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