Family Camps

Are you longing for some quality family time with fun, healthy activities to please all ages? Camp Orkila offers year-round family camp experiences in the inspiring natural beauty of Orcas Island Days are filled with activities such as arts and crafts, boating, marine science, climbing tower with zipline and giant swing. A sunset campfire or other all-camp event completes each day.

2018 Orkila Family Camp Weekends:
  • Mother's Day - May 11 - 13
  • Memorial Day - May 25 - 28
  • Spring into Summer - June 15-17 or June 14-17 (come Thursday)
  • Labor Day - August 31 - September 3
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Cornet Bay Family Camp

Join us as we offer a family camp program at Cornet Bay Retreat Center located at Deception Pass.  We often get requests for a family camp in the summer, but our camp properties are full with summer resident camp. Now your family has a chance to experience a program similar to the excellent family camps that we offer at Orkila and Colman but at a new location. Activities will include water-based fun for youth and adults, beach exploration with marine naturalists, traditional camp activities like archery and crafts, and options for exploring the wonderful area around Deception Pass State Park. Childcare* will be available for a 3-hour block so adults can have their own adventure. (*children must be toilet-trained; included in fees)

Note: Cornet Bay Family Camp is hosted by Camp Orkila but takes place at Cornet Bay Retreat Center at Deception Pass State Park, not at Camp Orkila.

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African American Males Weekend Retreat

Join us for a weekend full of your favorite camp skills and activities such as archery, boating, arts & crafts and the zipline! Be a part of discussion groups with topics such as rites of passage, leadership, community and life skills unique to the African American Male Experience. Hosted at beautiful YMCA Camp Orkila on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, this weekend offers a chance to play and relax with more than 280 acres of beach, forest, and fields. Rustic cabin accommodations and all meals are included.

2018 Dates:

  • May 18-20 (Friday - Sunday)
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Women's Wellness Weekends

Tucked away on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington's San Juan Islands, YMCA Camp Orkila provides the ideal setting for a weekend getaway. Come enjoy the spectacular view of Presidents Channel and over 280 acres of beach and forest. Orkila is the perfect place to relax and play. Enjoy various creative crafts such as pottery and jewelry making, the zipline and the giant swing. Strengthen your body with activities such as yoga, kayaking and hiking. Replenish your spirit with a massage or a walk on the beach.  Reconnect with friends and make new ones while nurturing your spirit, mind and body.

2018 Retreats:

  • Spring: March 2 - 4
  • Fall: October 19-21 or October 19-22 (stay until Monday)
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Quilt & Craft Retreat

Do you enjoy quilting, crafting and making new friends?  With more than 280 acres of beaches and forests, Camp Orkila is the perfect place to relax and catch up on your favorite quilt or craft project!  Share ideas and tips with other like-minded women and indulge your creative side while enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Islands.

2018 Dates:

  • Session 1 - January 12-15 (Friday - Monday)
  • Session 2 - January 15-18 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Session 3 - January 18-21 (Thursday - Sunday)


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