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Connection

One of the themes of camp is creating connections. From activities to evening programs, our campers learn how to interact with one another and navigate the challenges that arise. One of the challenges that we have seen over the past two weeks is that our campers are remembering how to spend time with their peers in a way that used to be commonplace. Our campers have been interacting with peers, older campers, staff and younger campers around the clock. That’s a lot of socializing for children who haven’t had much opportunity for social time these last 16 months! This process

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All my life’s a circle

When I was a kid my parents used to listen to Harry Chapin all the time. One of the songs that was on repeat in our house was “All My Life’s a Circle.” I loved the tune, but didn’t understand the meaning until I grew up. About ten years ago we had a very homesick camper. This little girl would wake up every morning and wait for me to walk by her cabin on my way to the office. Then she would follow behind me and join my dog Brooklyn and I at the office. I typically get to the

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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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