Youth Summer Camps (grades 1-12)

Experience Creation. Establish Friendships. Unplug from Technology. Every summer, over 2,500 kids come to experience the awe and wonder of God and his beautiful Creation on Tilikum’s 93 acres of wooded hiking trails, grassy meadows and pristine lake. We offer exciting and impactful day camps for elementary and middle school age kids and overnight camps at the high school level.

Tilikum Summer Camps
DAY CAMP (1st through 6th grade)

“Thanks for a fun electronic-free week of camp. My kids come home exhausted and happy.”

– Day Camp Parent

Tilikum Day Camp CREATES SPACE for your child to:

  • Experience Creation

Your child will spend over 35 hours in God’s Great Outdoors! Day Camp classics like the Tree House and the Big Swing provide ways to experience God’s beautiful creation up close and personally. Activities like nature hikes, visiting the barn animals, canoeing, and swimming in Lake Tilikum teach your child new skills and an appreciation for nature.

  • Connect with God

Daily “trail talks” present biblical truths in a story telling format. Kids are encouraged to ponder the story to hear what God is saying to them personally.

  • Establish Friendships

Day Camp staff look for ways to build a small community within each camper group. Silly games, songs, and new shared experiences draw kids together.

  • Unplug from Technology

A week at Camp Tilikum removes your child from the ever present draw of technical devices. Face-to-face encounters with staff and new friends give your child ample opportunities to develop social skills. Lifelong recreational options like hiking, singing, and archery are introduced.

Dates & Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Weekly sessions from mid-June to through July:

June 10- 14, 2019 (home-school week)

June 17-21, 2019

June 24-29, 2019 

July 1-3, 5, 2019

July 8-12, 2019 (Optional family-camp add-on)

July 15-19, 2019 (Optional family-camp add-on)

July 22-26, 2019 (Optional bus transportation from Stafford area in Lake Oswego/Tualatin [additional fee])

July 29- August 2, 2019

Check Dates and Space Available.

Register for Summer Camp here.

Scholarships are available.

(Optional bus transportation from Stafford area in Lake Oswego/Tualatin [additional fee]) (Optional family-camp add-on)

Family Camp Option

Turn Tilikum into a family vacation! This add-on overnight option for Day Camp (and QUEST) is perfect for out-of-town families. Families will be housed and fed in our Lodge. Parents are invited to be volunteer counselors or take some quiet time for themselves. Kids in elementary and middle school are enrolled in the Day Camp or QUEST programs. Only available during the July 8-12 and July 15-19 sessions. Find out more.

Cost

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Tilikum offers a three-tier fee program. Tiered pricing is intended to help families recognize the full cost of camp and then select the level that is most suitable for your family circumstances. By choosing to pay the full cost of camp,Tilikum is able to offer financial assistance to families that need it.

$35 Early Bird Discount if registered by May 1, 2019 (regular prices in parentheses). 

Full Cost: $287 ($322)

Partially subsidized: $263 ($298)

Subsidized: $239 ($274)

Family Camp Add-on: $260 per adult and $110 per child (in addition to Day Camp or QUEST registration for week of July 8-12 or July 15-19). Total cost per family not to exceed $800.

Tax Credit: Did you know that you can use the Child Care Tax Credit for Day Camp?

Group Pricing: Contact rommie@camptilikum.org

Scholarships & Registration: See below.

ADVENTURE CAMPS (6th through 12th grade)
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“Thanks for the great counselors and the way they speak to the campers. So caring. So different from other camps:  the casual structure, the great outdoor environment that is a natural for talking together about the Lord. It makes sense.” 

-2015 Tilikum Parent

Adventure Camps CREATE SPACE for your teen or preteen to:

  • Experience Creation: Adventure program campers experience God’s creation up close and personal! Imagine climbing 40 feet into the tree top canopy! In the heat of the day, campers can look forward to taking a ride on our rope swing into the cool water of Lake Tilikum!
  • Connect with God: Teenagers ask tough questions! At QUEST and High Adventure camp, campers have time each day to ponder what God is saying to them. Tilikum’s college age staff love to listen and gently direct campers to find their place in God’s story.
  • Establish Friendships: Tilikum’s Adventure Program is all about creating and strengthening lifelong friendships. While trying to solve problems on a low element Challenge Course, campers learn effective ways of group processing and communication. Led by trained facilitators, campers learn about their strengths and how to use them within a group setting.
  • Unplug from Technology: During a week at Tilikum, campers will learn the ropes of a new technology: the safety of the Challenge Course. Campers will be an integral part of the team by learning to group belay, put on a harness and helmet, safely spot and support their friends.

Camp Types

Quest – Middle school day camp (entering 6th through 8th grade)

High Adventure Camp – High school overnight camp (entering 9th through 12th grade)

Dates & Schedule

QUEST: Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:45 pm. Weekly sessions from mid-June through July:

June 10- 14, 2019 (home-school week)

June 17-21, 2019

June 24-28, 2019 

July 1-3, 5, 2019

July 8-12, 2019 (Optional family-camp add-on)

July 15-19, 2019 (Optional family-camp add-on)

July 22-26, 2019 (Optional bus transportation from Stafford area in Lake Oswego/Tualatin [additional fee])

July 29 – August 2, 2019

Check Dates and Space Available.

Register for Adventure Camps here.

Scholarships are available.

(Optional bus transportation from Stafford area in Lake Oswego/Tualatin [additional fee])

(Optional Family-Camp add-on)

High Adventure Camp: Monday-Thursday (4 day/3 night).

July 29-August 1, 2019

Family Camp Option

Turn Tilikum into a family vacation! This add-on overnight option for QUEST (and Day Camp) is perfect for out-of-town families. Families will be housed and fed in Tilikum Lodge. Parents are invited to be volunteer counselors or take some quiet time for themselves. Kids in elementary and middle school are enrolled in the Day Camp or QUEST programs. Only available during the July 8-12 and July 15-19 sessions. Find out more.

Cost

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Tilikum has instituted a three-tier fee program. Tiered pricing is intended to help families recognize the full cost of camp and then select the level that is most suitable for your family circumstances. By choosing to pay the full cost of camp,Tilikum is able to offer financial assistance to families that need it. $35 Early Bird Discount if registered before May 1 (regular prices in parentheses).

Quest Adventure Camp

Full Cost: $311 ($346)

Partially subsidized: $285 ($320)

Subsidized: $259 ($294)

Family Camp Add-on: $260 per adult and $110 per child (in addition to Day Camp or QUEST registration for week of July 8-12 or July 15-19). Total cost per family not to exceed $800.

High Adventure Camp

Full Cost: $389 ($424)

Partially subsidized: $356 ($391)

Subsidized: $324 ($360)

Tax Credit: Did you know that you can use the Child Care Tax Credit for QUEST? (High Adventure Camp doesn’t qualify)

Group Pricing: Contact rommie@camptilikum.org

Scholarships & Registration: See below.

OAKS LEADERSHIP (9th through 12th grade)

“[Participating in the SHADE program was] one of the best things my son has ever been involved with…He really grew in his ability to work as part of a team, be selfless and use his gifts to benefit the whole.” 

– 2015 SHADE staff mom

Shade Staff

Shade Staff (age 16-18) – “Students of High school Age Determined to Encourage”  are Camp Tilikum’s select group of high school leaders. Limited to a group of 10, these high schoolers, over the age of 16, spend their days working alongside our college age summer staff encouraging elementary-age kids to learn new skills and hear God’s voice. After being accepted to the program, SHADE’s have a 3 day training and 4 weeks of paid service.

Register for Summer Camps

Check Dates and Space Available.

Register for Summer Camp here.

Scholarships are available.

  • Individual Registration: Use Tilikum's online registration system or call Debbie Ford, Camp Registrar at 503-538-2763 ext 107.
  • Group Registration (10+)Groups of 10 or more campers can register together for streamlined check-in and special pricing. For more information, visit our group coordinator page or email our program director, at rommie@camptilikum.org.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation or requests to change weeks received at least one week prior to the first day of camp will be refunded in full, less a $35 administration fee. One week before camp or during camp, we only offer refunds for illnesses or accidents with a physician's note. During your week of camp, we pro-rate the refund based on the length of attendance, less a $35 administration fee. It is helpful for our office to receive these notices in writing. Simply email Debbie Ford, Camp Registrar at email Debbie or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 107.

Cost

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Tilikum has instituted a three-tier fee program. Tiered pricing is intended to help families recognize the full cost of camp and then select the level that is most suitable for your family circumstances. By choosing to pay the full cost of camp, Tilikum is able to offer financial assistance to families in need. Select an appropriate tier for your family at the time of registration. There is a $35 Early Bird Discount if registered by May 1 (regular prices in parentheses).

Day Camp Cost

Full Cost: $287 ($322)

Partially subsidized: $263 ($298)

Subsidized: $239 ($274)

Check Dates and Space Available.

Adventure Camp Cost

QUEST CostAdventure Camps icon

Full Cost: $311 ($346)

Partially subsidized: $285 ($320)

Subsidized: $259 ($294)

High Adventure Camp Cost

Full Cost: $389 ($324)

Partially subsidized: $356 ($391)

Subsidized: $324 ($359)

Check Dates and Space Available.

Tax Credit: Did you know that you can use the Child Care Tax Credit for Day Camp and Quest? (overnight camps don't qualify)

Check Dates and Space Available.

Scholarships

Tilikum believes every student should have the opportunity to come experience God's Creation at camp. Tilikum has three-tier pricing because we recognize families have different abilities to pay. If the subsidized rate is still not affordable for your family, additional financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the week of camp. Please email Debbie here, registrar.

Important Forms

Medical History Form: After you register, you will need to complete the Medical Registration Form online (an email link will be sent to you).

Staff and Safety

Camper groups: The average adult to camper ratio is 6:1. Campers are carefully divided into age-appropriate groups of 10-14 that stay together for the duration of the week. Each group is led by carefully trained college-age Tilikum staff and a volunteer counselor.

Quality Staff: The Tilikum staff are selected for their desire and ability to work with children and their personal faith. They receive an intensive 2 week training and remain a paid Tilikum staff member for the entire summer. Staff are specifically trained in program safety (first aid, life-guarding, challenge course) and spiritual/personal development.

Health and Safety: Safety is our first priority at Tilikum. We have been accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) since 1977. To maintain our certification, we undergo a thorough review (up to 300 standards) of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. These are just a few of the safety requirements we adhere to:

    • All staff are trained in first aid/CPR and emergency water safety
    • The waterfront is supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards
    • Our challenge course staff are all trained to the standards of Association for Challenge Course Technology
  • Our Health Manager is on site

Special Weeks

    • 4-day Day Camp & QuestJuly 1-3, 5, 2019 (4th of July week)
    • Family Camp

Transportation

Tilikum-Sponsored: Tilikum offers bus transportation  from the Stafford area (Lake Oswego/Tualatin) during July 22-26 for an additional fee. You will need to indicate that you want the bus option when you register. There are a limited number of bus spots available, so register early.

Church-Sponsored: Additionally, several churches in the area provide bus service for members of their congregation during select other weeks and may have room for a few more kids. You must contact the church and follow their registration process (instead of registering as an individual through Tilikum) in order to reserve a place on their bus. Typically, there is a small transportation charge included in their camp fee.

Photos and Videos

Parents: To get to the Summer Camp Photos Page click here!

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