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Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, donors, parents, and kids.
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Camp Fire Samish

The Gazette

Winter 2016/17

Thank you!

During this holiday season, we want to thank everyone who have donated throughout the year. We recognize that EVERY donation (from paperclips to $5,000) is greatly appreciated. Thank you for being the Spark that makes a great deal of difference in the lives of youth.
Giving Tuesday 
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season. Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. Donations made to Giving Tuesday will be used directly at Camp Kirby for repairs, maintenance and improvements. It’s not too late to give! Donations can still be made through the Amazon Wish List and online.
Wish List
Each year, Camp Kirby compiles a list of items that are needed for Camp programs and general Camp needs. Items can be brought to the main office in Bellingham or shipped directly when purchased through Amazon.com wish lists.

Events to Benefit Camperships
Camperships are scholarships for kids to attend camp who otherwise would not be able to attend. $17,738.25 was donated and spent for youth to attend Camp Kirby in 2016! The need for Camperships continues to increase.
 
On Giving Tuesday, an event was held at the Wild Buffalo with proceeds benefiting Camp Kirby Camperships and the Food Bank. Fairhaven Stones Throw Brewery donated a keg, Diva, Dave & Phil, Sleepy Alligators, James Miller, and Thunder Pawh performed. Many other Bellingham businesses donated items for an auction. Over $1,000 was raised.
 
Please remember that 100% of Camperships funds come from donors. To designate your gift to Camperships, simply write Campership on your check or in the Comments section for online gifts.
Meet the Staff 
I grew up on Vashon Island, and Seattle’s Camp Sealth Day Camp was a part of every summer.  Since I began working at Camp Fire Samish in February, I have deepened in my work and really enjoy the opportunity to connect with amazing people who also love Camp Fire & Camp Kirby and want it to be successful. It provides a fantastic opportunity for kids to experience nature and their relationship to the natural world. My love for Camp Fire and the outdoors runs deep; it is an amazing match to be the Office Assistant at Camp Fire Samish! In my off-work time I love to travel, love watching my son play music, creating metal jewelry, and walking in the woods. This summer I spent time traveling through France and Italy – what an amazing experience to share with my family! I’d love to hear your stories and I look forward to meeting you, Darcy Walters
Best Kids Camp
Camp Kirby has been nominated for the Best Kids Camp in the Pacific NW A-List (formerly KING5 Best of). Please take a minute to vote for Camp Kirby!
Camptoberfest
Thank you to all of the friends and neighbors who attended the third annual Camptoberfest fundraiser! Even though the winter storm postponed Camptoberfest, guests made it the most successful Camptoberfest yet! The Camp Kirby lodge never felt so cozy, with a huge fire in the fireplace, Polka music playing, and festive fall decorations everywhere. A very special thank you to Backwoods Brewing for donating two fantastic kegs!
 
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will stop the 4th Annual Camptoberfest on October 28, 2017!
Upcoming Events
Day Camp Registration
Opens Tues. Jan. 3
Resident Camp Registration
Opens Tues. Jan. 3
Chili & Chowder Cookoff
Sun. Jan. 29 1:00-4:00 pm
Camp Fire Clubs Candy Sales
Jan. 20-Feb. 20
Birthday Dinner & Auction
Sat. Mar. 18
Camp Kirby Work Party
Sat. Mar. 25 10:00-4:00 pm
Camp Annual Meeting
Tues. Apr. 18 6:00 pm
Camp Kirby Earth Day Work Party
Sat. Apr. 22 10:00-4:00 pm
Camp Kirby Open House
Sun. Apr. 23 2:00-5:00 pm
Spaghetti Feed
Sun. Apr. 23 5:00 pm
Camp Kirby Memory Bricks
Leave a lasting impression by purchasing an inscribed brick, which will be installed in the Memory Circle around the Fire Road Totem.
 
Memory Bricks are installed once a year. Place your order before February 15 to have it installed before the next Open House on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Click for flyer and more information.
 
Halloween Party
Over 100 youth and adults attended “Halloween at Camp Kirby.” Kids went trick-or-treating to Kirby cabins, ate tons of snacks and goodies, and had a rocking dance party!
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