Diverse Experiences Drive a Family's Camp Fire Loyalty – Camp Fire Central Puget Sound
Adaptive bikes at Special Family Camp
Long-time Donor and Volunteer Carl Kishline assists his son Peter on an adaptive bicycle at Special Family Weekend at Camp Sealth.

A passion for Camp Fire that began in childhood has evolved into lifelong commitments for the Kishline family, whose experiences are as diverse as Camp Fire itself. From group member to camper, staffer to donor, volunteer to board member, it’s an enduring family affair.

Carrie joined a Camp Fire group when she was in the first grade. Her mom, Pat, led her daughter’s groups through high school, when the girls helped to develop what is now our inclusive Special Family Camp. Today, Carrie works full time for Camp Fire as our summer camp director.

Peter participated in a Saturday club for special-needs children and began attending Camp Sealth when he was in elementary school. Now in his early 30s, he continues to find acceptance and joy at Special Family Camp and often visits his sister at Camp Sealth.

Pat, a former Camp Fire Board member, and husband Carl are grateful for the opportunities Camp Fire has offered both their children, including giving Peter the chance to have fun with campers of all abilities. It’s a big reason why the couple chooses to support Camp Fire financially — and why they’re looking to retire on Vashon Island, close to camp.

“One of the strengths of Camp Sealth is that it’s inclusive and integrated as much as possible with all the campers. That’s a real benefit for kids to see the differences in each other,” says Carl.

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