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
- 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.
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.