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 Expeditions

 

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 3A: July 12-26
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 29-July 19
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.

Session 3A: July 12-26
Session 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-August 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

Volunteer Internships

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 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 weekly gatherings with Values Sessions, service opportunities, outdoor adventures, and community events. The members of the YRL program will work together to keep camp magic alive all throughout the year in anticipation for the next summer season. Programming occurs at the Downtown Seattle Y from November-May. Registration for 2016-2017 begins on September 1st.

 

NEED MORE INFO?

Click on the following for more information about our leadership programs:

Islanders Program

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

Orkila Summer Intern (OSI) Program

2017 Interview Dates & Info

For questions or registration:

YMCA Camping Services
Camp Orkila & Camp Colman

P 206 382 5009
F 206 382 4920

colmanorkilainfo@seattleymca.org
Camps and Programs for Teens | YMCA Camp Orkila | Eastsound, WA