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General Sessions & Units
No matter a camper’s age or program choice, our staff work with each cabin group to create the session’s activities, making each week unique. Below are the types of activities and living areas that are typical for campers. We strongly recommend coming to one of our open houses so you and your camper can see and experience camp for yourselves! All sessions offer a general, age-appropriate camp program that includes cookouts, hiking, waterfront activities, singing, and crafts.
Camp Fire also emphasizes healthful living in our programs, encouraging campers to “hold onto health” by getting active, getting healthy, and getting involved.
Campers live together with their counselor in their own cabin. Campers live in either Tapala or Whulje units.
Sessions include the above list plus outdoor skills, nature awareness, overnights, funyaking, and archery. Campers live together with their counselor in either Whulje, a cabin unit, or Salishan, a platform tent unit.
Sessions include the above list plus canoeing, initiative games, the low ropes course, and for grade six, the climbing wall. Campers live in either Salishan, a platform tent unit, or Gypsy, an Adirondack unit.
Grades 7 & 8
Sessions include the above list plus opportunities to become skilled in outdoor living, archery, boating, the low and high ropes courses, the climbing wall, and biking. Campers live in either the Tyee cabin unit, or Owakna, a cabin unit.
Sessions include the above, plus the chance to experience the high ropes course, challenging initiative activities, sailing, overnights, and archery. Also offered are several tripping, specialty, and leadership programs. Campers live in the Chinook cabin unit or Pioneer, the pole house unit.
You may also choose a “specialty” session – scroll down for descriptions.
Sharpen your skills with children, learn to lead camp activities, and go behind the scenes to see what makes camp happen! Killoqua offers two teen leadership programs this summer:
Day Camp Assistant (grades 8 and older)
Counselor-In-Training (grades 11-12)
Click here for full details about each leadership program!
Focus on a specialty activity for about two hours each day, plus enjoy lots of general camp activities, too!
An exciting session for campers who love archery. Whether you’re new to archery or have some experience, you’ll sharpen your technique with coaching from skilled staff. Go to the range each day, and practice with archery games and other fun activities. (Session 4 – grades 5-6; Session 6 – grades 7-8)
SUP n’ SAIL CAMP
The waterfront at Camp Killoqua is one of the most popular places in camp! Spend an extra two hours each day on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) or experiencing the feeling of the wind filling the sails and flying across the water! Campers will get to travel to nearby Lake Ki for an all day sailing and SUPing adventure during this session. Campers in this session must be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for 5 minutes. (Session 7)
Grades 4-6: Culinary Arts Camp
Spend part of your week at camp as a chef! Working in groups of similar ages, you’ll learn basic cooking techniques, bake bread and pastries, prepare meals outdoors, and leave with a special Camp Killoqua cookbook! (Session 2)
Some of us are just meant to be up in the air! Whether it is in the trees on the high ropes course, at the top of the climbing tower or swinging through the air on the giant swing, that’s just what you’ll be doing in this adventure specialty camp. You’ll get extra time to explore the higher up parts of Killoqua during this challenge course specialty week at camp.
Looking for an adventure this summer at camp? Try out venture crew, an exploration filled week with a focus on outdoor skill building. your group can explore all 185 acres of camp, build shelters, cook crazy foods over a fire, and navigate with a map and compass. You can even choose to investigate camp after dark by going on one or more overnights, complete with night hikes and exciting games! (Session 5)
Expedition crew is similar to Venture crew but more! Hone your outdoor skills by hiking around camp and doing overnights in our 100 acres, and then put those skills to the test with a 2 night, 3 day backpacking trip to the North Cascades National park. The trip will have a 1 day hike into the campsite, a day of exploration and then a 1 day hike back out. Participants should be comfortable walking 4-6 miles. Hiking shoes recommended, backpack suggested but not required. (Session 8)
Learn to build and program robots to complete fun and challenging missions using Lego Mindstorms. Perfect for beginners, no experience necessary! (Sessions 3, 5 & 8)
Campers will spend two hours per day with riding specialists and their assigned horse. Campers learn how to mount, dismount and groom. While getting comfortable around horses, you’ll learn basic control of a horse at a walk and trot in the arena and on the trail. Campers will help feed, care for and clean up after the horses during the week. (All sessions)
Please note for all horse camps: If you have requested a cabin-mate they also need to be in the horse camp program. Campers must have long jeans and boots or sturdy shoes with ½”-¾” heels for riding. (Consider borrowing boots or buying a used pair if you do not have your own.) Camp provides riding helmets.
For moderately experienced riders, this is a chance to further skills in care and riding beyond that of our general session. Participants need to be comfortable around horses and skilled in riding at the walk and trot.(Sessions 5 & 7)
ADVANCED HORSE CAMP
For experienced horse campers: Polish your riding skills and also learn from workshops with horse professionals such as vets and trainers. Try out English-style riding too! Participants must be skilled at riding in the trot and lope, and proficient at grooming and tacking on their own. Enrollment is limited. (Session 6)
A LA CARTE HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDES
Want to ride a horse but are not sure about a whole week of horse camp (or maybe not quite old enough)? This option is for you! Add one or two horseback rides to your general camp session.
Killoqua strives to include all youth in camp programs. Our trained staff works with campers ages 7-21 with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. To ensure a successful experience, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your needs. Space is limited each session. Be sure to indicate the inclusion program on your registration form; we may be unable to accommodate campers with special needs if they are not registered through this program. All campers will be evaluated to determine that this program is appropriate for them and that they will benefit from participating. If we are unable to meet your needs, we are happy to provide referrals to other camps. Campers must be attending a public school and be able to perform self-help skills: feeding, dressing, toileting and grooming. (Sessions 2-7)
Session 1, GRADES 2–12
Now going strong for a decade, Camp Willie is a week for children who have experienced a loss due to the death of a loved one. Campers participate in camp activities, plus take part in specially interwoven programs to help with the experience of grieving. They are supported throughout by trained resident camp staff and staff members with experience and expertise in the bereavement process. Learn more about the program, financial aid, and how to register here.