Evan Margason’s parents first took him camping when he was a baby. His dad taught him how to pitch a tent, tie knots, all the things you need to know to hold your own in the woods.

When Evan’s mom started researching overnight camps a few years ago, she could tell Camp Sealth was a place where her outdoorsy boy would feel at home while making new friends.

She signed him up, and Evan raved about his experience as soon as he got back from first week of camp.

“He said, ‘I want to come back every summer! I want to be a counselor here!” He felt like he belonged,” his mom, Gena Margason, recalls.

Evan returned to Camp Sealth for the third straight summer this year. It gave him a chance to break away from a time of great difficulty for his family. Evan’s father died in June after a grueling two-year battle with throat cancer.

Parent Gena Margason credits Camp Sealth with helping her son through the heart-wrenching loss of his father just this summer.

“Camp Sealth offered Evan a mental break from our family’s heart-wrenching loss,” Gena says. “It was such a gift.”

Evan, 13, is an outgoing kid, an only child who has an easy time forging new friendships. He spent two weeks at Camp Sealth this July. His favorite things: boating off Vashon Island, gazing at a clear night sky speckled with bright stars, watching sunsets bounce off the waters of Puget Sound, and making s’mores on the beach, and his counselor, Rango.

“It’s a place where I can be free, where I can be myself. I can just have fun.”


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