Camp Colman Land Acknowledgement

The YMCA of Greater Seattle acknowledges that we stand on land that was systematically taken from Native peoples who lived here for countless generations. We must remember that all of us who use Camp Colman are honored to reside on Coast Salish and Squaxin territories. The YMCA of Greater Seattle recognizes the cultures, contributions, and resilience of Native peoples.

Whiteman Cove, Fundamental to Camp Colman 

For over 50 years, Camp Colman has served kids and families of Washington State with inspiring outdoor experiences that can impact them for life. As an integral part of camp, Whiteman Cove provides a living classroom for the next generation of environmental stewards, offering a safe and serene place to observe a great blue heron relaxing in the reeds or watch an eagle dive for a fish. 

The cove, or lagoon as it is known to campers, is an invaluable place for youth and families to learn and practice water safety and provides a predictable saltwater environment to study marine life. Within it's calm waters, protected by the berm, campers learn to swim in an open body of water, row a boat, paddle a canoe, or literally save lives through lifeguard training, all while exploring the ecosystem unique to the Pacific Northwest. 


The History of Camp Colman

Did you know the roots of Camp Colman date back to 1912 when it was located on Horsehead Bay, accessible only by boat, and was moved to it's current site in the 1960s. Learn more about Camp Colman and it's remarkable history.


The Y in the Community

Camp & Outdoor Leadership

The YMCA has been the leader in Summer Camp for over 130 years. Over this time, we’ve fine-tuned our programs to meet youth and their families wherever they are in their journey with the outdoors.

Our Mission

Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

Save Salmon, Save Camp

Whiteman Cove at Camp Colman is in danger of being destroyed by a Department of Natural Resources proposal. We need your help to save “the lagoon” for salmon, campers, and the community alike.