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“I can’t say enough how much I LOVE this camp and the experiences I’ve had. The staff, directors, and the kids made it wonderful. There was always so much energy, happiness, love, and support. I liked every single staff member and have made friends and memories of a lifetime. I’m taking away so much more confidence, direction, satisfaction, etc. etc. etc. from this experience!”
–Gretchen G (Washington DC)

“Everyone is totally jealous of my summer! I made life-long friends and memories. Birchwood made me a better person and believed in my abilities. I just can’t put into words how grateful I am for this experience. ”
–Rachel K. (Portavogie, Northern Ireland)

“I can’t tell you how much this place has changed me and my life! I have had so much fun here and made such good friends. This place and the people here are so special to me, I can’t imagine going home because I will miss it so much. Coming here has made me more confident, happier, and now I think I know what I want out of life: friends, fun, to travel, be independent, to work with horses as often as I can.”
–Paula M. (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

“I want to thank you for making this such a special place, for being open, and for all your support. Thank you for the inspirational meetings, your passion, your insight, and the encouragement along the way. You gave us the spirit to make this place amazing this summer. This place has found a special spot in my soul where it will forever remain.”
–Erin E. (Iowa city, Iowa)

“Birchwood is such very family-oriented and professional. I go back year after year for the welcoming atmosphere, wonderful friends, beautiful setting, and to learn new skills. Learning how to work in groups, be responsible, and rely on others has made me a stronger person and better leader.”
–Victoria B (Nottingham, England)

“Wow! What an amazing and incredible time I have had at Birchwood! Walking into camp I was nervous and scared. Staff week was such an enlightening experience for me. As a first-time counselor you supported me and I feel very lucky to have you as a mentor. You have given me so much in so many ways.”
–Mackenzie S. (Minneapolis, MN)

“I wanted to thank you both for all you do at camp. I see the way that you pump up the campers, encourage them, and build them up—I know that you do that with us counselors as well. This job has taught me patience and compassion. I have come away from this job with more confidence and assertiveness. Thanks for encouraging me to take this job!” –Malani K. (Salina, Kansas)

“I can remember so easily the first few days of camp. I was scared and unsure. As the days flew by I became stronger and more confident. Everyone is so giving of themselves at Birchwood. We lived in the HERE and NOW and supported each other with smiles, hugs, and talks. Recently I went over the goals we wanted as a staff group from the beginning. We have accomplished every single one of them and added on some extras. This experience here at Camp Birchwood has left an impression on my heart that I will carry with me forever.”
–Megen M. (Los Angeles, California)

“Thank you for this amazing adventure! This is a beautiful place you have created. You really do change the lives of young girls. Thank you for making me feel so important and valued. Both of you inspire me to try my hardest, be passionate, have faith in myself and aspire to great things. I will thank you endlessly for my Birchwood times.”
–Lucy P. (Hampshire, England)

“The more I think about it the more I don’t think words can express how I am feeling. I’ve never felt like this in my life before. Birchwood has re-shaped my emotions and feelings. Everyday I look forward to a new challenge and learning about life and myself. You have helped me learn. Thanks for being someone I can laugh with, cry with, and talk with.”
–Alison O. (Perth, Australia)

“I can’t thank you enough for this experience. Camp means so much to me. To get to come and see all the campers and all my friends each summer is so special. Even though it is considered work, it is easily the best, most fun-filled job I have ever had.”
–Kasey R. (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

“After just one summer, I love Camp Birchwood dearly and am so grateful for my time here. I am honestly taking away so much – friendships and memories, confidence and belief in myself, and new skills that I will use like outdoor experiences, teaching experiences, etc. I could not have made a better choice!”
–Katherine W. (Dallas, Texas)


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