Ruth-Ellen at camp.
Ruth Ellen at Camp Sealth in 1950.

It’s been more than 75 years since Ruth Ellen Elliott sold daffodils as a Bluebird and donuts as a Horizon Girl to raise money for Camp Fire. But she’s still friends today with girls she knew back then and she’s still a big supporter.

In fact, Ruth Ellen and her late husband, Tom, made a commitment to Camp Fire Central Puget Sound that extends even beyond their lifetimes. They’ve remembered the organization in their wills to recognize the incredible impact it had on their family.

Ruth Ellen was introduced to Camp Fire in elementary school in the 1930s. She recalls loving Camp Sealth so much “I wrote a letter to my mother telling her I wasn’t coming home.” Years later, her own two daughters joined Camp Fire and Ruth-Ellen became a group leader.

Because Camp Fire contributed so much to the development of her and her daughters’ friendships, confidence and independence, Ruth Ellen says it made sense for her and Tom to become legacy donors.

Tom and Ruth
Tom and Ruth

“We both appreciated that Camp Fire is serving so many different people and that it has always stayed very current with how our country changes. I like Camp Fire’s long history and its sustainability.”

Ruth Ellen Elliott

Impacting Youth for Generations to Come

Join Thomas and Ruth Ellen and make a gift to Camp Fire in your will. Your generosity will have a huge impact on the lives of youth for generations to come!

We will work with you to easily facilitate this process. Learn more about the various ways you can easily continue giving to Camp Fire or contact Kristen Cook at (206) 826-8931 or kristenc@campfireseattle.org.

Camp Fire & Camp Sealth Alumni – We Want to Hear From You!

Did you attend Camp Sealth as a camper or work a summer on staff with us? Did you grow up in Camp Fire programs, serve as a leader, or are a parent volunteer? You’re an alumni, and we’d love to hear your story! Share your information with us below and sign up to hear updates about Camp Fire and Camp Sealth programs. WoHeLo!