know that YOUR generous gifts make the camp experience possible for campers? Your donation helps children & teens grow in faith, try new things, build friendships, explore the outdoors, and learn how to live as part of a caring faith community that is like no other.

Registration fees are significantly less than the actual cost of providing a faith-building camp. We keep our fees low and offer generous scholarships so that no camper misses out on the chance to come to Birchwood Camp. We invite you to prayerfully consider making a donation to help us continue offering low fees and scholarships for campers. 

Give Today

Interested in renting our site for your staff training event, church or youth retreat, school field trip or family gathering? We are open year-round and have various affordable overnight & day rental options available. We would love to help you put together a great event for your group.  Learn more.  
Copyright © 2015 Birchwood Camp, All rights reserved.

Our phone & fax number is:  907-688-2734
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp