First Official Camp Patch - 1994
Rabbit & Raccoon over the years.
Nina Matsumoto (Raccoon) started volunteering in 1982 at Forest Fantasy Girl Scout Day Camp operated out of Camp Julianna in Battle Ground, Washington. The camp had been leased from Clark County for many years and was also the site of a Girl Scout resident camp. In 1984, the day camp had grown so big, they decided to split into two separate day camps. The camps were called Camp Julianna and Camp Julianna East (which mainly served East Vancouver). After camp in 1993, Clark County decided not to renew the Girl Scout lease for the Camp Julianna property in Battle Ground. The volunteers loved the camp so much they researched alternative sites to hold camp. This group of moms decided to try J.D. Currie Youth Camp in Camas because there was already a Girl Scout day camp running there called Camp Currie. The patches always had a skunk in the design, the last one being with a camper's feet sticking out of a tent, with a skunk sniffing the toes. This became the idea for the camp mascot named Stinky. Without a name for the new camp, a meeting was held at Witchypoo's house (Margaret Borbely - the PA Leader) to brainstorm for names. Since the Girl Scouts would most likely not want to tell their friends they went to Camp Skunk or Camp Skunk Hollow, Bookworm (Carol Terrell - Business Manager) researched native American words for "skunk". Viola - SEGONKU - means skunk in Abenki. In 1994, Camp Segonku had its first official Girl Scout Day Camp with Gail Branum (Rabbit) and Nina Matsumoto (Raccoon) as directors. The theme was "Looney Tunes - This Way to Segonku" (see patch to the left*) Stinky would show up on patches, t-shirts, in camp unit pictures, and hiding who knows where around camp. In 1998, Camp Segonku moved to The Lacamas Conference Center because J.D. Currie did not have all the comforts of Camp Julianna and many leaders were complaining about how primitive the camp was. The Lacamas Conference Center had a large gymnasium, dining room with a large kitchen, playground equipment, and cabins. It was nice, but it came with a high price tag. When Lacamas Conference Center changed owners in 2002 the prices doubled so back to J.D. Currie Youth Camp again. It was hard to get a director, so Nina Matsumoto (Raccoon) and Margaret Barker (Sassafras) took the job. The theme that year was "Survivor" The rest is history.
Every year the design for the camp patch & t-shirts is created by a camper.
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FUN FACTS AND CAMP SEGONKU TRADITIONS
PAST CAMP THEMES
2019 - SURVIVOR
2018 - ZOO
2017 - CARNIVAL
2016 - FANTASY
2015 - AROUND THE WORLD
2014 - LIBRARY
2013 - TROPICAL PARADISE
2012 - CANDYLAND
2011 - LOST IN SPACE
2010 - UNDER THE SEA
2009 - SAFARI JUNGLE
2008 - HOLLYWOOD
2007 - PIRATES
2006 - MYSTERY
2005 - ANCIENT CIVILATION
2004 - WILD WILD WEST
2003 - ISLAND ADVENTURE
2002 - SURVIVOR
2001 - MEDIEVAL MAGIC
2000 - NORTH TO ALASKA
1999 - HOLLYWOOD
1998 - ALIEN ENCOUNTER
1997 - TROPICAL PARADISE
1996 - MEXICAN FIESTA
1995 - ENDANGERED SPECIES
1994 - LOONEY TUNES
WHO CHOOSES THE THEMES? The campers do of course! Each camper unit/pod brainstorms ideas for the following year. These include camp theme, t-shirt color, spirit day, and theme day. These ideas are brought to a special meeting at Camp HQ by a girl and her Program Aid and discussed along with everyone else's ideas. At this Camper Council meeting, the girls vote to narrow down the choices in each category and then return to their units to share and vote again. At the final Camper Council meeting, the girls tally the votes and the results are announced on the final day of camp to get the girls excited for the next year!
Campers enjoy searching for Willow Wood Fairy's house in the woods so they can leave her notes full of curious questions. Willow writes back to each camper every day and sprinkles notes with fairy dust, then her home magically appears in another part of the forest for campers to find the next day.
STINKY & BUCK
These camp mascots (plush skunks) are always sneaking around camp and they like to hide in a different spot every day. Whoever finds Stinky or Buck gets a ticket for a small prize.
Every day there is a jar full of dozens or hundreds of treats in it. As part of the daily routine, units will go look at the jar and write down their guess of how many items are in the jar. The winner is announced at the end of the day flag ceremony and gets to take home or share the treats with her fellow campers.
Teams of Adult Volunteers complete to see who can build a 16-ft. banana split the fastest! It's messy, it's fun and everyone gets a bowl full of ice cream (or a popsicle) in the end.
CORE STAFF 2021
Ceremonies can commemorate accomplishments or add something special to the beginning or end of each day at camp.
Each camper will learn and participate in the Girl Scout flag ceremony. Their Program Aid will teach them how to carry out this tradition of honoring the American flag. This ceremony happens twice a day at the opening and closing of camp.
Camp Segonku celebrates girls after completing and upon entering our PAIT, PA, and CIT/LIT training programs.
While performing goofy games in the morning is a very informal part of camp, it is nonetheless a fun way for the campers to cheer on their favorite Adult Volunteers and Program Aids as they compete in silly relays. These antics take place in the meadow following flag, roll call and announcements in the morning, and before the closing flag ceremony each afternoon.
PROGRAM PLANNING COORDINATOR