Leadership Programs

School Year Leadership Programs Are Available at Camp Killoqua in Snohomish County!

What can Camp Killoqua add to your leadership programs?

Maybe it’s access to a climbing tower and ropes courses. Perhaps it’s a change of pace, taking your participants to an outdoor resident camp setting. Or maybe it’s the ease of letting us plan and lead programs at our site near Marysville.

Whatever your needs, Camp Killoqua now offers school year leadership programming – tell us what you need, and we design and facilitate the activities for you. Choose from one-day field trips or multi-day retreats. Both weekdays and weekends are available.

Killoqua is a Camp Fire camp located 20 miles northwest of Everett, on the wooded shores of Crabapple Lake. Killoqua also operates residential summer and outdoor education programs; school year leadership programs are an exciting new option beginning this fall.

Why partner with Killoqua for Leadership? We offer…
· Skilled staff who are talented in working with older youth
· A full-service experience, including programming, lodging, meals and recreation
· Flexible, affordable program options, designed to fit your group
· A beautiful outdoor location, away from daily distractions
· A proud reputation – we’ve been building leaders since 1941


Camp Killoqua offers camp-based, school year programs that build leadership skills in teen participants, grades 6-12. Killoqua is a fantastic site for these activities, with challenge/ropes courses, outdoor and indoor spaces, skilled staff and decades of experience building leaders.

Our flexible program options allow you to design the perfect experience for your group, while the resident camp setting helps participants learn away from their everyday distractions.

Killoqua is located on a quiet and secluded 185-acre site, 20 miles northwest of Everett, on the shores of Crabapple Lake. Participant groups are welcome from public, private and parochial schools, as well as sports teams, church youth groups and other organizations that serve older youth. A full-service experience — including leadership programming, accommodations, meals, recreation and evening activities — is offered in a camp setting. All program activities are led by trained instructors and facilitators and are interactive, hands-on and multi-sensory.

Camp Killoqua has been in operation since 1941, and is owned and operated by Camp Fire Snohomish County Council.

Goals and Objectives

Killoqua’s leadership program goals provide a foundation from which to design all of our activities. The goals are solid, yet they are also flexible, allowing us to adapt to meet the needs and goals of your group. Participants will develop new skills and be excited about being leaders. Skills learned at Killoqua can be used at school, on teams, informally with peers, in jobs and more.

Leadership program goals:

  • To build community spirit with participants.
  • To facilitate opportunities for participants to experience and practice collaborative leadership, with an emphasis on developing communication skills and an appreciation for diversity.
  • To develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • To help participants identify their personal strengths and to use them as leaders.
  • To use the camp setting as a tool in leadership development — both as a site for activities and to foster awareness of how leaders can protect the natural environment.

These program goals incorporate proven youth leadership development concepts, including the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Minnesota Search Institute, Washington state’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements, and the hallmarks of successful leadership programs identified through extensive research by groups such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Program Content

A camp experience builds community and develops leadership potential. Our programs create a safe and exciting environment for teens to learn, practice and refine leadership skills.

Design your program At Killoqua, we tailor our program to meet your needs. Before arriving, you choose focus modules to match the needs of your group. Topics may include self-assessment, initiatives/challenge/climbing wall segments, communication styles, conflict resolution, project planning, and much more. The modules are the core of a basic framework for all leadership programs, which may also include introductions and group energizers, teambuilding activities, opportunities for reflection and goal-setting and action plans.

Leadership activities are facilitated by camp staff members who understand group dynamics and can lead fun, challenging workshops and activities. Some modules are indoors, but outdoor locations are used whenever practical. The program’s structure allows participants to work in small and large groups as well as individually. These varied formats guide the development of both individual and group strengths.

Program progression As with all of Killoqua’s programs, progression is an important theme for leadership development. Whether it’s adapting modules to different age groups or building on previous experiences, we strive to make each activity an extension of what came before it. Progression happens not only within one event; it builds during consecutive experiences throughout the year. Consider the benefits of starting with a fall event, followed by winter and spring retreats or day-long trips that compliment and build on the original event.

Framing and debriefing are other important pieces of leadership programming. Our staff uses these tools to help participants find connections between their activities at camp and those that happen away from their retreat.

A full-circle approach Leadership development is an ongoing process, so we blend our activities with your existing program. Our staff will work with your group’s advisers before your event to assess your group’s needs and goals, and to plan activities accordingly. During the event, we will involve you and update you on your group’s progress. And after your event, we will develop a summary of the experience, including group strengths, areas on which to focus, and suggestions for follow-up activities that you can facilitate.

Sample Schedule

Following is a sample three-day schedule. Please note that each leadership group is unique, and we will work with you to develop your own schedule. This approach allows us to meet your needs and deliver a high-quality experience for participants.

Sample Group Information
Group: High school leadership class
Event: Fall kick-off retreat

Primary focuses:

  • Group building, merging returning and new students
  • Determining individual strengths, to be used in upcoming projects
  • Practicing project planning as a group
  • Energizing and encouraging participants
Day 1

10:00 am Arrival/unload  Move into cabins
11:00 Opening Meeting at meadow
+ Ice breaker games
+ Camp Killoqua Guidelines
12:00 pm Lunch with cabin groups in meadow (lodge if cold/wet)
12:30 Initiatives/Low Ropes Course in small groups
3:30 Cabin Time
4:00 Self-Assessment Workshop
5:15 Flag Retreat
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Prep skits/presentations for campfire in small groups
8:00 Campfire & Snack
10:00 In cabins
10:30 Lights out

Day 2

7:00 am Rise and Shine
7:45 Flag raising
8:00 Breakfast
8:45 Kapers & prep for day
9:15 “The Game” for Project Planning Workshop
12:00 pm Cabin time
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Small groups rotate to:
+ High Ropes Course
+ Intro to budgeting & PR
(designed in collaboration with class advisers)
4:45 Kapers
5:15 Flag Retreat
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Cabin Time
7:30 Night Hikes in small groups
9:00 Spirit Rally/Social
11:00 In cabins
11:30 Lights out

Day 3

7:30 am Rise and Shine
8:15 Kapers & packing
8:45 Flag Raising
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Wrap-up & Goal Setting
11:45 Evaluations
12:15 pm Final Kapers
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Final Thoughts & Departure


Camp Killoqua is designed to allow your group a true outdoor retreat experience while maintaining many of the comforts of home.

While at camp you will stay in a variety of cabins, ranging from rustic to modern*. All cabins provide comfortable sleeping areas and small group meeting space. Restroom facilities are located either in or adjacent to the cabin. Indoor meeting spaces and outdoor shelters, fire rings and fields are provided throughout camp for group gatherings and activities.

Food service is provided in Killoqua’s main lodge. Our kitchen prepares ample, well-balanced meals that are truly appealing to both teens and adults. The kitchen staff is happy to accommodate any special dietary needs or allergies that your participants may have. *Your accommodations may vary depending on enrollment and availability.

Registration Information and Fees

Killoqua’s leadership programs offer flexible scheduling options. Your group may choose anything from a one-day to a week-long experience, including weekdays, weekends and school breaks. Groups are encouraged to come to Killoqua more than once a year, using retreats to build on
previous experiences.

Meals include dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, though meal options can be adjusted. Each participant should bring his or her own sack lunch for the day of arrival.

To register your organization or to request information regarding current program fees, please contact 360 652 6250 or by email at killoqua@campfiresnoco.org.

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