Summer Camp FAQ
For Day Camp, QUEST Camp, and High Adventure Camp.
You may have questions about how Tilikum is going to fit with your family and your children. Below are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. 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-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.
What does a 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 about 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 will hopefully make 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? Make sure you don’t miss out on a Thursday Night potluck with your camper’s leaders, crazy camp songs, an update on what’s happening at Tilikum this year, and a chance to ride the Big Swing and Giant Canoes with the best of them!
3:45PM – Arrive at Tilikum and join up with your kids
4:30PM – Potluck dinner in the Fawver Center
5:30PM – Program in the Fawver Center
6:15PM – 7:30PM – 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. [LEARN MORE]
- Volunteer counselors are an important key in helping campers to attain Tilikum’s objectives.
- The counselor’s primary responsibilities are to be a friend and actively participate in the activities with the children.
- Counselor meetings are held each morning of camp for prayer, training 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 the camper’s safety or the camp. Camp Staff will inform campers of these expectations at the beginning of camp.
What safety precautions are taken at Camp Tilikum?
- Safety is a priority at Tilikum.
- Tilikum is accredited by the American Camping Association. Tilikum 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 of 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 safety; psychological and emotional, as well as physical (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).