Orkila Cabins Blessed by Samish Tribe
Last updated: October 18, 2018, at 10:33 a.m. PT
Originally published: October 17, 2018, at 9:37 a.m. PT
Four out of eight new cabins at Camp Orkila and Camp Colman are underway in an effort to keep up with growing camp demand. We expect to complete construction by summer 2019 and as a result, will be able to serve an additional 2,000 campers each year!
Construction of the cabins at the north end of Camp Orkila began this summer. We honor the tribes who traditionally lived on the land by naming the cabins Salish and Samish. To help us celebrate, members of the Samish Nation took a respite from their summer canoe journey to sing and share stories. The group ended the evening by blessing the land where the cabins will be built. The local Island Sounder published this story following the event: Click Here
The work is made possible by generous support from Doug and Nancy Boyden and fellow friend of camp, Cliff Forbes.
The cabin plans by architect David Kau follow the design and feel of the existing orchard cabins and construction is well underway.
Plans are also underway to build two more cabins at the south end of the camp next spring.