Orkila - Teen Expeditions

San Juan Kayaking

All gender, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2020.
New to paddling or never even held a paddle before? No problem. Starting with short distances and basic paddle strokes, participants are introduced to the sport of kayaking. Teens will make new friends as they paddle each day. Safety and fun go hand-in-hand as our trained expedition staff teach the Orkila way of camping – a safe and fun way to travel with minimal impact on the environment using Leave No Trace principles. Participants stay at Orkila the first and last nights of their trip. All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course.

2020 Sessions:
Session 1: June 30–July 7

Session 2: July 7-14 
Session 3: July 14-21
Session 4: July 21-28
Session 5: August 1-8
Session 6: August 8-15 
Session 7: August 15-22
Session 8: August 22-29

 

San Juan Kayaking 2.0

All gender, entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.
In this two-week program, campers build on basic kayak skills, learning new paddle strokes and kayak rescues. Campers will also learn to read tide and current tables to play a bigger role in planning their own experience. The group will take those skills to the water, paddling through the San Juan Islands by day and camping on different islands each night. All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course. *No previous experience is required.

2020 Sessions:
Session 1A: June 30-July 14
Session 4A: July 21-August 8
Session 7A: August 15-29

Islanders

All gender, entering grades 10-12 in the fall of 2020.
Get ready to put skills to the test in this challenging and fun four-week expedition. Our experienced staff will teach advanced boat handling, advanced navigation, and expedition planning. Working as a team, groups will plan their own trip through the San Juan Islands. This trip will challenge perseverance, kayak skills, and leadership abilities. Islander participants will take what they have learned and practice leading their peers at least once as Leader of the Day, and have a chance to teach paddle skills to other Orkila campers on Satellite Island as they lead on the water. Towards the end of the course, participants will also have a solo experience to rest and reflect on their time as an Islander (instructors place and regularly check-in with participants during this time). All participants must demonstrate a wet-exit and re-entry with their paddle partner before embarking on the course.

*Application and interview process required.

2020 Sessions:
Session 1C: June 30-July 28

Session 5C: August 1-29


Applications for 2020 are available now. Accepted applicants will receive registration instructions.

San Juan Sailing

All gender, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2020. 
A wonderful introduction to sailing!  Campers learn to read the wind, practice tacking and jibing as they sail around the San Juan Islands in J-24 or Soling sailboats.  Campers stay in camp their first and last nights and spend the first two days of trip day sailing from our campsite on Satellite Island. Students will then help plan a day with their instructors to sail to and camp at another island.

2020 Sessions:
Session 1: June 30–July 7

Session 3: July 14-21
Session 5: August 1-8
Session 7: August 15-22
Session 8: August 22-29

 

Mariners

All gender, entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.
Take what you already know about sailing and build new skills on a two-week sailing expedition around the San Juan Islands in J-24 or Soling sailboats! Our course begins at Mariner Camp on Camp Orkila’s Satellite Island. From there, participants will begin their journey through the rest of the San Juan Island chain. Working together and as Leader of the Day, participants will take on more responsibilities for navigation, planning, cooking and leading their peers. Participants stay their first and last night at Camp Orkila. 
*No previous experience is required.

2020 Sessions:
Session 3A: July 14-28
Session 6A: August 8-22

San Juan Biking

All gender, entering grades 8-10 in the fall of 2020. 
Spend a week in the saddle bike touring and using the ferry system to travel from island to island. Teens on this course will be peddling and carrying their gear and equipment between beautiful state and county parks, taking in the beauty of the San Juan Islands. Participants will bike between 10 and 20 miles a day on average along scenic back roads to their next campsite. The group will spend their first and last night of the course at Camp Orkila. *Bikes and equipment may be provided with advance notice.

2020 Sessions:
Session 2: July 7-14