“I attended Camp Zanika for ten years of my childhood and young adulthood. I learned a great deal about community living, the great outdoors, and having a blast with others. The cabins are rustic, the lake is gorgeous, and the hiking and camping is great for building kids’ confidence.” – Laura A
Meaning & Symbol
Camp Zanika Lache means “Building for Health by the Lake.” This is symbolized by tree, heart, thought, and lake. The tree has two meanings. First it represents strength or building, and secondly it represents the trees surrounding camp. The heart stands for love and, together with thought, represents health. The lake also has two meanings. First it stands for Lake Wenatchee and secondly, it represents the eternal values of Zanika Lache.
Since 1932 campers have been coming to Camp Zanika for safe unforgettable fun, meaningful life challenges, growth and positive relationships – surrounded by trees, mountains, stars, a beautiful lake and friends both new and old.
Camp Zanika Lache’s programs are based on the Camp Fire USA philosophy: emphasis on small groups, individual attention, acceptance of differences and a loosely-structured child-centered approach. With focus on outdoor appreciation, democratic group living, non-competitive sports and games, skill development, respect, concern for others, fun and friendship. Camp Fire activities involve progression, for youth to experience new and different things that challenge them in new ways as they get older.
Camp Zanika is a proud, accredited member of the American Camping Association. This means we meet more than 300 nationally recognized camp industry standards to provide the safest experience for our campers.
For over 89 years our highly trained staff have placed emphasis on quality programming in a safe, healthy environment for all youth. As an Accredited American Camp Association (ACA) Camp we voluntarily comply with more than 300 nationally recognized industry standards for camp programs and facilities.
Camp Fire believes in order for children to have a positive camping experience a well-trained, mature, enthusiastic staff is key. Camp staff are carefully chosen for their experience, values, and dedication to providing a fun summer experience for all youth in attendance. All staff member undergo extensive training immediately prior to the camp season.
Reference checks and criminal history background checks, including national database for sex offenders, are completed on all staff and volunteers. The entire staff is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED. Some of our more experienced staff are trained in wilderness first aid, and our weekly camp nurse resides on site during their session and is available 24-hours a day. Camp fire is dedicated to provide a safe environment for both campers and staff.
Camp Zanika Lache is all-inclusive. Acceptance and participation in our programs is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.
Camp Zanika Alumni are a very special part of camp. If you are a camper or staff member that has attended Camp Zanika in the past, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share a little of your experience by using the link below.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.