May Newsletter

Those arriving to camp this summer will see some very visual signs of progress and growth made this spring. While we've shared some progress updates along the way, it's exciting that so many projects have finally reached their completion just in time for summer camp!

The expansion to the high ropes course has been completed and summer staff will be trained on its operation next week. Eight brand new obstacles have been added to the existing course, safety tethers with updated technology will be utilized to minimize risk, and getting onto the course will be made easier thanks to a spiral staircase. Over a mile of new cable was installed by our builders to ensure that our high ropes course is safe and provides challenges and thrills for many years to come. We're grateful to everyone in our BCC community who contributed to this project this past Giving Tuesday and can't wait for those first sounds of campers supporting each other and conquering their fears!

The waterfront has a new look as the pavilion has been fully completed. This is the culmination of two years worth of work at the lake that kicked off thanks to our community's generosity with Giving Tuesday 2022. Over the past month, our maintenance team and volunteers from Conyngham Lutheran have completed the interior build to provide equipment storage and changing areas. Bear Creek Wilderness Conservation Association members did landscaping and planted grass, members of West Chester University's Tau Beta Sigma prepared the beach and painted boards for picnic tables that will then be built by members of Calvary Lutheran, West Chester -- truly a community effort to bring this dream to reality!

The trip down the camp road won't be any shorter, but it will be a lot smoother, and not quite as red, thanks to an opportunity for major improvements. This spring our local township has been upgrading many of the roads surrounding camp which generates asphalt millings that then need to be hauled down the mountain. Saving the resource of expending fuel for the township (and the earth!) and providing BCC with a perfect material to build up the foundational layer of the road at no cost is a win-win. We're often asked about maintaining the road and a fun fact is that in a typical year, we add 10 tons of newly quarried red shale to the road. This year we were able to add over 160 tons of milling! Even though you'll notice a color difference in some spots, rest assured your car still end up with enough red dust on it to show all your friends back home that you've been to BCC this summer!

With these facilities upgrades, enhancements to our summer program including rafting trips and the return of "clubs," and of course everything that is discovered each year with new summer staff and a new combination of campers, this is sure to be a 50th summer at Bear Creek Camp that will be one to remember! We can't wait to see you at camp soon!

It's Not Too Late to Register for Summer Camp!

One month from today is the start of Session One! Registration for each session closes two weeks in advance which means there is still time to register your camper for any of our seven youth camp sessions this summer.

We know a lot of thought goes into deciding if your camper is ready for camp this year -- we're here to help! Check out our FAQs at the link below or give us a call 570-472-3741 and we're happy to answer any questions.

A week at camp is filled with fun, friendships, new experiences and life-long memories. We don't want anyone to miss out, especially for financial reasons. Camperships are available for any family thanks to our generous community. More information on financial assistance at the link below.

Learn More and Register for Summer Camp 2024

Celebrate 50 Summers of BCC with a Day at Camp!

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 a day of fun, food, fellowship, and a celebration worship to commemorate this milestone year.

The event is free and everyone is welcome! Learn more and let us know you plan to attend at the link below.

View the Celebration Schedule and RSVP!

It is with grateful hearts that following this summer season we will bid farewell to our Associate Director, Kaitlyn Blend. With us here at BCC since March 2021, Kaitlyn has now been called to serve as the Executive Director at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center.

Kaitlyn has been instrumental in helping rebuild the summer camp program post-pandemic, enhancing summer staff culture, and sharing her expertise as we continue to be intentional about our welcome and inclusivity practices. As you see Kaitlyn this summer, please help us in wishing the Blends well in their next adventure.

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