"My son came home full of stories about his adventures: the giant swing, drumming, climbing, games. He really appreciated the evening values circle, and enjoyed the campfires. He spoke highly of his counselors, and he looked up to them. My husband and I appreciated the opportunity for our son to spread his wings, try new things, and meet other kids both like and unlike him. Thank you, Camp Colman!"
"It was empowering for my son. He felt cared for, the rift of "popular" vs. "unpopular" is not tolerated by the entire culture at Camp Orkila- this is what I most love about this camp. Plus it is beautiful and the kids have a blast."
"Camp is a critical part of any child's development. Skills, strengths, self-confidence, leadership all get started and reinforced at camp." -Mat, camper dad
“Camp Orkila is a confidence builder for Conor. He seems more mature when he returns from camp, and excited about meeting new young people from other places.” –Malayka and Tom, Mom and Dad
“Ellis had the ‘time of her life.’ The power of being with young people, nature, and clear values, allows for growth, change and insight. I feel this was a wonderful chance for my daughter to discover her power, beauty and value with other like-minded young adults.” –Josie, Mother
“He had two weeks away from cell phones and electronic devices. He did Mariners Sailing and he said he had a lot of time to think about his life and what he wanted for his future. He seemed more certain and mature.” –Kathleen, Mother
“Because it’s a place where I can relax and be more myself without every day pressures. It’s a place where I can go and have fun.” –Conor
“Even though it was my first year at camp, Orkila will always have a special place in my heart, right next to the warm-fuzzy memories and sandwiched in between compassion and unconditional love.” –Ellis
“I learned that it’s okay to be shy but not let it get in the way.” –Jeremiah