Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Programs



If you would like to be added to a wait list please contact Johnny Gannaw. 

Waskowitz Summer Celebration 

August 11th-16th 2019 


Waskowitz Summer Celebration provides a repurposed educational adventure, developing skills to strengthen student relationships with nature, people, and themselves.


Waskowitz Summer Celebration is an avenue for middle school students to take control of their own pathway to success by being a culturally responsive, results focused, active member of their schools and communities.

Values Taught: Exploration, Integrity, Courage, Critical Thinking, Relationship Building


Registration and Payment

Pricing Structure

  • Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Waskowitz Outdoor School offers a voluntary three-tier fee structure so that everyone can attend. When you register, you’ll be asked to select a Tier. This choice is completely up to you and will depend on which Tier you believe will work best with your family’s budget. We do not ask for documentation of any kind and your choice will not affect your camper’s summer experience.

Tier I: $350

  • This represents a substantial subsidy for families who need assistance to send a child to camp. Choose this rate if your family needs it.

Tier II: $400

  • This is a partially-subsidized rate to help families who can't afford the full cost of the camp program. Choose this rate if your family needs a partial subsidy.

Tier III: $450

  • This reflects the full cost of sending a camper to Summer Celebration. If you are able to pay this amount, please do.



  • If you are in need of support to send your camper to Summer Celebration please reach out to Johnny Gannaw at    


Card Payment- preferred method

  • To register you camper please print out or have on hand the registration instructions to help you navigate registration.Your online account will allow you to enter your Camper's Information as well as enter your payment. 

Please use TouchBase to to register. 

2019 REGISTRATION IS CLOSED-Mail in Cash Payment

If you would like to pay cash please print out the registration form below and mail it, along with your cash payment, to our district office. 

15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien WA, 98166

Registration Form

Counselor In Training-CIT

Who are They?

  • Campers going into 9th-12th grade Fall 2019
  • Must apply and pay $400 registration fee
  • Attend camp Saturday August 10th- Friday August 16th

While at Summer Celebration

  • CIT in a cabin together (by gender) led by lead counselors
  • Pathway assistants
  • Evening Program support
  • Dedicated staff member to mentor, coach, and encourage
  • Participate in their own overnighter
  • Pre Camp Leadership training (Saturday August 10)
  • Receives CIT Swag!

Why do the Program

  • Professional development-communication, problem solving, facilitation, leadership
  • The CIT program combines many different elements to give teens a camp experience while developing their leadership skills.
  • CITs will attend a personalized training weekend that is paired with the camp staff training weekend. They will get trained in personal skills such as goal-setting, facilitation, and decision making and also gain kid skills such as behavior management, working with special needs, and handling emergencies.
  • Hands-on experiences include job shadows with counselors and activity specialists, planning and leading an All Camp Event, and serving as pathway assistants aiding in the teaching of a specific camp pathway area.
  • Other program components include a CIT over nighter.

Ready to Apply and Register?

If your camper are interested in applying to be a CIT please fill out the application below. CIT's will be selected by notified by Waskowtiz staff by May 6th and registration will open by that time. 

CIT Positions ClosedContact Johnny Gannaw with Questions

Summer Programs FAQ

Where is camp?

Historic Camp Waskowitz is located on 372 acres, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, four miles east of North Bend. Campers are to be dropped off by guardians between 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, and picked up again on Friday, August 16 before 1:00 p.m.

45505 SE 150th St                   
North Bend, WA 98045

Where will my camper be sleeping?

Main camp is located on 30 acres of beautiful Pacific Northwest forest, surrounded by 300 additional acres open to all sorts of nature experiences. Campers will call one of our fourteen heated cabins, complete with beds, cubbies, and lavatories, their home away from home for the week. Waskowitz is home to an additional six heated buildings, WSU 4-H challenge course, cookout spaces, a number of additional covered spaces, and a recreation field with volleyball court.

What does the food look like at camp?

All meals are served family style in the Dining Hall. Food is prepared daily on-site, including homemade breads, rolls, cookies. Vegetarian options are available at each meal. Dietary accommodations will be made upon request, for individuals in need, including allergies.

Who will be working with my child?

Mr. Johnny Gannaw, the Assistant Director for Waskowitz Outdoor School, leads a team including Waskowitz leadership staff and outdoor educators. Cabin leaders include previous outdoor school staff and leaders. All staff members have gone through numerous trainings to ensure that your camper has the best summer ever!

What should my child pack?

Be Sure to Bring: Bedding (sleeping bag and a pillow), Close toed shoes, Shower supplies, Toothpaste & toothbrush, Swim suit, Clothing for five days (active gear, sleep wear, and warm clothes), Water bottle

Optional items: CameraFlashlightSmall backpack

Please do not bring: ElectronicsPhones, Food or Gum

What is this camp store I hear about?

The camp store is an optional piece of our summer program where students are able to buy snacks, treats, beverages, and other small goodies throughout the week. Instead of sending your child with cash, parents will have the opportunity to put money on “credit” for their child. That way, no one has to worry about keeping track of change. Any leftover credit will be returned Friday during camper pick-up.


Is your child taking any medications? If yes, please fill out and print the medical authorization form and bring it to drop off on the first day. Campers are required to have this form if they are bringing medications to Camp. 

Medical Authorization Form