Summer Overnight Camp
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At Camp Colman and Camp Orkila, kids can discover all the wonders of the outdoors while making friends and forming memories that will last a lifetime. Our overnight camps are the perfect places for youth to begin their journey toward independence and discover a love of nature.
Our two premier overnight camps are located on the Key Peninsula in south Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.
Located on the Key Peninsula on Case Inlet, Camp Colman boasts more than 100 acres of ancient forest, a half mile of Puget Sound beachfront, and an enclosed six acre lagoon. With such an ecologically diverse location and over 100 years of hosting campers, we can proudly say that Camp Colman is the perfect place for all to discover who they are and the gifts they have to share.
Camp Orkila is just a ferry ride away in the breathtaking San Juan Islands on Orcas Island. A host of activities including a 1,000 foot zipline, in-ground pool, and marine center, provide opportunities for fun that are practically limitless. Orkila's picturesque setting featuring 280 acres of beach, forest, and meadows, will capture both your heart and your imagination.
With options ranging from four nights to several weeks, for kids in elementary through high school, the Y's summer overnight programs are designed to nurture potential and foster a sense of social responsibility.
Mini Camp programs are a great way for new campers to get familiar with being away from home overnight in an outdoor setting with a shorter length of time. Programs are offered at the start and end of camp season at Camp Colman.
Traditional campers will spend their days engaged in a wide variety of activities from arts & crafts to the giant swing, capped off with gorgeous sunset views, a group sing-along, and time for reflection at both Camp Colman and Camp Orkila.
Our specialty, expedition, and leadership camps provide young adults entering grades 6-12 an opportunity to learn important leadership and life skills as they approach adulthood through a variety of exciting adventures.
Specialty Camps, which all span 7 days and 6 nights, dive into skill building through specific activities at Camp Orkila.
Campers entering grades 6-8 will tap into their creativity and express themselves through a week-long exploration of the arts by accessing several artistic mediums which may include drawing, painting, sculpting with clay, or practicing digital photography. In addition to exploring the arts, campers will participate in traditional camp activities.
Campers entering grades 7-9 spend time up high and in the trees on our various challenge courses, climbing tower, and zipline learning knot-tying, belaying, and facilitation while advancing their ropes skills under the supervision of our expert climbing staff.
Campers entering grades 6-8 will explore the many wonders of the marine world surrounding us at Camp Orkila's Marine Salmon Center, where they will be immersed in marine ecology, oceanography, and conservation of the natural world. Campers will get to dissect a squid, explore the intertidal zone, and visit the Whale Museum on San Juan Island.
Campers entering grades 7-9 explore many different adventure activities, spending half their time developing expedition skills like paddling and backpacking and half their time participating in traditional camp activities including a high ropes experience.
Our teen Leadership and Expedition camps range from 7-28 days. Most programs are based out of Camp Orkila unless otherwise noted.
Campers entering grades 8-10 are introduced to the sport of kayaking by paddling to a new island in the San Juans each day and spending the night adhering to the principles of the Leave No Trace philosophy. The first and last night of camp are spent in cabins at Camp Orkila.
In San Juan Kayaking 2.0, campers in grades 9-12 build on basic kayak skills, learn new paddle strokes, and practice kayak rescues. They will also learn to read tide and current tables to play a larger role in planning their own journeys.
Campers in grades 9-11 advance their leadership and ropes skills by learning basic belaying and facilitation, eventually helping to facilitate initiatives for younger campers. Participants will accumulate 10 hours of community service in recognition of their time working with youth and volunteering in the Orcas Island community.
Campers in grades 9-12 develop leadership and communication skills while working with youth and exploring the great outdoors. This program is at Camp Colman.
In Advanced LDI, campers in grades 11-12 shadow counselors and program staff to learn about how to plan and facilitate different camp activities. They will take a deep dive into what it means to be a leader and develop how to lead in a style that feels authentic to them. This program is at Camp Colman.
In LDI with Kayaking, campers in grades 9-11 spend two weeks learning to develop their leadership and communication styles, working with youth and exploring the San Juan Islands on a multi-day kayaking adventure.
In LDI with Kayaking 2.0, campers in grades 10-12 build on foundational skills by learning facilitation techniques and exploring story-telling and community-building. Upon completion, participants will earn 20 hours of community service.
Campers in grades 10-12 learn advanced kayak handling, navigation, and expedition planning and put what they have learned into practice by leading their peers as leader of the day and teaching paddle skills to other campers. Participants will also have a solo experience to rest and reflect on their time as an Islander.
Campers in grades 11-12 take the first step in becoming a cabin counselor as they focus on team-building and leadership skills along with counseling techniques.
Participants entering grade 12 (and who must be under 18 for duration of program), will have a unique, multi-faceted leadership experience that prepares teens for future positions of responsibility. The internship offers a great chance to develop their resume, gain work experience, and build friendships. Teens will receive training and then will fulfill various roles around camp during an exciting four weeks, expanding their leadership knowledge and enhancing the camp experience.
Please note that our Islanders, Counselor In Training, and Summer Intern programs require an application and interview process prior to registration.
Unsure what program is the right fit for you? Check out our Teen Leadership Progression, which lists programs at Camp Colman, Camp Orkila & BOLD & GOLD. If you still have questions, contact our admin team at email@example.com
The Y is committed to becoming 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 we can to build a more equitable, healthy, and just community.
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.
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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