Mothers and Sons Weekend

Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19, 2020

Family Weekends for the 2020 Summer Season

While Tilikum is monitoring and following Federal, State and local guidelines for COVID-19, the Camp is still anticipating a robust outdoor Summer Camp Season even though it has required program changes and changes to how we operate to keep guests and staff safe.

Stop back here for up to date information on your Camp experience. For comments and questions email Suzanne Maki/Camp Registrar.

Mothers and sons (entering 1st grade and up) come out for a fun-filled day at Tilikum. Highlights include, worship, team-building activities, fishing, and a lot more! Best of all, sons will have a whole day of undivided attention from mom, building memories that will last a lifetime. Tilikum emphasizes times of spiritual and relational renewal, exploring creation, building community, encountering God and transforming lives. Whether fishing with your son on the lake, exploring the grounds during a nature hike, or racing up the climbing wall together, the setting, the people, and the presence of God create an ideal opportunity to experience life side by side.

Mother and Son Camp dates

                      Date: July 17-19, 2020
Zoom Gathering: Friday 7:00PM
                  Arrival: Check-in begins at 9:00AM Saturday
           Departure: Conclusion of the day.
Zoom Gathering: Sunday 10:00AM


 Speaker – Beth and Dan Banham

After spending her first 8 years in Ethiopia with missionary parents, Beth moved home to Oregon where she fell in love with flush toilets, hot baths, and Coca-Cola. Eventually she also fell in love with Dan. Because they both loved Jesus and his people, they became half of the team that founded City’s Edge Community Church back in 1997. Grant, who was trying to master crawling and eating cheerios, didn’t know what he was signing up for. But he grew to love Jesus and his people too, and became one of those rare kids who wasn’t quite sure he wanted to go on vacation because it meant missing church.

Today both Grant and City’s Edge are 23 years old and all three Banhams continue to love and serve the church in various capacities. Beth has in recent years begun speaking at a variety of conferences and retreats, and has a blog at Grant spent several summers serving at Twin Rocks as camp counselor and summer staff, and currently works for Hillsboro Park & Recreation. This will be Beth and Grant’s first opportunity to speak together.

Worship Leader – TBA

Worship Leader bio and information coming soon.

Weekend schedule

We are excited for Mother and Son Family Weekend this year. Due to COVID-19 guidelines the format is adjusted to provide a safe experience for your family and Tilikum staff.

Instead of having a full weekend at Tilikum, there will be a Zoom meeting Friday evening, an all-day family time on Saturday, and a Zoom worship and conclusion on Sunday morning. Here is a basic outline of the schedule.


  7:00PM – Zoom gathering session 1: worship and orientation for Saturday. Join Zoom Gathering  []
Click on the link at least 15 minutes before the event to make sure the Zoom software is downloaded and working properly on your computer or mobile device. After that, if you are having problems connecting successfully, call Dennis at (503) 538-8081.


  9:00AM – Start health screening, lower parking area (don’t come if you are not feeling well).
10:30AM – Session 2 at the Fawver Center
11:30AM – Scavenger Hunt memory maker activity
12:15PM – Family pictures and lunch, s’mores by the campfire
  1:30PM – 2:15PM Rotation 1
  2:30PM – 3:15PM Rotation 2
  3:30PM – 4:15PM Rotation 3
  4:30PM – 5:15PM Rotation 4
  5:15PM – Conclusion of the day. Pick up dinner and depart Lakeside Patio

Rotation activities include Swimming, boating, archery and games


10:00AM – Zoom gathering session 3: worship and conclusion to the weekend. Join Zoom Gathering []
Click on the link at least 15 minutes before the event to make sure the Zoom software is downloaded and working properly on your computer or mobile device. After that, if you are having problems connecting successfully, call Dennis at (503) 538-8081.

There will be time for free time as well as the activities noted above.

Throughout the day on Saturday staff will be sanitizing and following safety measures to ensure that your experience will be safe and fun. As noted, we will do a health screening on Saturday morning. We ask that you bring masks for every family member to wear during the morning session.

If you have further questions, email Suzanne Maki/Registrar, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.


Lodging for 2020

Due to COVID-19, Mother and Son Weekend will have family members lodge at home.

Food service

Saturday Night Dinner        serves 6
Ginger Chicken – roasted boneless chicken in a homemade ginger and (naturally gluten-free) soy marinade.
Jasmine Rice
Buttered Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
Fresh Baked Bread (gluten-free available upon request) 
Tossed Salad (dressing included)
Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes (gluten-free available upon request)

For Sunday Morning/Noon        serves 6
Freshly Baked Blueberry-Lemon Coffee Cake (gluten-free available upon request)
Another Loaf of Freshly Baked Bread (gluten-free available upon request)
One quart of soup in your choice of  Camp Chili, or Chicken Vegetable  (all soups are naturally gluten-free)

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.

Mother 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: $192
     Child: $144


     Adult: $176
     Child: $132


     Adult: $160
     Child: $120

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 Suzanne Maki/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.

What to bring

  • swimsuit
  • closed-toe shoes
  • sandals
  • Bible
  • notepad
  • casual clothes
  • jacket
  • camera (and charger)
  • mosquito spray

Registration for Mother and Son Family Weekend is open!

Click on the icon above to register. These weekend camps can fill up quickly so register early to get the weekend(s) you want.