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Campfire camp gets new restroom; launches new campaign

From left, Larry Austin, Dave Surface, Pete Baffaro, Carol Johnson, Nancy Stuchell Kniest and Rich Boyden gather in the woods at Camp Killoqua to witness the demolition of the boys bathroom, in a first step in the $2.5 million capital campaign. Boyden launched the campaign by offering to cover the costs to rebuild the boys bathhouse to the tune of $340,000. -
From left, Larry Austin, Dave Surface, Pete Baffaro, Carol Johnson, Nancy Stuchell Kniest and Rich Boyden gather in the woods at Camp Killoqua to witness the demolition of the boys bathroom, in a first step in the $2.5 million capital campaign. Boyden launched the campaign by offering to cover the costs to rebuild the boys bathhouse to the tune of $340,000.
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SEVEN LAKES At least 185 acres near Lake Goodwin will never be developed.
Camp Killoqua has served girls and their friends and families from around Puget Sound in the Camp Fire USA organization since 1940 and boys, too, in recent years, at the scenic camp located in north Snohomish County.
The wooded area of Killoqua features trails, game fields and waterfront across the road from Wenberg State Park on Lake Goodwin.
In order to expand its services to its clientele which includes many nonprofit organizations, the Snohomish County Council of Camp Fire USA is launching a capital campaign to expand services at the beautiful, wooded facility. Along with Camp Fire USA, organizations served include AmeriCorps and 4-H to Girl Scouts, Hospice and Kiwanis, as well as YMCAs across the region, and many school districts.
When the organization announced its $2.7 million campaign to enhance its services, a long-time supporter and associate board member, Rich Boyden, offered to launch the campaign by building a new boys restroom, a.k.a. the Hill Shower House & Restrooms project.
The demolition of the old bathhouse provided an exciting focal point for the campaign launching.
Its all about serving the kids, Boyden told a group of supporters gathered in the woods at 9 a.m., Sept. 6, to watch the old building go down. An avid sportsman who appreciates the natural environment, Boyden, of Snohomish, is a loyal supporter of Camp Fire USA, supporting the annual auction and the WoHeLo Luncheon. He recruited his contractor friend Tyson Currie, from Currie Construction, to help in his efforts by demolishing the old structure in front of the audience.
Judy and I feel privileged that we are able to give back to the community, Boyden said.
Surface explained that the expansion has been a long time coming.
Ten years ago, during the camps first capital campaign, a new girls shower and restroom facility was built. Now, after 10 years of waiting patiently, the boys are saying, its our turn, said the executive director of the Snohomish County Council of Camp Fire USA, Dave Surface.
Surface introduced Boyden and the other two campaign co-chairs, Nancy Stuchell Kniest and Pete Baffaro.
Nancy bleeds Camp Fire, Surface said. Kneist is a fourth-generation Camp Killoqua supporter. She has two grandmothers who were instrumental in the early years of the camp. One grandmother found the wooded site and the other one was one of the first campers.
And my mother was a Camp Fire leader for her five daughters, Kniest said.
Along with the new bathhouse, the campaign will pay for a new multipurpose pavilion that will double the camps capacity for day campers from 40 to 80, a covered welcome center and an upgrade to the kitchen of the main lodge as well as providing new roofs and electrical upgrades for several structures.
Camp Killoqua served 8,000 people last year, through 66 nonprofit organizations, including schools, universities and faith-based organizations. Ironically, the nearest schools, Lakewood, Arlington and Stanwood, and are not on the list. Marysville High School has used the facility, however. The camp hosts such special events as Grief Camp and Inclusion Camp, for craniofacial disorders.
The Camp Fire Delivers Capital Campaign will assure that the camp will continue to serve the needs of the growing Puget Sound community, Surface said.
For information call Toby Brown or Dave Surface at 425-258-5437.

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