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 Traditional Camp

 

Traditional Seekers: Grades 3-5

Coed, entering grades 3-5 in the fall of 2017. 
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).

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 3: July 12-19
Session 4: July 19-26
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 6: August 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26
Session 9: August 26-30

Traditional Explorers: Grades 5-8

Coed, entering grades 5-8 in the fall of 2017.
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 zipline), have additional open recreation periods (free choice time,) and 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.

 

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 3: July 12-19
Session 4: July 19-26
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 6: August 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26
Session 9: August 26-30

 

Traditional Challengers: Grades 8-10

Coed, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2017.
Traditional Challengers is the first step in Orkila’s Leadership Progression.  Living in mixed-gender units, while sleeping in single-gender cabins, Challengers have the most advanced challenge course opportunities, riding Orkila’s giant swing and zipline.  They have additional open recreation periods and take on an increased leadership role with younger campers. Challengers enjoy 24 hours on Satellite Island or at Twin Lakes for their out-of-cabin experience.

 

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 3: July 12-19
Session 4: July 19-26
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 6: August 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26
Session 9: August 26-30

 

 Specialty

 

Our Specialty Camps are designed for a wide range of experience, from beginner to expert. Throughout the week, groups generally spend half of the day focused on their specialty area, (i.e. skateboarding or horseback riding). For the remainder of a day, the group’s activities may include swimming in the pool, arts & crafts, archery, visiting the camp store, capture-the-flag, all camp events and campfires.

 

Horsemasters

Co-ed, entering grades 6-9 in the fall of 2017. 
In the Horsemaster unit, campers get to know one specific horse they will ride and care for throughout the session.  During daily group lessons, Horsemasters focus on individualized riding plans 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, boating, archery and attending
campfires.

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12 (Girls only)
Session 3: July 12-19
Session 4: July 19-26 (Girls only)
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 6: August 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19 (Girls only)
Session 8: August 19-26
Session 9: August 26-30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horsemaster Leadership

Co-ed, entering grades 9-11 in the fall of 2017.
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.  *Previous riding experience is required.

Session 1A: June 28–July 12 (Girls only)
Session 3A: July 12-26
Session 5A: July 29-August 12 
Session 8A: August 19-30
(Girls only)

 

 

Marine Biology

Co-ed, entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2017.
Explore the many wonders of the marine world surrounding us! Based at Camp Orkila's Marine Salmon Center, campers are immersed in marine ecology, oceanography, and conservation of the natural world.  Campers will get to dissect a squid and explore the intertidal zone both at Camp and on Satellite Island.

 

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26

 

High Altitude Leadership

Co-ed, entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2017.
High Altitude Leadership campers spend time on the challenge courses, advancing their ropes skills by learning basic knot-tying, belaying and facilitation under the supervision of experienced staff.  The climbing tower and zipline add extra adrenaline!

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26

 

 

Island Explorers

Co-ed, entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2017.
Island Explorer campers will take the spirit of Orkila out into the wilderness putting the Camp back in Summer Camp. Campers and staff spend their nights sleeping under the stars on Satellite Island and at Orkila’s Twin Lakes campsite. With a strong emphasis on skill building, campers will help to cook their own meals, participate in team building initiatives, learn knots and hitches, become experts in Leave No Trace ethics and take on greater leadership roles among their peers. This program is about fun too! Campers will play classic camp games, build forts, and explore the coastline and trails of Satellite Island and Moran State Park. Island explorers will also have a high ropes experience at the end of their week at camp.


Session 4: July 19-26
Session 6: August 5-12
Session 8: August 19-26

 

 

 

Ultimate Frisbee

Co-ed, entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2017.
Hone your disc skills and learn new ones during this fun week at Orkila!  Spend half the day receiving coaching from trained instructors, engaging in drills, and playing intramural matches.


Session 1: June 28–July 5

 

 

 

 

Digital Media

Co-ed, entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2017.

Digital photography and videography 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 and equipment.

 

 
 Session 8: August 19-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Camp

Co-ed, entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2017.
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.

 Session 8: August 19-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Expedition

 

KAYAKING PROGRAMS
San Juan Kayaking

Co-ed, entering grades 8-12 in the fall of 2017.
New to paddling or never even held a paddle before? No problem. Starting with short distances and basic paddle strokes, participants are introduced to the sport of kayaking. Teens will make new friends as they paddle each day. Safety and fun go hand-in-hand as our trained expedition staff teach the Orkila way of camping – a safe and fun way to travel with minimal impact on the environment using Leave No Trace principles. Participants stay at Orkila the first and last nights of their trip. All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course.

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 2: July 5-12
Session 4: July 19-26
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26

 
 
 

San Juan Kayaking 2.0

 

 

 

 

Co-ed, entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017. 
In this two-week program, campers build on basic kayak skills, learning new paddle strokes and kayak rescues. Campers will also learn to read tide and current tables to play a bigger role in planning their own experience. The group will take those skills to the water, paddling through the San Juan Islands by day and camping on different islands each night. All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course. *No previous experience is required.

Session 2A: July 5-19
Session 6A: August 5-19

 

Islanders

Co-ed, entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2017.
Get ready to put skills to the test in this challenging and fun four-week expedition. Our experienced staff will teach advanced boat handling, advanced navigation, and expedition planning. Working as a team, groups will plan their own trip through the San Juan Islands. This trip will challenge perseverance, kayak skills, and leadership abilities. Islander participants will take what they have learned and practice leading their peers at least once as Leader of the Day, and have a chance to teach paddle skills to other Orkila campers on Satellite Island as they lead on the water. Towards the end of the course, participants will also have a solo experience to rest and reflect on their time as an Islander (instructors place and regularly check-in with participants during this time). All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course. Application and interview process required.

 Session 1C: June 28-July 26
 Session 5C: July 29-August 26

 

SAILING PROGRAMS
San Juan Sailing

Co-ed, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2017. 
A wonderful introduction to sailing!  Campers learn to read the wind, practice tacking and jibing as they sail around the San Juan Islands in J-24 or Soling sailboats.  Campers stay in camp their first and last nights and spend the first two days of trip day sailing from our campsite on Satellite Island. Students will then help plan a day with their instructors to sail to and camp at another island.

Session 1: June 28–July 5
Session 3: July 12-19
Session 5: July 29-August 5
Session 7: August 12-19
Session 8: August 19-26

Mariners

 

 

 

 

Co-ed, entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017.
Take what you already know about sailing and build new skills on a two-week sailing expedition around the San Juan Islands in J-24 or Soling sailboats! Our course begins at Mariner Camp on Camp Orkila’s Satellite Island. From there, participants will begin their journey through the rest of the San Juan Island chain. Working together and as Leader of the Day, participants will take on more responsibilities for navigation, planning, cooking and leading their peers. Participants stay their first and last night at Camp Orkila. *No previous experience is required.

3A: July 12-26
6A: August 5-19

 

BIKING PROGRAMS

San Juan Biking

Co-ed, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2017. 
Spend a week in the saddle bike touring and using the ferry system to travel from island to island. Teens on this course will be peddling and carrying their gear and equipment between beautiful state and county parks, taking in the beauty of the San Juan Islands. Participants will bike between 10 and 20 miles a day on average along scenic back roads to their next campsite. The group will spend their first and last night of the course at Camp Orkila. *Bikes and equipment may be provided with advance notice.

Session 2: July 5-12 

 

 

 Leadership

 

Girls LEAD

Girls only, entering grades 7-9 in the fall of 2017.
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.

Session 1A: June 28 - July 12
Session 3A: July 12-26

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (LDI Programs)

LDI Classics

Co-ed, entering grades 9-11 in the fall of 2017.
LDI Classics is one of our most popular programs. Teens spend two weeks learning to develop their leadership and communication styles, working with youth and exploring the San Juan Islands on a multi-day wilderness expedition bike touring, sailing or sea kayaking (note: trip depends on session registration, not preference upon arrival). Participants spend four nights on expedition and the rest of their session at Camp Orkila, partaking in youth work activities, team building initiatives and other traditional camp experiences. Teens will also leave with 10 community service hours for their time working directly with youth and their participation in a service project either at camp or with another organization on Orcas Island.

LDI Sessions with Kayaking:

Session 1A: June 28–July 12
Session 2A: July 5-19
Session 3A: July 12-26
Session 4A: July 19-Aug 5
Session 5A: July 29-August 12
Session 6A: August 5-19
Session 7A: August 12-26

 

LDI Sessions with Sailing:

Session 1A: June 28–July 12 
Session 4A: July 19-August 5
Session 7A: August 12-26

 

LDI Sessions with Biking:

Session 4A: July 19-August 5
Session 7A: August 12-26


LDI 2.0

Co-ed, entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2017.

LDI 2.0 represents the next step in teen leadership at Orkila. Over the course of three weeks, teens build on their leadership skills learning facilitation techniques, exploring the importance of storytelling, community building, service and taking on more youth work challenges. They will also embark on a seven-day sea kayak expedition with the goal of circumnavigating Orcas Island. Leader of the Day plays a bigger role in this program as more leadership is turned over to the participants by their instructors. After completing an LDI 2.0 course, teens will have accumulated 20 hours of community service in recognition of their time working with youth and volunteering in the Orcas Island community.

Session 1B: June 28–July 19
Session 5B: July 29-August 19 

CIT: Counselors in Training

Co-ed, entering grades 11-12 in fall of 2017.
Take the first step towards 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. 
  Participants earn 100 hours of community service. Application and interview required.

Session 1C: June 28-July 26
Session 5C: July 29-August 26

Orkila Summer Intern Program

Our Orkila Summer Internship (OSI) 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. Teens attend staff training and then will fulfill various roles around camp during an exciting four weeks, expanding their leadership knowledge and enhancing the camp experience. Participants earn 500 hours of community service.  Application and interview process required.

 

Year-Round Leaders (YRL)

The goal of this exciting new program is to bring home the energy that we create during the summer. The YRL program will focus on keeping camp's up-and-coming leaders connected with each other and to help spread camp values into our communities. Events will range from service opportunities, outdoor adventures and camper reunions. The members of YRL will work together to keep camp magic alive all throughout the year in anticipation for the next summer season. Programming occurs at Downtown Seattle Y from October-May. Registration for 2016-2017 begins this fall.

 

 

 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)​
pool.jpgOutdoor Pool​ marine science center.jpg
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!
horses chillin in corral.jpg 
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 Misspelled WordMisspelled WordOrkila Blog is another great source for information, photos, and videos about camp!

For questions or registration:

YMCA Camping & Outdoor Leadership
Camp Orkila & Camp Colman

P 206 382 5009
F 206 382 4920

colmanorkilainfo@seattleymca.org

Overnight Summer Camp | YMCA Camp Orkila | Eastsound, WA