The Administrative Council of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends (NWYM) and George Fox University administrators have completed negotiations to return ownership of Tilikum to the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Though this change is new, the relationship between NWYM and Tilikum is not new.
In 1970, the Russell Baker family donated the 92-acre property that became Camp Tilikum to Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. In 1975, NWYM gave the camp to George Fox University; at the time, plans were to develop a strong Christian camping major using the camp facility, and for a time, these plans went forward. However, in recent years, it has seemed clear to university administrators that the mission of Tilikum and the mission of the university were no longer moving in the same direction. The university approached NWYM to see whether it would be possible to place Tilikum’s ministry once again under the umbrella of NWYM. After some months of deliberation and negotiation between the NWYM Administrative Council and university administrators, the AC approved the purchase.
Tilikum will be directly under NWYM for a short period while we recruit and submit for approval names for the Board of Directors. We then plan to for Tilikum to operate as an independent ministry of NWYM in a manner similar to Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Tilikum will continue to offer camps, conferences, events and Elderhostels as before. Tilikum hosts approximately 10,000 guests a year in its summer camps, retreats, Elderhostels, and challenge-course programs.
No staff changes are planned for the camp’s six full-time staff or its part-time staff. The change also will allow Tilikum to create a more clear identity. Emails will change from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com and the Web site will move from the georgefox.edu domain to camptilikum.org.