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 Parent Corner

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMP!
 
 

 

 Meet the Staff

 

MEET COLMAN'S LEADERSHIP TEAM


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The leadership team at camp is excited to meet your camper this summer!  The Camp Colman Director, Kat, has worn many hats in the world of camp and experiential education. In her 25+ years in camp, Kat has directed the Athens YWCA Camp for Girls, Camp Meriwether Girl Scout Camp, and most recently, Camp Kudzu, a camp for children with type 1 diabetes. As an active member of the American Camp Association, Kat serves as an Accreditation Visitor and Instructor Trainer. She now serves as the Professional Development Chair of the Evergreen Region of ACA.

 

The summer director, Jeremy, previously worked for 17 years at YMCA Camp Abnaki in Vermont.  During his time there he worked as a cabin counselor, Village Leader, Program Director, and Assistant Camp Director.  Jeremy is also an Accreditation Visitor for the American Camp Association, and previously served as secretary for the Vermont Camp Association.

 

Kat, Jeremy, and the rest of this summer’s leadership team are looking forward another great summer of singing, swimming, and summer camp at Camp Colman this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HEART OF OUR CAMP

Camp Colman's carefully selected staff are the heart of our camp.  All program staff who run camp activities have individual areas of expertise to share with campers and visitors.  Staff are selected for their experience working with children, judgement, maturity, and their fun and caring attitudes.  We have one staff member for every five campers.  We recruit staff who serve as proper role models for campers by demonstrating strong leadership skills that reflect the core values of the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Through role modeling and by creating challenges that foster individual and group development, we provide campers with the opportunity to leave Colman with a better understanding in the values of respect, responsibility, honesty, and caring. 


All staff must complete the application and interview process as outlined by the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  They must have current First Aid and CPR certifications, and pass a National Background check.  Phone interviews are conducted with two references.  Summer staff are required to complete nine days of training upon arrival at camp.  All directors complete a six-day "Director's Training" in addition to "Counselor's Training."  Topics include: child behavior management, positive discipline techniques, all camp activities, games, age appropriate programming, emergency procedures, values-based programs, bully prevention, and health and safety management.

 

 Contact Us

 

WE'RE JUST A CALL OR CLICK AWAY! 

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YMCA Camping Services (registration & questions)
909 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
 
P 206.382.5009
P 206.382.5001
F 206.382.4920
 
M-F, 8am-5pm
 
Please contact the Camping Services office regarding registration, billing, forms, and program questions.
 
YMCA Camp Colman
20016 Bay Road KPS
Longbranch, WA 98351

P 253.884.3844
F 253.884.5757
 

Please feel free to contact the following staff with questions or comments: 

Camp Registrar
206.382.5009
206.382.5001
colmanorkilainfo@seattleymca.org

Kat Shreve - Camp Colman Director
253.884.3844 x106
kshreve@seattleymca.org

Melissa Kessell - Administrative Director
206.344.3185
mkessell@seattleymca.org

Meredith Cambre - Overnight Camps Executive Director
mcambre@seattleymca.org

Alex Rivas - Facilities Director
253.884.3844 x102
arivas@seattleymca.org

Connie Fechner - Food Services Director
253.884.3844 x109
cmenzia@seattleymca.org

 

 Colman History

 

ROOTED IN OUR COMMUNITY​

Camp Colman as we know it today on Case Inlet was created in 1966, but its roots go much further back into Seattle’s history.  Camp Colman and Colman’s sister camp, Camp Orkila, started with James M. and Agnes Colman, strong contributors to the growth of Seattle who were deeply involved in church and community affairs.   J.M. Colman was a millwright who operated the Port Madison, Yesler, and Tacoma Mills, and whose accomplishments include constructing the first portion of the Walla Walla Railroad, the Colman Dock, and the Colman Building.  J.M. and Agnes’ son, Laurence, purchased land in Fauntleroy in 1907, upon which he built a house 1922.  The Laurentide home became a gathering place for young people of Seattle and planted the Colmans’ seed of interest for Camp Orkila and Camp Colman, and support of the YMCA of Greater Seattle.

In 1912, the Colman family began inviting youth from the Fauntleroy Church, Fauntleroy YMCA, and their community to their summer home on Horsehead Bay, near Gig Harbor.  Their private yacht, the Osprey, transported 50 campers each summer to the Colman property, which was only accessible by boat, for four weeks of summer camp.  Camp was a reward for youth who had achieved 100% attendance at Sunday school.  Parents served as the volunteer camp staff.
Laurence Colman passed away in 1935 and his son, Ken, took over as Skipper of the Osprey, continuing the tradition of bringing the area’s youth to Camp.  Every Thursday morning, Ken could be found whipping up hot cakes in the 100-person mess tent.

The camp began to outgrow the Horsehead Bay property and, in 1965, under the leadership of Charles Anderson (the namesake of Camp Colman’s current lodge), $200,000 was raised to secure the location where Camp Colman currently stands on Case Inlet.  In 1966, the 40 acre property was purchased.  The Fauntleroy YMCA used Camp Colman for nine weeks each summer and the Camp was used for Outdoor Environmental Education by schools during the spring and fall.  In the 1980s, a fundraising campaign raised $340,000 (exceeding their goal by $90,000) to build the campfire site, trails, chapel area, craft center, new cabins, and develop the South property.

Management of Camp Colman transferred from the non-profit Fauntleroy Center Board to YMCA Camping Services in 1997 and the property was deeded to the YMCA of Greater Seattle in 2000.  Over the past 40 years, Camp Colman has added new cabins to accommodate steady growth and, in the past three years, the new Freeman Village has added space for 48 more campers.

Colman is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012, and exciting things are happening, including the renovation of Anderson Lodge!  Each year, thousands of energetic Camp Colman campers and staff pass through Anderson Lodge, sharing meals, singing songs and buzzing about the day’s activities. Originally built in the late 1960s to accommodate about 120 campers at a time, the lodge now serves approximately 250 campers per session during the summer as well as other camp participants during the fall and spring.  The renovation will include new bathrooms on the lodge’s main floor, an improved kitchen, new floors, upgraded safety features, a new staff lounge area, a history wall, and an expanded deck for taking in the stunning views of the Olympic Mountains.

While Camp Colman’s been through a lot of changes in the last 100 years, our dedication to strengthening community has been unwavering.  The Colman family was rooted in nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility, and these same goals still drive our Y staff every day at Camp Colman.  With such a strong foundation to build from, we look forward to serving our community long into the future.

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 Alumni

 

ARE YOU A COLMAN ALUM? 

We'd love to hear from you!  Join the Colman Alumni group on Facebook and stay in the loop with what's happening at camp now with Camp Colman's official facebook page.  Interested in hearing more about opportunities for alumni and upcoming events - join our Alumni Registry

For more information on alumni events and happenings, go to our Alumni Page! 

Please contact Magill Dickerson-Lange, Branch Development Director (and proud Colman alum!), at mlange@seattleymca.org or 206.839.8916 with any questions, stories, ideas, etc.

 

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Parent Corner | YMCA Camp Colman | Longbranch, WA