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

Making A Splash & An Impact

hannahIdyllwild, CA, July 2nd, 2014 – Encounter 924 Student, Hannah Machado, 17, describes her experience supervising the Zoom Floom water slide during the Southwestern Leadership AWANA Camp. Hannah comments “the kids were all so cute and unique. I loved getting to know their individual personalities as I had them sing or dance, and I was so proud of how well they memorized their bible verses!” Hannah encouraged the campers to recite  bible verses, or sing and dance to worship songs while waiting in line to slide down the Zoom Floom.

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Encounter 924 Hightlights:Week #3

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June 16th, 2014 – June 20, 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 # 3 with Kevin Relyea – Lie #4:

During this session of Leadership Training with Kevin Relyea, Relyea introduced a lie that leaders believe and that is “When I’m the leader, I finally get to be the boss”. The world believes that a leader needs to be the boss, so therefore, everyone is fighting to be the boss. What makes the “boss status” attractive is because they are seen as powerful and are not serving, but instead having others serve them. The Boss mentality is dangerous, we become prideful, lacking in accountability, and desiring to be high than God. Relyea assured to us that no matter what position you are in the corporate ladder, the boss is not the person higher than you, instead, “the Boss” is the Mission. The Mission dictates what decisions should be made. When we look at a Mission as the Boss, we are allowing ourselves to serve the interest of the Mission and not ourselves or another person. Good leaders are good leaders when they are able to achieve the mission they are given. Good leaders understand the mission and understand what the entire team needs.  Lastly, Relyea emphasized that a good leader does not care who gets the credit, but instead rejoices in the team’s accomplishment of the mission.

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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.

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Rites of Passage Campers at Archery

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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.

 

Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #2

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June 9th, 2014 – June 13, 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 Session #2 with Kevin Relyea – Leadership Framework

Last week, Encounter students learned what questions need to be asked when leading a group of people. Relyea introduced the questions through a hands on activity. The activity involved splitting the Encounter students into two groups. Each group had the same scenario: Family Road trip. Relyea asked the groups to brainstorm essential questions they would ask  themselves in order to make the road trip a successful. At the end of the activity, each group had a list of questions. The point of the activity was to introduce the Leadership Framework. Relyea explains that leading a group is like planning and leading a family road trip. The Leadership Framework consists of 10 questions that enable one to clarify a group’s, an organization’s, or a family’s goal, and what means will it take to reach the goal.

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The first question is “Where are we?” Leaders need to ask themselves and their team “where are we physically, geographically, spiritually, mentality, psychologically, and emotionally”. Leaders need to understand the condition of the group before attempting to go somewhere. Relyea emphasized that there are questions that need to be asked and answered to establish a clear journey ahead. Encounter student, Justin Peek, 19, commented “There are questions that need to be answered before starting a journey”. Relyea forewarned Encounter students that the Leadership Framework will get you feedback from the group you are trying to lead, but you will encounter people that will not want to participate in the journey. William Lovett, 16, said he learned that “You can get people somewhere, but you can’t make them do it”.

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Encounter 924 Highlights: Week #1

logoJune 3, 2014 – June 6, 2014, Idyllwild, CA, Encounter 924 students started their summer leadership training, spiritual teaching, life skill training, and fun. Here are the highlights of the week! Encounter week #1   Continue reading

USC Troy Camp: Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, Eyewitness News

troy logoDuring 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.photo 32

USC Troy Camp 2014: Warm Fuzzies, TC Mail, and Eyewitness News

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