Community must help camp celebrate big 6-0

It’s nearly impossible to miss the signs — fall is definitely in the air. Halloween decorations are creeping into local retail establishments, the days are getting shorter and bright yellow school buses have begun making regularly scheduled roundtrips through local neighborhoods. As usual, time seems to be moving way too fast. Wouldn’t it be fun to take one last wistful look back at summertime? Well, here’s your chance. Before you pack away the summer clothes, consider this weekend’s opportunity to celebrate Camp Killoqua’s 60th anniversary.

The Snohomish County Council of Campfire Boys and Girls, who’ve owned and operated Camp Killoqua since 1941, have issued a community-wide invitation to visit the camp Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to share in their anniversary celebration.

Organizers of the open house event have planned activities certain to evoke a nostalgic stroll down memory lane, including boating, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, movies, slides and photos from the past summers and everyone’s favorite, the Trading Post. They’re even hosting a barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and offering guided tours every half-hour.

Growing from the original 60-acre site, the camp now boasts 185 acres of forest, open fields, and waterfront on a lake in the Lakewood area — offering a wide range of potential experiences that serve a diverse population of campers. Along with the traditional residential summer camp, they also offer outdoor education programs and specialty camps for sports such as soccer, football or horseback riding as well as camps for teen parents, and even a grief camp for children who have experienced a loss. Inclusion programs for special needs and developmentally disabled children offer a chance to enjoy camp activities like horseback riding and sailing in an atmosphere that fosters fun and friendship.

Over the past 60 years, tens of thousands have walked the paths of this local treasure

For some the camp is a magical place, full of warm memories. For others, it represents their first shot at independence. Never mind that their names were written inside their underwear, camp was an experience that helped them grow.

On Saturday, those who enjoyed camping have a chance to revisit that experience — and to celebrate how Campfire Boys and Girls are offering opportunities to grow to more young people than could have ever been imagined 60 years ago.

For more information about the anniversary celebration, contact Campfire Boys and Girls at 425-258-KIDS.

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