Volunteering at Camp Tilikum

From its inception in 1971 volunteers have been the heart of Tilikum, and the Camp has been enriched with thousands of volunteer hours. Tilikum’s success is based upon the generosity of volunteers in many roles as counselors, kitchen staff, maintenance workers, building contractors, office staff, board members, and more.

summer-camp-volunteer-archerySummer Camp Volunteer Counselors

Thank you for considering the role of Volunteer Counselor for the Summer 2021 Camp season. Restrictions with COVID-19 are having Staff at Tilikum restructure the way we are doing Summer Camp this year and make it impossible to have Volunteer Counselors on the grounds. We hope you consider serving in Summer 2022.

Questions or comments, email Suzanne Maki/Registrar, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.

Operations volunteer at Camp Tilikum.Operations Volunteers


If you are interested in helping as a support volunteer (kitchen, maintenance, housekeeping), email Dennis Littlefield/Executive Director, or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 103. It’s important that you have a good volunteer experience at Tilikum, so we want to discuss your schedule, meals and tasks, prior to your arrival. You must also fill out an online volunteer application. Once you are in the system, please select the Operations Volunteers application.

volunteer-individual-camp-tilikumProjects for individuals, couples, and small groups

Tilikum has been blessed to have volunteers regularly work at Tilikum for many years and are looking for people who are willing to come and work a few days, a week, or more, and work alongside our year-round staff with repairs and maintenance, deep cleaning, office or other areas. We have projects that will meet your specific needs, skills, and interests.

volunteer-groups-camp-tilikumProjects for larger groups

Tilikum is also looking for larger groups (youth groups, men, women, etc.) to support the Camp with landscaping, painting, construction projects, clearing trails, yard work, wood splitting, etc. We are often able to provide food and grounds use at no charge to volunteer groups. Our goal is to provide time for retreating as well as time for volunteer service. For example, between May and October, Tilikum will provide free housing at our Northridge Cabins for the weekend and dinner on Saturday night, in exchange for six hours of volunteer labor on Saturday.

Camp Hosts

Tilikum is looking for couples who would be interested in volunteering at Tilikum during the summer. We need assistance with gardening, hosting retreat groups, office and minor maintenance projects. Tilikum has housing or you could bring your own recreational vehicle. Two recreational vehicle hook-ups are available for volunteers. Delicious meals are often available to volunteers when the kitchen is preparing meals for groups. Call to talk about your availability. We look forward to ministering with you at Tilikum. For more information about volunteering at Tilikum, email Dennis Littlefield/Executive Director or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 103.  


For more information about volunteering at Tilikum, email Dennis Littlefield/Executive Director or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 103.

Considering volunteering at Camp Tilikum?

If you have questions or would like to know more about volunteering at Tilikum, email Dennis Littlefield/Executive Director, or call Dennis at (503) 538-2763, ext. 103.

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