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Best Friends are made at Birch Trail

Our campers love to dress up. Funny costumes, tutu’s, silly outfits- these things are normal attire at Birch Trail. It seems like the only thing the kids like as much as silly outfits are t shirts from the canteen (camp store). One of our slogans is “Best Friends are made at Birch Trail.” Every few years we reproduce a t shirt with this slogan and it sells out instantly. When I ask the kids why they love this t shirt so much they tell me that it represents camp so well. Almost every camper has a story about how they

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Visiting Day

We had so much energy, fun and enthusiasm at camp this past session. Campers made new friends, tried new activities and expanded their horizons. We sent out 34 trips including: two sea kayaking trips to the apostle islands, two hiking trips to Isle Royale, two Boundary Waters canoeing trips, eight canoeing trips down the Namekagon river, two rock climbing trips, a paddle boarding trip, a sailing trip and many more. We had incredible evening programs, including last night’s camper favorite Tiki’s Last Laugh. If silly and messy activities are your idea of a good time, check the photos online. https://birchtrail.smugmug.com/Evening-Program-Tikis-Last-Laugh/

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Birch Trail Nights

Empowerment, self-confidence and bonding are words that are often used to describe camp. However, as parents, you don’t get to see that happening in real time. Sure you get letters from your daughters and see the photos online, but it’s not the same as being here and witnessing it. That’s a privilege that I never take for granted. And I often wish that I could share it with you. In that sense tonight’s blog is a special blog. I want to let our campers share some of their experiences with you. Here at Birch Trail we take part in cabin

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Color Wars

It’s color wars time at Birch Trail! Sunday and Monday were Pandemonium- our first session color war. Each session we have a color war where the camp is split into 5 different teams and we have two days of cheering, competition and spirit. The campers love Pandemonium because of the crazy costumes, silly cheers and fun activities and relays. In true Birch Trail fashion it’s a very exuberant few days. There are so many wonderful things about color war; one of my favorites is how it brings campers of all ages together in a group. Color war typically occurs in

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Dancing and Conflict

Hello everyone, We had another great day at camp. Campers made the most of near-perfect weather by water skiing, rock climbing, sailing and doing all the normal activities. It was Pirates of the Caribbean day at fencing (everyone was dressed up and speaking in a pirate accent), we dissected a fish in the BT Vet class, and we had a wicked game of camper vs. counselor dodgeball. On top of that it’s a Saturday so we had pizza and everyone’s favorite dessert: S’more Pockets. But for me, the best part of the day was BT Idol. For this evening program,

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A great week

It’s been a great first week of camp. I have been truly impressed with our campers and staff this past week. Here at Birch Trail we pride ourselves on preparation. We like to plan for everything and then plan again. We have camp directors, project directors, program directors, village directors, and many more positions all dedicated to a certain specific area of camp that they make great. We even have a position for a homesick specialist. The homesick specialist is a position dedicated to looking for any homesick campers during the first week of camp and being available to help

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It takes a village

Before the summer ramps up and we get really busy I want to say thank you to our extended camp family for believing in camp and supporting Birch Trail. I am often pleasantly surprised by the many wonderful gestures from our camp families. Phone calls, letters, and recommendations to friends and families; all of these are heartfelt and appreciated. Birch Trail does not market or advertise – everyone who comes to camp found out about us from a current or former person in the Birch Trail family. When a child comes to camp we create a relationship with that family.

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A little bit at a time

Hello from camp. I just moved back up to Birch Trail on Friday. I love being at camp in the spring. There is so much to do and it’s fun for me to help get everything ready for the campers and staff. Many people often ask me what it’s like to be the only person at camp. It’s peaceful, beautiful and I can be very productive. But I’m not really alone. Russ, Bill and Huey are here during the day finishing our winter construction projects. There are so many things that need to be completed to get camp ready. Some

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Fun, fun and more fun

At camp, we like to have fun. However, like most things at camp, our fun has a reason behind it. Almost everything that we do at camp happens with planning and intention. Take our world famous game of Biffer (a very messy variation on the game of tag). Some people think that we just like to get messy and while that is true, there is a deeper meaning to the game of Biffer. We see Biffer (which happens on the 2nd night of camp) as a way for our campers to shed their city persona and settle into camp life.

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Letters from camp

I gave a tour this morning to a really nice family. The mom was a social worker and totally got Birch Trail. Her work background allowed her to see all the intentionality behind what we do. It was a very fun tour, and along the way the mom asked her daughter, “would it be ok with you if I worked here?” Of course the daughter instantly said no. She told her mom that she could write her letters, but that was it. As a parent, I thought this was hilarious, but also totally appropriate. So much of the growth and

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