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Wish List

Greetings.  Sometimes, supporters will ask what we hope for, what we need to do the work of Bethany Birches better.

Well, most of what we want isn’t what we need and most of what we need can’t be put on this list.  But, there are some tools and other things that will help us do our work better.  Some of these items will make our jobs easier.

If you are able to acquire, buy or otherwise gain for us, any of these things, we will be grateful! And, you can get tax benefit too.

THE LIST (right now)

  • Trail work – lots to do!
  • Benches for fireside sites – we need help on design and materials and install
  • Basketball court repair – $$
  • Large Generator – 15KW to 30KW – preferably PTO driven on 3 point hitch OR propane set in place
  • Pressure washer – ours broke
  • Tools – particularly ratchet set, wrenches, cordless drill
  • Paint brushes and other painting supplies
  • Ladders – step ladders 6′, 8′ or 10′ as well as extension ladders – 16’+
  • Wheel barrow (or two)
  • Logging/Farm winch for 3-point hitch attachment for a 30-40 horse tractor
  • Garden Hoses – flexible… rubber works best!
  • Large mower (52″ or 60″) – our 1970’s model Gravely is almost dead
  • Silage wrap – in large sheet (50×100) – for the ice rink!
  • Pond Beach Enlargement – Excavation services.  Eventually we need to dredge the pond also.
  • Director’s Residence – walkway from front porch to driveway
  • Volunteers during the summer

Winter Camp Food Help

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Hi Friends,

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

Dinners:
Lasagnas/Baked Ziti        Mac & Cheese      Chicken Corn Casserole    MeatLoaf Stromboli/Pizza               Enchilada Casserole Shepherd’s Pie                Meatballs

Lunches/Soups 
Chicken Noodle Soup       Corn Chowder          Chili                Tomato Soup        Broccoli Cheese Soup       Potato Soup
Breakfast/Treats/Other
Applesauce                   Cookies (all varieties) Brownies                      Cakes/Cupcakes
Egg Casseroles             Shoo Fly Pie
Funny Cake                  Sticky Buns
Coffee Cake

Won’t be long till winter!
Camp sign in winter

 Pictures from Snow Camps

Campers walking toward the tubing run 3

P1010059 2

See more photos here.

Late Night Gaga at October Connect

We love Gaga.  And why let the dark or the snow stop us?

Had a great time this weekend with many teens.  If you haven’t been to a connect, you gotta make it out for January’s!

October Connect Excitement

Cheeks on what she’s excited for this weekend:

 

Dew the Dog on what he’s excited for this weekend:

Fall Workday Oct. 29

Come one, come all.  Bring your maul (and rake)!

There’s plenty of wood (and leaves) to be moved.

We have some other projects too

a new wood shed and pavilion plastic replacement to name a few.

 

So join us at 9, when the coffee is hot.  Stick around for lunch, it’s on us.

Bring a rake, some gloves, and yourself!

 

October 29, 2011 – 9-2pm.  If teens (9-12 grade) come for the worday, they can stay and play at October Connect free of charge!  You still need to sign up for Connect.

See you soon!

Tuna

Deals on Killington Lift Tickets

Greetings friends!

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.

Weekdays and some weekends are still available at the BBC Cabin, check the online calendar for availability: http://www.bethanybirches.org/facility-use-calendar.

Let us know if you have questions and inquire about week night rentals and more than 3 night rentals. Hope to see you this winter!

Amber “Cheeks” Bergey

As of the time of this posting, the K57 deal is over.  But, not to worry!  BBC has a number of these tickets.  You can buy them directly from us for $60 if you’re staying in the cabin this winter.

Auction Raffle Winners

Congratulations to these people – they won the 1st Annual Auction Raffle!

Youth Bicycle: Ryan Newswanger

4 Quarts of Syrup:

  • James Alderfer
  • Mary Jane Crockett
  • Joy Sawatsky
  • Omar Zook
Woodstock Farmers Market Gift Certificate: Mary Moyer
Antique Quilt: Jane Rosenberger
Free Week of Camp: James Alderfer
Sleeping Bag and Foam Mat: Mary Jane Crockett

The raffle page is here