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In 1923, businessmen from the Los Angeles area established Idyllwild Pines as a place for outdoor Christian education.

Now, 90 years later, Idyllwild Pines still continues its Christian ministry of providing a beautiful place to learn about God. We are nestled in the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, at the mile-high altitude.

What began as a small campsite of platform tents and stone fireplaces is now a 50 acre facility that can accommodate up to 500 campers in the Summer and 350 campers in the Fall, Winter and Spring. We minister to churches, schools and others by providing comfortable and spacious facilities, as well as inspiring programming and staff that has a passion to support you.

Idyllwild Pines Camp, a Christian camp & retreat center has multi-use facilities from cabins to dormitories, and a number of spacious meeting rooms and dining halls. We offer fun and challenging activities during your camp stays.


Our mission is to Encourage our guests to live lives that inspire the next generation to make The Faith, Their Faith!.
Matthew 28:18-20


To Serve Christ & Christians through camps and retreats which provide connective, high-energy, life-changing programs for churches, schools, teams and groups.


Kevin Relyea
Executive Director
Kevin Relyea Bio

Kevin Relyea Bio

Kevin has spent over 30 years leading groups and organizations. After starting his restaurant career flipping burgers at a "Jack in the Box" in Southern California when he was sixteen years old, He finished his restaurant career with a seven year assignment as Chairman, CEO, and President of "Prandium Inc". Prandium, which owned and operated restaurant brands like "El Torito", "Casa Gallardo", "Chi Chi's", "Coco's", "Carrows", "Hamburger Hamlet", "Koo Koo Roo", "Charlie Browns", "Reubens", "Keystone Grill", and "Las Brisas" was a publically traded, international, "Fortune 500″ company which had, at one point, 25,000+ staff and 1.2 billion dollars in annual sales.

Kevin has spent the last twenty-five years working in (and studying) church leadership. Just like he learned the restaurant business from the ground up, he has been learning about church leadership over the years through his service, his study and by working with pastors. He has been an elder in his church, bible teacher, small group leader, Mens Ministry leader, Sunday School Director and a Sunday School teacher of both adults and children.

Kevin and his wife Mary have been married for thirty one years, live in Poway, California (a suburb of San Diego), have five children and five grandchildren.

Kelly Schlenz

Operations Director


Cindy Cooley

Assistant Executive Director

Kasandra Lovett

Guest Services and Marketing Director


Marjie Ibanez

Assistant Guest Services Manager

Bianca Garcia

Marketing Assistant




Ray Detwiler President
Marshall C. Scott Vice-President
Jeff Tabor Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Relyea Executive Director, Board Member
Michael Sims Board Member
Caye Smith Board Member

Whether you are an Idyllwild Pines alumni, current or past staff member, or just someone who wants to be a part of the camp community; we would love to hear what you think, how Idyllwild Pines has been a part of your journey in life or anything else you want to contribute. Please join us in these places to share and see the passions of the Idyllwild Pines community!