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Summer camping, from tennis and art to sewing

From left, Keely Nelson-Rivers, Torre Frampton and Hannah North enjoy basketball camp at Camp Killoqua in north Snohomish County - Courtesy Camp Killoqua staff
From left, Keely Nelson-Rivers, Torre Frampton and Hannah North enjoy basketball camp at Camp Killoqua in north Snohomish County
— image credit: Courtesy Camp Killoqua staff

With the last few days of 90 degree weather, it brings to mind the looming summer ahead, with lots of free time for kids. Summer camp opportunities are rich and varied around north Snohomish County, from the cities of Arlington and Marysville, the YMCA, and the Boys & Girls Club, and many other organizations.

For a complete list of the city of Marysville’s summer camps and other activities, go to and for Arlington, go to and look for the activities guide under parks and rec.

“All the free stuff is already full,” said Arlington’s recreation manager, Sarah Hegge. “But there are still a lot of fun things for a small fee.”

Here’s a sampling:

Summer Adventures start June 20 at Camp Killoqua

Camp Killoqua offers swimming, boating, archery, the climbing wall, ropes courses, arts and crafts, plus specialty sessions in dance, archery, horses and more. Resident and day camp programs are available for boys and girls entering grades 1-12, at the beautiful wooded camp in the Seven Lakes area. Sessions begin June 20.

Camp Killoqua, operated by Camp Fire USA Snohomish County Council since 1941, offers year-round programming focused on youth: Summer resident and day camps, outdoor education, leadership programs and unique retreat space for youth organizations. Located just 20 miles northwest of Everett, Killoqua is secluded yet easy to reach from all parts of Snohomish County.

Weekly fees range from $180 to $560 depending on the program selected. Call 425-258-5437 for more information or click on

Summer art classes for kids

It’s not exactly camp, but art classes offered for kids by the Arlington High School art teacher, Bev Schatz, offered through the city of Arlington’s recreation department, will provide a creative outlet to children during the summer. Drawing, painting and glass art are offered in the AHS art room, 18821 Crown Ridge, in Arlington.

In the drawing class June 22 - 24, children will have fun learning to recognize the elements of shape and design using a variety of drawing techniques. They will learn to draw people, animals, objects and more. The morning class from 9 - 11 a.m. is for kindergarten through second grade and for grades 3-5 the class runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In the painting class offered July 6 - 8, students will design a color wheel and explore the method of painting with acrylic and watercolor paints.

The glass art class designed for middle school students is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 and 31. Students will learn techniques of cutting glass, foil and soldering and color and design while making a suncatcher or two.

Class fees are $55 and $65, and pre-registration is required at 360-403-3448.

Learn to sew

Camp Stitch-A-Lot offers sewing classes for ages 8-17.

The WSU Snohomish County Extension Clothing 4-H Youth Development Program is sponsoring a sewing camp for kids ages 8 through 17, run by its clothing and textile advisors. Two one-week sessions of the popular camp will be held at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Office, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett.

The first week of camp is June 22-26 and the second week is July 6-10. Participants may choose from Introduction to Sewing; Basic 1 and Basic 2; Accessories and FashionRe-sta. These courses cover a variety of sewing abilities, therefore prerequisites and age minimums may apply.

Advanced registration is required. The 2009 fee is $35 per class. For a class schedule, more information or a registration form, please contact Ginger Seitz at 425-338-2400, ext. 5545 or

Eagle Wings at

Warm Beach

Eagle Wings has announced a new partnership with Warm Beach Camp for four sessions of Special Friends Camp this summer. Sessions are scheduled for June 30 - July 3; July 6 - 9; Aug. 24 - 27 and Aug. 31 - Sept. 3.

Camp or adults with disabilities is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with many volunteer opportunities for families, individuals, and for high school students that need some community service hours.

Whether it’s horseback riding, swimming, ropes course, a climbing wall, or a zip line, no one is turned away from an activity due to a limitation. Every camper is assigned a friend for minor assistance and friendship — not a caregiver, but a person that can push a wheelchair, walk or encourage a camper and share camp experiences.

Other camps at Warm Beach include Dad & Me Weekends, Horsemanship clinics and camps, Leadership Summit, Family Camps, Youth Camps, Day Camps and Marriage & Engaged Encounters. For information see the Web site at

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