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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November 2014 | A Note From Kevin

Kevin Relyea 002I am very thankful to report that it has been a great life changing summer in Idyllwild!

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, investment, and support. We know that what ‘Idyllwild Pines’ is called to do, cannot be done without God’s leading, blessing, power, and people.

Many of you have joined with us through prayer and by investing your time and treasure. Due to your involvement, Camp continues to be a place where people get close enough to God’s “invisible attributes”, as revealed in creation, to sense the reality of His presence and hear His voice speaking truth to them in love.IMG_0851

In just 12 weeks, from the end of May to Aug 23, we were blessed to experience 19,745 camper days at Idyllwild Pines. During that time, Jesus was lifted up, and many campers made significant, life changing decisions about their relationship with God.

Camp does not happen unless God connects hearts, like yours, to His mission and moves you to get involved. That is why we thank Him often for you and for our staff and for our Board of Directors. That is why we report to you today that, “God is good.”

Kevin Relyea

Idyllwild Pines’ Executive Director 2014

Arcadia High School Music Camp at Idyllwild Pines

IMG_0691 Idyllwild, CA, August 17 – 22, 2014 –  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

Encounter: 924 Highlights: Week #10

Encounter924logo_redux_1August 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 #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 #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 #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

Encounter924logo_redux_1June 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