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Final campfire to be held at Camp Roganunda

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CLIFFDELL, Wash. -- It's the end of an era for a camp that's been a part of the community for decades. The final campfire at Camp Roganunda.

Hundreds, well more like thousands of children experienced the outdoors at Camp Roganunda. This weekend they'll have the opportunity to say good-bye. It started in 1923 as girls summer camp through Camp Fire USA, eventually becoming co-ed in the 70's. At it's peak the camp hosted around 500 children a summer.

But, recent attendance was low, forcing the camp to close. Now, board members are planning one final grand council fire so everyone can get together share memories and honor the past.

"It's hard, it's really sad. So many memories, so many kids enjoyed that facility and it's brought so much happiness to people, that it is bittersweet," said Amy Neal, Camp Fire USA.

There will be an open hose at Camp Roganunda from noon to 5:00 p.m. this Saturday. Former campers, councilors and staff are welcome to attend. The final grand council fire will happen at 5:00.

The property is for sale, board members are hoping a community organization might step-up and purchase the property so more generations of children can go to camp.

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