Capital Purchases and Fundraising Projects
As you know, we do not figure capital expenditures into our pricing for camp. That way campers get to pay less which means they can come more often. And that helps us accomplish the mission. It also means we need help when upgrading tools or taking on special projects. Will you help us with the projects below?
Volunteering is an important part of the Bethany Birches support system. Many persons give many hours over the course of a year. There are many ways to volunteer. Whether you are young or old or in between, join in the fun. Sign up for volunteer emails here or see some regular volunteer options here.
Project: Cabin and Directors Residence
These are two important buildings at camp! The cabin is where staff stay during summer camps and campers stay during winter camps. The Director’s residence is where both Executive and Program Directors live.
If you’ve ever stayed in the Bethany Birches Cabin you know it’s a key part of our programming. It houses staff during the summer, campers during the winter and in between seasons. On the side the cabin earns a little cash when renting to family, church and other groups. For a long time the main floor has needed a flooring upgrade! About $4000 of this line is for the flooring upgrades in the main floor. Another chunk is to run the wood boiler into that building so it can power the pavilion AND the cabin. We are also looking for a few new sofas.
With regard to the Directors residence some of this allotment is for a whole house fan and whole house humidifier. Please check in with Brandon if you have questions or want to help. We can always use volunteers on projects like this! brandon @ bethanybirches.org or call the office at 802-672-5220
The walkway is a mess!
Bathhouse renovation happened in 2005. At that time the walkway was redone and upgraded from grit and grass to large cut stone. The surface created back then allowed a wheel chair to move along and into the bathhouse. Over the 13 years since, winters and use have taken a toll. Our goal is to pull up the stone that’s there, prepare the base by adding some material, reuse what we can and buy some additional stone.
Preparing for the future with help and wisdom!
Many people and organizations think about where they are and where they are headed. We do it in our faith journeys, careers, thinking about the raising of our children and many other areas of our lives. Camp is no different. At camp we often think about how to proceed into the future (at least to the degree we have influence over the future). The Board has hired Design Group International (DGI), which is the same group we worked with during the pavilion project. DGI is helping us in our planning. Our goal is to be thoughtful and strategic about the next steps we take at camp. We will consider additional programs, facilities and staff. We will consider opportunities and challenges we are facing. The cost of this project is the DGI fee and the board retreat focused on the planning.
Basketball Court Resurfacing
Now's the time!
We have been doing minor maintenance on the basketball court/ice rink since it was built in 1999. It’s time to do a proper resurface. If we let it go past this year a simple resurfacing job may not be enough to fix it. Along with this resurfacing we will also be adding games like four square, and hopscotch to the court creating more fun activities for campers.