Editor’s Note: This is an older post from the Camp which we’re revisiting as we move forward. We still need volunteers and are interested in Alumni of the Camp helping out. Those with time and inclination may apply for Board of Director positions. We are also looking for experienced grant writing assistance. Contact us.
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.