Tilikum Day Camps

(for campers entering 1st – 6th grades)

Since the summer of 1972, Tilikum Day Camp has been providing Southwest Portland area kids with their first extended experience in God’s beautiful out-of-doors. Each week, small groups (10-12) of similarly aged kiddos explore Tilikum’s 93 acres under the careful guidance of our specially trained college-age staff. Together, they encounter life-skill building (making friends, swimming, nature studies), Christ-centered truths, and a whole lot of fun!

“I love this camp and what an incredible way to blend nature, God, fun and the most amazing experience ever!! It is Ian’s 3rd year and he loves it!! Thank you all.”  – Day Camp Parent

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.

Day Camp Activities Can Include:

  • Nature hike
  • Big Swing
  • Service Project
  • Crafts
  • Letterboxing (forest navigation)
  • Tree house (or Zip line for 5th & 6th)
  • Archery (or Parachute Games for 1 & 2nd )
  • Raft (or Barn Animals & Theatre for 1st & 2nd)
  • Canoeing

Summer Schedule.

Summer Day Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:45 pm for these weeks:

        June 10- 14, 2019   (Home School week)

        June 17-21, 2019

        June 24-28, 2019 

        July 1-3, 5, 2019

        July 8-12, 2019   (A Family Camp option is available this week.)

        July 15-29, 2019   (A Family Camp option is available this week.)

        July 22-26, 2019   (Bus transportation from Stafford area in Lake Oswego/Tualatin is available for an additional fee.)

        July 29- August 2, 2019


Check Dates and Space Available.

Register for Summer Camp here.

Cost for Day Camp.

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)

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

Family Camp Option: $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?

For Group Pricing: contact rommie@camptilikum.org or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 106.

Scholarships are available.

Family Camp Option.

Turn Tilikum into a family vacation! This add-on overnight option for Day Camps is perfect for out-of-town families. Families are housed and fed in Tilikum Lodge and parents are invited to be volunteer counselors or take some quiet time for themselves. Only available during the July 8-12 and July 15-21 sessions. Learn more.


Day Camp begins at 8:45 am each day. Our day concludes at 3:45 pm. Parents are reponsible for transportation to and from camp. Carpools are encouraged. During the week of July , a Tilikum sponsored bus option is available from Rolling Hills Community Church. Spaces are limited and campers must enroll in the “Bus Option” week when registering.

Family Night.

Thursday evening, 6:30pm – 8:30pm is Family Night for current campers. Bring a picnic dinner, try out the big swing or canoe and enjoy a slide show of the week’s activities and campers.

More Info:

What to Bring Flyer – Day Camp