Another auction has come and gone. Boy was it fun! Preparation always seems so stressful for the committee and staff. I left camp at 10pm on Friday night knowing there was plenty to finish on Saturday morning. Slept OK. Woke up thinking about all there was to do. Rushed up to camp after kissing my wife and daughter. Got out of my truck and took a deep breath. Immediately I smelled quiche baking and doughnuts frying. The air was brisk and the sun bright. Fog was rising from the valley below. I recalled a snapshot from a recent board retreat. Someone wrote “Auction Day.” That was a response to the question, “What do you love about camp?” I hadn’t thought about that much until that moment. And I realized that even though it’s stressful for me I just love auction day! Campers are back on site. Many of our most faithful supporters are here. Lots of volunteers hustle around to get food out. And there are new-to-camp folks checking it out for the first time. Sometimes just passing by sometimes from a nearby town.
What a wonderful mix of people! And all for the purpose of supporting a vision of a better world – a vision of giving local children a needed experience; young people who need a place to go and get outside and play. To experience God in nature and the people around them. To be inspired to hope and dream and love. Who doesn’t want to invest in our youth in a meaningful way.
And then there’s the food. Fresh made doughnuts. Quiche & fruit. Fresh coffee. Fresh squeezed apple cider. Popcorn just popped like at the movies. Add the people and food to the event itself – the auctioneers doing their thing with their crazy fast talk. What fun and fellowship!
- $42,049 has been recorded so far.
- 80 bidder numbers were handed out to over 130 people.
- 95 raffle tickets sold (congrats to Rebecca Golding, winner).
- 180 doughnuts made and consumed in 4 hours.
See photos from the day on the main auction page. Coming to that page in a day or so will be the lot list with winning bids attached. It’s often fun to see how much items sold for.
And please please please plan to join us next year, September 23 OR 30, 2017 (committee will be deciding shortly).
Please also plan to join us as a volunteer during winter or summer programs. Or, sign up for monthly giving (email me brandon @ bethanybirches.org for the monthly giving form). No matter how you join in the fun, hope to see you here at camp sometime soon.
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey
Day camp is back! Cheeks has been hard at work planning. I wanted to share with you her recent plans for themes at Day Camp.
Each week of day camp will include a lot of traditional BBC Favorites including eating ice cream out of a pig trough, the slip n slide, swimming in the pond, exploring nature, team building activities and more. Each day will have blocks of time dedicated to the theme for the week. Read below for more details on each week.
Classic Week: (6/20-24)
This week is all about BBC Classics! Day Camp Director Amber “Cheeks” Bergey will pull from her 10 years as BBC Program Director to have the best, age appropriate BBC activities for Day Campers. Over the years BBC has gone “around the world”, hosted “muddy Olympics” and “carnivals”, directed “cinemas” and examined a plethora of themes to help young people make connections between faith, nature, relationships and God. Each day campers will get a great taste of what it’s like to be a BBC Camper while making new friends and having a wonderful time!
Wild Week: (6/27-7/1)
This week will focus on the “wild” activity happening around us in nature. Blocks of time each day will be dedicated to examining the wildlife around us. Catching critters in the brook, scavenger hunts leading to different trees and rocks, along with other hands on events will help campers have fun while learning about the wild life around us. It’s never too early to experience how being immersed in nature can put us in touch with The Creator.
Splash Week: (8/1-8/4 or 5?)
This week of Day Camp is in honor of many residential camper’s favorite day: Wet N Wild Wednesday! At Day Camp we’ll be wet and wild all week. Chunks of each day will be dedicated to water activities. If you don’t like to get wet, not to worry! Each day will have options for hands off water activities. Campers will have fun with traditional back yard splash games and also have fun working together to accomplish slippery challenges. Moments each day will also be spent examining how some of the properties of water can help us understand faith and a relationship with God.
That’s right. Just like the title says, we will help you host your child’s birthday party here at camp for no charge! We have a limited number of slots available between now and the middle of June. So we’ll do first come first serve. Here’s what you do:
- Go to Facebook and write a brief statement sharing what you love about Bethany Birches and why others should consider signing up for a summer session. (see sample below – you can even copy and paste)
- Write to brandon @ bethanybirches.org to let me know you did it.
- I’ll contact you with possible dates.
Here’s a sample post:
My (son/daughter name) has been going to Bethany Birches Camp (use @Bethany Birches Camp to actually tag the camp) for __ years now. I just love _____ (share whatever you love about the camp). Check out their summer camp offerings at www.bethanybirches.org/summer-camps.
Think this is cheesy? Don’t! We need your help getting the word out about camp. That’s why we ask you to share on Facebook (feel free to tell your friends face to face too!). And we want camp to be used by you and your family and benefit from all the camp has to offer which is why we’re offering free Birthday party hosting!
Hope to hear from you soon.
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey
Greetings BBC Supporters:
Each year in March, we have our Annual Association Meeting. The Association is the formal ownership group of the camp (being a non-profit, there are no financial benefits to ownership). FYI – anyone can join the association.
It’s a fun evening; sharing a meal, hearing from the staff and board directors and conferring together about important issues. This year the association had discussion around the camp’s core values.
You can listen to a good portion of the meeting right here.
The annual report can be found here. If you would like a copy mailed to you, let us know here at the camp office (802-672-5220).
It would be great to see you at next year’s meeting!
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey
I am excited to announce the first ever Birchmobile!
With a big thanks to board member Chad Yoder and Bergey’s for the donation on the truck, Alvin Landis and Landis Graphics on the design and supporter Rich Landis for bringing the truck to camp. I present the Birchmobile. It will be used for camper transportation, errands and other camp business and as a moving advertisement. May it live long and deliver many campers and staff safely!
Hope to see you at camp soon,
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey
#BBCTshirtday is going to happen every Monday from now through Feb 8. As we get ready for winter and summer camps in 2016 we want to hear from you on social media. So next Monday get your BBC tshirt on and take a picture of yourself somewhere fun, or even better, you AND your friends, and post on Facebook. Tuesday morning, we will select our favorite one and mail you a FREE 50th anniversary t shirt. Just like the ones in this pic.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BBCTshirtDay and tag Bethany Birches Camp to get in the running.
It’s that time of year again! In just two short months we will be ice skating on the basketball court and drying our boots by the fire after flying down the tubing run! Full speed ahead. Its Winter Camp season!
During Winter Camp we pack a full week of Bethany Birches into just one weekend. Campers will get to reconnect with their friends from the summer, hang out with some returning counselors, and sleep in the heated Staff Cabin! Campers also participate in a variety of Snow Camp specific events, including: Tubing, Sledding, Broomball, Snow Painting, Cardboard Sled Races, Firesides, Night Tubing, and the New Pavilion!
If you would like more information check out bethanybirches.org/winter-camps or call the camp at (802)-672-5220
We hope to see you there!
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey and Dan “Chick” Laubach
Executive Director and Program Director
Greetings friends. Today is a day some know as #givingtuesday. We gave thanks
(Thanksgiving) Thursday and got some good deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday), and today is a chance to give to others. If you’re in the giving mood, help get a kid to camp this winter and upcoming summer.
If you’re not in the giving mood, I hope this video lifts your spirits.
Brandon “Tuna:” Bergey
p.s. here’s a little more about #givingtuesday: www.givingtuesday.org