Investing in Outdoor Education

Located on the shoreline of Puget Sound in what is now the City of Federal Way in Southwest King County, Camp Kilworth was initially developed for the Boy Scouts of America Troops of Tacoma, which included Browns Point and Dash Point. From 1934 until 2016, it was one of five camps operated by the Pacific Harbors Council of Tacoma, BSA National. Camp Kilworth includes two historically significant buildings, Timberwolf Lodge and Rotary Lodge.

In 2022, Forterra successfully purchased Camp Kilworth, laying the groundwork for the restoration of the property. In 2023, the YMCA of Greater Seattle signed a long-term lease to provide youth camps, environmental education, and community open space. Thanks to Forterra’s conservation and the communities’ vision, this historic open space will be here for future generations of youth to experience nature and engage in environmental education. 

Credit to Kilworth Environmental Education Preserve 

Our Vision 

The Y is committed to connecting all youth, especially youth of color, to the outdoors and building a generation of diverse outdoor leaders. Through the outdoors, the Y provides programs framed around group outings where individuals participate in outdoor expeditions, resident camp activities, and environmental conservation. These programs include relationship building, where conversations are facilitated to promote learning, leadership, equity, and social justice. 

The Y is actively engaged with the community in the design and development of Camp Kilworth, focusing on creating a space that meets the needs of local youth, families, and neighbors. In partnership with local community-based organizations, non-profits, and schools, the Y will implement activities and offer opportunities that reduce barriers and create authentic opportunities to build life skills and a sense of belonging.  


Land Acknowledgement 

The Y acknowledges the ancestral keepers of the land we gather on. We thank them for their immense contributions to our state and local history, culture, economy, and identity as Washingtonians. 




Camp & Outdoor Leadership

Camp Colman

Camp Colman has offered kids and teens the chance to explore their individuality, become a part of their own community, and enjoy the classic American camp experience of archery, rock climbing, and s’mores over the campfire.

Camp Orkila

Explore the magic of Camp Colman and Camp Orkila through water activities, challenge course experiences, campfires, and more while getting to spend quality time with your loved ones.


Our outdoor leadership trips will take teens to some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest while inspiring them to be their most courageous and confident selves.