about camp birch hill
Every summer Camp Birch Hill welcomes 180 to 200 campers per session for 2, 4, or 6 week stays. Campers are able to create their schedules from over 45 different activities through our unique elective based program. The Birch Hill community is an inclusive one dedicated to building self esteem, fostering friendships, and discovering new challenges and adventures.
Campers live in cozy cabins with full electricity and bathrooms. The girls cabins have showers and the boys cabins have a shower house nearby. Each camper gets a bed, a cubby for their clothes, and a locker in the back of the cabin for storage. Cabins sleep eight to ten campers and two counselors.
Camp Birch Hill has it all. Our facilities include an indoor recreation hall, an on-site paintball course, a crystal clear lake with 2,000 feet of sandy shoreline, horse stables, a climbing tower, an arts and crafts pavilion complete with pottery wheels, four tennis courts, fields for any sport, basketball courts, a street hockey arena, beach volleyball, golf driving range, a brand new GO Cart course and so much more!
In 1936 a young man bought the site that is now known as Birch Hill Summer Camp. He thought it was the perfect setting for his dream, a coeducational camp for children. The forests, the lake, the mountain top setting, and the contour of the land added to enhance the camp. From there, he carved out the picturesque camp. The beautiful winding trail to the beach, the circle of the pines, tree-lined paths and twin pines in front of each cabin are examples of how he planted and nurtured the land for the future.
He ran a successful coed camp for five years, and then came World War II. He was drafted, and after four years of active duty in the war, returned injured and tired to a campsite that had remained empty for several years. Soon after the birth of his daughter, he became re-inspired with the camp dream. Once again the camp was up and running, this time as an all girls camp. Again, under the name Birch Hill the camp flourished, with 200 Boston-area girls attending each summer.
The Easter Seals of Manchester, NH then purchased Birch Hill and ran it for twelve seasons. In the fall of 1993, Rich Morell found Birch Hill for sale. Rich and Jayne fell in love with the site and saw its great potential. It had not been in use for several years and needed major repair and care. In 1994, a group of Birch Hill alumni from the previous era came to visit Birch Hill and were kind enough to share the history with us. One of the women, an adorable grandmother, found her name ingrained on a rafter in one of the cabins. It was then that we decided to bring back the original camp name, and we felt very fortunate ever since. Not for a moment have we regretted it.
Rich Morell – Owner/Director
Rich purchased the Camp Birch Hill property in 1993 following a career as a professor and college level tennis coach. He would say that his greatest attribute is his pancake cooking skills but thousands of campers would say it is the tireless effort he puts in to making Camp Birch Hill the greatest summer camp around. Rich is a hands-on director who will know every camper’s name by the second day of camp and can be seen participating or leading various activities around camp all summer long.
Chad McGowan - Director
Holly McGowan - Waterfront Director
Chrissy Morell - Owner/Operations Manager
Julie Morell - Summer Office Manager
Michael Carter - Management
Doug Morell - Management
333C Birch Hill Road,
New Durham, NH 03855