Summer Camp Parents’ Page 


Parenting is a complex role to provide for the unique needs of each child. You may have questions about how Tilikum is going to fit with your family and your children. Here are a few answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. If you still need more answers, please feel free to email our Camp Program Director, Mandy Schmidt, directly.

What To Bring:

Day Camp/QUEST Schedule

A basic Day Camp daily schedule looks like this:

8:45    Arrival

9:15    Opening time with all the campers

10:00  Activity

11:15  LUNCH (Tilikum has created special locations all over the grounds for each camper group to eat lunch.)

12:05  Waterfront Time (Kids have a choice if they want to swim or canoe, or rest or visit the animals in the barn)

1:00    Get dressed

1:15    Trail Talk (Quiet reflective time)

1:55    Activity

3:15    Closing with all campers

3:45    Load up vans, busses and cars

Family Night
Families of current campers are invited to spend an Thursday evening at Camp Tilikum (6:15-8:00 PM). Participate in some camp activities and enjoy a short program of day camp fun. We’ll send out an email several days in advance with more details.


Summer Staff

  • College-age or older adults who have been selected for their desire and abilities to work with children, their friendly personalities and their commitment to the Lord.
  • Are taught to recognize teachable moments as a priority and use them to challenge and encourage youth and point them towards a relationship with God.
  • Have current certification in First Aid/CPR and Emergency Water Safety Lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross.


Tilikum’s Volunteer Counselors

  • Volunteer counselors are an important key in helping campers to attain Tilikum’s objectives.
  • The counselor’s primary responsibilities are to be a friend and actively participate in the activities with the children.
  • Counselor meetings are held each morning of camp for prayer, training and discussion.


Behavior Expectations

Our intent at Tilikum is to provide a safe Christ-centered environment. Though these situations are rare, the camp reserves the right to call the camper’s parent and ask for the camper to be taken home if it is deemed that his or her behavior or actions pose a threat to the camper’s safety or the camp. The staff will inform the campers of the expectations we have for them at the beginning of camp.



  • Safety is a priority at Tilikum.
  • Tilikum is accredited by the American Camping Association. Tilikum has earned this mark of distinction since 1977.
  • All summer staff has current certification in First Aid/CPR and Emergency Water Safety.
  • The waterfront is supervised by lifeguards certified by the American Red Cross.
  • All staff, both paid and volunteer have passed a criminal background check.
  • All challenge course activities are designed and presented with great consideration for your safety; psychological and emotional, as well as physical (Quest & High Adventure Camp only).
  • Challenge course staff training and equipment checks are performed by personnel certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (Quest & High Adventure Camp only).
  • Participants on the high elements are required to wear harnesses and helmets and are connected to a rope belay system (Quest & High Adventure Camp only).