Please note which Camp Area you are interested in. Some information may differ for our TImberlake, Tahoma Programs and Day Camp programs. If you have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at: (253) 847-2511
How do I sign up my Child?
Timberlake and Tahoma Programs:
Camp Arnold is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Camp Arnold adjusts tuition based upon a parent's ability to pay. All registrations for summer camp are handled through the local Salvation Army unit (Corps). If you are not sure how to contact your local Salvation Army, please go to the Salvation Army Northwest Divisional Website and use the Salvation Army location button located on that site.
In order to reserve a spot for your child to attend summer camp, you will need to complete an application and return it to your local Salvation Army unit (Corps) as soon as possible. Each Salvation Army unit is allotted a certain number of spots for campers. These allotments usually fill up fast. Complete applications, with any required deposit, are processed first. Once your local Salvation Army unit receives this application and deposit, they will contact you to arrange transportation to Camp Arnold.
Day Camp Programs:
In order to reserve a spot for your child to attend Day Camp, you will need to complete an application and return it to The Salvation Army Camp Arnold as soon as possible. Because of the popularity and limited capacity of our Day Camp program completed applications may not guarantee your child a spot, but will put them on a waiting list. Spots are given on a first come basis. Please contact our office at (252) 847-2511 for more information.
Where do I obtain a Camper Application Form?
You may obtain an application from your local Salvation Army Corps (Timberlake and Tahoma Programs), at our main office, or by clicking here
When are Fees Due?
Final payment of camper fees should be made two weeks before the requested camp session. Upon this final payment, and with completion of all forms, a child is officially accepted for camp. Payment of such fees should be made to The Salvation Army office from which the application was obtained.
How will my Child get to Camp Arnold?
Timberlake and Tahoma Programs:
Transportation from your local Salvation Army office (Corps) and back will be provided. You may bring your child directly to, and pick them up from, Camp Arnold by calling ahead and making arrangements, please contact your local Salvation Army office (Corps) for more information.
Day Camp Programs:
Day camper drop-offs and pick-ups happen every day and are the responsibility of the Parent. Only the person who has signed the application form can pick up a child, unless prior arrangement have been made in writing. For security reasons, you will be asked to show photo ID when you arrive to pick up your child.
For more information about Day Camp Pick Ups and Drop Offs you can click here, or contact our main office at (253) 847-2511
Can I Visit my Child at Camp Arnold?
Since our camp sessions are five days in length, there is no real need for a parent's visitation day. Because of this, parents are NOT encouraged to "drop by" camp. If parents must contact campers, we request that you please telephone.
If a parent/guardian needs to pick-up their child from camp, please have the parent call first. When they arrive at camp they must show picture identification and sign for their child. Only the parent or guardian that has signed the application form may pick-up their child from camp.
Please note: Children will only be released into the custody of the parent/guardian that signed the application.
Can I Call my Child while they are at Camp Arnold?
If it is necessary for a camper's family to contact him/her in an emergency situation, then messages will be taken through the camp office: (253) 847-2511.
Your child will be discouraged to make phone calls home while at Camp Arnold. Calling home helps support the stress of Home Sickness and is only used as a last resort.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of your child is very important to us. Our trained staff closely supervise all activities. Lifeguards are on duty at the swimming pool and lake (for boating activities). A nurse lives at the camp and operates a fully equipped first aid station. We also have excellent emergency services in the immediate area of the Camp.
All children are screened for any medical or dietary needs as soon as they arrive at Camp Arnold. Their counselors are informed of any special conditions. Medications are kept locked up and dispensed by the camp nurse. Your child's medications should be sent in the original containers. Any dosages that differ from the package directions must be noted on a form signed by your child's doctor.
You will be notified immediately if there is any medical emergency involving your child. If the doctor or nurse determines it is better for your child to recover from an illness or injury at home, you will be asked to come and pick up your child.
In all cases the comfort of the camper will be ascertained. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to arrange for immediate transportation home if, in the case of illness or accident, the camper needs more care and attention than the camp can provide. The parent or guardian will be notified immediately.
What should my child bring to Camp?
Things not Permitted At Camp:
Do NOT bring the following items to camp:
Use of the following items will result in immediate dismissal from camp:
Also, please do not bring:
* Exception: All personal gear for use at Tahoma Camps must have prior written approval by the Outdoor Education Director.