April Newsletter

This week my family traveled to see the eclipse in the path of totality. During the drive, we listened to multiple podcasts about the science of eclipses, read some books, and generally did everything we could to prepare our first grader (and his parents) to understand and fully appreciate what we were about to experience. And yet, all that prep, all the pictures, videos, and explanations did not even scratch the surface of what it felt like to be there in person; to see the sun disappear with our own eyes, to experience the cool on our skin, hear the quieting of the birds, just sense with our whole bodies that we were in the midst of something unique and magnificent. I hope that many of you were able to travel into the path of totality or took the time to look up at the partial eclipse here in Eastern PA to see a true wonder of creation.

As we enter the final months of preparation for Summer Camp 2024, I've been thinking about this idea of "you have to see it for yourself." Trying to put into words what camp will mean for a potential camper is can be challenging for camp staff as we travel to churches and share about BCC with new families. Chatting with incoming summer staff during interviews about what being a camper meant to them and why they now want to be on summer staff is often a harder question than it would seem at first glance. I imagine even diehard campers have a hard time telling their friends why it's a dealbreaker to try to schedule something during "their" session of camp. Sometimes the answer to why Bear Creek Camp is so special is simply: You have to see it for yourself.

We can't for what this summer has in store for our campers and summer staff; for the things planned and the moments of impact that only happen because of the magic of this place and our community. You can read below about ways to support campers through our silent auction and are invited to join us here at camp for May Play Day and our 50th Summer Celebration. Thank you for being a part of the BCC Family!

Collin Grooms - Executive Director

Silent Auction is Now Open to Everyone!

As we eagerly await the 50 Years of Bear Creek Camp Celebration on April 20th, everyone can support campers through our annual silent auction!

This year's selection includes unique Bear Creek Camp decorative items, handcrafted art, destination getaways, fun gifts for all ages, and much more.

Check out all the items at the link below. Bid high and bid often! Bidding closes at 9:00PM on Saturday, April 20th.

Support Campers through your Bid Here

Join us for May Play Day and Family Work Day

Join us for an open house day at BCC, Saturday, May 4th from 11am-3pm! Explore camp, meet staff, boat, hike, craft, and fellowship with our camp community. Cookout lunch is available to all and there is no cost.

Prior to May Play Day, starting at 9:00am, everyone is invited to help with projects around camp as we prepare for summer. All skill levels are welcome and lunch is provided.

Registration for both May Play Day and Family Work Day is available at the link below. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

Register Here!
There's Still Time to Register for Summer Camp

We're thrilled that over 400 campers have already registered for this summer with just over two months until the start of Session One!

Many sessions and age groups are filling quickly, so we encourage you to register soon. You don't want to miss out on your opportunity for the best week of your summer!

Don't forget about Family Camp and the Artist's Retreat June 30- July 5th!

Learn More and Register for Summer Camp 2024

Open House Day to Celebrate 50 Summers of BCC!

We're gearing up to celebrate 50 summers at Bear Creek Camp on Friday, July 5th. Join the entire BCC community from 10am-3pm for an open house day of fun, food, fellowship, and a celebration worship to commemorate this milestone year.

You can learn more about this event and let us know you plan to attend at the link below.

View the Open House Schedule and RSVP!
3601 Bear Creek Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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