February Newsletter

Winter time at camp is centered on making small, consistent bits of progress. Whether this is the summer camp registrations coming in every day, the growing list of hired staff tacked to a bulletin board, or churches and families being visited every Sunday as campers from all over the state get excited for summer, lots and lots of individual moments eventually add up to the whole that is summer camp at BCC.

Last week within the span of an hour, two projects that have so far been a series of small steps took big leaps forward. The materials for the pavilion at the lake were dropped off and the team of builders for the high ropes expansion arrived to set up their work area. What had been a dream on paper fueled by the generosity of our community the past two Giving Tuesdays is now going to become tangible and visual very quickly over the next month.

As I walked out to observe the progress this week, I stood inside the frame of the new lake pavilion. I tried to picture what it was going to be like once it was completed and I also imagined how it was going to feel once there were campers again on the beach able to enjoy this new space for shade and community. There are still a lot of small steps to go before we reach summer, but it's going to be pretty amazing once we get there.

In this season where six more weeks of winter feels both like an impossibly long amount of time and also not nearly long enough to accomplish all that our families have in front of us, I appreciate the small steps you each take in support of Bear Creek Camp: registering for summer camp, telling a friend about the opportunities of BCC for their family, gently suggesting to the college-aged person in your life about the possibilities of summer camp, financial contributions that make it possible for every camper to come to camp. Thank you for making a BIG difference.

- Collin Grooms, Executive Director

Support the Next Generation of Campers!

50 Years of BCC: A Night of Stories & Celebration

Join us on April 20, 2024 to support camp and celebrate our anniversary year! This formal event will be held at Homewood Suites in Center Valley, PA. Dine, dance, and share in stories of BCC past, present, and future with friends, family, and generations of the BCC community!

Donations for the silent auction are needed. The silent auction will be held online and is a great way to promote your company, small business, or congregation while making a positive difference in support of BCC campers. If interested in donating an item, please contact Collin - collin@bearcreekcamp.org.

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Summer Camp Early Bird Registration Ends March 31st

Many sessions and age groups are filling quickly, so we encourage you to register early! All campers who register before March 31st will receive an exclusive Early Bird T-Shirt when they arrive at camp featuring this year's theme logo!

Finances should never be a barrier for any camper to attend Bear Creek Camp. In addition to our tiered pricing, camperships are available with no qualifications beyond completing a campership form that asks each family to consider what they can contribute to their camper's camp fees.

We understand that the costs of camp can be a challenging addition for families. We are grateful for donors who believe in the power of camp and support this opportunity each year!

Register Here for Summer Camp 2024!

Thrivent Members Support BCC with Thrivent Choice

If you are a member of Thrivent, you may have Thrivent Choice Dollars to allocate before March 31, 2024.

Thrivent Choice Dollars are free to you and come to camp as funds that can be used to support our ongoing operations. Last year Thrivent Members of the BCC community provided over $14,000 to camp which allowed us to invest directly into our campers, facilities, and summer staff.

If you haven't yet allocated your dollars, please click the link below and search for "BEAR CREEK CAMP" as the qualifying organization. Thank you!

Click Here to Direct Your Thrivent Choice Dollars
3601 Bear Creek Blvd
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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