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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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
Our second session color war, TIAD took place over the last two days. TIAD is about tradition, sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy competition. Especially for our older girls, it is an anticipated and focal point of the summer. To read more about it click here: Saturday night, we had the final TIAD event with a campfire that focuses on Birch Trail traditions. Each team creates a skit that reflects one or more of Birch Trail’s long-standing traditions. Our camp traditions connect three different generations of campers to this wonderful place just west on Minong and remind me that our Birch Trail