Four Winds Westward Ho is a summer camp for boys and girls age 6 to 18 on 150 acres of woods, fields and waterfront on Orcas Island in Washington state’s San Juan Islands. The camp serves approximately 450 young people every summer, with a staff to camper ratio of better than 1:3.
Ruth A. Brown founded Four Winds for girls in 1927 and Westward Ho for boys in 1932. Miss Brown ran the camp successfully for many years and in 1967, deeded the land, facilities and equipment to Four Winds, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation governed by a board of trustees. The foundation exists to preserve the mission of FW*WH Camp: to foster in young people of diverse backgrounds, a spirit of adventure and delight, cooperation and compassion, and creativity and self-confidence that will enrich and inspire them throughout their lives.
The camp program consists of 2 four week sessions and a one week junior session. Main activities include: water-based trips, big boat sailing, small boat sailing, canoeing/kayaking, horseback riding, gardening, sports, and arts & crafts.
Four Winds Westward Ho is a camp where young people learn to live in harmony, creating a sense of family and community, helps campers to strive for excellence and to develop various skills including: riding, sailing, canoeing, landsports, gardening and arts and crafts, and through the experience and adventure to develop self-confidence, teaches a respect for nature and the camp setting, encourages the love of truth and simplicity, and nurtures the appreciation of beauty and respect for humanity, encourages an appreciation of music and poetry as expressions of creativity and self expression, fosters friendships among people of diverse origins and cultural backgrounds, celebrates the value of play, providing opportunities for kids to be kids, provides a safe, healthy living experience distinct from home and school and provides an excellent learning opportunity for young adults wanting to develop teaching, counseling and other leadership skills.