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.

How You Can Help

If you are gifted in home improvement or savvy with a drill, and your heart connects with our mission, we would like to invite you to come and work with us on our “camp makeover” projects. The more hands the better.  If interested, contact Kelly Schlenz at .


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Chapel Ceiling

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Meadow Lodge Ceiling

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Maintenance Worker, Steve Brown, working on Cabin 95.

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About Idyllwild Pines Camp & Conference

Idyllwild Pines Camp and Conference Center, established in 1923, is a non-profit organization that provides a place for campers to experience renewal and transformation in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains. The mission of the camp is to encourage guests to live lives that inspire the next generation to make “the Faith” their Faith.


Encounter:924 Experience Impacts Next Generation


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We are very thankful for how we were able to see God at work in the lives of so many this summer at the camp, especially in our new ENCOUNTER:924 experience.

Developed at Idyllwild Pines Camp, ENCOUNTER:924 is a unique, multidimensional, summer experience that gives students (who we call Cohorts) the opportunity to develop a significant leadership advantage to increase their capability and their confidence. It empowers them to live purposefully, to lead confidently, and to make a greater positive impact in every life context; whether in their Career, Marriage, Parenting, Ministry or Community.

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How to Partner with Idyllwild Pines Camp



At Idyllwild Pines our mission is to encourage our guests to live lives that inspire the next generation to make The Faith, Their Faith. Our beautiful mountain location provides a unique retreat location for guests to discover the wonders of creation and make significant life changing commitments.

As a non-profit organization, we depend on the spirit of giving from those who know us best, our valued guests, partner organizations, and friends.

Your generosity allow us to:

  • Cover operating costs, not covered by camper fees
  • Provide programming, activities that make the experience of Idyllwild Pines more than an adventure; a memory that will last a lifetime
  • Reach over 8,000 campers who attend camp annually

To make a gift, or for further information regarding gifts, please contact Kevin Relyea, Idyllwild Pines Camp’s Executive Director or you can use our online payment system by clicking here.  You can also fill out a Donor Information Card with your gift and mail it back Idyllwild Pines Camp.

951-659-2605 or



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.

If you have a story to share we would love to hear it! Please email us at

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IPCC Celebrates 29 Years of Partnership with Troy Camp


Here at Idyllwild Pines, we treasure our relationship with University of Southern California Troy Camp. This year will mark our 29th year partnership supporting their effort to enrich the lives of children. Since 1948 Troy Camp has served over 11,000 children in South Los Angeles.

Troy Camp is entirely student-run, raising 100% of its funds in order to bring inner-city kids to a transformational week-long camp every summer. Carefully selected undergraduates from USC serve as camp counselors, creating safe environments for kids to discuss important life issues and grow in community. Many of these counselors once came to Troy Camp as children, and were so positively impacted that they have a deep desire to serve with the program, so that, others may have a similar experience.

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Why Camp?


At IPCC we know that Camp is a special and unique way to positively impact the lives of others because we witness the positive affects every day. There are a number of things that make Camp valuable and set it apart. We devote our time and energy to supporting camp because we truly believe that it is important. Here is why.

Psychological studies are unanimous in supporting the idea that experiences in nature help to foster strong mental and emotional health. In particular, “nature experiences are particularly effective in increasing the healthiest combination of optimistic confidence and trusting surrender. Wilderness experiences lead to more trust and less need for control” (Davis 3).  Psychologists Kaplan and Talbot did a study on human reactions to nature, concluding:  “The wilderness is remembered as awesome, and is felt to have offered a compelling glimpse of a real world.”

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1 Corinthians 13 is More Than a Common Wedding Verse


Relevant Magazine published an article titled The 1 Corinthians ‘Love Chapter’ Isn’t Just For Weddings. Author, Aaron Ross, explains that the “Love Chapter” teaches us more about God and how we should be as Christ followers. Ross’s analysis of the “Love Chapter” aim is to steer Christians to understand that these verses are not only relevant to people in relationship, but is an example on how we should treat others. Ross discusses that God is Love, and in 1 Corinthians 13.”Love Chapter” the Apostle Paul is explaining the true nature of God. Ross goes on to explain that Paul in Ephesians writes to the Church of Ephesus to intimated God in reference to how He is in 1 Corinthians 13.

If you thought 1 Corinthians 13 was only for weddings and people in relationships; you are missing an important lesson. God is Love and in 1 Corinthians 13, it explains how He loves you and how we should love others, even our enemies.

IPCC Ladies take a “Day-cation” at Oak Glen


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 .IMG_0879

Overall, the ladies had a lot of fun and learned more about each other outside of the everyday busy camp life.


Two Families Continue Camp Tradition for Children

The Caldwell Family and Kerschner Family are back for the 3rd consecutive year to help Idyllwild Pines with maintenance projects around the camp. IMG_0821

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.

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