Summer Overnight Camp
Find your summer spark! Registration is open now for 2024 programs.
Summer overnight camp at Camp Orkila is the perfect place for youth to begin their journey towards independence and discover a love of nature. Our camps are for kids and teens entering grades 3-12 with programs ranging from 7 to 28-days. Designed to nurture potential and foster a sense of social responsibility, campers will return home excited and inspired to share and continue all they learned at camp.
Our overnight programs provide campers of all ages a safe and fun experience in a beautiful outdoor setting. Grouped by grade and gender identity, campers are housed in fully-enclosed cabins with bathhouses nearby.
Traditional campers spend their days engaged in a wide variety of activities from arts & crafts to the zip line, capped off with gorgeous sunset views over the San Juan Islands at campfire with a group sing-along and time for reflection.
Specialty Camps dive into skill building through specific activities including Art Exploration, High Altitude Leadership, Marine Biology, or Outdoor Adventures.
Leadership is the core element of our teen camps designed to facilitate communication, team-building, outdoor skills, and counseling techniques. Options range from 7-28 day kayaking expeditions to multi-week leadership and counselor in training programs. Islanders, Counselor In Training, and Summer Intern programs require an application and interview process prior to registration. Applications are now open here.
With consistent schedules, campers always know what's on the agenda for the week and have the opportunity to participate in up to five different activities per day with rest periods in between. Most meals are served community-style in the lodge.
Schedules are designed to maximize fun and provide a variety of experiences with plenty of downtime to rest, relax, and recharge plus several opportunities to shower! A typical session is illustrated above (times and activities may vary by cabin and session).
Campers enjoy three well-balanced meals made on-site each day plus an afternoon snack and after-dinner dessert. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options are always available with water consumption encouraged. Pictured above is vegetarian lasagna with fresh green salad and garlic bread.
Counselors guide their cabin groups to and from all meals and activities throughout the day. For older campers, days may start and end a bit later.
► 7:00 am: Wake-up & dress
► 7:45 am: Breakfast in the lodge
► 8:15 am: Showers & clean-up
► 9:00 am: Up to two activities
► 11:45 am: Lunch in the lodge
► 12:15 pm: Siesta rest and relax
► 2:00 pm: Third activity
► 3:15 pm: Snack time
► 3:30 pm: Fourth activity
► 5:15 pm: Dinner in the lodge
► 6:00 pm: Evening activities
► 7:30 pm: Evening program, including campfires!
► 9:30 pm: Lights out
Camp Orkila strives to create a welcoming community for all. Campers are encouraged to take ownership of the rules and maintenance of their cabins while promoting inclusion and team-work among their cabinmates.
Campers are assigned cabins based on gender identity and grade level (within one year). Counselors stay in cabins and act as guides and role models. The gender identities of cabin staff may not be the same as that of their campers.
Cabin groups work together to collectively agree upon constitutions which reflect the guidelines and expectations for the week. This traditional team-building activity teaches active listening and is a perfect way to kick-off the week.
Campers are encouraged to memorialize their experiences by journaling in their Summer Memory Books. This provides kids an easy way to share with friends and family all the exciting memories made during their week at camp.
Camp Orkila has over 50 cabins and elevated tents within several communities located throughout the property with the dining lodge located at the center. Cabin groups are assigned to cabins based on program, gender identity, and age and/or grade level.
Lodging includes cabins and platform tents, many with decks and gathering areas. The majority enjoy a rustic vibe but some, typically reserved for younger campers, have electricity. On overnight trips and expedition programs, campers sleep under tarps or camping shelters.
Campers have their own bunk with padding provided. Sleeping bags and pillows are supplied by the camper along with anything else they would like to bring to make their space feel more like home. Cabins house an average of 10 campers and four counselors.
Younger campers are housed in cabins with toilets and shower facilities attached while older campers use one of several recently updated bathhouses with private shower facilities and toilets located nearby the cabins for easy access.
Days fly by for campers as they engage in a wide range of fun and games, traditional camp activities, and a host of recreational opportunities available at Camp Orkila. With youth choice embedded into daily schedules, they will also have the option to find their favorite pastime or try something new each day. Activities available vary each session of camp and campers may not participate in every activity shown below.
A favorite of many, campers will practice archery techniques while hoping to hit the bullseye (or at least the target!).
Let your creativity flourish at the arts studio. Follow along with a themed craft or explore on your own with a custom project.
Camp Orkila's waterfront provides the opportunity to comb the beach or catch a glimpse of orcas and other marine mammals.
Roll, ride, and jump over the waves of dirt hills and plateaus designed to thrill riders on our BMX (bike motocross) track.
Campers have at least two open recreational periods to use as they choose including archery, arts & crafts, aquatics, games, and more.
Celebrate the start and end of the week when our camp community comes together around the fire with jokes, skits, and a fun sing-a-long.
Under the guidance of our expert staff, campers can climb to new heights, cheered on by their fellow cabinmates on our climbing tower.
Some friendly basketball or volleyball competition is a great way for campers to get active while practicing teamwork.
Bust a move at our weekly dance party, hosted by our own staff disc jockeys. Campers can dress for the occasion or come as they are.
Face your fears by taking a leap from high off the iconic Camp Orkila dock into the refreshing waters of the Puget Sound.
Always a fan favorite, campers team up to take a friendly shot at fellow campers with our colorful (and squishy) dodge balls.
Located on the Puget Sound with an on-site marine center and touch tank, Orkila boasts a robust environmental education program.
Your face is our canvas! Campers can creatively express themselves with non-toxic paint (on themselves or others!).
In our ever increasing virtual world, making friends can be hard but at camp, it's easy to find friendships in in real life that can last a lifetime.
GAGA BALL! Camper favorite Gaga Ball is a staple of camp overflowing with healthy competition, laughter, and fast-paced fun.
Campers can take it to the next level while soaring through the ancient evergreen trees from up above on our giant swing.
Campers challenge themselves on our extensive series of high ropes, working individually and as teams to complete the course.
From sea to trees, campers learn to orient with a compass while exploring a variety of terrain on our network of hiking trails.
Combine elements of balance, strength, and problem-solving on our low-ropes course designed to promote team-building.
Messy but thrilling, campers will get dirty while taking a stroll through our all natural mud bath (but will feel awesome after!).
Campers of all skill levels enjoy paddling a kayak, paddleboard, funyak, or row boats on the waters of the Salish Sea.
Brave the cold by taking a refreshing dive into the waters of the Puget Sound. It's a camp tradition that some (but not all) campers love!
Our super-talented staff entertain campers with hilarious skits and traditional camp songs. Sessions culminate with camper performances.
Gooooaaaallll! Take on your cabinmates in a friendly pick-up game or challenge your neighbor cabin to the Orkila World Cup.
Campers may have overnight outdoor experience from hiking and sleeping over in our enchanted forest or boating to Satellite Island.
A breathtaking sunset is the perfect way to end the day and allows campers the opportunity to relax and practice mindfulness.
Zipping from tower to tower while flying through the sky on our 1,000 foot zipline is a camper favorite that is not soon forgotten.
Campers can cool off and have some water fun by taking the leap into our in-ground pool with certified lifeguards always on the watch.
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.
With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors, your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but also in your community.