July 31, 2009

Fun in the sun

Session 5 continues! We are having a fantastic time here at camp.


Out on the BMX track

Orkila Video: The Giant's Ladder

A video about the Giant's Ladder, one of our high ropes challenges here at Camp Orkila. We hope that you like it!

Orkila Video - Giant's Ladder from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

July 29, 2009

Session 5 on a beautiful summer day

Session 5 is going strong! Here are a few pictures from today.

Making friendship bracelets

Cooling off under the sprinkler

On the low ropes course

July 28, 2009

The sun sets on Session 4

Some sunsets from this week's session of camp. We will miss you, Session 4 campers!

July 27, 2009

Session 4 Slideshow is up!

We are proud to present our end-of-week slideshow from Session 4. We'll see you next year everybody!

Slideshow - Session 4 from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

LDI Wiffleball!

The Louwalas (one of our Leadership Development Institute groups) recently played some epic Wiffleball. Ahem, WIFFLE-BAWL!

July 26, 2009

Happenings around the island

Here are a few pictures of interesting happenings around the island. Our day campers visited the fire department a few days ago, and today we got to watch a Coast Guard training exercise from the beach.

Coast Guard training exercise. They were nice enough to fly by and wave too!

At the fire department

July 25, 2009

Greywolves: Wolfpack!

The "pack" of Greywolves campers pose for a picture with their signature style...

... after they surprise Chris Pierce (Exectuive Director of Camping Services) and Steve Miller (Facilities Manager for Orkila) with a whole lot of "what-up-what-up-what-up"!

July 24, 2009

Fun from Session 4

Session 4 is going great! Everyone says hi.

Passing through the low ropes course

Dock jump at high tide

Session 4 Video: Beach Walk

The beach here at Camp Orkila is wonderful. We take campers on beach walks so that they can find and learn about the many forms of life on the beach. Watch and learn more!

Orkila Video: Beach Walk from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

July 23, 2009

OSI Art/Service Project

The OSI (Orkila Summer Interns) designed and created this mosaic-like rock sculpture of a majestic orca whale.  It's located right next to the main office and the basketball court.  Awesome.

Dan Jay was not an OSI service project, but he was painted blue for a recent all camp event!

July 22, 2009

Session 4, going strong

Hello from Camp Orkila! It's shaping up to be another great week here at camp.


More tongues. Today's post theme: tongues.

July 21, 2009

Say hello to Session 4!

Our Session 4 campers have arrived and are all settled in. Sunshine is in the forecast all week!

Out by the dock


Session 3 Slideshow

View our end-of-the-week slideshow from Session 3 right here. See you next year, session 3!

Session 3 Slideshow 2009 from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

July 19, 2009

Sunny Session 3 Sunday

Hello once again from camp! We are having a wonderful week with Session 3.

Horsemasters in action

At the skate park

In the garden

July 18, 2009

Podcast #2 is up!

Our second podcast is now available for download! This episode features an interview with Megan, our aquatics director, music from around camp, and more! We hope you enjoy it!

Download it here, or look us up on iTunes.

July 17, 2009

Session 3 Continues

We're having a fantastic week here at camp! Here are some images from today.

Dock jummmmmmp!

At the range

For some reason, ninjas appeared at camp today. ?

July 15, 2009

New video: Geodome!

A short video from Session 3 highlighting our building prowess here at Camp Orkila. We hope you enjoy it!

Orkila Video: Geodome! from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

A sun-filled, fun-filled day on the island

Kickin it

Learning to tie square knots


Session 3 Ready GO!

Our session 3 campers are all here. It's shaping up to be a great week!

Hanging out after dinner

We have a number of group gatherings during camp. We had our first one last night, and this is the view from the main campfire area.

July 13, 2009

Session 2 - our last full day!

We had a fun-filled day here at Camp Orkila. We'll miss you, Session 2!

Wreckage (dodgeball)

So THAT's what the inside of a squid looks like!

Get wet, get dirty

Ask your kids what they thought of the sunsets here!

July 12, 2009

Session 2 in action

Our campers are having a great week! Here are a few snaps from today.

July 9, 2009

Podcast #1 is up!

We are proud to present our first audio podcast of the summer, featuring a camp history lesson from Dimitri, our camp director, an interview with some of the ladies from Nooksack cabin, and a surprise from Jay, the unit director for the Lizardheads. You can find it here.

We're on iTunes too! Just search for "orkila" .

July 8, 2009

Session 2 in full swing

It rained today at camp. Even so, we had a fantastic time!

During the dork dance

Swim session

They're playing Apples to Apples. If you've never tried it, it's amazing!

Learning a new sport

A wet walk

Session 1 Slideshow

YMCA Camp Orkila Session 1 Slideshow 2009 from Camp Orkila on Vimeo.

July 7, 2009

Session 1 ends, Session 2 begins

We said goodbye to Session 1 and welcomed the Session 2 campers to camp today. See you next year Session 1!

Jordan Bright, with sword, and The House of Stark (Greywolves) knighted their Session 1 campers before sending them on one last dock jump.
And now our Session 2 campers are here!

July 6, 2009

The Final Day of Session 1!

Singing "Orkila, Orkila" in the round. The perfect ending to a terrific closing campfire.

How can someone NOT appreciate these amazing Orkila sunsets?

Is it just me - or does this picture look like it was taken in the 1970s? It wasn't. It was taken in 2009.

Horses (and riders) meander through camp.