In 1963, Bea Buzzetti, Ruth Anderson and Hazel Wolf wandered serendipitously into the Wenas Creek area on a Memorial Day camping trip. They were so impressed with the variety of wildlife that they convinced owners Boise Cascade to make the campground available to Audubon campers on Memorial Day. This was the beginning of an annual, state-wide (now regional) Audubon tradition that is the largest such event in the country. With the goodwill and cooperation of the Audubon community, it will continue indefinitely.
Evening campfire programs are held at the Hazel Wolf Campfire Circle in the meadow across the road from the headquarters area. The Hazel Wolf Campfire Circle was named for Hazel Wolf on the 30th anniversary (1993) of the Wenas Creek Campout in the year of Hazel’s 95th birthday. The naming of the circle in her honor recognized her many years of organizing the campout, her dedicated service in helping the event run smoothly and her bright and witty presence at campfire programs. Hazel realized her goal of living in three different centuries on New Year’s Day 2000. She passed away January 19, 2000.
Hazel’s speech for the 30th Anniversary of the CampOut.