Ready for Campers!

The 2018 season opened last weekend with lifeguard training, van driving and the arrival of all the staff on Monday.  We are well into the week and the counselors are enjoying ice cream and crafting door dec’s in the dining hall.  I just said good night to the camp moms who came to be on … Continued

Opening Day- Orientation Has Begun!

Illahee activity leaders

Happy Memorial Day! Illahee’s season has begun!  It’s “opening day” -the start of staff orientation.  There is a buzz of energy and a few butterflies as new and returning counselors drive into camp.  Our week will be spent with team building, moving into cabins, activity training and even evening programs. (Yes, we will go to … Continued

Orientation Begins!

Camp Illahee counselors holding hands during orientation, keeping a yellow balloon in the air.

The beginning of orientation is always the culmination of a tremendous amount of planning, and feels a little like Christmas for us year rounders at Illahee. The guys have put the finishing touches on the facility and it sparkles and shines…Gretchen and Laurie eagerly anticipate the arrival of all of the GREAT Illahee girls they … Continued

Summer is Here!

I have the best view outside of my office window.  The rhododendron trees next to the dining hall are in full bloom and the cinnamon fern are growing up around them.  They definitely announce the arrival of summer.  It would be peaceful except for the pressure washing that is taking place next to the dining … Continued


It’s going to be the BEST staff ever for the best summer ever. Veteran Nurse and camp “mom” Denise  was chatting with Gordon and Laurie this evening and said, “you all got all of the best ones back”! Indeed. It’s a “who’s who” of camp favorites and one is going to be YOUR counselor this … Continued