Camp Si-La-Meo

019112The campus of Alaska Pacific University provides the perfect setting for campers to enjoy nature and experience a day full of outdoor activities, singing, laughing and memories. Watch campers care, strive, and thrive as they experience new and challenging activities with the guidance of caring and creative staff.

DSC_0334 croppedCampers are organized into small groups by age, and activities are designed to fit each group’s physical, mental, and social ability levels.

Each group participates in swimming lessons, and activities include archery, boating, nature walks, arts and crafts, games, rock climbing, and lots more. This is an outdoor program offering fun, physical activity in the beauty of Alaska.

Camp runs daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Please note: We have extended our camp hours beginning this year to offer a full 10 hours of programming 009to all campers, not just those signed up for before- or after-care)

  • Registration is by the week and will open for the 2016 summer session on February 1.
  • $50/child yearly registration fee & $35/session deposit applies (non-refundable or transferable, no credit for non-attendance)
  • Scholarships are available

1042016 sessions:

Weekly sessions:
May 31-June 3 (4-day session: $220)
June 6-10 ($275)
June 13-17 ($275)
June 20-24 ($275)
June 27-July 1($275)
July 5-8 (4-day session: $220)
July 11-15 ($275)
July 18-22 ($275)
July 25-29 ($275)
August 1-5 ($275)
August 8-12 ($275)

Ages 9 +: Add a horse trail ride: $85/session.


NEW FOR 2016: Teen session (ages 14-15): July 11-15, (with overnight camp out July 14-15): $300

Age 5
A perfect day camp introduction for our youngest campers. Caterpillars swim twice a week and explore all the traditional camp activities (arts & crafts, games, sports, hikes, outdoor education, field trips, etc.) at an age-appropriate pace.

Ages 6-7
Campers swim daily and are challenged through activities full of adventurous fun such as archery and boating.

Ages 8-9
Seeker expand the camp experience by adding more challenging activities including rock wall climbing and longer hikes.

Ages 10-13
The adventures continue while our older campers Thrive through self-discovery and staff-guided goal management activities. This age group takes more adventurous hiking field trips as well as experiencing all the regular camp activities.

New for 2016:
Teen session
(Ages 14-15): July 11-15 $300
Special activities and challenges for older youth. Includes overnight camp out July 14-15.

Camp Si-La-Meo Activities

slm swimSwimming (All ages)
Daily swim lessons and fun pool activities are provided for campers of all swim levels. Activities are planned by a certified swimming instructor, and certified lifeguards are on duty at all times.
slm boatingBoating (All ages)
All campers participate in recreational boating as they explore University Lake in canoes and kayaks. They receive orientation in safety and paddling and are guided by certified lifeguards.
slm archeryArchery (All ages)
Archery instruction is provided by an experienced specialist at the camp’s shooting range. Campers learn about the bow and arrow, safety, and shooting techniques. Targets provide campers with great opportunities for skill progression.
slm horseTrail Rides (Ages 9+)
Campers have the opportunity (for an additional fee) to add a trail ride experience to their camp adventure. This is an off-camp activity led by experienced riding instructors. Campers learn how to guide and direct the horse along with other horsemanship skills.
slm rockwallRock Wall Climbing (Ages 8+)
APU’s rock climbing wall provides the perfect opportunity for youth to learn the basics of climbing, repelling and bouldering. Belau-certified counselors are on hand to support campers and ensure a fun and safe climbing experience.
slm hikingHiking (All ages)
Campers explore on-site and off-site hiking trails as they engage in nature activities and learn about Leave No Trace principles. Hikes are intentionally designed for specific age groups.
slm rifleRiflery (Ages 9+)
Once campers have had the opportunity to learn basic shooting skills and safety procedures through archery, they may progress to shooting air rifles.
slm outdoorOutdoor Living Skills (All ages)
Most of the day at camp is spent outside, which naturally provides opportunities for youth to explore the natural world around them. Counselors lead campers in skill building activities than include building fires, outdoor cooking, shelter making, wildlife safety and Leave No Trace principles.
slm teamTeam Building (All ages)
Team building activities encourage leadership and communication skills, and challenge campers to step out of their comfort zone as they learn to trust themselves and those around them.
slm artsCreative Arts (All ages)
Throughout camp’s daily activities campers will participate in a range of creative arts such as drama, songs, dance, and creative arts & crafts.