“The Pause; that impressive silence,that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.”
- Mark Twain
We are driven and called to pursue our future. We anxiously wait for the day where all our plans come to fruition, where each one of our meticulously thought out dreams come together and show us a glimpse of what is to come!
But there is a time before that day where we still reside. During this time, we should be taking advantage of our moments where we can cherish the blessings of now before the promises of tomorrow take ahold of our lives.
We all need a moment between moments!
We are very excited to began planning for our annual Statio weekend for high school senior groups! We want to embrace the time before transition and focus on who God intends for us to be in the coming months of future. We can’t wait to see all of the worship, paintball, archery, bonding, and legacy building to take place!
Check back soon for details on what this incredible weekend will bring for over 350 high school seniors and leaders, and feel free to talk to your ministry leader about bringing a group to the Statio weekend! Between the adventure and fellowship, you will not want to miss out!
As we reflect back on this past summer, we’ve been thinking about some of our favorite moments with staff, campers, and visitors! We wanted to share one, and we hope that it can inspire others like it inspires us!
Back in July, we challenged the campers from LA Church of Christ to write a letter to a future camper telling them what they might encounter when they come to Idyllwild Pines. We got some great responses, some talking about the “amazingly epic events” and others wrote us about their week here being “a special time for me to get closer to God!” How awesome is that!
Below is a letter that moved us, and we hope that it might be able to speak to your heart too!
“Dear Future Camper,
You are very lucky that you have the chance to go to PreTeen camp at Idyllwild Pines.
Some of the activities I enjoyed were the zip line, rock climbing, the big swing and swimming. We had a water war with super soakers and water balloons. Mad hatter hunt is also lots of fun. My friends and I had enjoyed running around camp and exploring the area.
The camp is well organized. They served us different kinds of food and I always found something tasty to eat. There were lots of places to get a drink of water.
The most impacting time at camp were the nighttime devotionals. The singing made me feel happy about worshipping God. The lesson helped me understand that God dreams for all of us [to] do great things for Him. We also had a starlight devotional on Wednesday – it seemed that there were millions of stars in the sky. This made me understand how big God is.
I definitely recommend that you plan on going to camp. You will have the greatest experience with God and all your friends.
Have lots of fun!
We love having the chance to hear these stories as we get ready for more campers every week! We can’t wait to see Alex and more campers throughout the next year see God how big and impactful God is in our lives.
This February, Idyllwild Pines Camp will be hosting a volunteer weekend for those who feel called to give time to serve the camp community. Volunteers will be able to help with projects to beautify our camp and help us prepare for the campers coming in the spring and summer. Guests will also be able to enjoy a campfire with worship and s’mores, and a family fun night. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your family and friends in service. The work that volunteers do for us enable us to reach more campers and impact lives throughout the year. All ages are welcome, but volunteer work is best suited for adults and children eight and older. Check-in will be on Friday February 27th at 2 pm, and check-out will be Sunday at 10 am. Meals will be provided. For more information, questions, or to register for the event, please email Marjie Ibanez at Marjie@Idyllwildpines.com. When registering, please provide the names and ages of all the guests in your party, along with your contact information and any special dietary requirements. Also, please list any special talents you have that you think might be useful. Upon registering, you will be sent a suggested packing list and a weekend schedule.
Our camp does have specific needs, and if you have any of the following experience and you wish to dedicate some of your time to help us at camp, we would be especially excited. Some of our specific needs right now include Masonry, Plumbing, and Contracting. We appreciate the generosity of all volunteers that help our camp continue to serve others throughout the year. Everyone who volunteers with us leaves a lasting impression, whether they come to us with a ton of experience, or only a willy heart.
December 23rd, 2014, Idyllwild, CA- Operations Director, Kelly Schlenz, and his talented team have been working towards several big remodeling and renovation projects around camp. The team have removed the popcorn ceiling of Meadow Lodge and the Chapel, and have replaced it with a smooth glossy ceiling.
In addition, the team have begun the remodeling of Cabin 95. Cabin 95 has been “out of use” since the summer due to its lack of insulation and unappealing interior. The plan is to remodel Cabin 95 by adding insulation, drywall, carpet, nice furniture and a bathroom. Cabin 95 should be ready to be rented out by summer 2015.
We are so excited to see how God will continue to place His hand of provision on our camp. We are very blessed to have hard working individuals and generous donors. Overall, great plans of remodeling are on their way for our 90 year old camp in 2015.
During the end of May, Idyllwild Pines Camp hosted USC Troy camp. USC Troy Camp puts on a weeklong camping experience for 3rd -5th graders of South Los Angeles. USC Troy Camp has been dedicated to youth development since 1948. Troy Camp has incorporated a unique curriculum that is committed to facilitate friendship and fun through Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News. We interviewed three USC Troy Camp leaders to explain what Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News are. The Video below will explain.
On the morning of May 29th, 2014, eighth-graders from Vineyard Christian School in Anaheim, California arrived to Idyllwild Pines Camp for their Service Retreat. Their leader, Jim Wilkerson, brought the group here to the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains to experience God’s stillness, nature and service.
Christian Impact Service Club & Girl Scout Troop 8415
The Christian Impact Service Club from Dartmouth Middle School and The Girl Scout Troop 8415 spent the weekend of May 2nd through the 4th helping Idyllwild Pines prep soil, rake leaves, pull out weeds, and plant flowers.
God has greatly blessed Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center throughout 2013! Over 8,000 campers attended camp sharing that coming to camp ” impacted me to read my bible more and that it is ok to talk about God” and “impacted me by allowing me to escape everyday life and just feel and be closer to God”. For over 90 years Idyllwild Pines Camp has been a place for our guests to experience renewal, discover truth and be forever transformed. As we get closer to our 100th year birthday we will continually unveil the story of our amazing history and how the camp has been a place of revival. We are in the process of capturing those stories and would like to hear yours as well. Comments and stories can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be posted below.
New additions this year included the new summer activity bracelet which featured the Zoom Floom Water Slide and a new 9 hole Disc Golf course. The main amphitheater was also enhanced with new guardrails and giant parachutes and new chairs painted throughout the grounds thanks to the help of our wonderful volunteers.
A New Year
This year we are looking forward to more enhancements and being able to fulfill many leader requests to make the camp experience even better for our guests. Currently we are in phase one of our Master Plan and there are many ways to you can contribute financially, through volunteer hours and prayer. Please consider Idyllwild Pines Camp in your Christmas giving this year! (To donate click Donate to IPCC on the top of the homepage)