(Historic photo of Camp Colman dock, courtesy YMCA)
Though it’s not in West Seattle, thousands of West Seattleites old and young know all about YMCA Camp Colman – which is celebrating its centennial this year. The Colman family, which founded the camp on Case Inlet in south Puget Sound, had major roots in Fauntleroy – which is where you can be part of a celebration coming up on July 27th. Here’s the announcement from the Y (WSB sponsor):
YMCA Camp Colman, located on the Case Inlet in lower Puget Sound, is celebrating 100 years of helping kids and teens to realize their potential and give back to their communities throughout greater Seattle and beyond.
Founded in 1912 by the Colman family (Seattle pioneers and philanthropists), Camp Colman is a year-round facility featuring more than 100 forested acres, a protected saltwater lagoon and views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Camp Colman offers a wide variety of programs offering positive role models, connection to the natural world and personal challenges. Programs include youth and teen summer overnight camp, family camps, Outdoor Environmental Education programs and Women’s Wellness Weekends.
The central events of Camp Colman’s Centennial Year will be celebrated by camp alumni and friends of Camp Colman this July. Key dates include:
• July 27, 5:30 pm-8:30 pm: Bean Feed Dinner & Centennial Film Premiere at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. SW, Seattle
• July 28-29, 2:00 pm arrival and 5:30 pm dinner: Celebration Weekend at Camp Colman! Salmon Bake Dinner, Campfire, French Toast & Goop on Sunday Morning and other activities. Location: 20016 Bay Road, KPS, Longbranch
• For the latest news and information on the Centennial and other events, visit campcolman.org
History & Facility Enhancements
In 1912, the Colman family welcomed campers from the Plymouth Congregational Church to their property at Horsehead Bay. The program expanded to include children from the Fauntleroy YMCA located in West Seattle. Camp Colman moved to its current location on Whiteman’s Cove in 1965 to allow for more space to grow.
Originally built to accommodate about 120 campers at a time, Camp Colman’s Anderson Lodge now serves approximately 220 campers attending per session during the summer. Expansion of Anderson Lodge and other renovations are also marking the Centennial. Enhancements include new bathrooms on the main floor, an improved kitchen, new floors, upgraded safety features, an expanded deck around the building to enjoy stunning views of the Olympics, a new staff lounge area and a history wall.
Over the past 40 years, Camp Colman has added new cabins to accommodate steady growth and, in the past three years, the new Freeman Village has added space for 48 more campers or guests. These improvements are increasing Camp Colman’s year-round appeal for programs such as Women’s Wellness Weekends, retreats and Outdoor Environmental Education.