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Here we go…Birch Rock 2022- Season 96!

Mother Nature and McWain Shores combined seamlessly for the picture perfect day! Summer warm temperatures and refreshing crisp waters of our private pond provided the perfect combination to welcome 82 BRC boys from around the globe. Our admission day and a half transition into the full camp season was accentuated by human warmth and welcoming […]

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Last Full Day of Staff Week

Today was the last full day of staff week. The CIT’s are back from there short soirée in the Maine woods and camp is looking beautiful. This morning we had yet another delicious breakfast and better yet, it was laundry day! After breakfast the staff and CIT’s busted out there work clothes and got hard […]

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The C.I.T. Trip to Baldface

We arrived on a stormy sunday afternoon, some by plane, and some by car. All with a purpose: to step into the role of C.I.T. (Counselor in Training) We flew into action, taking life guard training and ditch digging by storm. Were we cold? Very. Were we sore? Extremely. We shivered and ached with a […]

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What Is Your Why?

As we come to a close on staff week, we at Birch Rock believe that reflection on the work that has been, the work that is being done, and the work that has yet to be done is imperative to a more fulfilling experience. Our slogan this summer has been “What’s our Why”; a question […]

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Back On The Hillside

Aaaaaaand just like that we are back on the hillside.  To return to Birch Rock Camp is to, once again, immerse oneself into the earth’s natural beauty.  This morning while cleaning the swim tent, we checked on the progress of two bird nests. One nest has 4 eggs yet to hatch and the other have […]

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A Hero in Everyone’s Eyes

Faster than a speeding bullet in Lake McWain, able to leap tall  cabins in a single bound—that was Pete Haas. A hero in everyone’s eyes, Pete is remembered as the consummate Birch  Rocker, a true gentleman, champion swimmer and proud United  States Marine. He embodied our ethos, Help the Other Fellow,  365 days a year. Pete […]

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3 Birchrock campers smiling on the dock

Teen Mental Health

What do you think about independence for children? And have you tuned in yet to the Japanese reality TV show Old Enough!? A hit show for three decades in Japan, it’s new to Netflix and American viewers. The premise is shocking here in the US—tiny Japanese children run errands all alone for their parents on […]

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Birch Bark Spring 2022 Edition

The Birch Bark, Spring ’22 edition, is here with a tribute to Janice Walker, our treasured Camp Lady. As is traditional in the spring, college-bound Birch Rockers share their essays with the whole camp community. And Rich Deering offers his “Reflections from the Rock.”

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Tougher, Calmer and More Resilient

What do Birch Rockers and the ancient Stoics have in common? Remarkably similar philosophies, it turns out! First century philosophers like Seneca and Epictetus can teach us how to become more resilient and even-tempered, and less frustrated by ordinary difficulties. Professor William Irvine has written many books on the wisdom of Greek and Roman philosophers, […]

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JUST LIKE HEAVEN
A Reflection on Birch Rock Camp in the 1980’s

To be at Birch Rock in the 1980’s was to have one foot in the past and another in the future. In many ways, it was still the Birch Rock of the 40’s or the 50’s: a place where the Grove was on the right side of the driveway, the Museum was up the hill, […]

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