The #1 Reason to Send your Kid to Camp

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Did you know? – Playing outside makes kids happier and healthier and more caring and generous?  – Yet the average American youth spends 7.5 hours a day on electronics but only 4 minutes playing outside? [citation] In our busy lives we rush from school to soccer practice to church events and social engagements – it’s hard to create… Read more »

Tilikum Part-Time Guest Hosts and Kitchen Assistants Position Openings

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Tilikum Part-Time Guest Hosts and Kitchen Assistants Position Openings We are accepting applications for both Guest Hosts and Kitchen Assistants. These are part-time year-round positions, but the hours will vary with the season. Guest Host is responsible for meeting the needs of and being available to assist the guests of Tilikum’s Retreat Center and other… Read more »

Tilikum Accredited by EFCA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: June 24, 2015 Dan Busby, President 1-800-323-9473 Dan@ECFA.org   Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization NEWBERG, OR – The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of Tilikum Center for Retreats and Outdoor Ministries of Newberg, OR. ECFA… Read more »

Always Decorated for Christmas

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Many households have their Christmas decorations up–some since Thanksgiving.  Camp Tilikum is blessed to have Christmas decorations up all year–maybe not the lights and ornaments we generally see, but we do have 93 acres of very large Christmas trees (some 150+ feet tall!).  You might also spy a holly tree sprinkled in among the Douglas-firs. … Read more »

The Quiet Place

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The Quiet Place Life’s worries seem so hectic, so rushed, so hard. Like a tangle of cobwebs ensnaring mind and soul. My heart cries out for rest, for peace. So I seek God’s solace in a quiet place. There I can slow myself, breathe deeply, rest and pause. I drink in freshness, stillness, peace. Like… Read more »

Big Canoes at Tilikum

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Dear Friends of Tilikum,   So far we have raised about $17,000 for the Big Canoes Project. Since we are getting very close to spending the funds, Carl Anderson and I have been talking a lot about the plans for the big canoes and we have decided that we should purchase the canoes rather than… Read more »

Clutter in our Lives

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This past month we have been remodeling the Tilikum office.  At one point we had seven different wall colors, now we have two.  As I sit at my office space, newly remodeled but not 100% back together, it makes me reflect on the clutter we allow in our professional and personal lives. Personally, I have… Read more »

The Tilikum “Brand”

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In the “Old West” branding was a way to identify cattle and the actual design of the brand was also meant to represent your ranch.  “Branding” has a little different meaning in today’s society, but the core concepts are still true.  What does Tilikum represent to our guests, campers, staff, volunteers or donors?  Tilikum began… Read more »

God’s Blessings

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Friends of Tilikum, As I reflect on this past year, I’m overwhelmed by God’s blessings.  Summer campers, retreat guests, outstanding staff, generous donors, volunteers, grants and caring board members have touched our lives in 2013.  With the recent cold weather, the lake froze and we had a fun staff meeting in the middle of the… Read more »