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2013 Colman Summer Overnight Camp Sessions & Program Fees
 

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 Traditional

 
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Traditional Seekers - Entering Grades 3-5
Seekers get a great introduction to the overnight camp experience. Living in single-gender cabins, campers get a taste of all that camp has to offer, including the swimming pool, arts and crafts center, rope-course elements, the marine salmon center and much more. Campers also enjoy an overnight adventure under the stars at Orkila’s Enchanted Forest campsite (on property).
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Traditional Explorers - Entering Grades 5-8
Explorers focus on teamwork and skill building around camp. Living in single-gender units, Explorers participate in advanced rope activities, like our 1000 foot long zip line, and have additional open recreation periods (free choice time) to be able to repeat some of their favorite games and activities. For their out-of-cabin experience, campers embark on an overnight trip to Twin Lakes, Satellite Island, or Sucia Island.
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Traditional Challengers - Entering Grades 8-10
Traditional Challengers is the first step in Orkila’s Teen Leadership Progression. Living in mixed-gender units, while sleeping in single-gender cabins, Challengers have the most advanced challenge course opportunities, such as riding Orkila’s Giant’s Swing and zip line. Challengers also have additional open recreation periods and take on an increased leadership role with younger campers. This oldest group of traditional campers enjoys 24 hours on Satellite Island or at Twin Lakes for their out-of-cabin experience.
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 Specialty

 
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Horsemasters
Entering Grades 6-9. In the Horsemaster unit, campers get to know one specific horse which they will ride and care for throughout the session. During our daily group lessons Horsemasters focus on their individualized riding plans, which are tailored to the skill level of each camper. The number of participants in each session is limited to strengthen the level of interactive instruction. In addition to riding, Horsemaster campers participate in traditional camp activities, such as swimming in the pool and attending campfires.
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Horsemaster Leadership
Entering grades 9-11. The Horsemaster Leadership is a program for campers of all skill levels interested in honing horsemanship and leadership skills. Horsemanship skills are developed through daily riding lessons, as well as hands-on workshops in horse care, tack maintenance, and barn management. Leadership opportunities include service projects and mentoring younger campers. Program requires previous riding experience.
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Skateboard
Entering Grades 7-9. Strap on your pads, grab your helmet, and ride one of the premier skate parks in the Northwest! Well-trained Orkila staff offer guidance and coaching during daily visits to the skate park. A helmet and other safety equipment are mandatory for this program.
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BMX
Entering grades 7-9. Ride, play games and learn new skills for half of the day on Orkila’s BMX track. For the remainder of the day, participate in traditional camp activities, like gaga ball, capture the flag and high ropes. This program is open to all skill levels; whether you have ridden BMX before or not, if you love adrenalin, biking, games and having fun this program will be a great fit. *Bikes and helmets will be provided by Camp Orkila. Participants can bring own elbow pads, or choose to use Orkila’s.
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Ultimate Frisbee
Entering grades 7-9. Hone your disk skills and learn new ones during this fun week at Orkila! Receive coaching from trained instructors, engage in drills, and play intramural matches with other Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts.
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Digital Media
Entering grades 7-9. Digital photography and video are the mediums for this enriching program. Campers use their natural surroundings to create projects including web posts, photo essays and a final photo gallery. Select material may be used in Camp Orkila’s slide show! (Camp Orkila provides cameras).
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Fishing Camp
Entering grades 7-9. Campers learn introductory and intermediate angling skills while fishing at some of Washington’s premiere mountain lakes. Campers spend two nights at Camp Orkila’s Twin Lakes property at the base of Mt. Constitution, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. In addition, the group fishes in the Puget Sound for at least one day. The remainder of the time is spent participating in camp activities. (Fishing equipment provided. Any camper 15 years of age or older during the program must bring a valid Washington State Fishing license.)
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Marine Biology
Entering grades 6-8. Explore the many wonders of the marine world surrounding us! Based at Camp Orkila's Marine Science Center, campers are immersed in marine ecology, oceanography, and conservation of the natural world. Campers dissect a squid and explore the intertidal zone both at camp and on nearby Satellite Island.
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High Altitude Leadership
Entering grades 7-9. High Altitude Leadership campers spend time on the challenge courses, advancing their ropes skills by learning basic knot-tying, belaying, and facilitation under supervision of experienced staff. The climbing tower and zip line add extra adrenaline!
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 Expedition

 
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Kayaking
Explore the San Juan Islands in our one-, two- and three-week expeditions. Learn about your environment, your boats, your group and yourself. San Juan Kayaking is for those entering grades 8-12 (not all grades offered all sessions). San Juan Kayaking 2.0 is for those entering grades 9-12 and Islanders is for those entering grades 10-12 (application required).
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Sailing
Grab the tiller, harness the wind, explore the San Juans and build new friendships on our one and two week sailing expeditions. San Juan Sailing is for those entering grades 8-10. Mariners is for those entering grades 9-12.
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Biking
Learn about tomorrow's transportation in a beautiful setting with a group of friends. Hike & Bike and San Juan Biking are for those entering grades 8-10.
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One-Week Expeditions
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Two-Week Expeditions
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Four-Week Expedition
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 Leadership

 
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Horsemaster Leadership
Entering grades 9-11. The Horsemaster Leadership is a program for campers of all skill levels interested in honing horsemanship and leadership skills. Horsemanship skills are developed through daily riding lessons, as well as hands-on workshops in horse care, tack maintenance, and barn management. Leadership opportunities include service projects and mentoring younger campers. Program requires previous riding experience.
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High Altitude Leadership
Entering grades 7-9. High Altitude Leadership campers spend time on the challenge courses, advancing their ropes skills by learning basic knot-tying, belaying, and facilitation under supervision of experienced staff. The climbing tower and zip line add extra adrenaline!
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Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
Entering grades 9-11. LDI Classic (Sail, Kayak, or Bike) is a two-week program that focuses on developing leadership skills in young adults. Participants will facilitate camper activities, engage in team-building initiatives, orchestrate a service project and explore the San Juan Islands on a five day kayak, biking or sailing trip. During their experience, teens develop invaluable skills, take on new responsibilities and make lasting friendships. This is our most popular program. Register early! *Participants earn 10 hours community service
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LDI 2.0
Entering grades 10-12. This three-week summer program focuses on environmental education and community leadership. For the first two weeks, participants explore group development, service-learning and environmental education – both at Camp Orkila and on a week-long kayak trip. During the final week, the team returns to camp to apply this understanding of community and environmental leadership by teaching games and instructing classes in a traditional camp setting. * Participants earn 20 hours of community service.
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Counselor in Training (CIT) (Entering Grades 11-12)
Take the first step toward becoming a cabin counselor! Participants focus on team-building, leadership skills and counseling techniques while spending four weeks at camp. CITs begin with training and then work with a group of campers as they develop new skills, build strong relationships, and have an unforgettable summer. This session does not guarantee a future counselor position. For more information, visit citorkila.blogspot.com *Participants earn 100 hours of community service. Application and interview required.
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Volunteer Internships
Our internship program is a unique, multi-faceted leadership experience that prepares teens for future positions of responsibility. The internship offers a great chance to develop your resume, gain work experience and build friendships. For more information on our internship program, visit osiorkila.blogspot.com.
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Girls LEAD: Lead, Empower, Adventure, Discover
Formerly known as PCAL - Entering Grades 7-9. Girls LEAD is a powerful, two-week experience at Camp Orkila that empowers girls with the self-confidence to lead, the spirit to give back to their communities and a personal awareness to live a healthy and balanced life. Girls take part in group-building activities and challenge stereotypes about what it means to be a girl today.
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 Gallery

 

Looking for more?  The Orkila Blog is another great source for information, photos, and videos about camp!​


Caring & Supportive Staff​
campfire from side.jpgCampfire at McDade Campfire​

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boys in cabin bunks.jpgExterior (Left) and Interior (Above) of an Open-Air Main Camp Cabin
Wally Fisher lodge exterior.jpgWally Fisher Lodge (Closed Cabins with Bathrooms) dederer common area.jpg
Dederer Cabin (Four Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Kitchen & Common Area)​
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Marine Center
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Arts & Crafts​
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Giant Swing
 Group-building Challenges and Activities​
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Inside the Orkila Country Store - Campers can buy camp gear, ice cream, and more!
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High Ropes Course Individual and Group Challenge Elements
challenge tower.jpgZiplineinside challenge tower.jpgAn Interior Challenge Tower Climbing Route
 

Challenge Tower with Internal & External Climbing Routes & Zipline
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Horsemasters in the Arena for a Riding Lesson​
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 The Barn


Horsemasters Take to the Fields!
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The Corral
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 Funyaking in Orkila Bay
bmx track.jpgBMX Bikes & Track
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Exploration in the Garden
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Washing Up Before Meal Time
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Meal Line-Up Outside Larry Norman Lodge
Larry Norman during summer camp mealtime.jpg Meals Time at Larry Norman Lodge
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Archery & Riflery
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Group Games
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Dock Jump
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Beach Walks
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Polar Bear Swim
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Campers Leave for Overnight Island Trip on Satellite Island Aboard Orkila's Kwahnice​
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Skate Campers Use Nearby Orcas Island Skate Park
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Local Celebrities​
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Campers Perform Skits & Songs at Campfire
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The Orkila Dock
bmx track.jpgSunset at McDade Campfire

 

Looking for more?  The Orkila Blog is another great source for information, photos, and videos about camp!

For questions or registration:

YMCA Camping Services
Camp Orkila & Camp Colman

P 206 382 5009
F 206 382 4920

colmanorkilainfo@seattleymca.org

Overnight Summer Camp | YMCA Camp Orkila | Eastsound, WA