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.
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
Learn more about High Adventure Camps. [LEARN MORE]
Consider the Family Camp option
Enjoy a complete week of family vacation at Camp for a maximum of $900!
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]
Before you register for Family Camp online, you must email Debbie Ford/Camp Registrar or call (503) 538-2763 ext. 107 to receive the package discount and receive your rebate once you have completed your registration.
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]
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.
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.
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]
Expanded Summer 2020 bus transportation program
For Summer Camp season, Tilikum offers an expanded bus transportation program for most weeks for an additional fee. There are a limited number of seats available so register early. [LEARN MORE]
Additionally, several churches in the area provide transportation for members of their congregations during select weeks and may have room for a few more kids. Contact your local church and follow their registration process (instead of registering as an individual) in order to reserve space on their bus.
Before and After Care (early drop-off and late pick-up)
Tilikum offers extended hours care for Day Camp and QUEST campers only. Early drop off begins at 7:30AM, and late pickup ends at 5:00PM. Pre-registered rates are $15/day for Before Care, and $15 per day for After Care. Parents/guardians whose campers are picked up later than 5:00PM are charged an additional $1 per minute. Parents/guardians will be billed for extended care the week after Camp.
Parents/guardians can reserve extended hours care when filling out the camper’s Medical History Form online at least one week before camp. After this time window has passed, any changes to extended care reservations must be made by calling Suzanne Maki/Camp Registrar, at (503) 538-2763, ext 101.
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 $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