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Wa-Ri-Ki Kindling Growth

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on Wa-Ri-Ki Kindling Growth

Wa-Ri-Ki Kindling Growth

As we head toward Spring, the Board of Directors for the Camp continues to forge ahead with a number of growth ideas to kindle the fire for future development.

Approximately two years into a 50-year lease with Skamania County, and after a series of successful fundraising efforts in 2014 including securing matching grants from the Firstenburg Foundation, the Board is now continuing the momentum:

  • Forming a new Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Alumni Association to help boost the Camp and recognize Alumni Leaders

    searching for Camp Alums that want to help Wa-Ri-Ki grow.

    We’re searching for Camp Alums that want to help Wa-Ri-Ki grow… you might receive a card like those shown above.

  • Hired a new caretaker with a background in remodeling and contracting
  • Is developing a “Task Force” of previous renters to advise on the future direction of the Camp
  • Is planning a series of fundraisers in 2015 including a repeat of the successful Wine Tasting event, a golf tournament, and an online GoFundMe.com campaign
  • Is hiring a new Camp Development Coordinator to continue the drive for renewal and growth
  • Is seeking new board members with a passion for helping youth via an exposure to nature
  • The septic tank has been repaired and a new roof on the dormitory is nearing completion
  • Will continue the Nature Explore Club Event  (a first in 2014) and develop it in conjunction with local science educators to provide a meaningful experience and allow kids to unplug to learn about nature.  You should form a Club now (it’s free) — get more information and find an application to form a new club at the Parks Foundation of Clark County website.
To help make our supporting Kiwanis Clubs easy to find -- we've launched a new directory.

To help make our supporting Kiwanis Clubs easy to find — we’ve launched a new directory.

Plus, we’re pleased to thank our primary boosters — the 5 Vancouver area Division 44 Kiwanis Clubs by publishing a directory with maps to their meeting locations, here at CampWaRiKi.com.  These are great people whose combined efforts help thousands of children in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area each year.  Check out some of the events each group sponsors annually.  These Clubs too will welcome support and new members.

It’s going to be a great year, and we look forward to working with old friends as we meet new ones with the “Kiwanis heart” for development at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.

Meet the New Camp Caretakers: Mike & Diana

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on Meet the New Camp Caretakers: Mike & Diana

Meet the New Camp Caretakers:  Mike & Diana
New Caretakers, Mike and Diane Richards.

New Camp Hosts, Mike and Diana Richards.

The Camp board was pleased to find and hire Mike Richards as Camp Host last Fall.  His wife, Diana, also joins him at Wa-Ri-Ki for hosting activities.  But there’s more to Mike than just being a great host — he has a successful remodeling and contracting background, so he’s been hard at work assessing needs (there’s a long list), and doing repairs.

The husband and wife team are greatly enjoying their experience at the Camp — Diana reports a great view of the stars at night.  We caught up to a busy Mike recently and asked him a few questions…

What is your overall assessment of the future of Camp Wa-Ri-Ki from a General Contractor’s point of view? The buildings are fairly old (1969) but well built. There is some deferred maintenance, mainly due to (more…)

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

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Camp Stories, News | Comments Off on Gravel, Red Bugs, & Snow Grace Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

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]

New President Sees Growth for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on New President Sees Growth for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

New President Sees Growth for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki
Michael McNulty sees a lot of hard work coming together to position Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for growth.

Michael McNulty sees a lot of hard work coming together to position Camp Wa-Ri-Ki for growth.

Michael McNulty, a long-time serving Board Member for both the local Vancouver Kiwanis, and on the Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board, was elected President of the Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board in November of 2014 and he sees great things ahead for 2015.

Noting that Kiwanis have managed the Camp since the late 70’s (it’s owned by Skamania County), McNulty, a career banker, explains that only recently did the Camp secure a fifty-year lease, where prior leases were never more than for two-five years. Now just two years into this extended lease, the Camp is “eligible for a lot of grants and community donations that we would not have been qualified for because it shows a form of long term ownership.” In a fifty year lease, “We hope to show the county the things we’ve been able to do in that time that demonstrates the community impact in the county, and beyond.”

“With the help of all the individual volunteers, the amazing work of Phyllis Goldhammer, the Mankind project (a repeat Camp renter) stepping up for the last couple hundred we were short on a matching grant, and all the amazing work on the wine tasting fundraiser, we’re now in a great position to rise to a new vision.”

McNulty would also like to expand on the mission of serving “at-risk” youth and special needs children. A couple of ways to do this will be to (more…)

New Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Alumni Association Forming

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on New Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Alumni Association Forming

New Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Alumni Association Forming

Wa-Ri-Ki-FB_AlumsThe Camp Board of Directors and leadership team is organizing a new Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Alumni Association and discussing a number of fun activities and rewards for being a part of the Camp growth in the 2000-teens. We need your help. We envision recognition for Alumni of the Year, an Alumni Day at the Camp, T-Shirts for participation of a certain level, and more.

Choose your level of participation: It may be that you just wish to help get the word out in social media regarding the many needed updates to the Camp and related fundraising efforts. You may wish to come up to the Camp and help with clean-ups and renovations. Some of you may wish to become sustaining donors and look toward future development opportunities for the Camp. Even a board position to play a role in directing the Camp is a possibility That’s up to you — Wa-Ri-Ki can use all the good help it can get.  We plan to have some fun along the way, too. (more…)

Use Freddies Card to Support Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Fundraising, News | Comments Off on Use Freddies Card to Support Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Use Freddies Card to Support Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

5420bcfc84ae4e0350fcb3bcNow you can help support Camp Wa-Ri-Ki… just by shopping as you normally would!  Fred Meyer is donating $2.6 million this year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give.

If you have already linked your card, thank you! If not, here’s how the program works — it’s simple:

Above (click to enlarge) is how you link your rewards card to Camp Wa-Ri-Ki after registering at Fred Meyer's site (link below).

Above (click to enlarge) is how you link your rewards card to Camp Wa-Ri-Ki after registering at Fred Meyer’s site (link below).

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
  • You can search for us by entering Camp Wa-Ri-Ki, when you log into your account online, under “Community Rewards” (see screenshot at right).
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Wa-Ri-Ki earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

What is Camp Wa-Ri-Ki?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Camp Stories, News | Comments Off on What is Camp Wa-Ri-Ki?

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…)

2014 a Great Year for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on 2014 a Great Year for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

2014 a Great Year for Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

New Groups Enjoy an Unplugged Experience at Camp

Twenty-five camper groups using Kiwanis Camp Wa-Ri-Ki in 2014, plus the Nature Explore Club Event in August 2014 provided 6,429 people the experience of connecting with nature and enjoy the benefits of spending time unplugedg from technology.

If each of those individuals spent just eight hours unplugged from devices, that would be 51,432 hours interacting with other people face to face, discovering and listening to the birds and other animals in the forest, hearing the wind whistle through the trees; the river rushing; the laughter or giggles of children running in open spaces.  As some children said, “You gotta see this – Wow!”

Six new groups stayed at camp this year. (more…)

Behind the Scenes at Camp

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, Fundraising, News | Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at Camp

Behind the Scenes at Camp

We see so many images of campers having fun at the Wa-Ri-Ki, that sometimes we forget the tremendous volunteer effort that goes on behind the scenes. There are many, many volunteers and benefactors involved and we are grateful to them all — we’ll mention a few here, and continue to highlight examples in future posts.

The Board of Directors

The Board (all volunteers) met in November (they meet monthly) and elected a new slate of officers.  Elections held November 17th 2014 elected Michael McNulty as president , Jamie Wick as treasurer, Melissa Cole as secretary for  2015 . The annual budget was discussed and the Marketing Committee and the Development Committee made presentations focusing on Camp growth and needed repairs and upgrades.

Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board

The Camp Wa-Ri-Ki Board meets regularly to attend to Camp Business and Growth matters. Left to Right: Marsha Sherman, Phyllis Goldhammer (Camp Director); Jamie Wick (new Treasurer), and Michael McNulty (the new President of the Board).  Other Board Members not shown are Ken Rowe (Chairman of Marketing Committee), Val Schaffroth (Past President), Melissa Cole (Secretary), Sandy Hensley, Bob Kuzma, and Roger Main

Those That Made Our First Wine Tasting Benefit Possible

Val Schafroth and Michael McNulty from the board led the recent fundraiser effort, held at Cellar 55 in Vancouver.  We sol (more…)

Young Marines at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in About Wa-Ri-Ki, News | Comments Off on Young Marines at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Young Marines at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

A “unit” of Young Marines, the Lewis & Clark Young Marines out of Vancouver, WA, stayed at the Camp in 2014 in December.  They have agreed to work on a project for the Camp in 2015, reports Phyllis Goldhammer, Camp Director.  

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Their unit holds a leadership retreat for corporals and above annually since 2006. The first year they had 5 YMs who held the rank of corporal or above, of which 4 attended. This year they have twenty-seven YMs who hold the rank of corporal or above, of which 24 participated.  On their Facebook page, about the Camp Wa-Ri-Ki experience, they wrote:

“Lewis & Clark Leadership Retreat – 2015. Look at that Pacific Northwest beauty in the background. Awesome training in a beautiful locale.”

The Young Marines is a youth program in the United States and Japan open to children from the ages of 8 years old through the completion of high school, or their eighteenth birthday (whichever comes later).  Their role and purpose is to promote the mental, moral, and physical development in its members the principles of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, attention to duty, and fidelity to the United States and its institutions.

It is good to see the fine members of Young Marines at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.

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