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.