November Birchwood Camp news: Double your gift to Birchwood Camp on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015! Plus: Winter Camp, job opportunities, 2016 Summer Camp dates and more!

Giving Tuesday Match Grant

Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving that takes place each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving; this year, that's December 1. Giving Tuesday creates a moment around the holidays dedicated to giving— similar to how Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping. On this day, we invite you to give to Birchwood Camp by donating or volunteering in a way that is personally meaningful.

The UMC Giving Tuesday match grant is available again this year, which means you can double your support for Birchwood Camp! This match opportunity is provided by the Global Ministries division of the United Methodist Church (UMC) through their direct giving program, The Advance, which means 100% of your gift supports Birchwood Camp. For just 24 hours 
gifts made to Birchwood Camp through Advance #931068 have the chance to be matched.

The Important Details:
This match grant is available to all UMC Advance projects across the globe, not just Birchwood Camp. It’s very important to follow the directions below so that your gift has the best chance of being matched on Giving Tuesday.
  • You must make your gift by credit or debit card during the hours specified below at our project page on the Advance website. Here’s the direct link: Click the red "Give Now" button. 
  • UMC Global Ministries will allocate matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 1, 2015, between 12:00a.m. and 11:59p.m. Central Time.
  • That means that for western US time zones the match grant actually opens on November 30th at: 9:00p.m. Alaska Time, 10:00p.m. Pacific Time, 11:00p.m. Mountain Time, and so on.  We recommend setting a reminder on your device or calendar for the time the match grant opens in your time zone.
  • During the last two years the matching funds were used up within the first 10-60 minutes of giving. Make your gift as soon as giving opens in your time zone for a better chance that your gift will be matched!
  • A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to Birchwood Camp can be matched. Birchwood Camp may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds on Giving Tuesday. Help us reach our $25,000 giving goal by making a gift as soon as the Giving Tuesday campaign opens!
Would you like a personal reminder phone call, text or email from us on November 30th? Call our office: 907-688-2734 or email us

 Why Participate?
YOU will make the camp experience possible for kids! Your financial gift gives them opportunities to create friendships, explore their faith, practice courage by trying new things, and learn how to live as part of a caring community that is like no other. Your support is vital; in order to make the camp experience accessible to all families, the fees we charge for our camping programs are much lower than the actual cost of running these programs.
Your gift actually makes camp happen!


Join our 2016 Summer Staff Team

We are looking for dynamic, talented, compassionate, flexible young adults to join our 2016 summer staff team! Spend your summer in beautiful Alaska, serving God and making in difference in the lives of children & teens! Please share this posting with those who may be interested and help us spread the word!

Applications for Birchwood Camp's 2016 summer intern program will be accepted until January 31, 2016. 

Click here for more information about the summer intern program or to apply online

Register for Winter Camp

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for Winter Youth Break-Away on December 27-30, 2015. Campers will enjoy four days full of sledding, friends, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, delicious food, broom ball, worship, games, snow shelter building, crafts, a sweat-prayer experience in our sweat lodge, ice skating, and much more! Campers will have the opportunity to build community, make new friends, try new winter activities, experience different and unique worship styles and have some fun during their winter break! Plus- many of our veteran summer staff from across the country will be returning as counselors at winter camp this year! 

Winter Youth Break-Away starts at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30.

The $175 registration fee covers nine delicious meals, plenty of snacks, lodging in the cozy (heated!) cabins and all the program & activities. Register before November 20 to take advantage of payment plans. Register by December 17 to avoid a $20 late fee. Some partial scholarships are available; contact our office for more information or complete the scholarship application. Get more details about this event

Click here to register online for WYBA 2015

Leadership Transition Update

Last week we announced that our Camp Director, Marie Sweezey, and her husband Stephen Sweezey, our Program Director & Camp Manager will be moving and transitioning out leadership at Birchwood Camp in the summer of 2016. Click here to read the original announcement.

Our Board of Directors is currently working on a transition plan and job postings. If you are interested in future leadership & employment opportunities at Birchwood Camp, please keep an eye on the Job Opportunities page on our website. 


Connect with Birchwood Camp

Do you follow Birchwood Camp online? We post updates and photos regularly on social media, so it's a great way to keep up with what's happening around camp. Find us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Support Birchwood when you shop on Amazon this holiday season!

It's simpe: 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 Amazon Smile.

Learn about AmazonSmile or start shopping to support Birchwood Camp.

2016 Summer Camp Dates

June 6-10: 
Faith Adventure Camp 
(entering grades 3-6)
June 13-19:
Music and Drama Camp 
(entering grades 5-10)

June 22-24: 
God Seekers Camp 
(entering grades 1-4)
June 27-July 1: 
Youth Camp 
(entering grades 7-12)
August 5-7: 
Summer Family Camp 
(all ages)

Canoe Camp dates will be announced soon. 

Online registration will open on February 1, 2016. 
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