|Samish Island Campground - Bow, WA
11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232 - Map It
Phone: 360-766-6372 or 360-766-6041 (Dining Hall)
Caretakers/Camp Managers: John and Sandy VanDerWalker, 360-766-8125 (For information regarding facilities, scheduling, amenities, camping costs, etc.)
Food Services Manager: Pam Bauer, 816-462-5599 (For Information regarding menus, cooks, food purchasing, food costs, etc.)
Camp Website: www.campsamish.org
Facebook Page: "Samish Island Campground - Community of Christ"
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About Samish Island Campground
Samish Island Campground has been a place of peace and spiritual renewal since 1959. The 80-plus acres of open space, forest, and beach offer a unique environment for learning and relaxing in a retreat setting. It is a private camp, only open for rent to non-profit groups.
Samish Island Campground was established in 1958 when Sig and Tora Freestad gave approximately 82 acres of their property on Samish Island to the church for the purpose of building a campground. The Freestads foresaw potential for children, youth and adults to have a place to come for worship, spiritual growth, fellowship, recreation, personal reflection and healing. The property offered opportunity for all of these blessings to be experienced because of the beautiful setting of surrounding waterways; spectacular views of mountains, forests, trails, beaches and wildlife; and location for development of living, dining, meeting places and recreation facilities.
Samish Island Campground is currently managed for Community of Christ by the Samish Island Campground Association, made up of 33 congregations in British Columbia, Washington and Idaho. A Board of elected and ex-officio directors handle the administrative affairs of Campground. The Association has approved bylaws to specify how the Board of Directors is to administer the campground business.
Sig and Tora Freestad surely established the long heritage of sacrificial offering with the gift of these beautiful grounds to the church. Tora shared many times that the gift was their answer to the urgings of the Spirit of Christ to make this contribution. In keeping with the spirit of their gift, many have given voluntarily of their time, talents and resources to build and maintain these sacred grounds. This includes the people and families who have served as caretakers on a volunteer basis over the 46 years since it began.
* Fully equipped and staffed commercial kitchen
* Banquet seating Dining hall (200 capacity)
* Multi-purpose room with 2 smaller meeting rooms below dining hall
* Fireplace and seating area, billards, ping pong & foosball entertainment
* Multi-purpose fellowship center/gymnasium (CFC) (*seats 400-500 theater-style; public address equipment, stage, podium, recording equipment included), convertable to basketball court, volleyball court
* 45 heated cabins with built-in bunks (4-6 per cabin)
* 4 ADA Accessible duplex cabins with restrooms (2-5 per room)
* 2 dormitory cabins with built-in bunks (20 max. per cabin)
* 19 recreational vehicle spaces with full hook-ups
* 2 community restrooms/showers
* 2 Director/Instructor guest rooms
* First aid cabin (user provides own nurse, if needed)
* Six classroom cabins
* Children's nursery cabin
* Meditation gazebo
* Sports court
* Seven-acre salt water lake (user provides own lifeguard)
* Amphitheater/campfire area (100 capacity)
* Forest trails/forest gathering space