Tilikum Summer Camps
Summer Camp programs for 1st – 12th grades.
While COVID is currently putting a damper on some activities, Tilikum is anticipating and planning for an exciting Summer Camp season!
Preparations are underway for a robust 2021 Summer Camp season, and registration opens March 1 for Day Camp, QUEST Adventure Camp, and Family Days. For the most current information about Summer Camps and Summer Camp scheduling, email Rommie Christiansen/Program Director. For current information about your specific Summer Camp registrations, email Suzanne Maki/Registrar.
Unplug from technology, experience creation, establish friendships, and connect with God
Every summer, over 2,500 kids come to experience the awe and wonder of God’s creation on Tilikum’s 93 acres of timber, hiking trails, grassy meadows and pristine lake. Tilikum offers exciting and impactful day camps for elementary- and middle school-age kids and overnight camps at the high school level. A week at Camp Tilikum removes your child from the ever present draw of technical devices. Face-to-face encounters with staff and new friends give your child ample opportunities to develop social skills. Recreational opportunities like hiking, swimming, canoeing and archery teach new life skills that can last a lifetime. Creative skits, silly songs, and “trail talk” offer biblical truths and encourage kids to hear what God is saying to them personally. A well-trained and capable staff of young adults look for ways to build community within each camper group.
2021 Summer Camp schedule
Summer Day Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:30 pm during the following weeks.
Week 1 – June 14 – 18 – Home School Week. At least a $75 discount. [LEARN MORE]
Week 2 – June 21 – 25
Week 3 – June 28 – July 2
Week 4 – July 6 – 9 – Independence Week. At least a $100 discount due to a shortened (4-day) week. [LEARN MORE]
Week 5 – July 12 – 16
Week 6 – July 19 – 23
Week 7 – July 26 – 30
Week 8 – August 2 – 6
Day Camps for kids entering 1st – 6th grades
Learn more about Day Camps. [LEARN MORE]
QUEST Adventure Day Camps for teens entering 6th – 8th grades
Learn more about QUEST Adventure Camps. [LEARN MORE]
Build family relationships at a Tilikum Family Day.
For mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, single mom families, mothers and sons, and fathers and daughters.
Tilikum offers a variety of Family Days that offer families an ideal opportunity to experience spiritual and relational renewal. Activities include meals together, speaker and worship sessions, waterfront activities (canoeing, swimming and fishing), nature hikes, Challenge Course activities, and crafts. Tilikum’s pastoral setting, group and individual activities, and the presence of God create an ideal opportunity to experience life side-by-side. [LEARN MORE]
Summer Camp During COVID-19: What has changed?
In light of COVID-19 we have needed to make several adjustments to our programs. Here is what to expect:
1. Stable Groups: We have reduced our summer camp capacity in accordance with state guidelines for childcare and day camps requiring that children stay in stable groups of no more than 10, with two counselors. “Stable” means that these groups do not mix at all throughout the week.
2. Social Distancing and Mask Wearing: Campers are required to bring a mask to wear during drop-off and pick-up, as well as any time they are in an enclosed space or are unable to socially distance from other campers. We are sure you are wondering how we will accomplish social distancing with young children. We have several creative ways to travel around camp and play together while maintaining a safe distance. We also know this will not go perfectly as planned, but we will do our best! The key will be emphasizing teamwork to all the kiddos who are joining us this summer as we work to keep each other safe and have fun together.
3. Hand Washing and Sanitizing: There will be hand washing stations placed all over camp, and staff will have sanitizer packs with them at all times for use outside of meal and bathroom times. All program areas will be sanitized before and after each use.
4. Updated Activities: You have likely read about some of our adjustments this summer. We have eliminated all activities that break social distancing protocol and replaced them with other activities. The program that has been most affected by these changes is Quest. Our team has worked hard to find innovative solutions that enable us to keep some of our challenge course and high ropes activities intact. However, some of those activities will still remain closed in 2021. To supplement our challenge course curriculum we have added a Survival School curriculum which includes knot-tying, building a shelter, a map-and-compass scavenger challenge, fire-building, extreme canoe relay, and “slingshot alley.”
Camp staff and safety
Camper groups: The average adult to camper ratio is 6:1. Campers are carefully divided into age-appropriate groups of 10-14 that stay together for the duration of the week. Each group is led by carefully trained college-age Tilikum staff and a volunteer counselor.
Quality Staff: Tilikum staff are selected for their desire and ability to work with children, and their personal faith. They receive an intensive 2 weeks training and remain paid staff for the entire summer. Staff are specifically trained in program safety (first aid, life-guarding, challenge course) and spiritual/personal development.
Health and Safety: Safety is our first priority. Tilikum has been accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) since 1977, and to maintain this certification undergoes a thorough review of operations (up to 300 standards), from staff qualification and training to emergency management. These are a few of the many safety requirements:
- All staff are trained in first aid/CPR and emergency water safety.
- The waterfront is supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards.
- Challenge Course staff are trained to the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.
- A Health Manager is on site during Camp hours.
Cost of camp
Realizing that families have different abilities to pay, Tilikum offers a three-tier fee program. Tiered pricing is intended to help families recognize the full cost of camp and then select the level that is most suitable for their family circumstances. By choosing to pay the full cost of camp, Tilikum is able to offer financial assistance to families that need it.
Tax credit: Did you know that you can use the Child Care Tax Credit for Day Camp?
Summer Camp scholarships are available for families who qualify. [LEARN MORE]
Summer Camp photos
Parents: To get to the Summer Camp photos archive click here.
- What to bring/expectations for Day Camp (1st – 6th grades)
- What to bring/expectations for QUEST Camp (6th – 8th grades)
- What to bring/expectations for High Adventure Camp (9th – 12th grades)
- Group Coordinator information for churches bringing kids to camp
- Volunteer (invest in young lives as a volunteer counselor!)
Summer Camp registration is currently closed.
Mark your calendar. Registration for Summer Camp 2020 begins January 15.
Save at least $40 when you register before May 1.
Did you know your child can come to Camp more than one week?
Activities and curriculum won’t change significantly from week to week, but if your child loves Tilikum they could come to Camp up to three times this summer.
Summer Camp photos
For Summer Camp 2020 (and 2019) photos click here.
Articles: How kids thrive when they spend time outside
Jenni Gritters, January 13, 2020
The spiritual cost of isolation from creation.
John Stonestreet with G. Shane Morris, BreakPoint Daily, July 12, 2019
Neve Spicer, We the Parents, April 9, 2019.
The Power of Camp, May 22, 2019.
WYLOS, December 7, 2018
Collin O’Mara, May 29, 2018, as published in the Washington Post.
Dr. Jacob Sorenson, vibrantfaith.org/blog, March 21, 2017