Day Camps: Children Learn About Nature At Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Nature Explorer Day Camps

A rich offering of flora and fauna is within reach of young visitors.

We have three Nature Explorer Day Camps coming up this Summer and we’re looking forward to once again seeing the bundle of young faces on our beautiful grounds along the Washougal River.  What a great way for kids to unplug from computers and phones and enjoy the beautiful wooded grounds, foliage, wild life, and the scenic river that runs through it. Day Camps run 10am to 2pm and lunch is served!

This will be the 5th annual Nature Explorer day camps, so we thought you’d like to see some pictures below of past camps.  Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is about 30 minutes from North Portland, OR, to the northwest of Washougal, WA.  (more…)

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Gravel, Red Bugs, & Snow Grace Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Many of our volunteers and supporters wonder about what’s happening up at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, so we have a short slideshow for you to highlight just a few of the recent goings on.

[Photos thanks to Val Schaffroth, Board Member and Past President, and Mike Richards, our new Camp Host — click an image to start a slideshow]

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What is Camp Wa-Ri-Ki?

New Horizon's Church has been opening hearts at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for over 20 years.

New Horizon’s Church has been opening hearts at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for over 20 years (image captured from YouTube video).

We’re always pleased, and lucky in this technological age, to find photos and videos online about how people — and particularly, young people — experience Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.  When visiting the scenic grounds and acres on the Washougal River, it’s safe to say that people’s experiences differ.  We have campers from diverse organizations like the NW Tibetan Cultural Association, the Young Marines, local Churches, and the “Mankind Project”, among others.  But just what is the common core at the heart of Wa-Ri-Ki?

We found a short video that expresses the answer very well, produced by the New Horizons’ Church of Washougal (see pics from their time at Camp in 2014), that recently celebrated 20 years of ministry at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.  The video reveals youth telling their story — about going to Camp not knowing what to expect, then meeting new people, finding fellowship, community gatherings, physical fun, throwing snowballs, experiencing nature, having a good time, and worship for this group.  Attending to “at risk” children is (more…)

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Summer Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Style Fun (slideshow)

Summer Camp Fun photos from a couple of different Camp sessions in Summer of 2014 (click any image to go deeper into the experience).  Shared by Val Schaffroth, Past Camp Board President, and a volunteer at the Camp this past Summer:

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Kids Experience at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki (Home of God Church)

Building is just one of the skills taught to kids at the Home of God Church week at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.

Building bird houses is just one of the skills taught to kids at the Home of God Church week at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is all about kids experiencing nature.  Kids learning.  Kids unplugging from electronic devices.  Each year a number of different groups send children to the beautiful camp along the Washougal River to be introduced to a variety of physical activities and gain new skills. We were pleased to see that Home of God Church produced a video about their experience in Summer of 2013.  Have a look at (more…)

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