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.
2020 Projects (more details in time for auction coming)!
We got a little off track there. You know, that year 2020. As we attempt to regain our footing, and consider winter camp and summer 2021, we need to complete a few things.
It is high time to finish the pavilion by completing the indoor climbing wall.
We need to replacing the Suburban that reached the end of it’s life in, you guessed it, 2020.
There are some other pressing projects like fixing Cardinal cabin foundation, replacing our 20+ year old mower, replacing the old furniture in the cabin, and planting decorative trees around the pavilion and parking lot. If you would like to fund one of these, let us know. Otherwise, please help us accomplish the two large projects listed.
Replacing the Camp Suburban
The suburban or ‘Birch Mobile’ that has served the camp the last few years has reached the end of its life. When estimated repairs amounted to several times the value of the vehicle we realized it was time to replace it. We use this vehicle to transport campers and summer staff, haul the winter tubing trailer, carry fuel and building supplies, offer a shuttle up the hill during storms at winter camp, among other things. The previous vehicle was a valuable resource for camp. As we attempt to host winter camp in the pandemic, this is a necessary tool for that effort.
Bethany Birches is looking for a vehicle similar to what we had previously. The old Chevy Suburban could fit 9 passengers, had 4wd, good clearance, and can tow! With a vehicle like this we are able to safely navigate the hill during winter storms when bringing campers up for winter camp, pull our other machines on a trailer, get up the hill during mud season, transport summer staff and campers. We have also used the vehicle for a day camp shuttle. As you can tell, it is crucial to our operations!