The Tilikum Lake valve project
Tilikum Lake is the visual and recreational centerpiece of Camp Tilikum.
Alive with swimming and boating activities during the warmer months, it is a great source of fun and entertainment for campers and other guests.
This man-made lake was built with a drain at the bottom, and in September 2021 we planned to replace it with a newer, more functional one. But upon draining the lake, we discovered there was more silt at the bottom than anyone had anticipated, making it very difficult to reach the drain and do the repairs. A two-month task turned into the most difficult project in the history of the camp.
With help from the summer sun and hard-working Tilikum staff, construction equipment was able to drive to the bottom of the lake and excavate down to the old drain location in August 2022. A new concrete base was poured, the new valve attached, and a riser was installed in October, just before the fall rains began. While a few more parts still need to be installed, the hardest work is behind us.
We waited over a year for this. This issue was one of the reasons for not having a Day Camp program in 2022. But this next summer the lake will be alive with the sounds of happy Campers! Praise Jesus!
Expenses so far for this project are upwards of $200,000, and at this point $138,104 has been raised. This ministry appreciates whatever support you are able to give towards this project.
See the Newberg Graphic’s June 21, 2022 coverage. [CLICK HERE]
Consider supporting the Tilikum Lake valve project
We are so thankful for God’s provision and the thousands of families who have believed in Tilikum’s ministry over the years. Consider how you might be able to support this important project.
Give in any of the following ways:
- make your check payable to Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Road, Newberg, OR 97132
- electronic funds transfer (EFT), download the Tilikum Electronic Funds Transfer form
- a credit card donation by calling Dennis Littlefield at (503) 538-2763, ext 103
- a credit card donation online with PayPal by clicking the button below…
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