There are a lot of really wonderful things about being here on Orcas Island. There's the opportunity for adventure in the woods, mountains, and sea. We have astounding views of the Salish Sea right here at camp. That's just to name a couple of the features we value so much about this island. We can't mention these merits without highlighting one of the greatest things one can find here: An abundantly welcoming and vibrant island community. The people, businesses, schools, organizations, and sense of place all come together to make Orcas Island the gem that it is.
This week, we're excited to be hosting many local groups from the Orcas Community. Here's a big shout-out to Orcas Island School District (including specialty groups Outdoor Adventures and Marine Science), Orcas Christian School, Kaleidoscope Preschool and Childcare Center, and the Salmonberry School for coming to learn and play with us this week. See you at Fall Fest!
October 6, 2016
May 5, 2016
by Matthew Howe at 2:16 PM
When students come to Orkila for the spring and fall OEE seasons, all of camp becomes the classroom. It doesn't stop there, though! Really, the natural world here on Orcas Island is the learning environment. This week, Oregon Episcopal School (Portland, OR) took their experience all the way to the top of Mt. Constitution. Hats off to these 54 5th-graders and their chaperones for conquering the hike!
April 26, 2016
by Matthew Howe at 11:33 AM
In addition to our overall Spring 2016 Outdoor and Environmental Education team, we're spread among several "Mentor Groups." These smaller groups, each made up of 6-7 instructors and a member of the Leadership Team, act as a community-within-a-community. Yesterday, we had our annual Mentor Group Day. Folks enjoyed activities on 3 different islands such as hiking, games, cycling, milkshakes, enjoying wildlife, and visiting alpacas. Check out some group photos from the day!
April 14, 2016
by Matthew Howe at 1:55 PM
|Letty and Carly, "Larly"|
|Chex and Alex, "Chalex"|
|Joey and Emily, "Jemoey"|
|Jessie, Flaherty, and Eva, "Jeverty"|
|Matt and Alana, Malanatt|
|Margaret and Richelle, "Marchelle"|
April 7, 2016
by Matthew Howe at 2:21 PM
Springtime, especially here on Orcas Island, is often marked by interesting weather. Today, we had the chance to see an impressive system of heavy fog that rolled through camp from early morning until just after lunch. Even familiar places, like the challenge tower and zip line, took on a new, foggy appearance. Check it out in the photo below. The only thing cooler than riding the zip line is riding the zip line through a cloud!
|A foggy view of the zip line from the top of the tower.|
October 6, 2015
by Jessie Collins at 11:25 AM
One of the things I love about Camp Orkila is that we work to serve our community. Above, you can see one of our instructors, Eli, hanging out with local kindergartners and feeding carrots to the horses. With the fall season rushing by, it's important to take a moment to appreciate the amazing work our staff does. They instill a sense of wonder in our participants and teach them not only about nature, but also about them selves. The value of the experience they provide is incalculable.
September 16, 2015
by Jessie Collins at 5:10 PM
The days are getting shorter. The air is getting cooler. And camp has switched gears from the roar of summer to the bustling of school children learning about the wonders of nature. OEE has begun once again! Check out some of our RAD fall instructors and staff! Don't let their silly costumes fool you, these wild cats mean business! Our wonderful educators work hard to create amazing programming and they don't disappoint! With our first week of schools underway, nothing warms the heart quite like the site of youth engaging with the outdoors and each other!
July 8, 2015
July 1, 2015
April 29, 2015
by Jessie Collins at 3:24 PM
The OEE season is flying by just about as fast as milk and bread fly off the shelves during a southern ice-storm! Judging by all of the smiling faces, I'd say Week 6 of the OEE season is off to a great start! With multiple schools arriving, there is plenty of sunshine to go around! Something must be going quite swell because I hear the sounds of joyous children outside of my window just now! The laughter and enthusiasm of our students motivate us to give every day our all!
|Science is so rad! Christ the King students' eyes are full of excitement while looking for plankton in their microscopes!|
|Christ The King School group enjoying their bridge team-building activity... Is it sturdy? Will it hold? Only time will tell.|
April 14, 2015
by Jessie Collins at 3:35 PM
The Orkila property is abuzz with the sound of children, eager to learn! On this delightfully sunny Tuesday, our Outdoor Environmental Education Instructors get to put a month of training to use, as many of them lead their very first school groups.
|The amazing humans who make up our Spring OEE Staff|
October 28, 2014
by Jordan Bright at 2:15 PM
For those of you interested in applying to a Teen Leadership program this summer (CIT, OSI, Islander or Orkila International), the application deadline is fast approaching! Be sure to submit your application by November 1st.
To learn more about our leadership programs or how to apply, follow these links.
October 13, 2014
by Alyssa Flaherty at 5:33 PM
Are you in King County? Have you signed your teen up for our Year Round Leadership program this year? Registration closes this Friday, October 17th, and the first gathering is Wednesday, October 22nd. Come join us for peer-to-peer leadership, community service adventures, and tons of camp magic!