Tilikum Summer Camps

Summer Camp programs for 1st – 12th grades.

Summer Camp 2020 is on!

On May 7 the State of Oregon announced the opening of summer camps with social distancing and other safety restrictions in place. Camper groups will consist of 10 or less with 2 Summer Staff, no volunteer counselors, implementing social distancing guidelines, limited to 70 campers on the grounds, and the same campers in each group all week. Day Camp activities will still include swimming, canoeing, archery, nature hikes, camp songs, bouldering and crafts. QUEST Camps will take place with a modified program similar to Day Camp. There will likely be no overnight High Adventure Camps or Challenge Course activities. See specific camp pages for details.

“These thorough safety measures mean that kids are now able to come to camp where they can be outside experiencing creation, making friends, and learning about Jesus—a needed change after being at home for so long!”, says Rommie ChristiansenSummer Camp Program Director.

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.

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]

High Adventure (overnight) Camps for youth entering 9th – 12th grades

High Adventure Camps have been cancelled for Summer 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

2020 Summer Family Weekend camps are full.

Check back January 15, for the opening of the 2021 season.

Tilikum offers a variety of Family Weekends 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]

Important Information

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.

Group registrations

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

Individual registrations

To register as an individual, use the online registration system. For questions about registering online, email Suzanne Maki/Camp Registrar, or call Suzanne at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.

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]

Extended Care

Parents/guardians whose campers are picked up later than 5:00PM are charged an additional $1 per minute and will be billed for extended care the week after Camp. For more information contact Suzanne Maki/Camp Registrar, at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.

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. Camp weeks can fill up quickly, so register early to get the week(s) you want!
Save $40 when you register before June 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 2019 photos click here.

Articles: How kids thrive when they spend time outside


What’s the Ideal Amount of Time to Spend Outside Each Week?

Jenni Gritters, January 13, 2020


Have you been outside today?

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.


Experiencing Life Real-Time.

The Power of Camp, May 22, 2019.


Science says your kids need to spend more time outside.

WYLOS, December 7, 2018


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.


The lasting impact of Summer Camp.

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