Donate Online or Pledge
Camp Nor’wester holds an annual fundraising campaign beginning in the fall. Your financial support will go directly to supporting program and operational needs, the scholarship fund, and new projects, as well as our $100,000 annual mortgage payment.
Please consider making a donation today as we continue to grow and look toward the future of Nor’wester.
Debit/Credit Card Donations Online: Please click the Donate button. You will be taken to the secure PayPal website to make a donation using your credit card or PayPal account. You’ll be returned here when you’re done.
Donate Online Here
Check Donations by Mail
Please make your check payable to Camp Nor’wester and mail it to:
PO Box 1055
Edmonds, Washington 98020
If you wish to make a pledge for a future gift, or spread your gift out over time, please fill in and submit this form. We will use it to send you a reminder of your first payment and the schedule for any subsequent payments.
Pledges may be paid over two or three years.
NOTE: If you intend to make a gift of securities, please contact the Camp before making the transfer.
Annual Fund/Capital Campaign History
The Matching Grant of 2012 – A new Health Center
We received a generous proposal for a matching grant of up to $100,000 in 2012, and our community came through!
We are so thankful for the generosity of so many alumni and friends of camp – as of the summer of 2014, the building is being used to it’s full potential and definitely meets our needs.
Upgrades include structural code and ADA requirements, providing a refreshed building to house and provide a workspace for our Nurse and respite for campers and staff needing medical care. Also, being fully insulated, the building can be used in the off-season comfortably.
The Point Project – 2006-2009
With broad support from the camp community during the capital campaign, Nor’wester was able to “Get The Point” in June 2009.
The purchase of this 35-acre parcel completed the acquisition of the camp property on Johns Island and allowed Nor’wester to take ownership of its future. We could not be more excited! Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Get the Point” campaign and helped make it such a success.
The Point includes 3,696 feet of spectacular shoreline, with coves, points and seven beaches. Without the Point, the Camp would be required to reduce camper enrollment and could not continue to be economically viable. The Camp’s programs would also be significantly curtailed. The Point provides overnight camping sites for the younger campers and critical open space for many of the Camp’s daily activities. The Bighouse is also located on this portion of property, as well as most of the Girls’ units. The astounding beauty of Camp Nor’wester is due in great part to the availability of the Point.
Nor’wester’s Achievements – 1997-2006
Camp Nor’wester purchased 97 acres of the Nell Robinson ranch in 1998 with private donations and mortgage financing. Over the next year the Camp constructed a lodge and kitchen, permanent dock and additional infrastructure. More program areas have been added over the past decade.
The Camp opened on a limited basis in the summer of 2000 with 75 campers. Since then, the Camp has increased its enrollment every year, reaching its maximum capacity of 340 campers since 2015. Revenue from the Camp’s operations, together with the proceeds of its annual fund, is sufficient to cover operating expenses and monthly payments on its mortgage on the 97 acres.
With these achievements behind it, Nor’wester’s Board of Directors initiated the final phase of the Camp’s business plan—a Capital Campaign to raise funds to acquire the Point in 2006.
Nor’wester’s Legacy 1935 – Present
Camp Nor’wester has proven its worth as campers, staff, family and friends return year after year and generation after generation for 80 years. The Camp has contributed to the development of thousands of children by increasing their self-confidence and teaching life skills. Young people learn that taking risks is necessary for achievement and success, and they learn to become active participants in their communities.
Camp Nor’wester gives children and young adults a unique opportunity to grow as individuals and understand that they have a voice and can make a contribution.
Thank you Nor’wester community, for all your support through the years. We have come from re-organizing as a nonprofit in 1996, through site selection, fund raising, property purchase, designing/engineering, permitting, construction and reopening in 2000, to our 18th summer on the site with a new point parcel to call our own.
For those alumni and friends who want to contribute to our ongoing program needs this list is for you! Below are items—not necessarily in order of priority—which we would like to add to the program as soon as we can. Thank you for considering making a donation to our program.
|Additional Convection Oven for Kitchen||$3000|
|Pan Rack for Kitchen||$500|
|Archery Equipment Overhaul||$600|
|Utility sink for Craft Shop||$100|
|Pest-proof food storage bins for trips & overnights||$80 each|
|Custom canvas tarps for program cabanas||$2000|
|Water-heating system upgrades for showerhouses||$5000|
|Deck-mounted compasses for Lightnings||$100 each|
Preserving the Past
Many reels of 8mm film from the Henderson days have been donated to the camp. To preserve these we would like to transfer them to DVD format. We are looking for an alum who would donate time and expertise to this effort. Please contact the Camp office at (425) 670-1935 for details.
Nor’wester holds an annual Online Auction each winter. The Fifth Annual auction was a huge success in 2015! Please consider helping us raise funds by donating and item or bidding on a few next year. Stay tuned!
Spreading the Word/Refer a Friend
Want to guarantee Camp Nor’wester’s future? Help us connect with potential families and qualified staff members. No other type of advertising will have the impact of your personal endorsement when it comes to introducing people to Camp Nor’wester. If you know families or potential staff members who are looking for the opportunities and experiences provided by Nor’wester please use this Refer a Friend form. Once we receive your referral we will correspond with the potential camper family or staff member, letting them know you asked us to send them a packet of information. If a reunion is scheduled for their area, we will also send them an invitation.
Craftshop & Program Supplies
We are happy to take unused craft shop supplies as well as sports equipment, instruments, scientific equipment (for the Nature program), and other program equipment in GOOD CONDITION off your hands. Look in the back of that hall closet or in that bottom drawer for crafty items you no longer have a need for and send them our way. Quality yarns, knitting needles, beads, sparkles, ribbons, pillow stuffing, felt markers—you name it, we’ll put it to good use. The more supplies we have the more wonderful creations become a reality.
If you’re purging items between September 1 and May 25, send them to:
PO Box 1055, 303 5th Ave. S, Suite 201
Edmonds, WA 98020
During the summer, items should be sent to:
112 Airport Circle
Friday Harbor, WA 98250