Volunteering at Camp Tilikum (HATS)

Volunteers have always been the heart of Tilikum. Since its inception in 1971, the camp has received thousands of volunteer labor hours. Tilikum’s success is contingent upon the generosity of volunteers in numerous roles: counselors, kitchen staff, board members, maintenance workers, building contractors, office staff and others.

Summer Camp Volunteers

If you are interested in helping at one of our summer camps, you will need to fill out our online volunteer application. We will contact you when we receive your application. Thanks for your interest! Read more about being a summer camp volunteer here.

Operations Volunteers “Behind-the-Scenes”

If you are interested in helping as a support volunteer (kitchen, maintenance, housekeeping) please contact Dennis Littlefield, Executive Director. It’s important to us that you have a good volunteer experience, so we need to discuss your schedule, meals and tasks, prior to your arrival. We also need you to fill out the online volunteer application.  Once you are in the system, please select the Operations Volunteers Application.

Projects for individuals, couples, and small groups

Tilikum has been blessed to have volunteers regularly work at Tilikum for many years and are looking for people who are willing to come and work a few days, a week, or more, and work alongside our year-round staff with repairs and maintenance, deep cleaning, office or other areas. We have projects that meet your needs and interests.

Projects for larger groups

Tilikum is also looking for larger groups (youth groups, men, women, etc.) to help out with landscaping, painting, construction projects, clearing trails, yard work, wood splitting, etc. We are often able to provide food and grounds use at no charge to volunteer groups. Our goal is to provide time for retreating as well as time for volunteer service. For example, between May and October, Tilikum will provide free housing at our Northridge Cabins for the weekend and dinner on Saturday night, in exchange for six hours of volunteer labor on Saturday.

Camp Hosts

We are looking for couples who would be interested in volunteering at Tilikum during the summer. We need assistance with gardening, hosting retreat groups, office and minor maintenance projects. Tilikum has housing or you could bring your own recreational vehicle. Two recreational vehicle hook-ups are available for volunteers. Delicious meals are often available to volunteers when the kitchen is preparing meals for groups.

Call to talk about your availability. We look forward to ministering with you at Tilikum. For more information about volunteering at Tilikum, contact Dennis Littlefield, Executive Director by email or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 103.