Coffee for campers

Local businesses join forces to support Camp Susque

Involved in the community since it was first established as a downtown roastery in 2010, Alabaster Coffee has found a creative way to pair its love of coffee with its love for local non-profits. Starting in August, Alabaster, following the footsteps of the Bullfrog Brewery, introduced their Community Tap program, featuring unique specialty drinks that support local non-profit organizations.

In August, Alabaster’s Rosella Lemonade supported Dwell Orphan Care to the tune of $320, and they followed it up with a cherry and white soda supporting Williamsport Area Education Foundation in September.

November’s community drink tapped into favorite fall flavors — a smoked maple cappuccino topped with a toasted marshmallow with a side of candied pecans. November’s drink benefitted Camp Susque, located north of Trout Run on Route 14, is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and is celebrating their 72nd year as a non-profit residential camp. Susque’s mission focuses on Biblical Evangelism and growth in Christian character for youth, young adults and families.

“The maple syrup comes from Susque’s maple trees, which our friend Tim Milholin has tapped and boiled down into delicious syrup, which we smoked on-site for in the drink. We’ve also made a few dozen batches of homemade marshmallows which hopefully remind people of campfires and summer camp” said Peter Swift, director at Camp Susque.

“Normally we like to do a drink that is kegged for the community tap, the program really lends itself more to casual summer drinks, but when Peter offered to provide some of the ingredients himself, this became a no-brainer for us” said Karl Fischer, owner of Alabaster.

During the week of Thanksgiving, the partnership extended beyond Susque and Alabaster to include a variety of local businesses that are matching Alabaster’s donation to Susque’s scholarship fund including River Valley Internet, Jersey Shore State Bank, Covation Center, Lycoming Centre Presbyterian Church, and Zeigler & Associates.

As a result of the partnership, every Campfire Cappuccino sold by Alabaster from provided a $12 donation to Camp Susque’s scholarship fund.

“Local businesses like Alabaster and camps like Susque are integral parts of the fabric of what makes this place home. We value the investment they are making in our community’s children who may one day start, run or be employed by a local business” added Dr. Steve Brady, of the Covation Center.

Camp Susque programs include boys and girls summer camps, Wilderness Adventure Trips, family camps, winter camps and year-round retreats and rentals. The camp also hosts outdoor educational classes and field trips for local schools through its School of Discovery.

“This past year we provided nearly $60,000 in financial aid through this fund, and it is completely depleted, so we’re excited to see how God will refill this fund to support our region’s youth in 2020. This opportunity with Alabaster and all of these businesses is a great blessing to us,” Swift said.

— For more information about Camp Susque, visit susque.org or call 570-998-2151.