Fun for kids from Washington State and Beyond
Majestic forests. Sparkling waters. Trails leading to awesome adventures, one after another. Welcome to the outdoor classroom, where learning is by experience and Campers thrive in a caring, supportive community. Lessons learned here last well beyond the final campfire and spectacular sunset – they help shape lives and inspire new goals and dreams.
First time campers build confidence as they scale the climbing wall. Cabin groups grow stronger bonds hiking, playing games and singing at the campfire. Campers learn the power of sharing their skills and strengths to benefit their cabin groups and the camp community.
Located on the northwest tip of Orcas Island, YMCA Camp Orkila sits on 280 acres of private beach, preserved forest and open fields. YMCA Camp Colman hugs a south Puget Sound shoreline on Case Inlet with more than 100 densely forested acres and a protected saltwater lagoon.
Make Memories that Last a Lifetime
Grades listed below are the grades campers will be entering in Fall 2017.
Grades 3 - 5
A great introduction to the overnight camp experience. Living in single-gender cabins, campers get a taste of all that camp has to offer, including the swimming pool, arts and crafts center, rope-climbing elements, the Marine Salmon Center and much more. Campers also enjoy an out-of-cabin overnight adventure under the stars.
Grades 5 - 8
Explorers focus on team-building and developing confidence and competence around camp. Taking the next step as Camp Orkila campers, Explorers take on more advanced ropes activities and continue with some favorite games and activities. For their out-of-cabin experience, campers embark on an overnight trip to Twin Lakes or Sucia Island.
Grades 8 - 10
Challengers join camp's oldest mixed-gender units (while still living in single-gender cabins).They enjoy age-appropriate challenges and develop independent skills. Challengers select their activities during open recreation periods and enjoy 24 hours on Satellite Island or at Twin Lakes for their out-of-cabin experience.
Grades 6 - 9
Spend mornings focused on special areas of interest such as horseback riding, challenge course elements, marine biology or skateboarding with time in the afternoon to enjoy traditional camp activities.
Grades 8 - 12
Teens are drawn to YMCA Expeditions, not just to explore new places, but for the thrill of personal accomplishment and team connection. Expeditions cover a lot more than terrain and water — they're journeys that tap into the very best that each teen has to offer, for themselves and the well-being and growth of the group. One, two and four week programs available.
Grades 7 - 9
Girls LEAD is a fun and unique residential camp focused on multi-cultural leadership, service and wellness.
Spend 14 amazing days making friends, going on adventures, having a blast and looking at what it means to be a girl in today’s global society! Located at Camp Orkila on beautiful Orcas Island, you’ll have fun doing everything from BMX biking to salsa dancing and hiking. Develop your leadership skills, confidence, and meet true friends.
Grades 9 - 12
Two and three-week programs designed to build leadership skills. Teens gain the confidence to become outstanding role models at camp and in life. LDIs will facilitate camp activities, orchestrate service projects and kayak, bike or sail for five days in the San Juan Islands.
Grades 1 - 9
Camp Colman programs are age-specific to bring out the best in everyone. Each camper is assigned by age and gender to a cabin, which features full bath/shower facilities and is supervised by at least two college-aged counselors. Younger campers try their hand at camp activities with close supervision and bedtime routines to help them feel comfortable sleeping away from home. Older campers discover activities like the high ropes course, canoeing, marine exploration, vertical playpen, biking, the Camp Colman catwalk and leadership opportunities in addition to all traditional camp activities.
Grades 10 - 12
Two-week and four-week programs designed to develop leadership skills. Teens will help facilitate camper activities, engage in team-building and explore future camp leadership opportunities. Leadership Camps foster the development of spirit, mind and body in teens through strong mentorship and dynamic, fun activities. Special emphasis is placed on teambuilding and recognition of each person's role in his or her community.