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3rd Annual Nature Explorer Camp

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Events, News | Comments Off on 3rd Annual Nature Explorer Camp

Nature Explorer Camp: 10:30 am to 2 pm

Free Event, open to the public

Wednesday July 27th

Saturday August 6th

Thursday August 18th

Lunch provided if registered at least two days before the event.

We are working on providing round trip bus transportation on a first to request it basis so register early. As always you can drive in, or carpool.

Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is in preparation to host its 3rd annual Nature Explorer Event. There are a total of three events being held this summer. The First Nature Explorer opportunity will be on Wednesday July 27th. We have invited Vancouver Boys and Girls Club to join us on this day but it is also open the public as well at no cost. There are 20+ acres so there is plenty of room for anyone and everyone. The next two dates Saturday August 6th and Thursday August 18th are open to supervised kids of any age again at no cost. We are hoping to provide round trip bus transportation from Marshall Center in Vancouver to camp Wa-Ri-Ki for these August dates. Would you be interested in a bus on July 27th, let us know and with enough interest we will consider it.

That’s right, a signal free opportunity to bond with your children, grandchildren, families, and other families while participating in activities aimed at involving and educating about our natural surroundings. You read that right there is no cellular signal…at all. This 20+ acre property provides ample forests and fields to spend the day exploring and enjoying the outdoors and each other. We will have arts and crafts, a mini hike, and some forest animals!!

Registration

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Fall & Winter Camps Beautiful at Wa-Ri-Ki

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on Fall & Winter Camps Beautiful at Wa-Ri-Ki

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…)

Second Annual Nature Explore Event a Success

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Events, News | Comments Off on Second Annual Nature Explore Event a Success

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…)

From the Prez: Program Team Develops Camp Future

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Events, News | Comments Off on From the Prez: Program Team Develops Camp Future

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…)

Second Bi-Annual Wine Tasting a Success

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Events, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on Second Bi-Annual Wine Tasting a Success

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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Crowd Funding, Wine Tasting Golf Tournment Fundraisers Underway

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Events, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on Crowd Funding, Wine Tasting Golf Tournment Fundraisers Underway

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.
» Go Fund Camp Wa-Ri-Ki (more…)

First Camp Advisory Meeting

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on First Camp Advisory Meeting

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…)

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

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Events, News | Comments Off on Volunteers Swarm Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for One Day 2015

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

Outpouring of Volunteer Support for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

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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…)

Kiwanis One Day at Camp

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Events, News | Comments Off on Kiwanis One Day at Camp

Kiwanis One Day at Camp

Join us for Kiwanis One Day at Camp

Kiwanis One Day 2015

Click to enlarge and circulate.

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki is hosting a service day to celebrate Kiwanis One Day on April 11. If your club doesn’t have a project planned or has more individuals then opportunities, we invite you to join us for a day of service to help maintain the camp grounds and facilities.

Where: Camp Wa-Ri-Ki
When: April 11, 10 AM – 4 PM (more…)

New Development Coordinator

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on New Development Coordinator

New Development Coordinator

Photo on 3-23-15 at 2.13 PM

Meet Elliot, the New Camp Development Coordinator.

Elliot Olson is excited to join Camp Wa-Ri-Ki as the new Camp Development Coordinator.

An educator, writer and tech specialist, Elliot has worked at outdoors camps and taught students both locally and internationally. She is excited to be joining Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, and is looking forward to expanding the camp!

Originally from California, Elliot moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since. She has a wide range of professional experience, and has worked as a website designer, social media strategist, and online development coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs. (more…)

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