Story and Photos by Scott Schaefer 
Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 26th) members of the Highline Kiwanis Club , along with numerous volunteers and businesspeople, held a dedication ceremony at the newly re-built caretaker’s cabin at Burien’s Camp Schoenwald, located at 16222 SW 160th.
The Kiwanis Schoenwald Camp is nestled in a secluded, 10-acre wooded area tucked away behind Sylvester Middle School off of SW 160th. The previous caretaker’s cabin, which was a doublewide trailer, burned to the ground in March 2008 (see our previous coverage here ), and this new structure was built over the last year by Highline Kiwanis members, volunteers and various area businesses who donated thousands of dollars of goods, services and time.
Camp Schoenwald has been part of the club’s Highline Youth Foundation since 1952. Every year it hosts thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls and other youth groups for day camps and overnight camping. Facilities include a large outdoor tee-pee with a huge fireplace and a building for indoor activities and sleeping quarters. The natural and primitive setting has been carefully retained, and is offered free of cost to all qualifying youth organizations.
The Highline Kiwanis and the Highline Youth Foundation have faithfully been serving the Puget Sound’s youth since 1952.
According to the Highline Kiwanis website :
“One of the ways we endeavor to provide a fun and safe facility in our 10 acre camp is to make sure there is on-site staff living at the two ends of the Camp Schoenwald Memorial Park 365 days a year.
Unfortunately, we lost the North caretaker’s home in a 2008 fire (though the caretaker and his family are all in good health).
Contact our president, Frank Weise , to find out how you can help the Highline Kiwanis to continue to maintain and provide an important facility to our Puget Sound youth.
The Highline Kiwanis Club is one of more than 6,000 such clubs throughout the world chartered by Kiwanis International.Â Membership is made up of men and women from all walks of life who are genuinely concerned with the betterment of their community.”
If you’d like to see Camp Schoenwald yourself (an amazing, hidden gem with great trails, access to Miller Creek and the outflow from Lake Burien), you can come to an Open House every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm â€“ and all members and guests are welcome! For more information, contact Frank Weise .
Here’s Scott Schaefer’s Photo Slideshow: