Halfway through the week, lodges head out on their one-night overnight. Seventh and eighth grade lodges paddle or sail the south sound, camp under the stars, cook their own food, and set their schedule according to the tides. Sixth grade campers put their hiking skills to the test as they head into the woods to set up camp. After relying on their own strength to seek adventure as a lodge, campers return to main camp and rejoin the community, share their experiences, and celebrate the end of the week with a day of whole-camp play, choice activities, and the special Gallagher tradition of potlatch. Whether it’s building a new floating dock or constructing rafts for a tin-can regatta, campers at Gallagher have the opportunity to build and play in the rustic beauty of the south Puget Sound.
Gallagher’s rustic environment brings out creativity, collaboration, and a resilience, all of which are tested as lodges plan their two night overnights around the Sound. Lodges head out in sailboats, canoes, and kayaks to explore the south Puget Sound by the power of their own physical strength and communal resolve. As they return to camp, they bring this sense of community and accomplishment as they continue to enjoy traditional programming and camp-wide projects. Two of the highlights of a high school session are the camper-led sundown reflection and camper-led campfire each night. Through these practices of independence and community, campers learn the power and beauty of their relationships with the world and people around them.
These adventure-seeking campers learn how to read tide tables and maps before planning both a goal destination and a "bail-out" option for each day. Under the leadership of qualified and experienced staff, the group works together to pack gear and food before heading out in a massive, 12-seater canoe for several days on the water. They learn more about their individual and communal strength, practice LNT camping practices for shelter-building, cooking, and exploring, and create their own style of play and adventure.
High School Backpacking (Grades 9-12)
Together with their experienced and highly qualified counselors, these adventurous teens pack their rucksacks and head to the woods seeking breathtaking Pacific Northwest views. They climb, they sing, they laugh, they form lifelong friendships and they learn just how incredibly capable they are. Backpacking locations vary from summer to summer, but past trips include the navigating the Olympic Rainforest and trekking through the Cascades.
Middle School Canoeing (Grades 6-8)
These adventurous middle schoolers know that the best way to explore our beautiful region is by sea. After an orientation day at Camp Gallagher, they set off on canoes, paddling their way from one gorgeous campsite to the next. They learn how to build their own shelters, cook on a campfire, entertain themselves without Internet (Yes, it's possible!) and encourage each other through long stretches of paddling. They return to Camp Gallagher with many tales to tell, lots of new friendships and an enriched self-esteem to help them tackle the ups and downs of middle school.
Middle School All Girls Backpacking / Creative Writing (Grades 6-9)
These strong young women (and future leaders of the world) set off on a wilderness adventure around the greater Puget Sound region (location varies from summer to summer) to climb, laugh, play and write in the great outdoors. They spend their days hiking, shelter-building, singing camp songs, cooking over an open fire and journaling their unforgettable experiences. Highly qualified and experience counselors guide them from campsite to campsite, encouraging them to get creative with a new writing prompt each day. NOTE: This expedition is now open to girls going into 9th grade too! → Read more about this expedition.
Families enjoy traditional camp experiences like hiking, boating, arts and crafts, and campfire. The community can choose to explore the local area during a day trip, or pick blackberries for a pie contest. The adventures are theirs to seek!
Give yourself a break, and a chance to recharge. There will be time for relaxing, reading, crafting, walking on the beach, jogging or hiking in the woods, and exploring Case Inlet by canoe, kayak, or sailboat.
Men's Camp is a weekend on the shores of Case Inlet at Sunny Camp Gallagher! Our amazing boats are there to help you explore the gorgeous South Sound surroundings.
Meals will be provided and it will be a time to connect with new and old friends - play guitar, sleep, perfect your skipping stone technique, hike around, read a book - this is time for you to enjoy all that Gallagher has to offer! It's rustic. We like it that way. Must be 21 or over.