Father and Son Weekend

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fathers and sons (entering 1st grade and up) come out for a fantastic fishing weekend at Tilikum. Highlights include a weekend fishing tournament, musical and spiritual worship, swimming and canoeing on the lake, experiencing team-building on the Challenge Course and lots more!  Best of all, dads will have an incredible opportunity to impact their sons and build lifelong memories together.

Father and Son Camp dates

          Date: June 14-16, 2019
       Arrival: Check-in begins at 4:30PM Friday
Departure: 11:00AM Sunday


paul-nancy-almquistSpeaker – Paul Almquist

I am serving in my 20th year as pastor of West Chehalem Friends Church located in the Chehalem Valley just outside of Newberg, Oregon, only a couple miles from Camp Tilikum. My wife Nancy and I love being involved in camps, especially those that serve young people and families, and are focused on sharing the love of Jesus. I have always enjoyed the outdoors – fishing, hiking, camping, biking, skiing, kayaking – wow, there are so many things to do in God’s beautiful creation! Nancy and I have three amazing sons and two wonderful daughters-in-law. Combined we live in four different states so our times together are really meaningful. I am looking forward to spending a weekend with fathers and sons at this special annual retreat at Tilikum.

chuck-sabinWorship Leader – Chuck Sabin

Chuck Sabin is a Singer/Songwriter/Musician who enjoys entertaining and loves to lead others into meaningful and enjoyable worship. He is presently serving as a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Newberg, Oregon. Chuck & Deb have been married for 37 years and have five boys; or as Chuck likes to put it, “Five boys have him!” Before becoming a pastor Chuck was a Family & Youth Minister for sixteen years in the Minneapolis, Mn area. Chuck grew up on a farm in North Dakota. 


Sample schedule

  4:30PM – Registration Opens, swimming, canoes, fishing available
  6:30PM – Dinner
  7:30PM – Session 1 – Welcome Orientation
  8:30PM – Free Time and Snacks, shoreline fishing

  6:45AM – 7:45AM – Fishing and canoes
  8:00AM – Breakfast
  8:45PM – Family photos, Tilikum presentation, Session 2
10:15AM – Craft, Climbing Wall, Fishing from docks or Beaver Bridge
12:30PM – Lunch
  1:00PM – Free Time Activities may include Big Swing, Little Zipline, Big Zipline, rafting, canoeing and swimming
  6:00PM – Dinner
  7:00PM – Session 3
  8:00PM – Campfire with Smores and worship and fishing

  7:15AM – 8:15AM Fishing and canoes
  8:30AM – Breakfast
  9:30AM – Session 4
10:30AM – 11:00AM Depart



Stay at Tilikum Lodge in a comfortable country, retreat center setting. You and your child(ren) will have your own guest sleeping room with three single beds and a private bathroom.

Medical diets

Food Service can accommodate your medical diet request if you let them know two weeks in advance of your scheduled event at Tilikum. There is an additional charge of $1 per meal per person due to the increased cost of food. You can make arrangements to pay when you arrive and check in.

To submit your medical diet request, click the button below. The online form takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Father and Son Weekend cost

Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Tilikum has instituted a three-tier fee program. Tiered pricing is intended to help families recognize the full cost of the weekends and then select the level that is most suitable for their family circumstances. By choosing to pay the full cost of the program,Tilikum is able to offer financial assistance to families that need it. Please select the appropriate tier at the time of registration.

Full Cost

     Adult: $174
     Child: $132


     Adult: $160
     Child: $121


     Adult: $145
     Child: $110

Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

What to bring

  • swimsuit
  • closed-toe shoes
  • sandals
  • Bible
  • notepad
  • casual clothes
  • jacket
  • camera (and charger)
  • flashlight
  • your own bedding, towels, and toiletries
  • mosquito spray

Registration for Family Weekends is open!