Partnership assists in sending students to Camp Arnold

  • Friday, April 19, 2019 6:35pm
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Young people from Island County will be able to attend summer camp at Camp Arnold near Mount Rainier again this July.

The opportunity is made available each year as part of the Salvation Army’s Service Extension Department and its partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County, according to a press release.

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 ages 8 to 16 years old. Camp Arnold is a fully accredited camping program.

This year’s camp will be held July 8 through 12 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 in buses provided by the Salvation Army’s Service Extension Department. The pick-up location will be in Oak Harbor near the Big Brothers Big Sisters building.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County (BBBSIC) is a nonprofit youth serving mentorship organization, matching caring volunteer mentors with children ages 6-14. BBBSIC has been matching youth in Island County since 1999. Understanding the value of the camp experience, the agency also began partnering with the Salvation Army’s Service Extension Department in 1999 to assist in sending Island County youth to camp. In this 20th year now, the partnership continues to support this invaluable experience for children.

There is a $20 nonrefundable application fee per child or a $25 cap per family that must be paid when picking up 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 BBBSIC at 360-279-0644.

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