The Parent page

Information for parents of Day Camp, QUEST Camp, and High Adventure Camp campers.

Here is some specific information about how your child can get the most from their experience at Tilikum.  If you have additional questions, email Rommie Christiansen/Camp Program Director, or call Rommie at (503) 538-2763 ext. 106.

Drop off and pick up

When should my child arrive at camp?

Monday morning check in begins at 8:30AM. Summer Staff will direct you to the parking area. Look for a Welcome Staff with a Clipboard, they will direct you to the next station. Tuesday thru Friday morning drop off is between 8:45AM & 9:00AM. Upon arrival, please give your child’s name to the Welcome Staff with the clipboard. You will then be directed to the next available drop off point. Drivers please remain in your vehicle. Tilikum Summer Staff will assist your child to exit the vehicle and remain in a safe place as drivers exit the property.

When should I pick my child up from camp?

Pick up time for both Day Camp and Quest is at 3:45PM. Upon entering Camp property, drivers will be directed to a parking area in the Play Field. Please take your photo ID to the check out table located by the schoolhouse to sign your child out and receive a checkout ticket. Use your checkout ticket to collect your camper and exit the property. High Adventure campers are picked up at 4:00PM on Thursday in the field behind the waterfront restrooms. Please present your photo ID at the checkout table and pick up your child’s medications.

The Extended Care (early drop off and late pick up) option

Tilikum offers extended hours care for Day Camp and QUEST campers only. Early drop off begins at 7:30AM, and late pickup ends at 5:00PM. Pre-registered rates are $15/day for Before Care, and $15 per day for After Care. Parents/guardians whose campers are picked up later than 5:00PM will be charged an additional $1 per minute. Parents/guardians will be billed for extended care the week after Camp.

Parents/guardians can reserve extended hours care when filling out the camper’s Medical History Form online at least one week before camp. After this time window has passed, any changes to extended care reservations must be made by emailing Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar, or call Debbie at (503) 538-2763, ext 107.

What does a typical daily schedule for Day Camp/QUEST look like?

8:45AM – Arrival
9:15AM – Opening time with all the campers
   10:00AM – Activity
   11:15AM – Lunch (Tilikum has created special locations all over the grounds for each camper group to eat lunch)
   12:05PM – Waterfront Time (kids have a choice if they want to swim or canoe, or rest or visit the animals in the barn)
1:00PM – Get dressed
1:15PM – Trail Talk (quiet reflective time)
1:55PM – Activity
3:15PM – Closing with all campers
3:45PM – Load up vans, busses and cars

What is Family Night?

Family Night is a long-standing Tilikum tradition that gives campers an opportunity to “guide” their family through the camper experience on the Thursday evening of their camp week! We are excited to be revamping Family Night this year in a way that makes it more accessible to families who have a long commute to and from Tilikum. Are you registered for Day Camp, QUEST, or High Adventure Camp? Pack your own picnic dinner and join us on the Thursday night of Camp for a look inside your camper’s week! Enjoy sitting around the picnic table with your child’s Counselor, sing some silly camp songs, and get a sneak peek at what’s going on behind the scenes at Tilikum this year. Ride The Big Swing, paddle The Big Canoes, and check out the Camp Store.

     3:45PM – Arrive at Tilikum and join up with your kids
     4:00PM – 4:15PM – Head to the Fawver Center for picnic dinner alongside the Summer Staff
     4:30PM – Program in the Fawver Center
     4:50PM6:30PM – Camp free-time activities

Who is taking care of my child?

  • College age or older adults who have been selected for their desire and abilities to work with children, their friendly personalities and their commitment to the Lord.
  • Tilikum’s summer staff are taught to recognize teachable moments as a priority and use them to challenge and encourage youth and point them towards a relationship with God.
  • Tilikum’s Summer Staff have current certification in First Aid/CPR and Emergency Water Safety. Lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross.

Can I come to Camp with my camper? Can I volunteer?

We welcome volunteers at camp, however anyone who is staying on the grounds beyond opening time must fill out a Volunteer Counselor application and submit to a background check.  [LEARN MORE]

  • Volunteer counselors are an important key in helping campers to have a great Summer Camp experience.
  • The counselor’s primary responsibilities are to be a friend and actively participate in activities with the children.
  • Counselor meetings are held each morning of camp for training, prayer and discussion.

What are behavioral expectations at Camp Tilikum?

Our intent at Tilikum is to provide a safe Christ-centered environment. Though these situations are rare, the camp reserves the right to call the camper’s parent and ask for the camper to be taken home if it is deemed that his or her behavior or actions poses a threat to camper safety or the safety of the Camp. Camp Staff informs campers of these expectations at the beginning of camp.

Waterfront considerations and safety

(coming soon)

What safety precautions are taken at Camp Tilikum?

Accreditation and safety are our priority.

  • Tilikum is accredited by the American Camping Association and has earned this mark of distinction since 1977.
  • All Summer Staff have current certification in First Aid/CPR and emergency water safety. They have undergone two weeks training on all the different activities at Tilikum.
  • The waterfront is supervised by lifeguards certified by the American Red Cross.
  • All staff, both paid and volunteer have passed a criminal background check.
  • All Challenge Course activities are designed and presented with great consideration for your child’s physical, psychological, and emotional safety (QUEST & High Adventure Camps only).
  • Challenge Course staff training and equipment checks are performed by personnel certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (QUEST & High Adventure Camps only).
  • Participants on the high elements are required to wear harnesses and helmets and are connected to a rope belay system (QUEST & High Adventure Camps only).

Summer Camp registration opens January 15

Mark your calendar. Registration for Summer Camp 2020 begins January 15th