While many summer camps house a few hundred campers at once, we only accept between 35 and 45 campers (boys ages 7-17) per session. At Birchwood, we keep our enrollment small by design so we can focus on the things we value most: connection, self-discovery, and a sense of shared purpose.

We've been around for over half a century!

Which means we've got some stories to tell! Pull up a chair and let us tell you our favorite one - our origin story.

-Stacey, Camp Mom

"This was the single most life-changing experience my son has ever had, in so many ways."

-Sara, Camp Mom

"As parents, we want to give our kids tools to be successful adults. Independence is one tool that cannot be taught while holding their hand. Birchwood is where my son has learned not only independence, but confidence in new situations, with new people, hard work from not wanting to let his fellow campers down, and a love for animals and nature. Although I missed him every second, I knew he was safe, having fun, and growing in ways I could have never imagined, and he was doing it in one of the most beautiful, pristine places in the world!"

-Amy, Camp Mom

"This camp is truly an amazing place! We just signed our son up for his third summer. He made it very clear in the letters he wrote home last summer that he wanted to attend the 4 week session this year. While at camp they have an opportunity to truly be themselves. They get to explore and be outside. They make valuable friendships.  He has grown so much in his independence, confidence and belief in himself because of his experiences from Birchwood. We are already counting down the days till next summer."

Here's what they have to say...

A lot of happy campers have paddled through Birchwood over the years. 



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