Family vacations

Family vacations

As an alum of SPU, you can enjoy the benefits of Camp Casey!

Having received a superb education is just one of many benefits to being an alum of Seattle Pacific University.  SPU’s mission statement says it all: “engage the culture and change the world with the gospel.”  When founded in the late 1800’s by Free Methodist pioneers, they valued a non-sectarian approach to education.  Camp Casey shares an equally proud history and culture – founded in the early 1900s as Fort Casey for the U.S. Army and operated until the ‘50s when Seattle Pacific University became the property owner.  Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.   Known as “Camp Casey” by its many returning visitors, Camp Casey Conference Center continues to offer groups the ideal place to reflect, excel, discover, and grow.

Wendy McDonald Aldrich, whose grandfather, Mendal Miller, was a professor at Seattle Pacific University from 1953-1975, spent her family vacations enjoying Camp Casey.  She says it’s always been a place where they came together as a family.  As an alum of SPU, she continues to enjoy the benefits of this same place she enjoyed while growing up.  Forty five years and 3 generations later, with family members spread across Washington and Oregon, they are still enjoying what the Camp has to offer.  Approximately 16 of them will be descending on Camp Casey this July, utilizing our campsites that are equipped with water and electricity, picnic tables, a fire ring, and most importantly men’s and women’s showers and restrooms.

Why do they keep returning? Wendy says it’s because there is so much to do for every age.  The “younger kids can ride bikes, play ball on the fields, go swimming or play on the beach.”  For the older members of the family – they can enjoy the camp sites and just relax.  And apparently for the remainder of the family members, there is quite a bit of competition and planned activities (based on the outfits involved).  Tennis anyone? Yes we have courts too!

Need more ideas – what about making a visit to Ft. Casey – the Batteries and Guns are still a great spot to explore for all ages.  The hiking in and around Ft. Casey and Camp Casey is phenomenal. And of course, our staff are always available to assist you in planning activities.

Seattle Pacific University alumni enjoy special discounts, so please be sure to ask us about those when you make your inquiry.