Every child deserves to experience the outdoors…

... regardless of their ability to pay. Whether it’s connecting with their peers instead of connecting to Wi-Fi, finding a love for the beautiful outdoors, or building a sense of confidence, we believe that every child will be closer to reaching their fullest potential after experiencing an outdoor adventure.

Camp registration fees do not cover the cost of camperships. That is why YMCA Camping & Outdoor Leadership looks to our camp families and the community to make tax-deductible donations to remove the financial barriers that prevent many youth from experiencing camp magic at Camp Orkila, Camp Colman, and in BOLD & GOLD


Why Do Youth Need an Outdoor Experience?

There is no end to the number of benefits a child receives when they experience the outdoors at the Y. Camping & Outdoor Leadership programs are more than just fun—they give kids a place to discover who they are, practice teamwork on a diverse team, and play & learn outdoors. Every child deserves to experience this, regardless of their families' financial resources. 


GOLD Expedition through YMCA of Greater Seattle

BOLD & GOLD Expeditions

An exciting opportunity to develop leadership and wilderness skills for young boys and girls. Our Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership expeditions offer the trip of a lifetime.

Camp Orkila

Camp Orkila provides campers with the chance to experience their favorite outdoor activities and make new friends, all against the beautiful backdrop of the San Juan Islands.

Camp Colman

Serving only 250 campers per session, Camp Colman offers a more intimate experience where friendships can grow and continue year after year.