November 29, 2011


Not only do we have kayaks at Orkila, but we also have FUNYAKS!

Funyaks are small kayak-like boats that are light and easy to get in and out of, all you need to have some fun is a lifejacket and a paddle - no spray skirt or other equipment necessary!

At Orkila, funkyakers are free to paddle between the dock and campfire pit while a lifeguard is on duty in our dock boat. 

November 24, 2011

Flip Tests!!!

To ensure the safety of our kayakers, all participants of kayak trips must pass a flip test. A flip test is when kayakers intentionally flip their kayak over, exit their kayak into the water, and climb back into the kayak.

Flip tests happen just off of Orkila's beach and are supervised by our trained staff. Not only are flip tests individually important for physical safety, but they also support emotional safety via the encouragement of peers and instructors. A flip test is an integral, yet fun, part of preparing to go on trip.

November 22, 2011

Fun & Field Games

Orkila has beaches and forests, a gaga ball pit and basketball court… Orkila also has several fields; Cedar, Volunteer, Kieter, and Foxfire (to name a few). Even more extensive of a list is that of the games that can be played and are played in the various fields around camp.

Some popular favorites are Ship Island, Everybody's It Tag, and Scream &amp; Run. Field games can often be a high point of the day - for both those participating and those just walking by and seeing. 

November 17, 2011

Dream Catchers

A popular craft at Orkila is the dream catcher.

Dream catchers are made by collecting a stick that is easily bendable from the forest. The stick is then tied so as to hold a round shape. Yarn of any color can be wrapped around the stick to create patterns; beads and feathers make great accents.

Dream catchers make great bunk decorations and may even help one sleep better by catching any bad dreams.

November 15, 2011



At Camp Orkila, we offer a variety of experiences in kayaks. Our teen expedition and LDI programs offer a kayak focus or component; Challengers have the opportunity to try kayaking during their stay on Satellite Island. 

November 10, 2011

The Jellyfish Song!

Jellyfish! Not only can you find several different species in the water right off of our beach at Orkila, but you can also find them brought to life in a wacky dance that accompanies the popular camp song, the Jellyfish Song.

Do you know the Jellyfish Song?

Can you sing it with your head back, tongue out, and turning around?

November 8, 2011


What do tarps and bandanas have to do with team building?

A lot! As a matter of fact, these are just some of the many props that our staff utilize when facilitating Initiatives with campers. Initiatives are group activities that aim to develop communication skills and strengthen bonds within a group.

Cabin groups will have the opportunity to participate in Initiatives during their time together at camp. Be sure to ask your camper what team building exercises they did! What did they learn from it?

November 3, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain!

"Anyone who
says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain."

Even when it rains at Camp Orkila, it does not mean that the fun stops. It just means that the fun gets a little bit more wet!

And who doesn't like a little rain!

November 1, 2011

Swamp Ball

Lizards in the swamp
The swamp
The swamp
Balling in the mud
With the pride that keeps us all strong

Swamp Ball is the PHENOMENAL combination of throwing balls, a medicine ball, and wet, sticky, mud! Not just for boys, girls can join in for this good ole time as well!

You never know what you might look like in the end

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