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



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-Aug 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


Orkila Summer Intern Program

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 exciting new 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 service opportunities, outdoor adventures and camper reunions. The members of YRL will work together to keep camp magic alive all throughout the year in anticipation for the next summer season. Programming occurs at Downtown Seattle Y from October-May. Registration for 2016-2017 begins this fall.