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Tribe donates $250,000 to Camp Fire

ARLINGTON The Snohomish County Council of Camp Fire USA will receive a $250,000 leadership gift to their Camp Fire Delivers Capital Campaign from the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.
According to Capital Campaign Coordinator Toby Brown, this marks the largest donation the Snohomish County Council has ever received, and is the second donation on this level that the Stillaguamish Tribe has given to the Capital Campaign.
This outstanding donation brings the campaign total to $1.7 million, of the $2.7 million stretch goal to prepare Camp Fire USA for the growing need in Snohomish County, Brown said. Five new structures, plus improvements at Camp Killoqua in Stanwood and repairs at the Training and Resource Center in Everett, will allow Camp Fire USA to increase services from 286,500 to 395,000 hours each year. This additional 100,000 hours per year will expand our services from 8,400 to 12,000 youths per year. About half the youths Camp Fire serves receive financial assistance.
Snohomish County Council Executive Director Dave Surface pointed out that the $250,000 donation, which will be dispensed over the course of 10 years, exceeds the amount that Camp Fire USA requested from the Stillaguamish Tribe, which was $100,000 over the course of four years.
Camp Fire USA will honor this donation by naming a new pavilion after the Tribe, measuring 110 feet by 90 feet, equipped with a kitchen, stage, fireplace and outside showers.
It will allow us to serve more than 900 kids for summer day camps and after-school programs in the Lakewood area, Surface said. Together with the Stillaguamish Tribe, we look forward to continuing to explore our shared values of protecting and nurturing our youth, and caring for our precious natural resources.
In the meantime, Camp Killoqua is accepting registrations for its summer camp through April 15, with weekly fees ranging from $160-$480 depending upon the programs selected. The camp boasts kayaking, bicycle trips, horses and lessons in dance, archery and teen leadership, with financial assistance available to those who qualify.
Camp Killoqua will also be hosting its annual Earth Day event April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, you may call 425-258-5437, or log onto www.campfireusasnohomish.org.

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