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FAQ’s about Day Camp, QUEST and High Adventure Camp.

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 should my child bring to camp?

When should my child arrive at camp?

On Monday morning, check in begins at 8:30. Summer Staff will direct you to the parking area. Check in with a Welcome Staff with a Clipboard. They will direct you to the next station.

Tuesday-Friday morning drop off is between 8:45am & 9am. When you drive in to camp, please give your child’s name to the Welcome Staff with the clipboard. You will then be directed to the next available drop off point. Drivers please remain in your car. Tilikum’s Summer Staff will assist your child to exit the vehicle and remain in a safe place as the drivers exit the property.

When should I pick my child up from camp?

Pick up time for both Day Camp and Quest is at 3:45pm. Upon entering camp property, drivers will be directed to a parking space in our field. Please take your photo ID to the check out table located by the schoolhouse to sign your child out and receive a checkout ticket. Use your checkout ticket to collect your camper and exit the property.

High Adventure campers are picked up at 4pm on Thursday in the field behind the waterfront restrooms. Please present your photo ID at the checkout table and pick up your child’s medications.

What is a daily schedule for Day Camp/QUEST?

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

What is 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.

Who is taking care of my child?

  • 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.
  • Tilikum’s summer staff 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.
  • Tilikum’s summer staff have current certification in First Aid/CPR and Emergency Water Safety. Lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross.

Can I come to camp with my camper? Can I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers at camp, however anyone who is staying on the grounds beyond opening time should fill out a volunteer counselor application. Read more about it here.

  • 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.

What are the behavioral expectations at Tilikum?

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.

What safety precautions are taken at Camp Tilikum?

  • 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. They have undergone a two week training on all of the different activities at Tilikum.
  • 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).