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In the swing of things

Hello from camp, We have been having a great second session. The weather has been perfect the past few days and our second session color war, TIAD, was almost too much fun. If you want to read more about TIAD please click on this link to read an earlier post: https://birchtrail.com/destiny/ The kids are fully settled into their routines at camp and you should be getting lots of fun letters from camp. Hopefully those letters are full of information and stories. Maybe there is a need for us to fill in the blanks when it comes to parts of our

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BT Meals and Cheering

Hello from camp, We’ve had a great first week of second session. As the kids are getting settled into their routine I want to spend a few minutes telling you about the why behind what we do at camp. During the first session we started a theme for this year’s blog posts of social and emotional learning (SEL). To read more about SEL and why it’s important at Birch Trail, please click this link: https://birchtrail.com/an-introduction-to-the-why-of-birch-trail/ For today’s blog let’s take a look at part of our daily routine at Birch Trail and why it’s structured the way it is. Family-style

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BT Idol and Pandemonium

It’s been a busy few days here at camp. Sunday night marked the mid point of our session and it’s hard to believe that it’s going so fast! After dinner I watched one of my favorite programs: BT Idol. It’s a perfect example of how campers can learn life skills at camp without having any idea that they are learning (because they are too busy having fun). In this method of “dancing through personality differences” every cabin competes in a lip-syncing and dancing competition. This activity encourages the fun of dance parties and self-expression, but also provides an invaluable opportunity

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Birch Trail Wilderness Trips

Hello from camp, Today is our first cabin day and it’s a perfect camp day. The sun is shining, there is plenty of wind for sailing and it’s a great temperature for water activities. All the campers in camp are having a wonderful day. But I wanted to talk with you about our campers who are out of camp today, the campers who are on wilderness camping trips. We offer two different types of trips at Birch Trail: cabin trips and optional trips. Our cabin trips are a progression starting with an overnight trip, followed by a three-day van trip,

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An introduction to the Why of Birch Trail

Hello from Birch Trail, It’s been a great week at camp. The weather has been perfect and the campers and staff have been incredibly busy and active. For this summer’s blog I want to take you behind the scenes of what we do at camp and give you a peek “behind the curtain” to reveal a little of our camp magic. My hope is that with each blog post you will learn a little more of the “why” behind what we do at camp. We have a lot of traditions at Birch Trail. Even better, we investigate those traditions often

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Growth at Birch Trail

Hello from camp, It’s been a great first day and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer. Each year on the first night of camp I walk around to all of the cabins with our Assistant Director Emma. We check in on all of the campers (new and returning) and see how their first night of camp is going. There are so many emotions in the cabins; campers are making new friendships, forging independence, and learning to verbalize their feelings as they work through homesickness and so much more. It’s an amazing thing to see. For those of

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The amazing people of Birch Trail

I was giving a tour to a family today and they asked me to tell them one of the things that makes Birch Trail special. I told them that one of the biggest things that sets Birch Trail apart is our staff. Sure, we have amazing traditions, a wonderful culture and an idyllic setting, but it’s our people that are the heart of Birch Trail. Over 140 staff spend their summers at Birch Trail working to create a community where children grow. Whether it’s devoting 3, 5, 10, or 30 years of their lives, our staff are dedicated to helping

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The Circle Game

On Thursday night we had our second-generation campfire (second-generation campers are those whose moms were campers or staff members). I sat and listened to the campers tell stories from when their moms were at camp and remembered being there for some of the things the campers were talking about. During the campfire, I talked about how things have a funny way of repeating themselves. I told them to look at the person on your right, then the person on your left, because these will be your best friends for your life. I told the campers that I remembered being a

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Destiny

At the start of each session when we have our very first dinner together, we have a tradition of reciting a special grace that campers have been using here at Birch Trail since the very beginning. This grace is a poem that reminds the campers to be mindful of their time together and of the friendships they will cultivate over the next four or eight weeks. The poem reads as follows: There is a destiny that makes us brothers and sisters; None goes his or her way alone. All that we send into the lives of others Comes back into

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Birch Trail Beauty

I was talking with a few campers tonight in the office and they were talking about the service that they were going to lead tomorrow. The more we started talking about it, the more I realized that they needed to share their story with you. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed hearing them talk about it tonight. Birch Trail. A place where one feels included, appreciated, and loved. This is Ashley and Jane from cabin TM coming at you live from Gabe’s office. Being two 6 year campers, we wanted to share a little

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