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

You may also contact Sandy Hensley,, 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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Crowd Funding, Wine Tasting Golf Tournment Fundraisers Underway

As the Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board looks to update and improve services at Wa-Ri-Ki this year, we know this requires the right funding to enable a new vision.  So, we have three related fundraising events planned and underway.  You can learn more about each of them at the links below, and also please help us circulate the official event artwork in social media (click a social link below this article)

Crowd funding campaign for Camp WaRiKi

Click to enlarge, then circulate this graphic on FaceBook and other venues.

GoFundMe CrowdFunding Campaign: Our “Moving Heaven and Earth Campaign” is live now online with a great set of rewards for different giving levels, ranging from t-shirts to sweatshirts to mugs and field bags. We have some needs that will help us do remodeling and lay the groundwork for future Camp development efforts.
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First Camp Advisory Meeting

A first meeting of the Camp Advisory Group was held to discuss operational ideas and development vision.

A first meeting of the Camp Advisory Group was held to discuss operational ideas and development vision.

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki convened its first “Advisory Group” meeting on on April 18th, with eight people attending.  The group was established this year as a new initiative to get input from a focus group with a passion for helping develop Camp Wa-Ri-Ki to its full potential.

In addition to board members Michael McNulty (President) and Ken Rowe (Marketing Committee Chair) and staffer Elliot Olson, Adam Cummings & Scott Shuey with the Mankind Organization (camp Renters), Paul Perdone a geologist and member of Engineers Without Borders, and Scott Frangos with Webdirexion who advises the marketing team and edits the site blog were in attendance.  Mike and Diane Richards, Camp Hosts were also on hand to advise the group.

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Vision Map

Current Vision Map – Click to Enlarge. This will be updated after the Board receives more input.

Interested parties who are alums of the camp, past renters, those with construction and development skills, or folks who have science and education backgrounds may apply to become a a Camp Advisory Group member and attend the next meeting, tentatively set for this Fall. (more…)

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Volunteers Swarm Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for One Day 2015

Outpouring of Volunteer Support for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki


A young volunteer helps gather equipment.

Camp hosts over 80 volunteers for Kiwanis One Day 2015 service.

Every year, Kiwanis organizations around the world unite for a very special event — Kiwanis One Day. One Day is an annual service day that occurs both nationally and internationally, with Kiwanis organizations everywhere planning local events to celebrate One Day.

Honoring the spirit of Kiwanis One Day, Camp Wa-Ri-Ki hosted a volunteer work day on April 11, 2015. The camp invited local community members, past renters, and members of the Division 44 Kiwanis clubs. (more…)

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