Camp is supported by a volunteer staff of 18 trained adults and young people who each give many hours of creative, loving and dedicated service. It’s so rewarding that many staff return year after year.


We mentor specific skills and teach by intentionally living collaboratively and joyfully all week. Colette Hoff, professional family life coach and community developer, offers life lessons for staff through leader development.


Our model values having pairs of junior staff who befriend each camper and guide each “kid clan.” Counselors take their responsibilities to heart and help campers feel included and cared for. They support skits, play games and sing camp songs. They are friendly role models.

Sahale Summer
Camp, Season 17!

Sponsored by the Family Enrichment Program of the Goodenough Community


A week-long, overnight camping experience designed to help children have fun learning about themselves as a friend, naturally. Your child will leave with a greater sense of confidence and of belonging to the world. Our program builds skills that promote self-esteem, collaboration and social creativity for the future health of your child & society:  


  • Self-responsibility, self-care, self-reflection, self-awareness and self-expression  

  • Enjoyment of work and play  

  • Sharing and active listening  

  • Empathy and practical care of others  

  • Respect for elders and peers  

  • Collaboration and cooperation


“Building forts & campfires with friends all week long is so much FUN!” 

Sahale Learning Center's gift is a remote and beautiful river valley where we breathe fresh air, swim in clean waters, explore meadows and forested hills. It is home to diverse flora and fauna awaiting discovery. Each day, camp life is filled with natural wonders.



“Sahale is the best! I can’t wait to meet up with my friends from camp.”

We build our tent village circled by trees and near the fire circle where we gather each evening for stories, singing, skits, stargazing and more. Each day repeats a gentle rhythm and includes comforting routines. Daytime activities include:


Group circles, archery, nature activities, cooking, river play, gardening, quiet time, journaling, drawing, drama, music, story time, free time, group games and crafts such as clay, weaving, beads, drawing and more.    


“I love learning new things at camp and the food is great!”


On our last full day, we celebrate with a big feast and a special camp fire program as we prepare to join our families the next day.  


COST INCLUDES food, lodging, materials. 


FULL REFUNDS no later than May 25.


50% REFUNDS after June 10. (No refunds after June 17th.)


SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS may be available before June. Please reach out to Irene Perler to arrange. 206-419-3477.


PREPARATION MATERIALS, what to bring, maps & directions will be sent upon registration.


SAHALE LEARNING CENTER is 20 minutes from Belfair, WA. The 68-acre center is an easy drive or ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma and the Olympic Peninsula.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Irene Perler 206-419-3477 or

Art Everywhere

Art Everywhere

Tahuya River Art

Tahuya River Art

Archery Practice

Archery Practice

Water PLAY!

Water PLAY!



Playing with Wind

Playing with Wind




Youth aged 13 and 14 are eligible to return to camp as a registered camper with a special role and emphasis on gaining gradual responsibilities that support camp life. 

This older camper will be asked to help a clan and the older counselor of that clan. They also help out in the kitchen and the gardens and other tasks that help camp run smoothly. They may assist with activities such as crafts, archery and the music program and they may be asked to lead a game or campfire song. The young leader will have times to enjoy camp life with their other peers.


This program is an additional camper program we’ve added and follows the same registration as the 9 to 12 year old registration. It allows the older camper to return to camp and develop skills. If they enjoy this experience, they may want to apply for the Counselor Training Program, once they are 15. 


The Counselor Training Program is a great opportunity to learn about yourself, practice valuable leadership skills, and make a difference in the lives of younger children.

Our program gives you opportunities to practice leadership skills in an environment where friendships blossom.  These are skills that you can really enjoy and feel proud of in addition to building confidence for yourself in the job market.

The training prepares you to work successfully as a member of a camp staff. Staffing  opportunities are available at Sahale's Summer Camp, as well as at other area camps. 

You will receive up to 120 volunteer community service hours for your work at Camp. Room, food and learning materials for the week are provided for all camp counselors.

A certificate of completion of the training, letters of recommendation and reference are also benefits to you. 

As a parent and teacher of children, an outdoor nature lover and someone trained to help children to enjoy the wonders of nature, my desire is to knowy our concerns for your child’s growth and welfare.

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Meet Camp Director Irene Perler


As you may remember from your own youth, an event like this can make a great difference in a child’s life. You will be provided with a questionnaire and I will be talking with you personally about your child. I am supported by a diverse staff of adults who enjoy working with children. Our volunteers are professional artists, musicians, teachers, and family therapists. Support staff will help with cooking and activities, such as archery and crafts.

Our work with children makes use of our remote and beautiful site where we swim in our river and explore our valley and hills. We teach a variety of skills including: fire building, shelter making, food gathering and meal preparation.


The structure of our village teaches respect for elders, and the basics of good communication with each other. We teach peaceable ways. As you can tell by reading my message to children, we have many guided activities: archery, swimming, hiking, gardening, and artistic expression, including a variety of crafts. Children are also taught skills of collaboration and leadership.

I bring experience from my work as the Three Cedars Waldorf School gardening teacher, Manager of the GEC Family Enrichment Network and a 17-year member of the Goodenough Community.


I am also a parent of two adult children.