Find Your Community at Camp Orkila

Established as the first permanent camping home of the YMCA of Greater Seattle in 1906, the Orcas Island property now known as Camp Orkila, was originally owned by the same family as sister-camp, Camp Colman. While it might look a little different now, its dedication to strengthening community has continued to grow in it's over 100 years of history. Rooted in nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility, these same goals still drive the camp staff today.

Camp Orkila is located in the breathtaking San Juan Islands. Visitors traditionally arrive at camp via the Anacortes ferry which boasts one of the most scenic routes in Washington (and the U.S.) with incredible views of the Puget Sound. The views don't stop when you enter camp though. With more than 280 acres of beautiful beachfront, ancient forest, and amazing open spaces, Orkila will capture your imagination.

Tiered pricing options and financial assistance are available to ensure our amazing camp experience is available to all.



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Committed to Become an Anti-Racist Organization

The Y is committed to become an anti-racist and inclusive gathering space where people of all colors, religions, genders, and backgrounds are welcomed and have the opportunity to succeed, be healthy, and thrive. That means closely examining what we do – our systems, hiring practices, partners, contracting, and programs – to ensure we are learning, adapting, and doing all that we can to build a more equitable, healthy, and just community.

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Affordable for All

We offer a voluntary, two-tiered pricing program based on the needs of your family. This program is completely confidential and in no way affects the quality of the experience your child receives.

  • Tier 1 represents the full cost of camp operations. 
  • Tier 2 represents the full cost of camp operations, in addition to long-term wear, tear, and depreciation. Families who voluntarily pay Tier 2 prices help us to ensure our camps and outdoor properties continue to thrive. 

Our goal is to remove barriers that prevent anyone from participating in our programs, including financial barriers. If our lowest tier price still creates a financial barrier that prevents you from participating in our programs, we invite you to fill out a financial assistance application. Once we have reviewed your application, you will receive a code by email that you can use at checkout to automatically apply your approved award, or you may pay a $50 deposit and choose the financial assistance option during registration and apply for your award at a later date.

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Help Send More Kids to Camp Orkila

Every young person deserves to experience the outdoors regardless of financial barriers. When you make a tax-deductible donation to support Camp Orkila you’ll help remove the financial barriers that prevent many kids and teens from experiencing the magic of camp. 

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Day Camp

Offering active days spent learning new skills and making lifelong friends, Y Day Camps offers fun camp activities to engage brains, exploration rotations to encourage kids to try new things, and plenty of physical activity and games to keep bodies moving.


Boys, Girls, and All Gender Outdoor Leadership (BOLD & GOLD) expeditions inspire youth ages 11 to 18 to be their most courageous and confident selves as they explore some of the most beautiful and natural places in the Pacific Northwest.

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