New Improvements to 90 Year Old Camp!


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.

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A Lasting Legacy

During the past few months we have been blessed here at camp to hear the stories of people whose lives were positively affected by Idyllwild Pines Camp. In record numbers, camp alumni are returning to our facility to walk around and relive their memories. We have been overjoyed to meet them, and are encouraged that God has used our camp to change so many lives. We were recently visited by Larry Linthicum, who met his wife Gwen LinthicumGwen (Photo Right) in 1963 at Idyllwild Pines Camp after someone paid each of their way to come to camp. They both accepted Christ and were married four years later in ’67, and remained together until her recent death in October 2014. He returned to the camp to revisit his memories, feel closer to her, and appreciate the long and happy life they spent together. Gwen is remembered for her love for children and beautiful smile.

David BixbyDavid Bixby, current Executive Vice President at Azusa Pacific University, attended camp at Idyllwild Pines in 1966. This was a difficult time in his life as he just had experienced the loss of his father and he, with his mother and 3 siblings, were living in government housing in Los Angeles feeling a great loss and trying to find their way. The best thing that happened to David was when someone paid his way to come to summer camp. For David, camp provided a place of comfort, much needed fun, and most importantly spiritual support. His counselor, Mr. Tate, impacted David through Godly love and leadership. Later in life, David was inspired to be a camp counselor himself, and now has a leadership position at one of the top Christian Universities in the nation.

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Perris Valley Recovery Program: Rites of Passage Program

June 20, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Perris Valley Recovery Program’s Rites of Passage Program came up to Idyllwild Pines Camp for an unforgettable camping experience. This program is designed for adolescent males of African descent. This program aims to empower resiliency in young men.

During their stay,  the campers experienced Idyllwild Pines’ Giant Swing, Zip Line, Rock Wall, Archery, Zoom Floom, and pool. Idyllwild Pines’ staff were able to talk to a few of the campers . The campers shared with us a little about the Rites of Passage Program and their experience at Idyllwild Pines.

Perris Valley Recovery Program 2014 leader interview

Rites of Passage Campers at Archery

Perris Valley Collage 2014

About Perris Valley Recovery Program

We have been a leader among non-profits serving the communities of Perris Valley for 20 years. We have assisted thousands of individuals in learning how to make smart choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our Mission is to positively impact individuals, families, and the community we serve by making the following wide range of community and professional services available to the family.


Just Installed… New Toilets!


 Because… camp isn’t fun when things get backed-up!

On September 20, 2012, Idyllwild Pines’ recieved 92 new toilets that were installed by a group of wonderful volunteers who have a heart to serve and now the value of working toilets at camp. We are truly blessed for this upgrade and know our guests will be happy campers.  Thank you so much to all who helped make this happen!

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The Perfect Place to Workout!



The best part of coming to the San Jacinto mountains is the fresh air, huge pine trees and the sound of Strawberry creek.  Now, you can enjoy all this and get your exercize by using a quick trail that will bring you to an 18 station challenge course designed to give you a variety of workout options.  Click Here for more information! 



Men’s Boot Camp “Inspirational”








Ted Ewing, Bryan Quan, David Lily, and Dave Nuckles teamed together to put on the Men’s Boot Camp at Idyllwild Pines Camp on Sept 29-Oct 2, 2011.  The Camp, based off content from John Eldredge’s book, Wild at Heart, blessed each man who desired to find the deep passions and desires placed there in his heart by God.  Highlights included the gifted speakers, fellowship, quiet time, evening campfire, outdoor activities and great food! Continue reading

Dr. Carol Devotes Time to Idyllwild Pines


Dr. Carol from Indianapolis, Indiana is a seasoned doctor serving the Indianapolis area for over 40 years. She is excited about her new ministry opportunities with Idyllwild Pines Camp and volunteered 4 weeks of her vacation time to help beautify the facilities. She is very active in her community, her church, and loves serving the Lord, all for His glory. 

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Low Ropes Enhance Leadership Retreat


High school students from Simon and Jude Parish participated in the low elements course at Idyllwild Pines Camp during their summer leadership retreat. Through several teambuilding activities students were encouraged to participate in organized outdoor elements that incorporates risk taking, problem-solving, coaching and collaboration.

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Archery Program at Idyllwild Pines Camp


Archery Programming

Students from St. Catherines participated in the Archery program lead by Ted Ewing, Director of Program and Curriculum. These young boys were challenged to stay focus in life even among trials and most importantly, not to get down when they don’t hit the target because it is with God’s help when we succeed!

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