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:
  • Labor Day Family Camp - August 31 - September 3
  • Family Camp for Exceptional Families - October 12-14
  • LGBTQ Family Camp - October 26-28
Register for Family Camp

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.


  • May 17-19, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)

Registration will open in early 2019

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:

  • Fall: October 19-21 or October 19-22 (stay until Monday)
Register for a Retreat

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.

2019 Dates:

  • Session 1 - January 11-14 (Friday - Monday)
  • Session 2 - January 14-17 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Session 3 - January 17-20 (Thursday - Sunday)

Registration will open in Fall 2018