Walt was born on February 22, 1929 in Maywood,California. He was the third son of Earnest and Anna Schlenz. Only sister, Esther, followed, then last, but definitely not least, came baby brother John. Walt loved music, particularly singing. He had a brief foray into the spotlight when he starred in his eighth-grade musical. In high school he demonstrated an ability to fix most things mechanical and continued with his love of music by participation in El Monte High School’s prestigious accapella choir. At 18 he graduated then married his high school sweetheart,Neva, four months later.
Walt became a father at 19 and by 24 had three children, Terrill, Connie and Paul. As a young parent he made a living driving trucks, driving taxi cabs, and working for the phone company. He worked for the L.A. Times for 6 years but longed to work outdoors.
When the opportunity came to work at the Idyllwild Pines Camp in Idyllwild,CA he took the leap and moved his family to the mountain community in 1963. Finally a job he loved and one that utilized his many skills and talents. Walt served the community as a volunteer fire fighter, EMT, and finally as a fire commissioner. He loved helping others and was a resource person to many of his friends and acquaintances. Also while in Idyllwild he was instrumental in starting the Chapel In The Pines along with his long-time-friend, Rev. Toby Totten.
When Walt heard about Cottonwood, CA, he and Neva started making plans to retire there. He managed to convince his brother John to relocate also. His retirement would not have been complete without his best buddy Andy Elmore, so he sold him on the merits of northern California as well. In 1993, he made his home in Cottonwood in a unique house built with his own hands. He loved the wide-open spaces and created his own 20 acre “playground.” He loved to show people his man cave shop which was actually quite cavernous. Other features he loved were his catfish pond, helipad, and the network of roads he graded with his beloved tractor. Being part of the design and construction of the Bowman Church was the highlight of his Cottonwood years. He made many wonderful friends and loved his church family and neighbors.
Nothing short of a catastrophic event would have convinced Walt to leave paradise and move back to southern CA. Unfortunately that came in the form of a diagnosis of terminal cancer in March of this year. His last wish was to see Neva, his partner of 65 years, settled in their new home next to son, Paul. God in His mercy granted him this time. Walt left his earthly home on July 18th for Heaven knowing that Neva would be looked after and loved by their three children, eight grand children, and 17 great-grand children.
Walt touched many lives and left a legacy that will continue on. He will be missed.
Presented by Martha Snyder, Executive Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp on May 22, 2012. The Perfect Rescue is a study of Luke 8:26-39. Jesus demonstrates to His disciples how they need to “get out of the boat”. While in theory we would all say we are willing to travel closely with Jesus, there are times when our fears can cause us to stay put in our own boats. We vote with our feet! Do we stay or do we go?
Presented on May 16, 2012 by Martha Snyder, the Executive Director at Idyllwild Pines Camp. Martha focuses on what an unteachable person looks like and someone who is not willing.
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16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)
These were young men who had been raised Jewish in Israel who had been captured and sent to Babylon by the king some years prior. What bravery, devotion and courage they showed king Nebuchadnezzar as they stood firm in who they were, and in whom they served. Four important things happened in this verse – They told the king their God needed no defense from them. They believed that their God would save them, but they also trusted in God’s sovereignty to do as He saw fit. Whatever His will was they were determined to follow it to the end. And finally, they stood by their beliefs, and they said no we will not worship your gods.
Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the American Camp Association Annual meeting for Southern California and Hawaii. Jaime English and I shared with the group the importance of creating a master plan for camps, and the “how to” process of master plan creation. Jaime, worked with Idyllwild Pines Camp on our master plan which was finalized last October. Not planning at all reminds me of the Cheshire Cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (a story by Lewis Carroll), when he said; “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there” – now that’s one smart cat!
Martha Snyder, Executive Director
Yesterday we had the privilege of meeting with a young woman and her husband who both have a heart for the Lord and for young people.
They will be coming to Idyllwild Pines Camp this summer, bringing 100 high school girls for a week. It’ll be a week filled with fun activities and great teaching and… you can bet there will be lots of glam, glitter, lip gloss and sparkly nail polish.
Why are they bringing these girls on a retreat up here to mile high Idyllwild? It’s simple really, they want these girls to know how God feels about them. This young couple want young women to fully understand God’s perspective on their beauty; to catch a glimpse of how God feels about them rather than what Hollywood, TV and the glamour magazines say.
We are excited about the opportunity to participate with God’s Beloved ministry and are really looking forward to their week here at Idyllwild Pines. They have given Idyllwild Pines Camp an extraordinary opportunity as we’ll be working closely with them, creating the week-long curriculum based on their goals and objectives.
God’s Beloved ministries will have their online registration system up soon so call us for more information if there’s a high school girl in your life that you would like to involve in this wonderful retreat.
Martha Snyder from Dothan, Alabama, joined Idyllwild Pines in April of 2011. She comes to us with a wealth of Christian Camp ministry experience and a depth of organizational leadership experience. Each day Martha and IPC staff have been privileged to witness His hand at work. She is convinced that our miracle-making God has wonderful plans for Idyllwild Pines and considers it an honor to be a part of His great purpose here.