The Vine Walk: Psalm 119:133

vine walk 1During the summer, Boojum and Idyllwild Pines staff facilitated high rope elements for campers and through the high ropes God revealed many truths about His divine nature. One high rope element that stood out was the Vine Walk.

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Arcadia High School Music Camp at Idyllwild Pines

IMG_0691August 17 – 22, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, 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 Pines Staff Fiercely Takes On Ice Bucket Challenge !

August 22, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, 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!

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #10

logoAugust 4, 2014 – August 9th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea 

Kevin Relyea discussed with Encounter students about the importance of measuring performance. Relyea shared that one reason why leaders fail to know if they are leading effectively is due to their failure to measure results. If one cannot measure the performance of a team how can anyone answer the question of the leadership framework: How do we know if we are on track?tape-measure

Relyea challenged the students by asking “Can you measure spiritual growth”. Encounter student Sam Scott, 24, stated, “Yes, through the fruits of the spirit”. Numerous students had different key performance indicators, but the key point that Relyea was making was that leaders need to get in the habit of measuring performance, assessing methods, and evaluating results. The moment leaders believe the lie, “I can’t measure how well we are doing”, is the moment the team or organization becomes unaccountable and aimless in their efforts. Relyea expressed that the God we serve is a God that measures. The Almighty is perfectly just and weighs each of our offerings and doings, therefore, we should measure our performance and evaluate our own growth. Continue reading

Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #9

 

logoJuly 28th, 2014 – August 1, 2014, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea

Relyea shared with the Encounter students a lie that we accept especially in today’s culture and that lie is “It’s not my fault”. Many times teachers, politicians, and other industry leaders will cast blame on others or circumstances for their poor class performance, administration, and organization. timthumbA mark of an effective leader is someone who takes ownership and responsibility for their own failures or an organizations failure. A leader that takes ownership of their “mess ups” leads as an example to his or her followers and they too become accountable for their own “mess ups”. Accountability spurs from taking ownership, and from that a team can be made stronger.

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week # 8

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July 20th, 2014 – July 27th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Back to the Future Movie Night

back_to_the_future2On Sunday, July 20th, Encounter students and staff enjoyed a 80s classic movie, Back to the Future, at Kevin Relyea’s house.  Some of the Encounter students have never seen this movie, so it was a real treat for them!

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #7

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July13th, 2014 – July 19th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

 Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea

This week Encounter students learned that there are no short cuts to becoming a leader. The lie many leaders out in the world believe is that there are “tricks or shortcuts” to being a good leader. When Relyea talked about “tricks” he referred to the time when he was learning to golf. He wanted to better his game, and when he consulted a coach to teach him, he was disappointed to learn that his golf swing form was poor and need to relearn. no_shortcutsAnxious for fast results, he looked for shortcuts to better his golf form, but he could not. Relyea’s point was that people are looking for the shortcut to get them the results they need. Leadership is not a skill that can be achieve through shortcuts, it takes discipline and practice.

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #6

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 July7th, 2014 – July 12th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea

Kevin Relyea introduced the 6th lie: A leader can lead from a distance. Encounter 924 students then were assigned key scripture that point out the characteristics of leaders. The verse that resonated with the group was John 10:3-5. Jesus explains the characteristic of the Good Shepherd, and in that He claims to be the Shepard to his people.

“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”” John 10:3-5

The key characteristics of a leader are demonstrated in this passage. This passage presents a personable, intentional, relationship-seeking leader. One cannot lead a group until you are close to the group, only when you are close you are able to understand the group’s skills, motives, needs, wants and goals. This idea of leading closely is relevant to our relationship with God. Being in close proximity with God leads to effective leading of God. Leading is about being attentive and available to the people; it is not about being distant and unavailable.

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #5

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June 30th, 2014 – July 6th, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea

Leadership Training with Kevin this week touched on a specific lie leaders believe. The lie was “I do not have what it takes to do what God has called me to be or do”. This negative self-talk runs through the minds of Christian leaders and in some various form in non-Christian leaders. We are always comparing ourselves others and limiting our abilities. Encounter students shared moments where they felt unequipped, insecure, and defeated. The lie has often prevented them from taking a job, going to school, or pursuing a passion. Relyea explained to the students that Satan tries to tell us that we are not good enough to do the amazing things God has called us to do. He brings out our insecurities and attempts to magnify them, so that, it becomes our only identity. Relyea passed out a handout that had a list of scriptural verses that describes who we are in Christ. It was encouraging to read a couple of the verses. They help renew the minds of our young leaders and reinforced their identities.

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Lucero Aguilar belaying campers on Zip Line. Encounter students are encourage to use the leadership training at rope courses.

Lastly, Relyea asked Encounter students to write their own eulogy. Encounter student wrote a list of qualities that they would like for people to say about them. It was an exercise to make them think what they would want to be remembered by. Next week the students will write out on how they will make those comments real. What will it take to be remembered like they wished on their eulogy?  

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #4

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June 23th, 2014 – June 29, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Encounter 924 students continued their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week.

Encounter Students lead activities for Southwestern Leadership Camp- Awana

Encounter students facilitated activities for Southwestern Leadership Campers. The activities that were offered were giant swing, zip line, archery, rock wall, zoom floom, pool, and paintball. Each Encounter student had the opportunity to lead, witness and minister to our campers. At paintball, Caleb and Bianca led the groups in prayer before the game and after the game. Bianca states, “God can use paintball to connect with the hearts of our campers; we believe that everything we do can be used for His good plan”. Encounter 924 collage week #4 Continue reading