March Newsletter

Last month a group of former summer staff and their families gathered at BCC for a long-standing winter reunion weekend. Staff from nearly all of camp's history were represented - from those who had been at Bear Creek in 1974 when the camps moved from the Delaware River all the way to some of this year's summer staff who are now second and third-generation.

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration preparations, we wanted to digitally scan each of the staff photos hanging in the dining hall. As each photo was taken down and passed around, the alumni who were gathered recognized the faces of themselves, their friends, and their counselors when they were campers. The identification of a person usually came with a story, "Remember how Dave always liked to be the funny guy in the skits? We thought Becky was the coolest person, especially when she was playing guitar. That was my co-counselor, Mike, and we got caught in the biggest rainstorm together with a ripped tarp on an overnight."

Throughout all the sharing was the overarching story of the caring community that these alumni had felt as BCC campers, had carried on as staff, and now are seeing their children experience as campers and the next generation of summer staff.

As we enter Spring, amid all our on-site preparations for summer camp, we're thinking especially of our incredible young adults about to embark on some of the most important months of their lives. Soon these role models, leaders, and world-changers will arrive at camp for staff training, ready to make their impact as they inspire the next generation and facilitate memorable experiences for all our campers this Summer.

Our summer staff are supported in this important work by our entire Bear Creek Camp community. Thank you for your prayers, your financial contributions, and for sending your campers to fill up their cabins!

Your Small Business or Employer can Support Campers through Bear Creek Camp's Silent Auction!

On April 20th, over a hundred friends of Bear Creek Camp (hopefully even you!) will gather for a lively evening of celebration at 50 Years of Bear Creek Camp: A Night of Stories and Celebration. In addition to dinner, dancing, and sharing camp memories, together we will raise financial support for the next generation of BCC campers through an online silent auction.

Your support in providing silent auction items is where you (or your employer or congregation) can make an impact!

Auction items are typically unique items or baskets that could include services or a specialty product from your business. The silent auction will be held online April 13-20 and is open to bids from anyone -- a great way to get the word out about your business or organization!

If you have an idea or want some help brainstorming the best way you or your business can get involved, we'd love to help! Feel free to reach out to Collin Grooms - or give us a call at 570.472.3741. You can also learn more at the link below!

Learn More about Sponsorship Opportunities
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!

Learn More and Register for Summer Camp 2024!

Save the Date for May Play Day & Spring Family Work Day

Join us for an open house day at BCC, Saturday, May 4th from 11am-3pm! Explore camp, meet staff, boat, hike, 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, anyone 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!

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!
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Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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