Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer 2013

Well, Camp Killoqua Summer Sessions 2013 has started! Yesterday our first session of kids came through the gate and registered, turned in their meds, got their head checked for lice, and got a free T-shirt. Yup, FREE T-shirt, thanks to Safeway who funded them for every child during the summer sessions! We are super happy to have Camp Willie here again for their 15th year. This week will be so much fun diving back into all of our amazing outdoor and indoor activities, Gaga ball anyone? The kids are out running about (the counselors running with them), you can hear songs coming from the lodge, and Camp is back in all its wonderful glory.

Next week will be our Staff Training week. This is going to be a lot of fun! We have many new counselors and international staff members coming in Friday. We are so excited to meet and greet all of the staff, because they are what make this camp what it is. It seems we get very lucky every year with incredible people, that we figure this year will be equally as good! It will be an amazing summer this year with (hopefully) equally amazing weather!

It is so cool how when you come back to Camp Killoqua every year, you feel as if you never left. Everything is still as green and peaceful as it was last year and the years before that. As all returners know, here at camp K, we are pretty traditional and have our Camp Legend. The legends describes how many, many years ago, before the peaceful shores of Crabapple lake was a camp, there lived a strong young Native American man named Chief Killoqua. Chief Killoqua loved traveling from place to place, until one day he came upon a young Poplar tree on the shores of a beautiful lake. Chief Killoqua visited this tree often, and as he grew older he came to the tree to think about his tribe and ponder his problems. As wind blew through the trees, he could here a faint voice whispering "All is well, all is well." Chief Killoqua eventually died after living a fulfilling life, and as timed passed, Camp Killoqua came into its being. The young Poplar tree is now old, and Chief Killoqua's spirit has lived and grown old with it. On peaceful days like today, if you walk along the meadow, you may still be able to here the gentle, wise Chief say, "All is well, all is well."

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Upcoming Events

As spring is getting closer camp is getting busier! We have a few really exciting upcoming events in the month of February.

The first event is Parents Night Out February 8th from 6pm to 10pm at our Everett Camp Fire Office. This event will be hosted by our Teens in Action group that is working to raise money for their Relay for Life team. Drop your kids in grades k to 6th off at the Everett Camp Fire Office for an evening full of games, crafts, and a movie. We will provide pizza, a beverage, and popcorn during the movie! We are asking for a suggested donation of $15. Space is limited, be sure to register soon! To register call (425) 258-5437.

Also, remember to register online at for our School Days Off program February 18th. Campers will spend the day playing games and making new friends and celebrating Presidents’ Day!

In March camp will be the training ground for Camp Fire Club Leaders while they complete Outdoor Training. This training is to teach club leaders new outdoor skills and all the rules for camping with Camp Fire. It’s a really fun training of cookouts, a night hike, and knot tying! The dates for this year's training are 7-9pm on Tuesday March 5th for a planning session, and the overnight starts at 7pm on March 8th, and ends about noon on the 9th. Call the Camp Fire Office for more information, or to register: 425-258-KIDS.

Spring Break Day Camp is coming up too! This year the theme is Mud Pie Madness! We will be spending the week enjoying the wild and wet parts of Killoqua as well as keeping dry and warm by the fire. This is open to kids in grades 1-8th and bus transportation is available. Remember to put this on your calendar for April 1-5th and register soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Winter at Camp

Winter is a time of planning, organizing, and getting projects done! We’ve cleaned all the horse saddles and camp is getting a new kitchen floor!

We are also starting a new program called School Days Off at Camp Killoqua. When your child has a day off from school would they like to spend time hiking outdoors, doing fun arts and crafts, and playing exciting games with new friends? If you are looking for this kind of experience, send your child to Camp Killoqua on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day and a special Saturday in March. Drop-off and pick-up will be at our main Lodge. Please bring a sack lunch and an extra change of clothes each day. For more information on these days please go to

Stay connected this time of year by liking our facebook page and reading up on all the news here at camp.

Summer is just around the corner so register for camp! Visit our website to check out our 2013 brochure at .


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fall into Camp!

This fall camp has a new, or rather new to us, cherry-picker. Today we all learned how to operate this super fun piece of equipment! We want to give a big Thank You to Nick from Altec for coming out and showing us how to use it.  Anyone interested in a really cool egg drop?

Bill Thomas in the Cherry-Picker

The After School Day Camp has gotten off to a great start! We have had so much fun making slime, tracking Bigfoot, boating, and building shelters.
Our After School kids!
Our Outdoor Education program is wrapping up this week and we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of the O.E. staff. Thanks for all the hard work this fall.

Coming up this fall we have more After School Day Camp, Jammin Jamboree, and the evening of November 9th at camp in the Lodge we are having the first annual Family Movie Night! If you want to bring the family out for this free event at camp please RSVP with Kena at (425) 258-5437.

Have a great fall!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Fun!

These last few weeks have gone by in a blink of an eye. We have had so much fun around camp! So instead of a “special clap” for those who have ever been to skit night we will do a recap of some really great summer memories.

Remember the first time you saw the climbing wall? Or the first time you took a step on that latter? Here at camp we enjoy the climbing wall, high ropes, and low ropes.

We also have Horse camp. Do you remember the name of the horse that you worked with all week? What about the first time you went on a trial ride or painted the horses?

Can you remember the first time you took a tippie test? Did you ever sing a song from under a canoe? Or take a sailboat for a ride around Crabapple Lake?

As September draws nearer serenade seems sweeter, going for a penny hike is more peaceful, and jumping in the dolphin pond is more fun. From everyone here at Camp Killoqua make the very most of the rest of your summer!

People in cities can’t understand falling in love with the land.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Greetings from Arts & Crafts!

One of our day campers made a wonderful pirate costume!

Ahoy there from the Camp Killoqua Craft House!

This summer is off to a great start in Arts & Crafts and we have been busy working on many theme related projects - as well as all those classic camp crafts! Lanyards and friendship bracelets are always in style.
Owakna campers making feather earrings for Pirate vs. Ninja Week!

This morning there were Day Campers and Resident Campers in making Pirate and Ninja crafts. Many campers chose to make costumes, though paper bag pirate puppets and feather earrings are popular this week as well.
A day camper and his paper bag pirate puppet for Pirates of Killoqua week in Day Camp!

We also had some campers drop by this morning to pick up supplies for projects they wanted to make in the meadow, which is always exciting to know that the creativity does not stop at the Craft House door.

The Chinook Boys came by this morning as well to make Council Fire Invitations. I taught them some new oragami tricks, and they turned out great!

Chinook campers hard at work on paper boats and ninja stars for Council Fire.

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates from the craft house this summer.
Happy Crafting and WoHeLo!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Session 4

While walking around camp this afternoon I couldn’t help but notice how camp is a really great place for campers to be themselves. Here at camp we don’t answer cell phones we answer the call of WoHeLo, there are no text messages just letters home to friends and family, there is no Facebook friends but friends we meet face to face, and we don’t play video games but real games. At camp you meet around a campfire or table and share a meal, a song, a smile, and a silly story.

Play like a Girl!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Session 3 2012

It has been a very magical week out at camp! In resident camp the theme was Disney and other animated characters. On Wednesday evening we had a lot of fun going on a camp wide hunt for Mickey Mouse who was hidden somewhere at camp. We also had a lot of fun looking for hidden Mickeys (Mickey silhouettes) that were placed all around camp.

 The Gypsy boys getting ready for our all camp game!

Just one of 62 Mickeys hidden around camp this week!

In day camp we had a wild time during Happy Trails week. Campers got to do all sorts of western inspired activities. On Friday afternoon they had an all camp complete with "cow-pie" tossing, cowboy costume relay, and hay rides! Earlier in the week the Washington State Jersey Queen brought her cow Annabelle out to camp. The campers got to pet her and some even got to milk her. They were also given the opportunity to make butter! It was a fantastic week in Day Camp!

 Petting Annabelle!

Staff Training

We had a really fun seven days of staff training this year! One of our big highlights was being the first to play gaga in our gaga pit built by the Kiwanis of Mukilteo and members of our camp comity!  The photo below is of our entire staff the night before camp making a giant zero signifying zero days left before campers arrive!

 Playing our first game of gaga! This game is a lot of fun, and its hard to take photos of because there is so much action going on. We set this up as an example of the game!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break Day Camp!

We had a great week here at camp with Spring Break Day Camp. If you are a parent with a camper who was too tired at the end of the day to keep you filled in this week this post is for you! This past week campers enjoyed cookouts and boating. Two of the groups got together for an airplane flying contest. Watch out Boeing because Camp Killoqua has some real talent in designing planes! The oldest group of campers had a lot of fun at the climbing wall and everyone had a chance to tie-dye. Archery was a favorite for many as well as making forts and learning a few camp songs. To the left is a picture of some campers testing out their fort! There was also a group that made their own fishing poles. We had a really great time outside this past week at Day Camp enjoying some sunshine!

Upcoming events start this Friday with a movie night for Camp Fire area 8. Later this month camp is celebrating Arbor Day with ArborFest April 28th from 10am-2pm. Bring the family and a sack lunch and enjoy spending the day at camp with fun stations including a chance to plant a tree. This is a free event! That same weekend is Dad/Youth overnight where dads, uncles, grandpas, etc. can bring out the kids and experience some of the classic camp activities, a fishing derby, and fun new activities.

See you soon!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spring Outdoor Education

We just wrapped up the first two fun filled weeks of the spring Outdoor Education season, and have 10 more to go! We are pleased to welcome our OE staff to camp and excited for the work they will be doing this season.

OE Staff left to right: Winter, Azul, Willow, Madrona, Sunshine and Chaco!

Schools from all over the state, Ferndale in the north all the way down to the Gig Harbor and of course a ton from Snohomish County, will be joining us out at camp for our spring program. Students in grades 1 to 6 will be participating in 1 to 5 day programs through mid-June. Outdoor Education is a fun combination of school and summer camp. Our days are packed full of environmental learning, leadership, outdoor recreation, and of course camp songs! Rain or shine we are out at camp having a great time!

Visit the blog again soon as we will be introducing our spring staff individually. You may get to meet them if you are out at camp this spring!