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. A well-trained and capable staff of young adults look for ways to build community within each camper group.

2022 Summer Camp schedule

Summer Day Camps run Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 3:30 pm during the following weeks.

Week 1 – June 13 – 17 – Home School Week. At least a $60 discount.  [LEARN MORE]

Week 2 – June 20 – 24

Week 3 – June 27 – July 1

Week 4 – July 5 – 8 – Independence Week. At least a $60 discount due to a shortened (4-day) week.  [LEARN MORE]

Week 5 – July 11 – 15

Week 6 – July 18 – 22

Week 7 – July 25 – 29

Week 8 – August 1 – 5

Day Camps for kids entering 1st – 6th grades

The Day Camp program for 2022 has been cancelled and rescheduled for 2023. Check back January 15 for registration information.

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 Camp 2022 has been cancelled and rescheduled for 2023. Check back January 15 for registration information.

To learn more about High Adventure Camps for 2023:  [LEARN MORE]

Consider the Family Camp option

Enjoy a complete week of family vacation at Camp for a maximum of $1,000!

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]

Family Camp is full for the 2022 Summer Season. Mark your calendar to check back January 15 to register for the 2023 season.

Family Weekends

Build family relationships at a Family Weekend.

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.

american-camp-association-accredited-logoHealth 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.

Individual registrations

To register as an individual, use the online registration system. For questions about registering online, email Crystal Headrick/Camp Registrar.

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 Summer Camp video

Summer Camp photos

Parents: To get to the Summer Camp photos archive [CLICK HERE].

Related pages

  • Expectations and what to bring for Day Camp (1st – 6th grades) [CLICK HERE]
  • Expectations and what to bring for QUEST Adventure Camp (6th – 8th grades) [CLICK HERE]
  • Expectations and what to bring for High Adventure Camp (9th – 12th grades) [CLICK HERE]
  • Group Coordinator information for churches bringing kids to camp [CLICK HERE]
  • Invest in the lives of young people as a Volunteer Counselor. [CLICK HERE]

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.

Summer Camp photos

For Summer Camp 2021 (and prior years) photos click here.

Articles: How kids thrive when they spend time outside

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

Jenni Gritters, January 13, 2020

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Have you been outside today?

The spiritual cost of isolation from creation.

John Stonestreet with G. Shane Morris, BreakPoint Daily, July 12, 2019

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Neve Spicer, We the Parents, April 9, 2019.

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Experiencing Life Real-Time.

The Power of Camp, May 22, 2019.

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Science says your kids need to spend more time outside.

WYLOS, December 7, 2018

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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.

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The lasting impact of Summer Camp.

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