Tilikum Day Camps

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

Urgent message regarding changes to Tilikum’s 2022 Summer Camp program.

Due to delays in the timeline to complete repairs on the lake as well as an exceptionally challenging Summer Staff hiring season, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel Tilikum’s Day Camp program this year. Instead, we will be running an expanded QUEST Day Camp program for students entering grades 5 – 8.

What this means.

If you have a camper going into 5th or 6th grade who is registered for Day Camp and would like to move up to Quest, you may do so at no extra cost. Email Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar to make this change to your registration or, if you are registered through a church group, contact your group coordinator.

If you have a camper going into 1st – 4th grade who is currently registered for Day Camp, or a 5th – 6th grader currently registered for Day Camp who does not want to move up to Quest Camp, you may receive a full refund. Email Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar and she will begin processing your refund over the next few weeks. We will work to get your registration fees back to you as quickly as possible and greatly appreciate your patience as we work through these requests one at a time.

If you would like to help Camp Tilikum, you have the option of converting some or all of your camp fees into a donation toward the cost of making repairs to Tilikum Lake so that future summers will see it full and teeming with happy campers. We currently estimate costs for the project to be around $75,000.

For more information about QUEST Camp, [CLICK HERE].

This is without a doubt the most difficult decision we have had to make in Camp Tilikum’s 50-year history. We are heartbroken to have to give this news to so many families who we know were relying on a week of fun and respite for their kids.

Tilikum staff are deeply grateful for your prayer and support.

For the most current information about the 2022 Summer Camp season, visit the Summer Camps page or email Rommie Christiansen/Program Director. For questions and current information about your specific Summer Camp registration, email Debbie Ford/Registrar.

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 can include

  • nature hikes
  • songs and skits
  • swimming, rafting, and canoeing
  • Tree House or Small Zip line
  • forest navigation
  • barn animals & theater
  • archery or parachute games
  • trail talk: conversations about creation

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 – $311 (a savings of at least $40 when you register by May 1)
There is at least a $60 discount when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or Week 4 Independence Week
(a four-day camp week). [LEARN MORE]

Partially Subsidized – $285 (a savings of at least $40 when you register by May 1)
There is at least a $60 discount when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or Week 4 Independence Week (a four-day camp week).

Fully Subsidized – $259 (a savings of at least $40 when you register by May 1)
There is at least a $60 discount when you register for Week 1 Home School Camp Week, or Week 4 Independence Week (a four-day camp week).

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 Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar.

Consider the Family Camp option

Enjoy a complete week of family vacation at Camp for a maximum of $1,000!

No driving!—perfect for out-of-town families of Day Camp kids. Families are housed and fed at Tilikum Lodge. Go hiking, shopping, or spend time sharing/talking at the Lodge.  [LEARN MORE]

Extended Care

There will be no Extended Care program this summer due to COVID, however, parents/guardians whose campers are picked up later than 4:30PM will be charged an additional $1 per minute and billed the week after Camp.

Family Night

There are no Family Night activities due to COVID restrictions.

Additional information

What to bring to Day Camp.

Summer Day Camp registration is closed!

Check back January 15 for more information on the Summer 2023 season!

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 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