Fall & Winter Camps Beautiful at Wa-Ri-Ki

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for Groups near Portland, ORegon

In the Fall and Winter, stars twinkle at night in the crisp air, campfires beckon and snow pads the ground… just 40 minutes from Vancouver, Wa at Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki on the Washougal River

Just 40-45 minutes away from the Portland metro area lies a great retreat center to unwind in natural beauty…

Been searching for a great place for a business retreat or Winter Church Youth Group get-away? We know the place. Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is just 40 minutes from Vancouver, WA an nestled in the foothills along the Washougal River. We’re open in the Fall and Winter. (more…)

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Second Annual Nature Explore Event a Success

This lad was proud to have found a pumice stone during the Nature Explore event.

This lad was proud to have found a pumice stone during the Nature Explore event.

A happy group of day visitors made camp at Wa-Ri-Ki last weekend as they attended the second annual “Nature Explore” club event — a joint offering by Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, in partnership with The Parks Foundation of Clark County,Vancouver Summer Adventure, and the US Forest Service on August 8th.

The event included short hikes to event learning stations where a number of show and tell sessions were held to help the children, and even Moms and Dads, learn about the beautiful natural surroundings the Camp affords.  Paul Perdone, a federal geologist from Vancouver whose grandsons were in attendance, presented some of the natural rocks and sediments in the area.  All the campers made themselves an official name tag, cut from a tree branch.  The Camp paid for a bus to bring attendees up from Vancouver to the event. (more…)

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2nd Annual Nature Explore Event at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

EVENT: Saturday, August 8th • 10am – 2pm  

2nd Annual Nature Explore Event at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Natural Science at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Learning at Wa-Ri-Ki pond, discussion environmental science with “the Pond Lady”.

Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, in partnership with The Parks Foundation of Clark County, Vancouver Summer Adventure, the US Forest Service is pleased to be holding the second annual Nature Explore Club Event at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, this August 8th.

Nature Club Registration Form

Registration is Required…. download our form here (PDF).

The program is free, and open to anyone who is interested in getting outside and exploring — only requiring that you apply to form a club.  We suggest family members join and form a Nature Explore Club along with friends and neighbors. Club Application forms are available online (PDF) or by contacting John Givvines at 360-891-5001 or jtgivvines@fs.fed.us.

You may also contact Sandy Hensley, Programs@CampWaRiKi.com, this year’s Board Coordinator for the program.

Once you form a Nature Explore Club, free backpacks are available at the U.S. Forest Service, 10600 N.E. 51st Circle, Vancouver and also for daily check-out at the Mount St. Helens Coldwater Science and Learning Center.  The packs are provided by (more…)

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From the Prez: Program Team Develops Camp Future

Michael McNulty and Sandy Hensley of the Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board

That’s me drawing door prize tickets at our recent bi-annual wine tasting fundraiser, with help from Sandy Hensley who is both on our Camp Board, and President of the Boulevard Kiwanis Club in Vancouver.

Overview: Greetings from Wa-Ri-Ki! June marks the beginning of our 2016 camping season and as things get moving here at camp I wanted to take a moment and share some of the exciting things in the works for the Camp over the next 2-3 years. So, from time to time, I plan to include a column in Wa-Ri-Ki Matter’s to keep you posted and share opportunities for you to support us through your involvement.

I have been a Kiwanian for twelve years. In that twelve years, I have served on the Wa-Ri-Ki Board as a Director, Committee Chair, Vice-President, Treasurer, and now, President. It has been an amazing journey, but in truth, no time before has been as exciting to be a part of this organization as now. Some of those years were very lean. Often just keeping the camp operating was all we could do. But now I truly believe that we are poised to make Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki the jewel of the SW Washington Kiwanis. (more…)

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Second Bi-Annual Wine Tasting a Success

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Wine Tasting Fundraiser

“Sip and Support” Wa-Ri-Ki Wine Tasting Fundraiser a success… watch for Fall event at same venue.

Cheers!  Good wine, music, and social mingling were enjoyed by thirty-five attendees including the Camp Wa-Ri-Ki board members and Kiwanis members at Cellar 55 Tasting Room on Tuesday, June 23rd at another of our bi-annual “Sip and Support” fundraising events.  Approximately $500 was raised and we thank all our supporters and guests for that.

As you can see from our photo gallery here (below), an enjoyable night out was had enjoying the range of “boutique wines from Walla Walla and Eastern Washington” the Cellar features, plus live music by Marianne Flemming, known for her jazzy, bluesy sound.

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