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1. Is there a boy’s camp across the lake? No! And that's the best part! Imagine a place where you don't have to worry about what you look like, what kind of clothes you are wearing, or if you are cool enough to be liked by the boys. Imagine a day filled with fun, learning all kinds of amazing activities you could never do back at home, and making friends with a bunch of really sweet and genuine girls. That is what Birchwood is all about — belonging to our web of friendship that connects “just us girls” together.

2. Can I come as a brand new camper and not feel left out?

Absolutely! Birchwood has always been a great place to attend all on your own, no matter how old you are. Every summer is brand new and counselors make sure that everyone is included — new or returning — right from the start. By day three, you will feel like you've been at camp your whole life!

3. Can I use the phone or send e-mails?

Campers do not use the phone or send e-mails via computer. Correspondence at camp is via "real mail". Every day mail is delivered to campers in the afternoon before dinner.

4. Are there some activities you can't get into every day?

It depends. You go to the sign up window with your cabin group (but you select your own activities to do the next day). To make it fair, cabins take their turn at the window so everyone has the chance to be first in line, and everyone is last in line. Each day you move “up” in line. If you are at the end of the line, then you probably won't be fit into an activity like tubing or waterskiing. However, all of our activities that teach something that you build skills at - like sailing, tennis, horseback riding, wilderness skills, and so on - are open all the time.

5. Are there some activities you can't get into every day?
It depends. Since each cabin group signs up in order, you have the chance to sign up first in the rotation, and a chance to sign up last. If you are at the end of the line, then you probably won't be able to fit into an activity like tubing or waterskiing. However, all of our activities that really teach you something that you can continue to build on day after day, like sailing, tennis, horseback riding, wilderness skills, and so on, are open all the time.

6. What if I get really homesick?

It is perfectly normal to feel worried and anxious about going to camp, even if you have been to camp before! On the first night or two you can expect to feel a little homesick. But you will be welcomed right away and will learn the schedule quickly. You will be so busy it will be hard to do anything but have fun. However, if you don't feel okay after a day or two, you can talk to your counselors at any time, go to an older camper to get some advice, or even discuss it with a camp director. Everyone will support you and encourage you.

7. Can I be in a cabin with a friend or relative?

Girls are placed in cabins who are about the same age and within one year of each other in school. If you want to be with a friend or relative, you must request to be with her, and she must request to be with you. We can only honor ONE cabin-mate request. (There is a space for this on the enrollment form and it is later confirmed prior to camp).

8. If I felt sick, or needed something, what would I do?

At any time during your stay, your cabin counselors are there to listen, support, and help you. If you feel sick your counselor will help decide if you need to be seen by our nurse or doctor in camp. If so, she will take you to the health center after lunch or after dinner. (Unless you are so sick that you must be seen immediately).

9. Is the lake water warm enough to swim in?
Birchwood sits on the north side of Steamboat Lake. It is a sandy bottom lake, so it warms up fast. By the second week in June, it is a comfortable 70 degrees and continues to warm up all summer.

10. Are the mosquitoes bad?

Although Minnesota supposedly has the worst mosquitos ever, we don’t have a lot of issues at Birchwood. All of the standing water in and near Birchwood is treated with pellets to reduce the bug population. Generally, bugs are the worst is just before sundown, so we head inside for the night. It will be very important to apply bug spray every day.


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