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Boating on the ice!

We didn’t take the dock out until nearly thanksgiving! Here’s how that went:

Final Auction Numbers & Pictures!

Last year, the 9th Annual Benefit Auction happened less than a month after Tropical Storm Irene brought devastating effects to Vermont.  The Auction Committee had a brief meeting to decide whether to continue on with the auction.  We decided to give it a try… the auction raised $31,869 (gross) in 2011.  That was an amazing for the camp auction!  The highest auction number before 2011 was in the mid $20K.

I think auction success in 2011 owes thanks to a gift certificate program to help local business, stirred emotions from things like power outages and road closures and a lot of generous people.

To what does the auction owe it’s success this year?  Over $33,000 was raised (gross) – $33, 538 in fact!  If you were at the auction or inspired by it in any way and have some insight on how this year’s auction raised even more money than last year leave a comment, please.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all those who gave generously to support the mission of Bethany Birches Camp and help subsidize camp programs so any camper can come regardless of financial reality!

Quick Links

Pictures from the day

Auction Item Prices

I love the Annual Benefit Auction!  Thanks to Phil, Billy and Mary,  (Lapp, Sneed & Moyer) we had about 370 doughnuts available at no charge.  There were something like 30 left at the end of the day.  There were about 120 there.  Do the math. Almost 3 doughnuts per person!

There will be more to say about it, but right now, I just wanted to highlight an interesting document – the lot list with prices.  It’s astounding.  When I read through this I think – WHOA – what a faithful group of supporters!

Here’s to all of you that help make the camp happen  😀

2012 auction lot list with prices

Mark your calendars for next September!

Tuna

Online Bidding Almost Closed

The annual Benefit Auction happens tomorrow! IF you can’t make it, get your online bid in by 7pm tonight!  That’s the last chance – after that, it’s closed down so we can take the bids with us to the auction and bid on your behalf.

For those of you that are coming, or could come, here’s what you can look forward to:

World-change.  Seriously. Supporting the auction is supporting a program that is doing it’s best to change the world by helping young people develop a relationship with the only World-Changer there is – God!

Other reasons to come if world-change isn’t enough:
. Fresh-squeezed cider
. Free lunch
. Chance to win a Jeep
. Home-made doughnuts and potato chips
. Bid while facing an incredible view complete with colorful leaves

Each year, the BBC Annual Benefit Auction helps pay for lots of kids to get to camp. All Proceeds go to help kids who can’t pay, get here.  World change or not, that’s pretty cool.

Details here.

See you tomorrow at 9!

Tuna

Jeep: A Benefit Auction Raffle

If you haven’t heard, the camp was given a Jeep and it’s being raffled off to get the Benefit Auction started on the right foot (I’m OK if it gets started on the left foot… I guess. I just prefer the right).

Tickets are selling like mad! There’s only 120 tix total.

Here’s the page with details and tix: www.bethanybirches.org/jeep

Here are some pics:

$60 discount on summer 2012

We put together a discount today as a bit of an incentive for those campers that are not yet signed up for summer 2012.  If you’re signed up already, just be glad you have a spot because some weeks are already full (and keep reading for your opportunity)!

What we’re offering is simple:

$60 off either Pioneer or Discoverer sessions if you’re not currently signed up and do sign up and deposit by June 15.  Why discounts on these sessions?  They’re not full yet!  You can get this discount when you register by using one of these two codes

  • Pioneer60
  • Discoverer60

For those of you that are reading this and are already signed up for one of these two sessions and are sad to not get the discount, here’s what we can offer you – a $30 discount if you invite a non-registered friend to join you at one of these two sessions.  We’ll also give them a $30 discount.  Of course, they can’t already be signed up and they must register and deposit by June 15.  Tell your friend to use this code: POD30.  You can get your $30 off by commenting on this post or send an email to camp @ bethanybirches.org and let us know your friends name, your camper’s name and use the same code.  If they sign up by June 15, we’ll add the discount to your camper account.

Can’t wait to see you this summer!

Tuna

Fire Marshal and Cabin Update

We’ve been hard at work!  So many volunteers have lent a hand as well as paid help.  Paul Derksen of Turning Leaf Houserights

Paul working on exit stair from loft

has been running the construction side of the project and putting paid and volunteer labor to work.  Mike Bryan (electrician) has been working with Harold Bergey and Herb Frederick of Bergey’s Electric to get the necessary electrical work done and Jim at Royal Alarms has been making things happen on the fire alarm side!  We’ve had so many helpers to date and it’s so encouraging.  When this project is finished, we’ll list all those involved.

Something amazing – the giving toward this project.  We’ve had two gifts of $20,000!  Thanks so much to Doug and Becky Clemens and also the First Congregational Church of Woodstock.   It’s just amazing how God moves through people to accomplish things.  Many have given besides these two very large gifts.  We’re so thankful we can keep moving, buying materials and getting everything in place because of this financial support.  And on top of that, Goodro Lumber is giving through a 15% discount on materials and A.M. Goshow and Son supplied the windows for the project.  Robert Buchan Architect has given quite a discounted rate on services.

Pray with us that we’ll be ready for a final inspection by the week of June 11 and that we’ll have necessary lodging for staff and volunteers this summer.  Pray also for wisdom! We want to make good choices about the Bethany Birches facility – choices that will be cost effective but durable and long-lasting.  Choices that will serve the program of the camp extremely well and allow us to continue to create a facility that accomplishes the unique mission God has given to Bethany Birches.

Thanks be to God for all the wonderful people who are coming together to help make this building safer!

And no matter what happens in the cabin, summer 2012 is on and only three weeks away!

Tuna

Leon working on the exit from the loft

Fire Marshal Update: Call for help

It’s been about two months since the fire marshal’s visit. We continue to be thankful for the way their office is working with us and helping to make the building safer.

Here’s what’s happening this month (May):

  • Electricians are working on the smoke detection system
  • Egress windows being installed
  • Cutting trees for a neighbor to earn cash for the project ($5000!)
  • Stairways being upgraded (smoke proofed)
  • Exit from loft constructed
  • LOTS OF CLEANING afterward!
Will you join us?  Here are some ways to help:
  • Carpentry, building trades – May 21-June1.  We need at least 2 volunteers each day.
  • Cleaning – we’ll need help with this from June 4-8
  • Cooking – particularly things that can be frozen.  Baked goods too. We need some lunches for people working the last two weeks of May.
You can let us know when you’re available and what you can give by filling this form out.  Again, here are the dates:
May 12:                    Spring Workday – come one, come all!
May 21 – June 1: Carpentry and building help
June 4 – June 8: Cleanup and prep for summer

Cabin Help

As you know, the cabin needs help so we can use it this summer! If you can help, let us know by filling out this form.
  • We will communicate with you this way
  • If you are giving carpentry/building labor, which trades/skills do you have? If food or baked goods, what do you plan to make and how much?
  • Please list the dates you intend to come to work. We will assume a full day unless you specify half day
    If no, select other and let us know how we can get it from you (if you live far, we may not be able to come get it).
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

 

Once we hit June, we hope to have occupancy.  We expect to begin a small addition project that will finish the requirements for the building.  But, because of time, we need to postpone that till August and the fire marshal has been gracious in helping us get a timeline that works.

Join me in praying and hoping for a fun-filled, safe, eternally impacting summer!

Tuna

Email about Free Camps – Discounts

About a week ago I sent an email to many camper families.  It was all about Free Camps (there’s still two more to happen this coming Sunday)!  I thought I’d post the email series here for anyone who missed the info… here’s the second one:

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To the parents of Camper:

Greetings again!

I didn’t mention it in my last email, but there are lots of ways to save oncamp.  We make it so because one of our mission priorities is to makecamp super affordable!  One way to save is by coming to the upcomingFree Camps.  In short, we’re giving a $100 voucher at each Free Campevent (so 3 in total).  Each person that comes will get one ticket to be entered in the drawing.  The drawing will be done at the event. If you win, summer camp costs $100 less for you this year!

Also, you can save by bringing never-ever’s to the party with you.  Never-ever’s are campers that haven’t been to a BBC program before.  You’ll receive a $7 discount for each never-ever you bring with you that is camp-age (between 6-17).

Additional details on the discounts being offered through Free Camp here –www.bethanybirches.org/freecamp

A few other ways to save on camp this summer:

1.      Sign up for the BBC Blog – you’ll get a $10 discount when you send us the code you get from signing up.  You can sign up here –http://www.bethanybirches.org/blog/blog-subscription/

2.      If one child comes to more than one session or you send more than one child, you get discounts. You can select them when you register (register online here – bethanybirches.org/summer-camp-application-form)

3.      Apply for Kids to Camp money (scholarship) here –http://www.bethanybirches.org/scholarship-request-form. You will qualify if your child gets free lunch or reduced-price lunch.  Other discounts will not be honored if you receive Kids to Camp money (because we give lots of it to those that qualify).

Hope to see you this weekend in Rutland or the following in Taftsville or Ascutney!

Tuna

(Brandon)

p.s. Here are the dates again

THIS SUNDAY: April 22, 2012: 2-4pm

Rutland, VT

Grace Church, 8 Court Street, in the youth center

 

April 29, 2012: 1-3pm

Woodstock, VT

@ Taftsville Chapel, Happy Valley Rd. just off Rt. 4 across from the Taftsville Bridge, in the sanctuary

 

April 29, 2012: 5-7pm

Ascutney, VT

Ascutney Union Church, from intersection of Rte. 5 and Rte. 131 go north approx. 1/10 mile. Church is on the right.

PIZZA DINNER INCLUDED!

You’re welcome to RSVP to this email.  If you decide last minute to come, just come on out!

Email about Free Camps – special invitation

About a week and a half ago I sent an email to many camper families.  It was all about Free Camps (there’s still two more to happen this coming Sunday)!  I thought I’s post the email series here for anyone who missed the info… here’s the first one:

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To the parents of Camper:

I hope this finds you well.

I’m writing to invite you to an event that is happening near you.  We call it free camp.  It’s two hours of camp

with some of our favorite indoor activities, food and fun.

 

I’ll be there with some staff and volunteers and we’ll be talking about summer 2012.

There are lots of details about Free Camp on the website:http://www.bethanybirches.org/freecamp.

This is also a great chance to share camp with your friends – feel free to forward this to them.

 

Will you and your family join us?  I would love if you come to one of these parties and send your camper(s)

to camp this summer!

 

Here are the dates and locations:

THIS SUNDAY: April 22, 2012: 2-4pm

Rutland, VT

Grace Church, 8 Court Street, in the youth center

 

April 29, 2012: 1-3pm

Woodstock, VT

@ Taftsville Chapel, Happy Valley Rd. just off Rt. 4 across from the Taftsville Bridge, in the sanctuary

 

April 29, 2012: 5-7pm

Ascutney, VT

Ascutney Union Church, from intersection of Rte. 5 and Rte. 131 go north approx. 1/10 mile. Church is on the right.

PIZZA DINNER INCLUDED!