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Introducing: Kelsey Zimmerman (Camp name TBD)

Kelsey is new to Bethany Birches but NOT new to being at a camp! Read on to find out more:

I am so excited for camp to begin this summer! My name is Kelsey and I live in town called New Holland in Lancaster County, PA. I am a junior at Eastern University and am studying Early Childhood Education. I have never been to Bethany Birches before this summer, but I went to a similar camp near my home many times over the years. Camp has always been a wonderful experience for me and I am sure that this year at Bethany Birches will be just as great! I am very excited to get to know my fellow staff members and all of the campers that I will have the privilege of meeting this summer. I am still friends with many people that I have met at camp years ago and am looking forward to building new friendships like these. Some of my favorite memories have been made at camp and I know that many more will be made this summer. I can’t wait to begin all of the swimming, hiking, games and other fun adventures that this summer will be filled with! I am also very excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow in my relationship with the Lord alongside everyone at camp. Camp is always a great place to see the amazing ways that God is working in your life and discover new ways to get to know him.Being a camp counselor is something that I have always wanted to do since I was a young child and I feel very blessed to have the chance to do so this summer! I hope you will be able to join me and the rest of the Bethany Birches staff this summer!

See you soon!

Kelsey

Kelsey Zimmerman

Introducing Amelia DiSabito (camp name TBD)

After hearing from some of the returning counselors earlier this spring, I thought it’d be fun to introduce a few of the first time staff members joining us this summer:

Amelia DiSabito is originally from Vermont but currently attends college in Florida. She found out about BBC through her brother James and friend Daniel “Dapper Dan” Appelt. Read on for more about Amelia and what she’s looking forward to this summer:

Hey everyone!

Because this is my first summer at BBC  I don’t have tons of tales to tell about camp, except for the wild stories my younger brother (James) shared after he got home from one crazy week at BBC.  I can’t wait to let the games begin and see all the campers having a blast! I grew up on tag, capture the flag and kickball. I love to kayak, rock climb, walk around in the woods, and eat Spaghettios! After being away at school for the year I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to come home to the most beautiful place ever, Vermont! To spend a whole summer praising God for His wonderful creation is such a blessing. On top of that, I look forward to learning to serve those around me better and to love others with the same love that God has for us.  Hope to see you this summer!

Come meet Amelia this summer!

Welcome Amelia!

$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

Youthful Lust

I (Tuna) recently started reading a daily devotional from the Baptists via an iPhone app.  I found it when I was looking for a daily devotional app.  I thought of myself as a young lad and many of our campers as I read this…

Youth and Old Age

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart – 2 Timothy 2:22

Youthful lusts are not limited to physical attraction. They include excessive desires for popularity, acceptance, worldly success, or academic achievement.

The lusts that Paul warns us against are any of the short-sighted cravings of youth for personal pleasure or gain, rather than for personal godliness. Youthful lusts include any hunger or ambition that distracts from our pursuit of true righteousness, faith, charity, and peace.

Interestingly, Paul is not content with our fleeing youthful lusts; he commands us, alternatively, to pursue hard after (the word follow is very strong in the original language) a pure-hearted devotion to God. We will not experience the vibrant, joyful, fulfilling Christian life until we are not only trying to avoid sin but are also seeking after Christ.

And one of the greatest encouragements for people as they pursue Christ is to follow after Him with those that call on the Lord themselves out of a pure heart. Good friends are a great help to the Christian life, and are especially crucial when you are young.

So, young people, remember to flee away from sinful temptations, follow after Christ as your Lord, and look for good friends who will pursue Christ with you.

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

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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!

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

Explorer 2011, Photography Interest Group

This past week for the first time ever another counselor and I led a photography interest group! I had no idea how it was going to work going in or if the cameras the camp provided were even functional. However, between me and Betin’s nice SLR’S rotating amongst the group the campers were able to take some decent shots. In fact, even the photos taken with the ancient cameras came out pretty well. Overall, I cannot explain how impressed I was with each camper’s photography skills. I was feeling sick that day, but after having the opportunity to share this passion of mine and watching the campers receive so much joy from it, I felt revived. I think expressing themselves in this way -by taking photos of other interest groups and God’s creation (both nature and people) was not only joy giving, but therapeutic. Then through this slide show I put together they were able to share their creative works with the rest of camp and show us all a bit of BBC through their eyes. Seeing how they had decided to capture their subjects gave me inspiration and a new perspective on my job.

I am filled with excitment just thinking about all the talent I observed this week in everything from sports (some mad GaGa and basketball skills) to art and all the wonderful ways God is going to use his children’s gifts.

Dapper Dan on The Camp Experience

It’s hard to find real people.  People who will be open enough to expose their real thoughts and feelings, and safe enough to listen to yours.  I’ve had a lot of friends, and I would have a lot of fun with them … but fun is just one aspect of life, and often times I would leave craving something more.  Something deeper.

What I loved most about camp was that it wasn’t just a place for fun, but a place to be real.  I was able to hang out with people who would do crazy, awesome, fun things, and then turn around and have a serious, deep conversation.  I was able to share and listen as we opened up and exposed what we really thought and felt, who we really were.  And connecting at a level like that, just made the fun times so much more amazing!

My prayer for this summer is that camp would once again be a safe place for people to come and be real.  That both the staff and kids would be open to sharing and listening, and that through it all they would help each other grow.  Grow closer to each other, closer to God, and closer to the wonderful person God created them to be.

And of course to have a lot of fun along the way!

Dapper Dan