Greetings from BBC! We’ve had a couple of snow falls already so we are full speed ahead to snow camps!
Can you help us with snow camps? Cooking continues to be one of the biggest challenges to running snow camps. Last year it was a big help to the volunteer cooks to pull frozen meals out of the freezer and pop in the oven. We’d like to do that again this year.
This is where YOU can help: Below is a list of seemingly kid friendly meals that could be frozen until snow camps. Make as many of each or choose from a couple. If you have additional ideas for freezer meals, by all means, let me know and cook away, keeping in mind that we like to have the same thing for everyone at meals. So if we find ourselves with one exotic casserole, we may save it for a staff/volunteer celebration dinner:)
The freezers are on now! You can help at winter camps anytime from now till January! Drop meals off at camp anytime between now and Jan 8th. We’re here most days at least from 10-5. If we’re not here, the freezer is in the basement of the cabin, right outside the office. If you’re at Bethany Mennonite Church on a Sunday morning, please feel free to hand off the meal to me there as well!
Don’t let distance keep you from contributing. We’re frequent travelers of Rt 4 so if you want to meet somewhere on Rt 4, just give a call to set something up. If you’re in the SE PA area, you can drop meals off at Rich and Lucy Landis’ home and I’ll pick them up next time we’re in the area (Dec and Jan; Call 802-672-5220 for directions/details.).
Thanks in advance for your help and support! Amber Bergey
Potential Freezer Needs
Lasagnas/Baked Ziti Mac & Cheese Chicken Corn Casserole MeatLoaf Stromboli/Pizza Enchilada Casserole Shepherd’s Pie Meatballs
What do I remember about Bethany Birches? I remember the great fireside roundups, cooking over the fire, British Bulldog game, the mud pit, sleeping in the cabins, and so much more. My name is Leah Beidler and my week at BBC was often the best week of the summer. I am now 28 years old and living in Dorchester, MA, but was a faithful BBC camper for years when I was in middle school. I always enjoyed the drive up there and the excitement of what the week might hold. I met great friends, got to sing great songs about Jesus, and be immersed in God’s country.
I now live in the inner city of Boston and volunteer with a church in an underserved, high crime area. Vermont and Dorchester, MA are two different worlds. I have gone from the quiet, solitude of Vermont to hearing sirens, sometimes gunshots, and many other things. In the midst of the darkness I have found great light in the children and youth that live in our neighborhood. They are hungry for new experiences. I am the Youth Pastor at the church and this summer I wanted to get some of the children out of the neighborhood. My hope is that they could experience something new, exciting, enriching, and full of Jesus. BBC was that and everything more. I was a little skeptical about bringing three boys from the inner city up to BBC because of the extreme differences, but I remember what BBC did for my heart and growth so I wanted to give it a chance.
I think the best moment was picking the boys up after a week at BBC. The whole ride to Vermont I was worried that I would get there and they would say their time was miserable and boring. When I arrived they greeted me with hugs and begged to stay. They told me all about what they had learned, games they had played, and friends they had made. The highlight was hearing one of our boys read a poem that was about his vision, hopes, and thoughts about God. I remember thinking; “This alone makes it worth it.” To share that energy with the boys and hear the excitement that BBC and the staff brought to their hearts was an amazing gift. I am so grateful for the staff at BBC and their hearts to pour into our children, youth, and this kingdom on earth. Thank you! We are already waiting for next summer.
Opportunities to learn abound at summer camp. Campers are taught about Jesus through relationship with counselors, staff and friends. Campers learn of God’s creativity as they uncover the great outdoors. Staff and campers learn about relationship as we seek to develop a community of love all summer long. This past summer we even sought to help campers gain and maintain traditional academic skills through a program called “Explore 30.” Explore 30 is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Camp Association (ACA). Explore 30 is a program that helps camps encourage campers to read for at least 30 minutes a day. The ACA developed this program to address a problem common in school students called Summer Learning Loss. This summer at BBC 30 minutes of each day was dedicated to reading. Campers could choose if they wanted to read during this time. Some campers opted to draw, sleep, journal or day dream, but many chose to read. Some counselors took this opportunity to share their favorite stories with campers while others opted to keep up with their own reading. Either way, this summer at Bethany Birches Camp, campers were encouraged to keep learning through both traditional methods and methods unique to the camp setting!
To learn more about Summer Learning Loss and Explore 30:
A highlight of summer 2011 for many campers and staff was the addition of the GaGa Pit.
An octagonal wall allows many participants to enjoy an exciting, fast paced game of GaGa, a form of dodgeball. The game starts by throwing the ball up and shouting Ga the first two times the ball hits the ground and continues until only one person is left in the pit. After that everyone jumps back in and a new game begins. It doesn’t matter if someone has quick feet or slow, is young or old, jumps high or not, anyone can play and have a lot of fun! Many campers would have loved to play this game all day every day. Some campers cleaned up meals faster to play GaGa. The pit was always full during free time. If you haven’t played the game yet, get yourself up to the hill to play. Tuna and Cheeks are always ready for a game of GaGa!
Special thanks to YoYo, Chad Yoder, Brian Goshow and Gerry Hawkes for playing significant roles in the construction of the GaGa Pit! Thanks also for the Eco Track Gerry, and the brackets Brian!
With a few nights of frost over the past week AND forecasted flurries in the mountains AND our seasonal maintenance manager applying to work in snow making departments at nearby mountains, we are gearing up for another winter of snow, beauty and fun!
Below is another reminder from Killington to buy reduced price lift tickets by THURSDAY OCT 20th.
Again, if you don’t ski, there is still plenty of activity to enjoy at camp and the scenery is guaranteed inspiring.
The other day Tuna posted this picture of me trying to stay ahead of leaf raking. Mowing leaves reminded me of plowing/shoveling snow. My heart sunk as I remembered how much harder it is to both shovel snow and drive in snow compared to leaves! Then I remembered the beauty of winter, the memories I’ve created while skiing down East Fall, giggling the whole way down the BBC tube run or heading deep into the quiet woods on my snowshoes. BBC is a winter wonderland. Consider coming to check it out!
The Bethany Birches Cabin is a great spot to enjoy every aspect of winter…
…Head to the nearby mountains for some of the best skiing in the northeast. (Killington Mountain or Okemo Mountain)
…Tube down BBC’s 1/5 mile tube run on tube park quality tubes for a memorable adventure
…Strap on snowshoes or cross country skis and explore the 100 acres of camp.
…Snowmobile the VAST trail which runs through camp property and can take you anwhere in the state of VT.
…Or simply watch the snow fall from a cozy cabin.
No matter the type of adventure you enjoy – BBC is a cozy, affordable place to stay. The cabin is kid friendly and a great place for groups of any kind to gather!
If you’re coming to ski – don’t’ miss out on Killington’s early bird deals ($58 Weekend Tix/$38 Mid Week Tix offered through 10/17) Keep in mind, Killington is open until May and skiing in April can be just as fun as skiing in Feb!