Pack up the kids for Camp Arnold

Young people from Island County will be able to attend summer camp at Camp Arnold near Mount Rainier again this June. This opportunity is made available each year as part of the Salvation Army’s Service Extension Department and their partnership with various agencies and groups in the Island County area.

Camp Arnold is a 600-acre site with Mount Rainier as a backdrop. The camp features include a swimming pool, male and female cabins, a large dining hall, arts and crafts center, archery, volleyball, baseball field, gymnasium and trails for hiking. There is an opportunity to participate in the challenge course experience with both low and high “ropes” programs. Canoeing is also available on Trout Lake which is located at the campsite.

The camp administrative staff are on-site through the length of the camp. Counselors are recruited from colleges and universities by a thorough screening process and trained in working with youth 8-to 16-years-old. Camp Arnold is a fully accredited camping program.

This year’s camp will be held June 23 through 27 for both the 8-to 12-year-old Discovery Camp and the 13-to 16-year-old Adventure Camp. Transportation will be provided to and from camp via the Big Brothers Big Sisters office parking lot in Oak Harbor.

Scholarships for the camp are based upon family income. There is a $10 nonrefundable application fee per child that must be paid upon picking up of the application. Application packages may be picked up at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County located at 913 E. Whidbey Ave. in Oak Harbor. For information call BBBS, the local program coordinator, at 279-0644.

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