An event sponsored by Alumni and Friends
to benefit Camp Fire Camp Sweyolakan
The Journey Begins . . .
Camp Sweyolakan alumni, led by a group of former staff members in their 60's called The Goldens, paddled the 104-mile shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene in North Idaho. The journey began September 8, 2013. Our legacy of living the outdoor experience along the shores of our beloved lake is a treasure we wish to preserve and pass on to future generations of campers.
For 92 summers, campers have visited every part of Lake Coeur d'Alene, and we revisited each of these places on our journey, calling to mind memories of the past while building hopes for the future.
The purpose of our journey was twofold -- first, to raise awareness of Camp Sweyolakan's continuing contribution to youth through outdoor camping experiences and second, to raise funds to ensure our Camp's financial viability into the future. Each of us was empowered by Camp Fire's principles in our younger days, and our goal is to "Give Service" to the Camp we love so well.
The Sweyolakan Symbol
Sweyolakan is a Native American word which means "Sigh of the Pines"..
The elongated forms at the sides are trees which represent our our name and our forest home. The symbol at the center top is the person, representing the campers and counselors, past, present and future who now belong to Sweyolakan. In the center is a canoe representing all our outdoor activities. At the bottom is the wave which symbolizes the lake we love.
The Camp Fire Experience
At Camp Fire, we light the fire within.
Camp Fire was created to guide young people on their journey to self-discovery. Camp Firehelps youth dig deep inside and discover their "spark," their personally defined nuggets of potential.
The founders of Camp Fire felt strongly that young people need experiences that teach them to care for themselves, their environment, and the people around them.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity
to find their spark,
lift their voice, and
discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.
Light the fire within.
Finally, our Launch Day arrived and it was wonderful. We woke to overcast skies and bits of fog on the hilltopsbut the day went without a hitch and everyone had a wonderful time Our Honored Alumni enjoyed being at Camp and being part of PaddleFest. Our oldest Alumni was Virginia Harger, 101, and the youngest was Mason Stinson, 5, It was exciting to push off from Camp in three wars and start off on our journey.