Camp Korey, situated on the historic 818-acre Carnation Farm, is no run-of-the-mill summer camp. Century-old barns and farmland, once home to horses and cattle, have been renovated with a state-of-the-art medical facility, swimming pool, sports courts, climbing wall, costume room, zip-line, camper lodges and teepee village, exceeding every kid’s wildest dreams! After a long, joy-filled day, campers and counselors gather around the campfire for sing-a-longs and skits. Perched atop rolling hills, Camp Korey at Carnation Farm is backdropped by an idyllic valley, evergreen forest and the majestic Cascade mountains; the epitome of Pacific Northwest beauty.
The Early Days
Elbridge Amos Stuart, founder of Carnation Farm and the twelfth of thirteen children, was born on September 10, 1856. Stuart loved the Northwest and his passion for the outdoors and animals was clear from the start. Click to watch a short biographical video about E.A. Stuart.
“Have you ever been to the Coast, seen the velvety green pastures, the bubbling pure mountain streams of Washington and Oregon? There,” he mused, “clean, healthy, happy cows graze on pastures, supplying Carnation Milk. Imagine these contented cattle resting during the heat of the day in the cool shade of evergreen trees, with snow-capped mountains in the background…”
“Ah,” a copywriter murmured, “the milk of contented cows.”
At that moment was born one of the great advertising slogans. And, in the years to come, Carnation Milk Farms became known as “The Home of Contented Cows”.
Past, Present and Future Slideshow
Giving Back to the Community
From the beginning, the Stuart family saw the importance of giving back. Love and care of the local community was paramount to the mission of Carnation Farm. Pictured below: E. A. Stuart (center) and a group of children from Seattle Children’s Hospital gathered by the Hippodrome for a benefit horse show.
Today, Camp Korey at Carnation Farm provides transformative camp experiences for hundreds of children living with serious illnesses and life-altering medical conditions throughout the Northwest and beyond. All Camp Korey programs are completely free of charge to kids and their families.
April 2013, Tim Rose (Founder & President) and Elbridge H. Stuart III (Board Member & Carnation Farm Owner) received the King County’s John D. Spellman Award for Adaptive Preservation of Camp Korey’s historic property, Carnation Farm.