Tilikum Day Camps

Summer Day Camp programs for kids entering 1st – 6th grades.

Day Camp 2020 is on!

On May 7 the State of Oregon announced the opening of summer camps with social distancing and other safety restrictions in place. Camper groups will consist of 10 or less with 2 Summer Staff, no volunteer counselors, implementing social distancing guidelines, limited to 70 campers on the grounds, and the same campers in each group all week. Day Camp activities will still include swimming, canoeing, archery, nature hikes, camp songs, bouldering and crafts.

“Even with these limitations, children and youth will be able to be outside in God’s creation, making friends and learning about Jesus…way more fun than sitting at home!,” says Rommie Christiansen, Summer Camp Program Director

Experience creation, make friends, learn new things, connect with God

Your child will spend more than 35 hours in God’s great outdoors under the careful guidance of specially trained college-age counseling staff. Together they will explore Tilikum’s 93 acres, making new friends, participating in waterfront activities, nature studies, and barn animals, learning Christ-centered truths and having a whole lot of fun. Silly songs, games, and new shared experiences draw kids together. 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 good social skills. Outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and archery build life-skills they can reference as they develop. Daily “Trail Talk” presents biblical truths in story format. Kids are encouraged to ponder the stories to hear what God is saying to them personally. Day Camp staff look for ways to build community within each camper group.


Day Camp activities will still include

  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • archery
  • nature hikes
  • camp songs
  • Slip-n-Slide
  • Tree House or Small Zip line
  • bouldering
  • crafts
  • Trail Talk [LEARN MORE]

2020 Summer Day Camp schedule

Summer Day Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:30 pm during the following weeks.

Week 1 – June 8-12, 2020 – Home School Week.  [LEARN MORE]

Week 2 – June 15-19, 2020 –

Week 3 – June 22-26, 2020 –

Week 4 – June 29 – July 2, 2020 – Independence Week. A 50% discount due to a shortened (4-day) week.  [LEARN MORE]

Week 5 – July 6-10, 2020  

Week 6 – July 13-17, 2020 –

Week 7 – July 20-24, 2020 –

Week 8 – July 27- 31, 2020 –

Cost for Day Camp

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

Full Cost – $299* (a savings of $40 when you register by June 1)
There is a $75 discount ($209) when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or a 50% discount when you register for Week 4 Independence Week
(a four-day camp week). [LEARN MORE]

Partially Subsidized – $274* (a savings of $40 when you register by June 1)
There is a $75 discount ($191) when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or Week 4 Independence Week (a four-day camp week). [LEARN MORE]

Fully Subsidized – $249* (a savings of $40 when you register by June 1)
There is a $75 discount ($174) when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or Week 4 Independence Week (a four-day camp week). [LEARN MORE]

For information on group pricing email Rommie Christiansen/Camp Program Director, or call Rommie at (503) 538-2763 ext. 106.

Child Care Tax Credit – Did you know that you can use your Child Care Tax Credit for Day Camp?

Camp Scholarships – Camp Scholarships are available for those who qualify.  [LEARN MORE]

Changes or Cancellations – If you need to change or cancel or your camp registration for any reason, please notify Debbie Ford, Camp Registrar, as soon as possible. If you cancel more than three weeks from your camp start date, you will receive a full refund minus a $40 transaction fee. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made between 8 and 21 days prior to the first day of camp. Cancellations made 7 days or less prior to the first day of camp will not be refunded. Exceptions can be made for illness or accident with a note from the camper’s physician. Tilikum prorates the amount of refund based on the number of days the camper attended, minus a $40 transaction fee. There is a $40 transaction fee for switching from one week of camp to another. Simply email Suzanne Maki/Camp Registrar, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.


Day Camp begins at 8:45AM each day and concludes at 3:45PM. When not coming with your church, parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp, and carpools are encouraged. 

Extended Care (late pick-up)

Parents/guardians whose campers are picked up later than 4:30PM will be charged an additional $1 per minute and billed for extended care the week after Camp.

Family Night

There is no Family Night scheduled for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Box Dinners are available this year for Summer Camp families!

The Lodge at Camp Tilikum has been serving delicious scratch-cooked meals for nearly 50 years. And although the dining room is closed to traffic due to COVID-19 restrictions, cooks and kitchen staff are still able to offer fully-cooked and chilled take out boxed meals Thursday and Friday nights. Each meal generously feeds a family of 6. Reasonable accommodations for wheat or dairy allergies are available and all meals are nut-free.

Click on the button below to fill out and return your completed Box Dinner Order Form along with your cash, check, or credit card to the drop-off or pick-up line on Tuesday. The box will be ready when you pick up your camper on Thursday and/or Friday.


Additional information

What to bring to Day Camp.

Summer Camp registration is open!

Click on the icon above to register. Camp weeks can fill up quickly, so register early to get the week(s) you want!
Save $40 when you register before June 1.

Did you know your child can come to Camp more than one week?

Activities and curriculum won’t change significantly from week to week, but if your child loves Tilikum they could come to Camp up to three times this summer.

Summer Camp photos

For Summer Camp 2020 (and 2019) photos click here.

What parents are saying about Tilikum’s Summer Day Camp program

“I love this camp—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