Tilikum Summer Camps

Summer Camp programs for 1st – 12th grades.

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. College-age summer staff look for ways to build community within each camper group.

Day Camps for kids entering 1st – 6th grades. 

For complete information about Day Camps:  [LEARN MORE]

QUEST Adventure Camps for teens entering 6th – 8th grades.

 For complete information about QUEST Adventure Camps:  [LEARN MORE]

High Adventure Camps for youth entering 9th – 12th grades.

For complete information about High Adventure Camps:  [LEARN MORE]

Consider the Family Camp option

Enjoy a complete week of family vacation at Camp for a maximum of $800!

No driving!—perfect for out-of-town families of Day Camp or QUEST kids. Families are housed and fed at Tilikum Lodge. Go hiking, shopping, or spend time sharing/talking at the Lodge.  [LEARN MORE]

Important Information

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]


Tilikum offers bus transportation for specific weeks for an additional fee (find more specific information on Camp pages). There are a limited number of bus spots available, so register early. Additionally, several churches in the area provide bus service for members of their congregation during select other weeks and may have room for a few more kids. You must contact the church and follow their registration process (instead of registering as an individual through Tilikum) in order to reserve a place on their bus. Typically, there is a small transportation charge included in their camp fee.

Individual Registrations

Use the online registration system. For questions, email Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar, or call 503-538-2763 ext. 107.

Group Registrations

Groups of 10 or more receive special group pricing and a streamlined check-in. For more information, visit the Group Coordinator page or contact Rommie Christiansen/Camp Program Director, or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 106.

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: The Tilikum staff are selected for their desire and ability to work with children and their personal faith. They receive an intensive 2 week training and remain a paid Tilikum staff member 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 at Tilikum. We have been accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) since 1977. To maintain our certification, we undergo a thorough review (up to 300 standards) of our operation—from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. These are just a few of the safety requirements we adhere to:

  • All staff are trained in first aid/CPR and emergency water safety
  • The waterfront is supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards
  • Our Challenge Course staff are all trained to the standards of Association for Challenge Course Technology
  • A Health Manager is on site during Camp hours.

Camp Tilikum Summer Camp Video.


Summer Camp photos

Parents: To get to the Summer Camp photos archive click here.

Related Pages

Summer Camp registration is open!

Click on the icon above to register. Take advantage of a $35 Early Bird Discount when you register before May 1.

Articles: How kids thrive when they spend time outside.


Kids do not spend nearly enough time outside. Here’s how (and why) to change that.

Collin O’Mara, May 29, 2018, as published in the Washington Post.


Science says your kids need to spend more time outside.

WYLOS, December 7, 2018


The lasting impact of Summer Camp.

Dr. Jacob Sorenson, vibrantfaith.org/blog, March 21, 2017