Story on Camp Silverton captured its history, importance

Monday’s Herald article about Camp Silverton by Stephanie Davey triggered many wonderful memories of my time there as a teacher in the Everett School District (“An era is ending for once bustling Camp Silverton,” The Herald, July 21). She covered the overall history of the camp in such a way that I could piece together the times before and after the years when I was involved with this unique outdoor education program. Seeing the quotes and anecdotes from well-known Everett School District employees Laurie Baker and Larry O’Donnell were interesting and enjoyable. Reading the article made me happy and proud, yet very sad at the same time.

I was happy for the reminders about the camp covering the years there with hundreds of students. Every year was unique and fun as students bonded through their camp experiences and learned about the environment and history through the classes they took. The location was remote yet not distant. The facilities were adequate but not luxurious.

I was proud to work with the staff who prepared for successful experiences with the students. I was proud to be a part of the 1997 “Save our Silverton” efforts that raised over $250,000 in materials and money in just a few months. I was proud of the overall efforts to keep the camp open those last few years despite budget constraints.

I was very sad that the cabins were taken down, but I am confident that a partnership can be established by the people who still love Camp Silverton and the Forest Service to establish a new public campground.

Tom Thorleifson

Lake Stevens

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