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Pilgrim Firs

2017 Camp Pilgrim Firs Symposium Registration

30th Annual International Stone Carving Symposium
at Camp Pilgrim Firs, Port Orchard, WA 
July 8th-15th 2017

The Symposium PilgrimFirsFeild

We invite you to join us at Camp Pilgrim Firs for up to eight full days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your humor, tools, and a favorite piece of stone. If you don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire tent set up for beginners with tools and instructors.
The Camp provides cabins and lodges that are connected by walking paths through the forested grounds and three full meals a day, so you’ll have the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and making friends. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a hoot of a fundraising auction, a music-filled final night party, campfires and even nighttime swims in the lake.
Stone and tools are available for purchase by our vendors.

The Camp has two lodges with shared common areas and bathrooms with multiple dorm-style rooms that sleep 3-4 people each. There are 11 duplex style cabins, each with private decks. For those who like to commune with nature, limited space is available for tents or campers.

Sculpture Walk on the Meadow Saturday, July 15th
We’ll host an outdoor art gallery that’s a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring a finished piece to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. NWSSA takes a 20% commission.

Register online (below) or mail the attached form with payment to NWSSA, Attn: Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA 98165

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Directions to Camp Pilgrim Firs

3318 SW Lake Flora Rd Port Orchard, WA 98367


Pilgrim Firs is a 120-acres camp & conference center with second-growth firs, pristine Lake Flora, hiking trails, accommodations for up to 145 guests and great food.

From Seattle via I-5 S:

Merge onto WA-16 W via EXIT 132B toward Gig Harbor/Bremerton.
Take the Sedgwick Rd/WA-160 E exit toward Southworth Ferry
Turnleft onto SE Sedgwick Rd
SE Sedgwick Rd becomesGlenwood Rd SW

Staystraight to go onto SW Lake Flora Rd

From Tacoma via I-5 N:

Take the S 38th St W exit, EXIT132, toward WA-16/Gig Harbor/Bremerton.
Keepleft to take the ramp toward WA-16/Gig Harbor/Bremerton.

Keepleft at the fork in the ramp.
Merge onto WA-16 W  via the ramp on the left toward Bremerton
Take the Sedgwick Rd/WA-160 E exit toward Southworth Ferry.
Turnleft onto SE Sedgwick Rd.
SE Sedgwick Rd becomes Glenwood Rd SW

Stay straight to go onto SW Lake Flora Rd

What to Bring to Camp Pilgrim Firs

What To Bring To Camp Pilgrim Firs Conference and Retreat Center


  • A canopy for shade or rain.
  • Tools, if you have them.
  • Respirator, safety glasses, earplugs or ear muffs, sun screen, bug repellent.
  • Ground tarp to protect the grass and ease pick-up of stone chips.
  • Stool, chair, work table, sandbags.
  • Bucket & broom to sweep up chips
  • 50 ft. Electric cord, 12-3, (more if you have them)
  • Air line 50 feet, 3/8 inch with 1/4” type nipple, a water trap if you use an air hammer.
  • If you use water to carve, bring a 50 foot hose with a Y connector and a shut off.
  • Note: We cannot accommodate tools from Europe that are not adapted to US

New posturepedic mattresses, bedding and extra blankets are provided in Lodges and Cabins.
There will be a mid-week towel exchange at the Main Lodge.
Bring your own toiletries, toothbrush/paste, shampoo, etc.
Sunscreen & bug spray.
Bring your swim suit and towel—Lake Flora has a swim dock and kayaks are available.
Appropriate footwear and clothing for rain or shine as the NW weather is very variable.
You are at Camp - bring a flashlight or teddy bear if need be.
Lake Flora


Fishing gear - Lake Flora is stocked with fish!
We’re right on Lake Flora: Bring your swimsuit, pool floaties, remote control boats, squirt guns, etc.
A camera - we may ask you for pictures for next years’ brochures.
Bring your memories and photos of the past 30 years at “Stone Camp”
Bring drums, guitars or anything fun and musical for around the campfire.
Bring GOOD dance music or a disco ball for the party.
Bring items to donate to the auction.
Bring items for a tool swap meet.

Bring up to 3 pieces of sculpture to show at the Art Walk on Saturday, as well as pedestals if you have them. (There are a limited few for use). There will be a 20% donation asked of you if you sell a sculpture as well as the WA state sales tax.
If you have a sculpture you would like to donate to the scholarship auction, you will receive 30% of the sale.

If you have special dietary considerations, you need to be responsible for them yourself. The Camp will do their best, however, they are cooking for large numbers and cannot fill all special needs. There are kitchenettes in the Lodge and a few of the cabins to store & prepare meals.


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