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In 1958, Jim and Nancy Bredemus realized their life’s dream by purchasing Camp Birchwood.

At the time, it was a small all-girls camp with only five cabins, one small dining hall, a couple canoes, a tiny waterfront, and one tennis court.

For Nancy and Jim—both of whom had lived and worked at Minnesota’s highly regarded Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert for years—Birchwood was packed with potential.

So for more than four decades, this couple devoted their lives to realizing their young camp’s potential, building it one step at a time. New cabins were built, the dining hall expanded, and activities developed into character-building, hands-on experiences girls could enjoy their whole lives. By 1996, when Jim passed away, Birchwood had become the premier girls’ camp that it is today.



Jim’s wife, Nancy, continues to act as Executive Director and pinnacle of camp wisdom today. Her son Terry, and Terry’s wife Rachel, dedicate their private and professional lives to strengthening Jim’s legacy and continuing to make Camp Birchwood a vibrant, safe, and joyous place that enriches growing girls’ lives.

Terry and Rachel are backed up by their bright and talented Assistant Director, Courtney Binnie. Courtney is in charge of administrative duties in both the winter and the summer. She also acts as our camper-parent liaison and Certified Red Cross Lifeguard instructor.

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6983 North Steamboat Lake Drive NW • LaPorte. Minnesota 56461 • 800.451.5270 • info@birchwoodforgirls.com