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.
Thank you very much for your support of our ministry which continues to bless and encourage us!
I want to introduce you to a powerful new fundraising ministry whereby even more support is raised for our ministry. What’s exciting is that we raise funds without you having to give any more out of your own pocket. This ministry was founded by a Christian volunteer mission pilot who used the program to successfully raise money for his ministry for more than 20 years. Now he says that God has called him and his team to help other ministries like ours as well. They are blessing many missionaries and ministries around the world and we hope to be another to benefit from it.
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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
As I write this on Jan 10, Amnesty International is calling the killings “a disturbing and bloody escalation” and a local defense group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies. Hundreds of bodies – too many to count – remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an extremist attack that Amnesty International described as the “deadliest massacre” in this group’s history.
Each day the news around the world is full of horrific stories like this that cause me to mourn the human suffering and ask, “Lord, what can we do?!”
It can all feel overwhelming sometimes.
But God is faithful to remind me that He has already won the victory and I need not worry about things I am not called to do. If only I will trust and obey Him and go and do what He calls me to do He will use me to make a difference.
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 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 (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 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.
If you have a story to share we would love to hear it! Please email us at Info@idyllwildpines.com.
Group Photo: Rosa, Cathy, Marjie, Bianca, Kara, Nancy, Rochelle, Maura, Maria.
October 2nd, 2014- Oak Glen, CA - The Idyllwild Pines’ ladies took a day to relax and bond. Their destination of choice was Oak Glen. Why Oak Glen? Oak Glen is full of thriving apple farms, beautiful trees, fresh air, unique shops and apple donuts.
All of the ladies enjoyed apple picking at Riley’s Farm; picking an apple from a tree was a new experience for some. In addition to apple picking, the ladies tried new fruit jams, apple donuts. and apple cider at Snow-Line Orchard. At lunch the ladies headed to Oak Tree Village. The ladies enjoyed home-style foods and home-style hospitality at Apple Annie’s Restaurant and Bakery .
Overall, the ladies had a lot of fun and learned more about each other outside of the everyday busy camp life.
The Caldwell Family and Kerschner Family are back for the 3rd consecutive year to help Idyllwild Pines with maintenance projects around the camp.
The Caldwell family and the Kerschner family are originally from Paso Robles, and after sometime, both families made the move to Southern California. The two families have become close friends over the years; raising their children together and doing fun activities together.
September 4th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA - Idyllwild Pines Camp’s summer staff member, Bob Leih, is the new middle school science teacher at Idyllwild School. Leih is our summer time facilities worker, high ropes expert, and mentor to our summer staff. We are very proud to learn that he is teaching at Idyllwild School. For more about his new position at Idyllwild School click the link :Bob Leih returns to Idyllwild School.
Idyllwild, CA, August 17 – 22, 2014 – Arcadia High School Marching Band and Color Guard enjoyed their Music Camp at Idyllwild Pines Camp for the 19th year. This year’s theme for the band’s music selection is ” Follow The Leader”. Continue reading →
Idyllwild, CA, August 22, 2014 – Operations Director Kelly Schlenz and Camp Host Dani McNerlin challenged Idyllwild Pines Camp Staff to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Idyllwild Pines Camp Staff accepted the challenge!