Camp Kirby Resident Camp

We write to you with great sorrow to tell you that the Camp Fire Samish & Camp Kirby staff, along with the Board of Directors, have made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Kirby Resident Camp and Day Camp this summer. We had remained hopeful, and have fully considered all options, but upon recent recommendations from Skagit County Public Health and the release of Governor Inslee’s phased reopening of our state, we find ourselves facing the glaring reality that running our traditional camp sessions is not possible this summer.

Let’s all support each other through this, and then look ahead to brighter tomorrows. We must keep the spirit of Camp Kirby alive for future generations, and come back even stronger.

The Camp Fire Samish & Camp Kirby

Check back  for information on Summer 2021.

2020 Resident Camp Sessions 

Session 1: July 5th- July 11th – Grades 4-12

     Mystery Week – What will happen this week is truly a mystery!

Session 2: July 12th- July 18th  – Grades 2-12

     Ye Olde Kirby Legend and Lore – After 97 summers, Camp Kirby has plenty of legends such as Kirby Fairies, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, and much more! This week we will explore the history of this great place, and some of the activities and events that happened here over the past nine decades.

Session 3: July 19th-July 25th – Grades 4-9

     Disney Days – Need we say more!? This week will be a Whole New World with just the Bear Necessities. If you’re wondering how much fun campers will have, say Hakuna Matata and Let it Go!

Session 3A: July 19th-July 22nd – Grades 1-5

Session 3B: July 22nd-July 25th – Grades 1-5

Session 4: July 26th-August 1st – Grades 2-9

     Camp Kirby Summer Games – With the Summer Olympics taking place this month, we decided we should bring the games to Camp Kirby as well! Cabin groups will compete for medals in a variety of games and campy activities.

Session 5: August 2nd-August 8th – Grades 2-9

     Mad Scientists – Bubble, bubble, toil and… Kirby! It seems a Mad Scientist is causing trouble at Camp. Will the campers be able to use their science experiments to keep the whacky trickster from boiling over?

Session 6: August 9th-August 15th – Grades 4-12 

     Medieval Magic – Welcome all knights, wizards, princes, and princesses to a time of yore! This week we will be lowering our drawbridge to all campers wanting to explore a fantastical renaissance at camp.

2020 Weekend Stay Options (for campers attending the sessions on both sides of the weekend):

  • Session 1-2: July 11th-July 12th
  • Session 4-5: August 1st-August 2nd

2020 Camp Rates:

$545 full-week session

$295 half-week session (Session 3A or 3B)

$80 weekend stay

2020 Summer Camp Handbook

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Resident Camp Age Groups

Cricket: Entering 1st grade 

Beachcomber: Entering 2nd-3rd grade

Adventurer: Entering 4th-5th grade

HiTor: Entering 6th-7th grade

MuaMi: Entering 8th-9th grade

Tanika: Entering 10th-12th grade

CIT 1: Entering 11th grade (must apply)

CIT 2: Entering 12th grade and completed CIT 1 (must apply

CIT (Counselor in Training)

Camp Kirby offers a learning-intensive leadership program for 11th and 12th graders. Our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program is a six-week program spread over two summers, and must be applied for. More information can be found here.

Resident Camp Activities

Activities at camp are all about trying new things, challenging yourself, and having fun outdoors. We stress camper planning and choice, so kids have a chance to be in control of their week. Each week, campers will get to experience all of the activities that are open to their age group. During a typical week-long session, campers can expect to do each activities at least once, with options to do activities more than once if time and scheduling allow.

 All Ages

Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Living Skills, Outdoor Cooking, Science & Nature Programming, Sports & Games, Swimming & Row Boats, Team-Building Activities, Music & Drama, and so much more.

Entering Grades 4+

Archery, Canoeing

Entering Grades 6+

40’ Climbing Wall, Kayaking


Entering Grades 8+

Night Canoeing and/or Night Archery

Entering Grades 10+

Night Kayaking

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 am
(Optional) Polar Bear Dunk
8:00 am
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Kapers (Camp Chores)
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Camper’s Choice “Scramble” Activities
12:00 p.m.
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Rest Hour
1:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Program Rotations and Snack
6:00 p.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Evening Activities Followed by Bedtime (Varies by Age)