A flip through the pages of the Camas-Washougal Wildlife League’s scrapbook reveals how intertwined this organization has been with the local community since its inception nearly 90 years ago.
Photographs, cards, newspaper articles and other mementos found in the slightly tattered and worn book with a dark green leather cover reflect what it once was.
“Wildlife League’s Big Game Dinner to Highlight Saturday,” reads the headline of one newspaper clipping from 1960s. “Birds fly at Camas Trap Club,” says another from 1987.
The scrapbook also records popular events held at the clubhouse at 811 S.E. Leadbetter Road, like members’ birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, as well as salmon bakes and community barbecues where alligator, raccoon, moose and elk were among the delicacies on the menu — all hosted by the league, which in its heyday had 400 members.
A source of pride for many of its members, the non-profit organization also has a long history — more than 50 years — of offering hunter education courses at the clubhouse and shooting range. Outreach also included volunteer projects throughout the community, and welcoming Camas and Washougal high school students who would travel by bus to the C-W Wildlife League range for shooting lessons as part of their physical education classes.